Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

2018 Queensland Reconciliation Awards now open!

Recognising businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships taking positive steps towards reconciliation across Queensland, the Queensland Reconciliation Awards offers a total of $25,000 in prize money. Nominations are accepted across four categories: business; community; education; partnerships.

Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy

This Policy provides a whole-of-government framework to increase procurement with Indigenous businesses to be three per cent of the value of government procurement contracts by 2022.

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‘The Kookaburra' is an e-bulletin to provide updates about Queensland Government services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. If you would like to receive The Kookaburra, please follow the link to subscribe, or read the latest edition.


Applications opening for Indigenous STEM Awards

Applications for the 2017 Indigenous STEM Awards open on 16 October 2017 and close 10 November 2017. The Awards recognise, reward and promote the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying and working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

New academic partnership supports Indigenous voices

A new $200,000 partnership between the Queensland Government and Griffith University will open up more academic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Two jointly funded PhD scholarships, will be offered to encourage Indigenous Queenslanders to have more input in national policy, research and academic conversations.

Cherbourg to pilot first social reinvestment program

Queensland’s first social reinvestment pilot program is set to take place in Cherbourg, providing opportunities for young people to be positively engaged with their community. The Queensland Government has allocated approximately $220,000 to Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council over two years to develop and expand after-school and weekend sport and recreational activities for young people.

Indigenous businesses to benefit under new policy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders will benefit from more business and employment opportunities, with the launch of a new Indigenous procurement policy. The Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy forms part of the Queensland Government’s new, multi-billion dollar ‘Buy Queensland’ procurement strategy, and aims to increase the share of Government procurement contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses to three per cent by 2022.

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  • Reparations Scheme

    Applications for the reparations scheme closed on 29 September 2017. Applications will continue to be assessed until June 2018.

  • Cultural heritage

    Queensland cultural heritage legislation requires land users to take all reasonable and practical measures to ensure their activity does not harm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

  • Strengthening and growing Indigenous businesses

    The department is able to provide a range of services to help Indigenous enterprises grow.

  • Community alcohol limits

    If you're planning on travelling through Queensland, you need to know about alcohol restrictions.

  • Know Your Community

    Build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland's first nation peoples and the communities they live in.

  • Youth Employment Program

    Assistance and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people completing Year 12.

  • Discover your personal history

    If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Queenslander, the government may be able to help you find information about your personal history.