Call for Expressions of Interest: Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ) Board

Expressions of Interest for Board members of Community Enterprise Queensland have now closed. The information below is general information relating to the role of Board members of Community Enterprise Queensland.

Enquiries relating to the progress of assessment of applications can be directed through email  

About CEQ

On 1 September 2016, the name of the Island Industries Board changed to Community Enterprise Queensland. CEQ is a Queensland Government statutory body with responsibility for commercial enterprises in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, currently primarily in retailing. CEQ was established by section 60D of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984 (PDF) (the Act). 

In the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula region, CEQ trades as IBIS. CEQ provides communities where they operate with a range of food, drinks and household items essential for a healthy life, at a fair price. The body also provides employment and training opportunities for local people.

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) operates Retail Stores in 6 remote and very remote communities: Woorabinda, Palm Island, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Doomadgee. The Queensland Government has recently decided to merge its DATSIP retail stores with IBIS, with both operations now managed by CEQ.

The operations’ hub for IBIS is in Cairns. IBIS operates 2 supermarkets, 16 convenience stores, a service station and a hardware store. Retail Stores and IBIS provide a quality range of food, drinks, furniture and bedding, white goods and small appliances, mobile phones and phone credits and other household products. The range of goods depends on the size of the store.

The current Chairman of CEQ is Mr Nigel Tillett. Board meetings are held in Cairns in person and with the assistance of technology for board members based out of Cairns. Some board meetings are held in the locations in which stores operate.

Role of the board

The role of the board is to:

  • oversee CEQ’s functions and provide direction to its operations, governance and accountability
  • develop and implement a growth strategy
  • provide advice on its operations to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Role of a board member

The role of the board member is to:

  • attend and actively contribute at board meetings and sub-committee meetings
  • provide input and feedback on development of strategy, operational policy and procedure
  • adhere to corporate governance requirements, including being alert to conflicts of interest
  • undertake tasks relating to the functions of the board at the request of the Chair
  • travel to meetings if necessary.

Interested candidates should carefully consider whether they have the time available to commit to being a member of the board. There are generally a minimum of 10 board meetings per year and up to 6 sub-committee meetings per year. Board meetings are generally a full day, while sub-committee meetings are a half-day.

A member of the CEQ board is taken to have vacated office as a board member if they are absent without the board’s permission from 3 consecutive board meetings without proper notice, or absent in any 6-month period without board permission from all board meetings, where proper notice has been given.

Eligibility for appointment

The Queensland Government is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from people wishing to serve as board members.

The term of the current board members is due to expire in early 2017. Up to 9 board members will be appointed by the Governor-in-Council on nomination of the Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. The role of Chair is not due to expire until December 2018.

Section 60DB of the Act requires that at least 1 member of the board must be a community representative and at least 1 member must be a consumer representative. Other members will be nominated by the Minister, on the basis that they have commercial or management skills and experience, or other skills and experience relevant to the performance of CEQ’s functions.

As well as candidates from communities where CEQ operates, candidates with commercial or management skills and knowledge in the following areas are sought:

  • business development and strategy
  • retailing in remote and very remote locations
  • food security and health and wellbeing in remote and very remote locations
  • board governance and accountability requirements
  • capacity building, social or community development.

Section 60H of the Act states that a person cannot be appointed to the CEQ board (or continue to be a member) if they are "an insolvent under administration under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth); disqualified from managing corporations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth); or has been or is convicted of an indictable offence or convicted of an offence against this Act".


Board members will be remunerated in accordance with the Remuneration procedures for part-time Chairs and members of Queensland Government bodies (PDF). The rate will be assessed commensurate with the role and functions of the board. This will incorporate expanded responsibilities, which will include the oversight of Retail Stores, once the merger with Ibis is completed.

The procedures state that public sector employees, employed full-time or part-time, who are appointed as part-time chairs or members of government bodies are not to be paid daily fees or annual allowances, except where this is approved by government. Page 5 of the procedure states:

"Public sector employees’ mean employees of federal, state or local governments, employees of semi-government organisations, either federal or state, including statutory authorities and employees of state and local government owned corporations and colleges. For the purpose of these procedures members of any parliament within Australia, elected local government representatives, judges, magistrates and other judicial and quasi-judicial officers are also regarded as public sector employees."

Term and appointment

Members of the CEQ board of management may be appointed for a term of up to 4 years. The Governor-in-Council appoints the board members on nomination from the Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

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