From the late 19th century, and for the greater part of the 20th century, the Queensland Government exercised control over all aspects of the lives of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people who were subject to the ‘Protection Acts’, including control over their wages and savings.

Since 1999, the Queensland Government has undertaken a number of compensation and reparation processes for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people who were the subject of those government practices.

The Queensland Government has listened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders who feel that the approach to date has not adequately addressed these wages and savings issues.

Following a commitment made during the 2015 state election, the Queensland Government is provided an additional $21 million funding, over 3 years, to further address the longstanding historical issue of controlled wages and savings from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

This process included the establishment of a special Taskforce of community representatives to advise government on who should be eligible for a reparations payment and how the assessment process should work.

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

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

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

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

Contact the Reparations Unit

For more information  please contact our dedicated Reparations Unit:

Free call: 1800 619 505 (Free from landlines. Mobile phones will be charged at standard rates.)

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