Training providers

The pre-qualified training suppliers in this list have demonstrated that they can develop and deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultural capability training content that meets staff needs by following a set methodology. Copies of the methodology are available by emailing cultural.capabilityteam@datsip.qld.gov.au

This is the current list as at 28 June 2017. More trainers will be added to this list as they pre-qualify. The list is in alphabetical order.

Banaam

Contact: Brendan Meddings
P: 07 5536 9154
M: 0414 334 779
E: brendan@banaam.com.au 

Service area: South-east Queensland

Company summary

Our vision was initially about improving the lives of Indigenous people, but has evolved into empowering all Australians.

Banaam exists to empower and unite organisations, teams and individuals with the tools and knowledge embedded within cultural systems and frameworks that have existed for 60 thousand years. Delivered in a dynamically presented workshop Banaam has proven to build the foundations of knowledge and skills essential to advance cultural intelligence, cultural education, leadership, engagement and team building.

Thousands of people have been empowered by the knowledge gained from the Banaam program. It has successfully united organisations, teams and individuals leaving all empowered with new knowledge and skills and having an influential impact on individuals and organisations. Banaam is currently working across a multitude of contexts, including the government, corporate, education, health, tourism and hospitality and sports sectors.

Recent clients:

  • Office of the Commonwealth Games
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Queensland Government Public Service Commission
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Preston Campbell Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • Sofitel Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast Suns Football Club
  • North Coast Primary Health Network
  • Art Centre Gold Coast
  • ACCOR Hotels
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
  • City of Gold Coast Council
  • Logan City Council.

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Boomerang Training Solutions

Contact: Chris Whitfield
P: 1300 88 26 42
M: 0405 676 901
E: admin@boomerangtrainingsolutions.com.au

Service area: Queensland wide

Company summary

Boomerang Training is a Registered Training Organisation that provides a tailored and flexible approach to delivering courses and programs. Since 2012, we've been delivering professional results for both employers and employees. Our experienced trainers are both Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australians that provide practical training and competency support for Indigenous trainees within an environment of excellence. The result is job ready, expertly trained applicants with the highest graduation and retention rates in Queensland.

Business services

  • project management
  • identifying gaps across people, processes and training programs
  • developing and selecting staff
  • providing strategic advice towards governance and program frameworks
  • advise on immediate benefits of programme implementation and planning short and long-term
  • measuring outcomes, reporting compliance and monitoring progressions
  • cultural appreciation by liaising and mentoring
  • specialised training and assessment content writers.

Training solutions

Our training solutions are developed to skill, up-skill and educate the construction workforce.

We are committed to empowering our people and participants with a supportive learning environment. Boomerang Training Solutions have continually evolving training solutions to further the opportunities for all our participants.

Workforce solutions

Our stakeholders and partners share our commitment to providing sustainable employment for our skilled workforce. We offer all our trained participants to remain on our database and take advantage of our Boomerang Workforce Model.
With our growing network, we nurture long-term alliances with high performing construction companies in Australia. Through these relationships, we are able to keep our participants gainfully employed.
Recent clients:

  • Northern Project Contracting (NPC)
  • Origin Alliance.

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Callaghan Cultural Consultancy

Contact: Paul Callaghan, Founder/CEO
M: 0499 009 870
E: info@culturalconsultancy.com.au 

Service area: Queensland wide

Company summary

Harvesting opportunities and solving problems in the delivery of services to Aboriginal clients can be extremely complex given the many factors that might need to be considered. Callaghan Cultural Consultancy is able to provide professional, considered, culturally appropriate and business oriented assistance to help your business in a variety of ways. Whether it is through customised training, advisory, coaching, facilitation or strategy services, CCC has the commitment, experience and capability you need to help you achieve desired outcomes.

Recent clients:

  • Aboriginal Disability Network (several sites)
  • Aboriginal Home Care (Australian Unity)
  • Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (several sites)
  • Catholic Education
  • Family and Community Services Department (several sites)
  • Health Education and Training Institute
  • House With No Steps (several sites)
  • Housing Plus
  • Impact Youth Services
  • International Students Abroad
  • Juvenile Justice Department
  • Kurrajong Early Childhood Intervention Services
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Singleton Council
  • New England HACC Development Incorporated
  • Nutrition Plus
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast
  • Samaritan Foundation
  • Southern Cross Housing
  • St Joseph’s Family Services
  • North Coast TAFE NSW
  • Upper Hunter Disability Network
  • Uniting Care
  • University of New England
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Vision Australia
  • Wesley Mission (several sites).

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DaV’ange Group

Contact: David Bradford
M: 0414 392 568
E: david@davange.com.au

Service area: Queensland wide

Company summary

The DaV'ange Group is comprises DaV'ange Consulting, DaV'ange Training and DaV'ange Investigations. The DaV’ange Group is an impressive ensemble of trainers, contractors and partners who provide services across Australia and New Zealand in community services and health. DaV'ange consulting provides a formidable mix of skills and experience not commonly found in most organisational staffing cohorts. We facilitate and manage accredited and non-accredited training solutions. The breadth and diversity of our team of trainers is our strength.

DaV’ange has experience working with large and small organisations, being responsive and at short notice. With the current internal capability to provide design, contextualisation and delivery with the vast range of content experts across Australia, we are able to efficiently and effectively deliver the range of training required. Additionally DaV’ange is also able to call upon the capabilities of TAFE Queensland South West to utilise their pool of teachers to assist with demand peaks.

DaV’ange has used training packages to design contextualised training for a range of organisations including; Allambi Care NSW, Mercy Family Services, Careers Australia, IFYS, Life Without Barriers, Catalyst Family and Community Services, Bank of Queensland, Community Solutions Group and Foster Care Qld.
Our lead facilitator is Tammy Wallace-Mann, former Director Indigenous Coordination, Child Safety, Youth and Families Policy and Performance Branch, Department of Communities. In addition to this our managing consultant and intended contract manager for this project, David Bradford is a former QUT lecturer and director of 3 state government training agencies. With a 25-year career in the justice and human services sector, David has a well-deserved national profile as a leader and educator in justice, health and human services. Experienced in the challenging fields of corrections and child protection, David brings a reality and resilience to his work. David is a solutions-focused and pragmatic individual who has enjoyed numerous accolades and achievements in his two decades in government.

Recent clients

  • Department of Corrective Services, Department of Child Safety, Department of Communities and Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Rio Tinto
  • Careers Australia
  • IFYS
  • Churches of Christ Care
  • National Parks and Wildlife Services, Hamilton Island Resorts Ltd., BP Australia, Centrelink, MacDonalds Restaurants, Save the Children, QCOSS, Commonwealth Bank
  • Redkite

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Deadlee Maardars Association Inc.

Contact: Gene Blow
M: 0422 268 277
E: deadleemaardars@live.com.au 

Service area: south-east Queensland

Company summary

In the past 20 years I have provided cultural consultancy work for all levels of educational institutions, commercial entities and corporations in Victoria and Queensland. Today I run my own business to provide cultural capability sessions to a variety of commercial, public and private sector organisations. I also coordinate culture camps in outdoor bush settings for Indigenous children in foster care and those from single parent families. I also have more than 20 years of expertise as a business consultant in providing cultural and business consultancy services to business institutions and Indigenous organisations in Victoria, NSW and Queensland in the following:

  • Indigenous cultural practice and cultural capability programs
  • Indigenous education workshops
  • bush interpretation tours (anywhere in south-east Queensland)
  • Indigenous employment strategies (including Reconciliation Action Plans)
  • organisational development strategies
  • ‘best practices’ – models and strategies
  • business and marketing plans
  • change management
  • project management
  • human resource management strategies
  • mediation management
  • conflict resolution training.

I presently work for Queensland Health as a Cultural Capability Officer and have been delivering the Cultural Practice Program under the department's framework for 6 years. The target groups I deliver the training to are as follows:

  • senior level management staff
  • clinicians
  • doctors
  • allied health staff
  • operational staff
  • administration staff
  • mental health staff
  • volunteers.

Recent clients:

To date I have delivered the Cultural Practice Program to more than 2,000 staff in the Metro North Hospital and Health Services district of Queensland Health. I operate the Deadlee Maardars business outside of Queensland Health from referrals that come from the community, public and commercial sector groups. I have delivered my own cultural capability training package to the following: DV Connect, Department of Education and Catholic Education.

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Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation

Contact: Noeleen Lopes B.Soc.Wk (AMHSW), Chief Executive Officer
P: 07 3899 5041
M: 0412 325 020
E: noeleen.l@gallangplace.org.au 

Service area: statewide

Company summary

Gallang Education and Training (GET) is the registered training arm of Gallang Place, a highly respected non-profit organisation that has been providing support and counselling services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since 1994. We have an underlying philosophy of inclusive design. All programs whether they are mental health and well-being support services, workforce training or cultural awareness training are always developed through a consultative process involving all stakeholders, but especially including local Indigenous input.

GET aims to deliver nationally qualified counsellors with a deep understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, their families and communities.

Recent clients:

Accredited training that included units of competency in cultural awareness:

  • South Brisbane - Training Held in QAIHC Head Office, West End 
  • Mareeba - Training held in Shanty Creek Therapeutic Rehabilitation Centre, Mareeba 
  • Cairns - Training Held in Mercure Hotel 
  • Palm Island - Training held in PCYC 
  • Brisbane - Training held in Gallang
  • Woorabinda - Training held in Mimosa Creek Healing Centre
  • Brisbane - Training held in QAIHC
  • Brisbane - Training held in Gallang
  • Townsville - Training held in JCU Townsville
  • Cooktown - Training held in Cooktown.

Non-accredited development and training was developed and delivered by GET to various organisations in Queensland:

  • Cultural Awareness Program in partnership with Black card to the South Brisbane PIR (Partner in Recovery) workforce
  • Narrative Therapy Training for the QLD SEWB (Social and Emotional Well-Being) workforce: Responding to Signs of Risk.

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Khonnect

Contact: Annette Rutherford, Director
M: 0408 489 566
E: khonnect.ltw.annette@gmail.com 

Service area: Rockhampton and surrounds

Company summary

Khonnect is an Aboriginal family operated business with a strong background working with the Queensland Department of Education. Annette Rutherford, Michelle Creamer and Gina Baker, all Directors of Khonnect, they have extensive experience in developing and delivering workshops. Michelle Creamer and Annette Rutherford hold Cert IV TAE and are trained facilitator in the Department of Education Cultural Awareness program Hidden Histories. Annette Rutherford is also a trained facilitator in the Stronger Smarter program. Annette Rutherford was part of the team that developed the EATSIPS tool as well as the workshops.

Recent clients:

Khonnect is working in partnership with Mount Morgan Aboriginal Corporation to deliver a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.

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Mirri Mirri Productions

Contact: Jade Rose or Paul Sinclair
M: 0425 210 915
E: jade@mirrimirri.com.au 

Service area: statewide

Company summary

For Mirri Mirri and McGrath Consulting, an Aboriginal owned business, excellence in cultural education lies at the heart of everything we do. Cultural competency workshops are developed by tertiary qualified educators and follow best-practice teaching methodology to allow participants to learn about and engage with Indigenous Australia. Importantly, all education programs are developed in close consultation with clients and are tailored to the unique needs of each audience. Mirri Mirri McGrath Consulting has delivered cultural competency training to over 5,000 staff from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. We are able to provide flexible and tailored education programs ensuring our client’s needs and outcomes are met.

Our highly experienced facilitators use a wide range of workshop techniques to ensure interactive and engaging learning experiences for all participants. A key aim is to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by ensuring all workshop participants feel connected and inspired by Indigenous Australia. Mirri Mirri and McGrath Consulting provides a national service and has delivered programs across numerous states and territories, including Queensland.

Recent clients:

  • Lend Lease
  • National Rugby League
  • Transgrid
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network
  • POCHE Indigenous Health Network
  • St Vincents Health Australia
  • Legal aid (Lismore)
  • Multi-Lit
  • YWCA.

Since 2012, Mirri Mirri has been the company of choice for the Justice Health Network, delivering the Respecting The Difference: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training to staff working within the justice system. In 2014 the program was a recipient of the NSW Health Awards for Culturally Safe Work Environments & Health Services. In 2016, Mirri Mirri delivered cultural competency training to more than 1000 health staff from the Justice Health Network and St Vincent’s Health Australia.

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Pi-CaTS Pty Ltd

Contact: John Anderson
M: 0437 534 516
E: john@pi-cats.com.au 

Service area: Queensland wide

Company summary

Pi-CaTS Pty Ltd is a wholly Australian-owned and Supply Nation-certified Aboriginal small business providing consulting and organisational services to the corporate, government and non-government human services and small business sectors, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander small businesses and organisations. Pi-CaTS has worked with clients and partners across regional and remote Queensland since 25 October 2005.

Pi-CaTS specialises in people-developed solutions to improving business performance and outcomes by way of a risk-managed harmonising of staff attitudes and behaviours with organisational vision, mission and culture. Pi-CaTS has a demonstrated history of providing strategic leadership in developing innovative and creative partnerships with Indigenous businesses and community organisations, as well as with business units in all areas of government in: developing; co-ordinating; implementing and evaluating services, policies and programs that are intended to improve the cultural, economic, physical and social circumstances of regional Queenslanders.

Pi-CaTS Pty Ltd has extensive experience in facilitation from which it provides diverse and creative services to conference and workshop convenors.

The most requested company services from 2005 to 2017 include:

  • purposeful leadership
  • coaching, mentoring, facilitation and training
  • monitoring, evaluation and performance reporting
  • strategic, corporate, business and action planning
  • agreement making - native title and cultural heritage
  • auditing for policy and regulatory compliance including social impact
  • corporate and fee-for-service accredited training and short courses
  • interpersonal intelligence – emotions and behaviours in the workplace.

Recent clients:

  • Independent Education Union of Queensland and Northern Territory
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Wiri Yuwiburra Community Benefits Trust
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Generation One and Minderoo
  • Khemistry.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting

Contact: Georgina Richters, Director - PwC's Indigenous Consulting
P: 07 3257 5052
M: 0417 773 041
E: georgina.richters@pwc.com 

Service area: statewide

Company summary

PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting (PIC) is an Indigenous business which maintains a majority owned, led and staffed Indigenous operation. We are a separate member firm in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global network. The unique power of our business is the combination of our Indigenous expertise and experience, with PwC's world-leading professional services capability. Our aim is to help create positive change by providing trusted professional services and advice to government, corporate and community clients on Indigenous matters. PIC specialises in providing advice, developing strategies and supporting their execution to help realise the commercial and community potential of Indigenous policies, programs, projects, organisations and businesses. We offer a full suite of consulting services, regularly collaborating with PwC and its extensive array of specialist business services. Our key service offerings include:

  • Indigenous policy and program design and evaluation
  • Indigenous cultural inclusion
  • Indigenous engagement
  • Indigenous business and economic development
  • Community strengthening
  • Indigenous land, water and native title.

Recent clients:

Since 2004, PIC team member Graham Carter and, since 2011, PIC Director Georgina Richters, have developed and delivered more than 30 cross-cultural engagement, negotiation, native title, cultural heritage and Indigenous relationship management training programs to a broad range of community, government, government-owned corporations and industry clients. These training programs, mainly delivered through the Clayton Utz Training Program but also as Masterclasses at various conferences and as part of Continuing Professional Development programs for various legal firms, have been attended by 100s of private, public and community sector employees, including from:

  • The Office of the Coordinator General
  • Department of State Development
  • Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Department of Natural Resources and Mines
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

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Spirit Dreaming

Contact: Mel Brown
M: 0418 477 093
E: mel@spiritdreaming.com.au

Service area: Queensland wide

Company summary

Spirit Dreaming aims to provide a range of Aboriginal training and educational programs to increase cultural competency and promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal peoples within the workplace and our communities. Spirit Dreaming workshops encourage all participants to reflect upon personal experiences to recognise and achieve learning outcomes in a range of various workshops facilitated by our organisation.

Spirit Dreaming are specialists in transgenerational trauma, lateral violence and cultural loads. These 3 aspects of Aboriginal culture have shaped and influenced Aboriginal families since colonisation and can be considered the determining factor which can inhibit our ability to have successful outcomes in health, education, housing and most importantly – wellbeing.

Spirit Dreaming workshops are facilitated by experienced and professional facilitators who are experienced in arts-based therapy and have counselling skills and mentoring qualifications. This combination ensures that each training workshop includes a range of interactive therapeutic activities to engage participants at a personal level to enhance learning outcomes.

Recent clients:

  • SOLAS, Townsville
  • Questcare
  • Blue Care
  • Flexi-care
  • Carers Queensland
  • Uniting Care
  • Department of Communities - Child Safety
  • Bundaberg Relationship Centre
  • Wide Bay Corp for Child Protection
  • Equity Works
  • Job Centre Australia
  • Laurel House.

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TAFE Queensland North

Contact: Leanne Bell
P: 07 4042 2589
M: 0409 251 694
E: leanne.bell@tafe.qld.edu.au 

Service area: TAFE Queensland’s physical footprint covers an area from Thursday Island in the north, Mount Isa in the west, Cooloongatta in the south and Hervey Bay in the east. Our network of 50 locations supports delivery of training through a variety of modes be it face-to-face, online or in the workplace.

Company summary

 TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland offering practical, industry-relevant training to over 120,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas.

Our unique structure allows us to deliver high quality training solutions that meet the needs of students and industry regionally, across the state and around the world. Our offering spans foundation skills and entry-level workforce qualifications to higher education degrees. We provide individuals with training options at every stage of their career and employers with skilling solutions that respond to complex workforce needs.

Recent clients:

  • The Myuma Group
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority
  • North Queensland Primary Health Care Network
  • Mornington Island Shire Council
  • Bunya Mountains Murri Rangers.

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For more information about choosing a training service supplier:

You can also email cultural.capabilityteam@datsip.qld.gov.au to request a copy of the full Cultural Capability Training Purchasing Guide.

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