Reparations

The Queensland State Government's $21 million Reparations Scheme acknowledges past injustices towards Indigenous Queenslanders whose wages and savings were controlled under previous governments’ ‘Protection Acts’.

Since being established in December 2015, thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have accessed the scheme and received reparations payments. The department is continuing to explore ways to encourage and assist applicants, particularly in remote and rural areas, to better access this scheme.

In July 2016, the Queensland Government established the state’s first dedicated Reparations Review Panel to help applicants without formal documentation access the scheme by considering oral history as evidence.

The Queensland Government’s 2017-2018 budget has also delivered additional support to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders can continue to access culturally-appropriate services for historical, community and personal information.

We encourage all Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders who believe their wages or savings were controlled to come forward and check if they are eligible for a reparations payment.

In particular, new claimants who were ineligible under previous schemes, including within the newly eligible 1957 to 1959 birth date range, are urged to apply.

Applications close on 29 September 2017.

Reparations Taskforce

The Queensland Government appointed a Reparations Taskforce to make recommendations about distribution of these funds. The taskforce's recommendations report was released on 26 May 2016. 

The Reparations Taskforce Report: Reconciling Past Injustice (PDF) is available on the reparations website.

Queensland Government's response to the recommendations

On the same day, 26 May 2016, the Queensland Government released their response to the taskforce recommendations report (PDF, 1.5 MB). A key recommendation of the Queensland Government's report was to close the Aborigines Welfare Fund, as a gesture of reconciliation to finalise this chapter of Queensland's history. 

The report also confirmed the Queensland Government’s intention to publically acknowledge the financial contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards the development of key Queensland infrastructure. This public acknowledgement will include monuments, plaques and other lasting forms of appropriate public acknowledgement, to highlight the use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders’ wages in helping to build this state.

The Queensland Government has also agreed to other taskforce recommendations, including:

  • establishing a Reparations Review Panel to enable consideration of previously ineligible applications, to ensure as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders as possible have access to the Reparation Scheme, to seek justice for past wrongs
  • funding scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to document the experiences and perspectives of government control of wages and savings under the ‘Protections Acts’, for their respective cultures.

Read a copy of the Queensland Government's Response to the Taskforce Recommendations Report (PDF, 1.5 MB).

  Make an application

If you believe your wages or savings were controlled under the ‘Protection Acts’ and you were born during the eligibility period, you may be entitled to a make a claim. Applications close on 29 September 2017.

 

Contact the Reparations Unit

For more information or help with applying, please contact our dedicated Reparations Unit:

Email: reparations@datsip.qld.gov.au 
Free call: 1800 619 505 (Free from landlines. Mobile phones will be charged at standard rates.)

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