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    Making Tracks to Close Gap
    Under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the Queensland Government has committed to closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation, and to halving the Indigenous mortality gap for children under five within a decade. A “Statement of Intent” on closing the gap was signed between the Australian Government and Indigenous Australian

    Liquor Amendment Regulation (No. 4)
    Between 2002 and 2006, alcohol management strategies were implemented in 19 discrete Indigenous communities. Eighteen of the communities were declared alcohol restricted areas under the Liquor Act 1992, with a prescribed alcohol carriage limit. In December 2004, the Indigenous community of Cherbourg declared ‘dry places’ under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land

    Quarterly report key indicators Qld discrete Indigenous communities Jul-Sep08
    This submission relates to the third quarterly report for the period July-September 2008 for the 19 discrete Indigenous communities with the inclusion this time of the two additional welfare reform communities of Coen and Mossman Gorge. The third quarterly report provides a summary of progress to ‘close the gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage. The report also discusses progress with the Cape York We

    Preamble to the Queensland Constitution
    A preamble is a descriptive component of an Act of Parliament or other legislation, generally placed after the long title and before the enacting words and the substantive sections. It may explain the reason, purpose, object or scope of the Act; and/or discuss facts or values which are relevant to the Act. Queensland’s Constitution does not currently contain a preamble. A lengthy preamble was con

    Indigenous Wages and Savings Reparations Scheme
    In March 2008, the Government announced a second round of payments to eligible Indigenous claimants in the Indigenous Wages and Savings Reparations Scheme (IWSR) process. About $19.5 million has already been paid to 5553 eligible claimants as part of the first reparation payment, and a second payment to those already found eligible is now underway, with priority given to elderly or seriously ill

    presentation on ATSI child health
    At the Premier’s request, paediatrician Dr Richard Heazlewood and Dr Lara Weiland, a Cape York General Practitioner, addressed Cabinet regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health. Drs Heazlewood and Weiland also presented Cabinet with a copy of their paper on Indigenous disadvantage in Cape York entitled “Fight for Life”, which had been submitted to the Senate Select Committee on

    Qld Closing the Gap 2007-08 Report Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
    The Queensland Government, as a member of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), has committed to the following six key targets to prioritise ‘closing the gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage: closing the life expectancy gap within a generation; halving the mortality gap for children under five within a decade; halving the gap in reading, writing, and numeracy within a decade; at least halv

    Liquor Amendment Regulation (No. 3) 2008
    Between 2002 and 2006, in response to Justice Fitzgerald’s Cape York Justice study, alcohol restrictions were regulated in 18 of the 19 discrete Indigenous communities. In late 2007, it was identified that despite existing restrictions, alcohol-related harm and violence in many communities remained significantly higher than, and school attendance below, average Queensland standards. In February

    Quarterly report key indicators Qld discrete Indigenous communities Jun08
    The first quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities for January – March 2008 was tabled by the Premier in Parliament on 6 June 2008. The second quarterly report for the period April to June 2008 provides a summary of progress to ‘close the gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Queenslanders living in discrete Aborig

    FRC Reports 1 and 2
    The Cape York Welfare Reform trial taking place in four communities (Hopevale, Aurukun, Coen and Mossman Gorge) encompasses a range of initiatives under four streams – Housing, Education, Economic Opportunity and Social Responsibility. The Family Responsibilities Commission is a key component of the Social Responsibility stream of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial and supports the trial’s princi

    Quarterly Report ATSI Oct to Dec 2008
    The first Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities for the period January – March 2008 was tabled by the Premier in Parliament on 6 June 2008. Reports have since been released for April – June 2008 and July – September 2008. The Reports provide a statistical summary of key indicators for health and wellbeing across the 19 discrete Aboriginal and mainla

    Future Trusteeship of the Mona Mona Reserve
    The Mona Mona Reserve (the Reserve) is a Reserve for Departmental and Official Purposes of approximately 1600 hectares, located 25 kilometres from Kuranda and inside the World Heritage Wet Tropics Area. The Department of Communities is Trustee of the Reserve. During the 2009 election campaign, the Government committed to re-examine the future land tenure for the Reserve. In mid-2009, an indepen

    New Direction and Projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Queensland Government will establish the Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office which facilitates the social and economic development in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities by ensuring better use of existing government land and assets; sequencing all land and infrastructure development to efficiently deliver capital works; removing impediments to development associ

    Quarterly reports to Indigenous communities and Family Responsibilities Commission
    Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities – January – March 2009 The Reports provide individual profiles and statistical summaries for each of the discrete Aboriginal and mainland Torres Strait Islander communities. The statistical summaries relate to six key indicators for health and wellbeing namely: reported violence against people; hospital admissions d

    2nd Closing the Gap report
    In 2007, the Council of Australian Governments identified Indigenous reform as a key priority and made a commitment to closing the gap in life outcomes and opportunities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and non-Indigenous Australians. The second ‘Queensland Closing the Gap Report 2008–09: Indicators and Initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’, provides a state-w

    Expiry of ten year Qld ATSI Justice Agreement
    The Justice Agreement was signed by the Queensland Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board on behalf of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Queensland in 2000. The Justice Agreement has the long term aim of reducing the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people coming into contact with the Queensland criminal justice system to at least th

    Qld Govt Submission to Senate Inquiry into Suicide in Australia
    On 10 September 2009, the Senate requested that the Community Affairs References Committee to conduct an inquiry into matters relating to the impact of suicide on the Australian community, including high risk groups such as Indigenous youth and rural communities. The Premier of Queensland was invited by the Chair of the Senate Committee to provide a written submission addressing issues relevant to

    Family Responsibility Commission Annual Report - 08-09
    The Family Responsibilities Commission Annual Report 2008 – 2009 (the Report) provides information on the operation of the Commission since its commencement on 1 July 2008. In line with the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008, which established the FRC, the Minister is to be provided with the FRC’s Annual Report by 31 October each year and is then required to table the Report within 14

    Constitution (Preamble) Amendment Bill 2009
    On 4 December 2008 and 23 April 2009, the Parliament of Queensland referred to the Law, Justice and Safety Committee (formerly the Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee) the task of developing a text for a preamble to the Constitution of Queensland 2001. In drafting the text for a preamble to the Queensland Constitution, the Committee was directed to include both an aspiratio

    Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office - work program
    The Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office was established to facilitate the social and economic development in Queensland’s 34 discrete Indigenous communities. Two major deliverables identified are, by: June 2010, To develop community specific strategies which facilitate the delivery of capital works by: identifying available land; identifying and pursuing the most expeditious

    Quarterly reports to Qld discrete Indigenous communities and the Family Responsibilities Commission
    The first Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities for the period January – March 2008 was tabled by the Premier in Parliament on 6 June 2008. Reports have since been released for April – June 2008, July – September 2008, October – December 2008 and January – March 2009. The Reports provide a statistical summary of key indicators for health and wellbeing

    Govt response to CMC Report Restoring Order
    The CMC report Restoring order: Crime prevention and local justice in Queensland’s Indigenous communities was released on 20 November 2009, in response to the Queensland Government’s 2007 request for a review of policing in Indigenous communities. Cabinet broadly supported all six recommendations of the CMC. Five of the CMC recommendations were supported in full, including: a focus on crime preven

    Land Valuation Bill 2010
    The Valuation of Land Act 1944 provides the legislative framework for the Government to carry out statutory land valuations in Queensland. The purpose of the Land Valuation Bill 2010 is to repeal and replace the Valuation of Land Act 1944 to give effect to reforms of the Queensland statutory land valuation framework. The Bill also contains amendments to the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 and the Torres

    Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989
    Cabinet previously endorsed the ‘Queensland Government Strategy to Reduce Domestic and Family Violence 2009-2014’ (the Strategy) and approved the Terms of Reference for a review of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989 (DFVPA). The Department of Communities is leading the review of the DFVPA to ensure that the Act supports the implementation of the Strategy and is effective and e

    Community safety and alcohol reform
    In response to very high levels of alcohol related harm and violence, alcohol restrictions were rolled out in 19 discrete Indigenous communities. There was a review of the restrictions in 2008 which led to substantial reforms in alcohol management. Alcohol restrictions declared under the Liquor Act 1992 do not specify an end date. Stated government policy is that restrictions will remain in pla

    Qld's discrete Indigenous Communities and Family Responsibilities Commission
    The first Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities for the period January – March 2008 was tabled by the Premier in Parliament on 6 June 2008. Reports have since been released for April – June 2008, July – September 2008, October – December 2008, January – March 2009, April – June 2009, July – September 2009 and October – December 2009. The Reports provi

    Qld Govt policy position re Outstations
    The Queensland Government has committed to the national Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Indigenous Reform Agreement to close the gap between the life outcomes and opportunities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their non-Indigenous counterparts, particularly in relation to life expectancy, under five years child mortality, access to early childhood

    Cost of Food and Freight in Torres Strait
    In 2006, the cost of a basket of healthy food in the Torres Strait was 33.5 percent higher than in major cities and 23.2 percent higher than Townsville and Cairns. This is similar to other communities more than 2000 kilometres from Brisbane, including Indigenous communities in Cape York and the Gulf. High food prices are of particular concern in the context of the Torres Strait’s poor health outc

    Exposure Draft of the Aboriginal Land and Torres Strait Islander Land Bill 2010
    The exposure draft of the Aboriginal Land and Torres Strait Islander Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 amends the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 and the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991 which are administered by the Department of Environment and Resource Management. The proposed amendments will: replicate in the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991, where appropriate, amendments made t

    North Stradbroke Island Vision
    In 2009 the Department of Environment and Resource Management and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation commenced preparation of a plan for North Stradbroke Island that addressed a transition strategy to phase out mining and resolve native title through mediation so as to enable appropriate land allocation and national park dedication. Cabinet approved the North Stradbr

    Response to the Premier's Council on Climate change Working Paper 4
    The Premier’s Council on Climate Change provides strategic advice to the Queensland Government and is comprised of 12 members external to Government with expertise across key sectors. The Council developed its fourth Working Paper, entitled Capturing Carbon in the Rural Landscape: Opportunities for Queensland. The Council Paper includes 15 recommendations to the Queensland Government on policy and

    Wild Rivers - Wenlock Basin Wild Rivers Declaration
    In December 2008, the Government released the Wenlock Basin Wild River Declaration Proposal. The Wenlock River exhibits water flows, water quality, sediments transport processes and ecosystems in near-pristine condition. A wild river declaration details the criteria new development proposals must meet to ensure the protection of the river’s natural values. The declaration details the extent of t

    Aboriginal Land and Torres Strait Islander Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
    The Aboriginal Land and Torres Strait Islander Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (Bill) amends the Aboriginal Land Act 1991, the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991, the Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978, the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and the Petroleum Act 1923. Proposed amendments in relation to the Aboriginal Lan

    Annual Highlight Report for Discrete Indigenous Communities
    The first Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities for the period January – March 2008 was tabled by the Premier in Parliament on 6 June 2008. Nine Quarterly Reports on key indicators in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities (Quarterly Reports) have since been released. The first Annual Highlights Report for Queensland’s Discrete Indigenous Commun

    Family Responsibility Commission Annual Report 2009-10 and April-June 10 Qtr Report
    In line with the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008, which established the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC), the Minister is to be provided with the FRC’s Annual Report each year for tabling in Parliament. The FRC also provides the Minister with quarterly reports on its operations. The Annual Report 2009-10 provides statistical and financial information including: 4364 agency

    Liquor Amend Reg (No 2) 2010 Wujal Wujal
    The Liquor Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2010 (the Regulation) amends the Liquor Regulations 2002 by extending the Wujal Wujal alcohol restricted area boundary to include several lots of land owned by the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, including all roads and foreshores that pass through or bound the land lots. The Regulation also applies a bona fide traveller exemption to several roads, i

    Release of the Exposure Draft of the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Acts Amend Bill 2011
    The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 were due for review within five years of coming into effect. In 2008, a review of the laws began, including consideration with industry and Traditional Owner groups. The exposure draft of the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Act Amendment Bill 2011 amends the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and th

    Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement 2011-14
    The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement 2000-2010 expired in December 2010. An internal assessment of the Justice Agreement highlighted a need to redirect efforts based on what works to deliver real outcomes. Following the cessation of the Justice Agreement, the Government has developed a draft Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Strategy for con

    Measures to alleviate the cost of food and improve nutrition in the Torres Strait
    The relatively high cost of food (and the cost of living generally) combined with limited food choices and reduced affordability due to relatively low incomes, are major contributing factors to the incidence of chronic disease in the Torres Strait, particularly Type 2 diabetes mellitus. There is a range of interconnected supply and demand factors that adversely impact on the cost of food (and the

    Family responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2011
    The Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) Trial commenced in July 2008 and aims to build stronger and more resilient communities; re-establish local Indigenous authority; enable children to achieve their full potential; support engagement in the real economy; and move individuals and families from welfare housing to home ownership. The Trial operates in Aurukun, Hope Vale, Coen and Mossman Gorge with t

    Update on Key Indicators for Qld Discrete Indigenous Communities
    In 2008 and 2009, the Queensland Government agreed to new reporting arrangements on Indigenous service delivery and outcomes, including a series of quarterly reports in relation to the well-being of people living in discrete Aboriginal and mainland Torres Strait Islander communities. In accordance with these arrangements, nine individual Quarterly reports on key indicators in Queensland’s discre

    Response Indigenous Economic Development and Review of Wild Rivers Bill
    On 3 November 2010 the Honourable Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous asked the Parliament of Australia’s House of Representatives Economics Committee to inquire into and report on Indigenous economic development in Queensland including the issues surrounding the Queensland Government’s Wild Rivers Act 2005. The Terms of Reference for Committee cons

    Extension to the Cape York Welfare Reform Trail
    The Cape York Welfare Reform Trial (the Trial) commenced in July 2008 and aims to build stronger and more resilient communities; re-establish local Indigenous authority; enable children to achieve their full potential; support engagement in the real economy; and move individuals and families from welfare housing to home ownership. The Trial operates in Aurukun, Hope Vale, Coen and Mossman Gorge wi

    Learning Earning Active Places strategy
    Around 78 percent of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland live in cities and towns. ‘LEAP: Learning Earning Active Places—a strategy for improving access to education, employment, health and housing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in urban and regional areas’ has been developed as part of the Government’s commitment to close the g

    Family Responsibilities Commission - Annual Report 2010-2011
    The Family Responsibilities Commission Annual Report 2010–2011 provides information on the operation of the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. In line with the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008, which established the FRC, the Minister is to be provided with the FRC’s Annual Report for each year by 31 October each year and is then required to table

    Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Strategy 2012-2015 Just futures
    The State Government has conducted extensive consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland to develop a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Strategy, Just futures (the strategy). The strategy will run from January 2012 to June 2015 and succeeds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement 2000–2010. The strategy commits Go

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Holding Bill 2012
    The primary purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Holding Bill 2012 (the Bill) is to address issues arising from the implementation and operation of the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (Land Holding) Act 1985 (the Land Holding Act). The Land Holding Act allowed residents of Indigenous Deeds of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) and reserve land to apply for perpetual leases for res

    Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2012
    The Cape York Welfare Reform Trial operates in the communities of Hope Vale, Aurukun, Mossman Gorge and Coen. The objective of the Trial is to restore local authority, build stronger and more resilient communities and change behaviours in response to chronic levels of welfare dependency, social dysfunction and economic exclusion. A central feature of the Trial is the Family Responsibilities Commis

    Appointment and remuneration of Chairperson and members to Island Industries Board
    The Island Industries Board is a Queensland Government statutory body that trades as the Islanders Board of Industry and Service (commonly known as IBIS). The Board is constituted and operates pursuant to Part 7A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984. IBIS is the major food and grocery retailer in the Torres Strait. With a head-office l

    Establishment of Cabinet Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
    There is a need for greater coherence and coordination of Indigenous issues across government. These issues are often complex and intractable in nature. A concerted effort is required to drive the Government’s Indigenous reform agenda and ensure delivery of improved and enduring outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders. There is evidence to indicate that coherence and coordination of effort and i

    Animal Care and Protection Bill 2012
    The Government’s First 100 Day Action Plan included amending the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to protect Queensland’s iconic dugong and turtle populations. The Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 will repeal the current exemption from animal welfare obligations under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people who d

    Reappointment and appointment of Family Responsibilities Commissioners and Family Responsibilities Board
    The Family Responsibilities Commission (the FRC) is a central feature of the Cape York Welfare Reform Trial that operates in the communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The FRC comprises the Commissioner, the Deputy-Commissioner and 18 Local Commissioners drawn from the Trial communities. The Commissioner and Local Commissioners hold conferences with community members who are wi

    Appointment to the Island Industries Board
    The Island Industries Board is a Queensland Government statutory body that trades as the Islanders Board of Industry and Service. The Board is constituted and operates pursuant to Part 7A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984 (the Act). Membership of the Board, which must have a minimum of five and no more than eight members, expired on

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Legislation (Providing Freehold) Amendment Bill 2013
    Existing land tenure legislation does not make ordinary, individual, freehold available as an option to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders living in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities. Land in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities is generally held in trust either under a Deed of Grant in Trust under the Land Act 1994 or as transferred land under the Aboriginal

    Responsible Alcohol Management-A Community Approach in Discrete Indigenous Communities
    The Queensland Government committed to work with Indigenous communities to review Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs). The Queensland Government Six Month Action Plan July–December 2012 indicates that the Review will commence by December 2012. The State Government recognises that there is a diversity of views, needs and circumstances within and between communities regarding the AMPs. The Review will

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Providing Freehold draft Bill 2014
    The state’s remote Indigenous communities are located either on deed of grant in trust tenure, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander freehold or on Shire lease land. On 15 November 2012, the Queensland Government released the discussion paper Providing freehold title in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for consultation. This discussion paper set out a very detailed model for provi

    Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2013
    The Cape York Welfare Reform Trial (the Trial) operates in the communities of Hope Vale, Aurukun, Mossman Gorge and Coen. Cape York Welfare Reform aims to restore local authority, build stronger and more resilient communities and change behaviours in response to chronic levels of welfare dependency, social dysfunction and economic exclusion. The State Government has approved a 12 month extension o

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Participation Framework
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make a significant contribution to Queensland’s economy. However, they are less likely to participate in the Queensland economy than non-Indigenous people, experiencing lower levels of employment and business ownership. The State Government has endorsed a new Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Participation Framework. The Framewor

    Review of Qld Government Building and Construction Training and Employment Policies
    Reviews of the Queensland Government Building and Construction Contracts Structured Training Policy and the Indigenous Employment Policy for Queensland Government Building and Civil Construction Projects have been completed. These two policies are to be replaced with a single policy, the Queensland Government Building and Construction Training Policy. The new Queensland Government Building and Con

    Transition of Community Police Officers to Government employment
    Currently, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) provides policing services to the Torres Strait via a mix of State police and Police Liaison Officers (PLOs) stationed on Thursday and Horn Islands. In the outer islands of the Torres Strait community safety is supplemented by Community Police Officers (CPOs) who are employed by the Torres Strait Island Regional Council, but funded by the State Gover

    Appointments of Family Responsibilities Commissioners and Board members
    The Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) is a central feature of Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) that operates in the communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The FRC comprises the Commissioner, the Deputy-Commissioner (where appointed) and 19 Local Commissioners drawn from the CYWR communities. The FRC Commissioner and Local Commissioners hold conferences with community m

    Appointments Island Industries Board
    The Island Industries Board (the Board) is a Queensland Government statutory body that trades as the Islanders Board of Industry and Service (commonly known as IBIS). The Board is constituted and operates under Part 7A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984. IBIS is the major food and grocery retailer in the Torres Strait. With a head-of

    Appointment of Local Commissioners to Family Responsibilities Commission
    The Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC), a central feature of welfare reform, is a statutory body established under the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008. The FRC operates to restore local Indigenous authority and build stronger and more resilient communities by attaching behavioural obligations to the receipt of welfare payments. The FRC has comprised the Commissioner, the Deputy-

    Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2014
    Welfare reform is an approach to community development that commenced in 2008 in the communities of Hope Vale, Aurukun, Mossman Gorge and Coen. It aims to restore local authority, build stronger and more resilient communities and change behaviours in response to chronic levels of welfare dependency, social dysfunction and economic exclusion. The key component of welfare reform is the Family Respon

    Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
    The Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 seeks to amend the Land Act 1994 to implement the first phase of major reforms to the state land tenure system arising from the Queensland Government's response to the Parliamentary report on the Inquiry into the future and continued relevance of government land tenure across Queensland. The Bill provides for: the introduction of rolling term leas

    Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Regulation 2014
    Welfare reform is an approach to community development that is in place in the communities of Hope Vale, Aurukun, Mossman Gorge and Coen. Welfare reform aims to restore local authority, build stronger and more resilient communities and change behaviours in response to chronic levels of welfare dependency, social dysfunction and economic exclusion. The Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC), a ce

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Participation Action Plan
    The draft Queensland Plan: a 30 year vision for Queensland set a target that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will experience the same level of workforce participation as non-Indigenous Queenslanders. In December 2013, the Queensland Government released its new Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Participation Framework. The Framework is an important step towards

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land (Providing Freehold) Bill 2014
    Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders living in Queensland’s 34 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities cannot currently obtain freehold title. Land in these communities is held by a trustee under communal land title and development and individual interests are created by leasing. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land (Providing Freehold) and Other Legislation Amendment B

    Establishment of Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce
    From 1897, previous governments controlled the lives, earnings and savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under a range of ‘Protection Acts’. This control included the underpayment of wages and mismanagement of savings accounts. The appointment of the Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce meets a key election commitment for the Palaszczuk Government. The commitment includes th

    Appointment to Island Industries Board
    The Island Industries Board is a Statutory Body established under Part 7A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984 with a range of powers intended to enable it to operate as a business enterprise for the general convenience and benefit of the residents of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Region. The Board consists of a maximum of

    Establishment of the Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme
    From 1897, previous governments controlled the lives, earnings and savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under a range of ‘Protection Acts’. This included the underpayment of wages and mismanagement of savings accounts. The Queensland Government established a fund of $21 million to provide reparation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose wages and savings w

    Appointment Aboriginal Land Tribunal
    Section 204 of the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (the Act) establishes the Aboriginal Land Tribunal (the Tribunal). The Tribunal is independent and receives and hears claims made by groups of Aboriginal people to areas of claimable land and reports to the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in relation to each claim. Section 204(2) of the Act provides for the appointment of a Chairperson and such

    Appointments to Family Responsibilities Commission
    The Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) is a statutory body established under the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 (the Act) and is the central feature of welfare reform. The FRC operates to restore local Indigenous authority and build stronger and more resilient communities by attaching behavioural obligations to the receipt of welfare payments. The FRC currently comprises the Co

    Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2015
    The Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) is a key mechanism supporting the Welfare Reform program operating in the communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale, Mossman Gorge and Doomadgee. Welfare Reform is designed to restore local authority and build stronger and more resilient communities. The FRC operates by convening conferences in relation to community members brought to its attention throug

    Supporting Families Changing Futures - advancing Queensland child protection and family support reforms
    The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry released its report, Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection on 1 July 2013. The Government committed to continue implementation of the Commission of Inquiry recommendations and has reviewed the child and family reforms and identified opportunities to build on the foundations laid by the Commission of Inquiry recommenda

    Mineral Resources (Aurukun Bauxite Resource) Amendment Bill 2016
    The Mineral Resources (Aurukun Bauxite Resource) Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) amends the special provisions of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (MRA) which apply to an Aurukun project. The Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation commenced proceedings in the High Court of Australia to challenge certain Aurukun provisions on the grounds that they are inconsistent with the Racial Discrimination Act 197

    Community safety and education delivery for Aurukun
    Offending by young people, including carjacking the principal of the Aurukun Campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, during May 2016 led to the closure of the school and evacuation of school staff. It was decided that the school would close temporarily until the start of Term 3 on 11 July 2016, with a short term approach to provide education through the PCYC implemented. In a statem

    Appointment of Commissioner of Queensland Family and Child Commission
    The Family and Child Commission Act 2014 provides for the appointment of Commissioners of the Queensland Family and Child Commission. The functions of a Commissioner includes to ensure the Commission performs its functions under the Act effectively and efficiently and to make recommendations to the Minister about matters relating to the performance or exercise of the functions and powers of the

    Electricity and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    In December 2015, the Queensland Government, announced its intention to effect a merger of Energex and Ergon into a single business under a new parent company (Parent Co). A separate Energy Services Business will be established as a subsidiary of Parent Co. The merger is to be implemented on 1 July 2016 with the objective of improving network efficiencies. Implementation of the merged network b

    Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Training Advisory Committee
    The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Training Advisory Committee (QATSIETAC) is established under section 412 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006. The QATSIETAC terms of reference enable the committee to provide advice on policy and implementation issues relating to matters such as: early childhood education and care; school attendance and engagement; educa

    Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    The Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill) has been prepared for the protected area estate. These amendments: reinstate ‘the conservation of nature’ as the sole object of the Nature Conservation Act 1992; remove redundant provisions from the Nature Conservation Act 1992 that allowed the chief executive to grant stock grazing permits for emergency drought relief on

    Response to the Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce Report
    From 1897, previous governments controlled the lives, earnings and savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under a range of ‘Protection Acts’. This included the underpayment of wages and mismanagement of savings accounts. The Queensland Government committed to establish a fund of up to $21 million to provide reparation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose wa

    Establishment of a Ministerial Champion Program
    To support better economic and social outcomes in discrete and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities the Government re-established the Government Champions program to address barriers to effective service delivery and to strengthen the capability of the Queensland Government to deliver innovative, efficient, effective and integrated services. In November 2015, the Treasurer, Min

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group
    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group will provide strategic advice to the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and the Minister for Small Business on business and innovation matters that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In particular, the Reference Group will: provide policy and strategic advice on innovat

    Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016-18
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders are resilient with cultures and customs continuing to be a source of strength and pride and the foundation for good social and emotional wellbeing. However there is a significant gap in mental health and life outcomes with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders being more likely to: experience psychological distress; be hospitalised for m

    Moving Ahead - strategic approach to increasing participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland economy 2016–2022
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders continue to experience disadvantage in accessing the labour market, and are overrepresented in unemployment statistics. Moving Ahead is the Queensland Government’s new economic participation strategy, and aims to ensure Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people have equitable access to the benefits of Queensland’s economy. Moving Ahead

    Future operating model for Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Retail Stores and Islanders Board of Industry and Service
    The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships operates a total of six Retail Stores in Woorabinda, Palm Island, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Doomadgee. A Queensland Government statutory body, Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ), operates stores throughout the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area under the trading name of the Islanders Board of Industry an

    First Report of the Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse Steering Committee
    The Queensland Government established the Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse (YSVA) Steering Committee (the Committee) in response to the report prepared by Griffith University, Preventing Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse in West Cairns and Aurukun: Establishing the scope, dimensions and dynamics of the problem. The Committee was established to consider and report back on the efficiency and effectiven

    Closing the Gap in Indigenous Education
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