Director-General's message

I would like to acknowledge those who came before us, and to thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, advocates, trailblazers, communities and all of our staff for their ongoing commitment, dedication and passion in working together towards a shared vision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders thriving culturally, socially and economically.

I am pleased to present the final report for the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. As a result of Machinery of Government changes following the 2020 Queensland State election, the functions of the department have been merged into the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

The report details the achievements, performance and financial position for the period 1 July 2020 to 12 November 2020.

During the reporting period, the department proudly led Queensland Government efforts to reframe the relationship with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Amid the unique challenges and opportunities from the global COVID-19 pandemic, we worked together to enable more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to thrive culturally, socially and economically.

We partnered closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, families and communities to deliver several historic milestones - from launching the state’s first dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages policy, to introducing the Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa (Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice) Act 2020 to bridge the gap between traditional lore and western law for caregivers and children from extended Torres Strait Islander families.

We continued to implement the Local Thriving Communities (LTC) reform to bring decision making closer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This included developing an LTC implementation plan to guide the next steps.

We continued to honour the connection between language, identity and wellbeing through the Queensland Government Indigenous Languages Grants program for 2020.

As this report details, we achieve tremendous outcomes when we work together.

I would like to once again take this opportunity to thank the department’s employees for their professionalism, dedication, and their commitment to enabling community-led decision making, to ensure programs and services support the needs and aspirations of Queenslanders of all ages, abilities and cultures.

Dr Chris Sarra
Director-General