Nominations closing soon for Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards

16 April 2018

Nominations are closing soon for the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) annual Indigenous Awards, a night to celebrate excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the State’s resources sector.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the awards, presented during National Reconciliation Week, provide the opportunity to showcase exceptional performance by indigenous and non-indigenous individuals, businesses and the support of their companies.

“It is our hope that the award winners will go on to be ambassadors for the sector, acting as role models and encouraging more indigenous people to join our industry,” said Mr Macfarlane.

“The awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of those companies and individuals making a real difference and to inspire others to do the same.
“As a sector that largely operates in regional and remote communities with indigenous populations, bridging the divide with tangible opportunities is of great priority.”

In 2006, Indigenous people comprised 3 per cent of the State’s workforce in resources, whereas in 2016, it had grown to 4 per cent. Queensland’s Indigenous population is 4 per cent which places the resources sector as one of the few industries with a genuine representation.

The awards are on the 28th May, nominations close on 23rd April 2018.

QRC is accepting nominations across six award categories:

• Indigenous Advocacy Award | recognises Indigenous or non-Indigenous individuals that have demonstrated outstanding effort to encourage, promote and advocate for increasing Indigenous participation within the resources sector
• Exceptional Indigenous Person in Queensland Resources Award | recognises exceptional achievement by an Indigenous person working with the Queensland resources sector in any occupation or profession
• Exceptional Indigenous Business in Queensland Resources Award | recognises exceptional achievement by an Indigenous business supplying the Queensland resources sector
• Best Company Indigenous Procurement Initiative Award | recognises companies that have developed and maintained strategies that enhance supplier diversity and support increased Indigenous business participation within resources sector supply chains
• Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award | recognises companies that have developed and maintained strategies that enhance the attraction and retention of Indigenous people in the Queensland resources sector
• Exceptional Indigenous Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy Student Award | recognises exceptional achievement by an Indigenous student at a QMEA school who has shown significant promise and passion for a career in the Queensland resources sector.

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