Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
A QRC and Queensland government partnership to increase indigenous participation in the Queensland resources sector
Memorandum of Understanding Overview
The QRC and the Queensland Government negotiated a new two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July 2016, committing ‘to work in partnership with each other and with Indigenous stakeholders to create sustainable economic development and employment opportunities that will contribute to building strong and sustainable Indigenous families and communities in Queensland.’
This unique partnership between the state government and the resources industry began when the first MoU was signed in 2007.
The overriding objective of the MoU will be achieved through joint government and industry efforts to enhance:
- education and training of Indigenous people for jobs and business opportunities in the resources sector;
- employment of Indigenous people in the resources sector; and
- participation of Indigenous businesses in resources sector supply chains.
A copy of the new MoU will be available soon.
MoU Action Plan 2016-18
The MoU is implemented through the development of an agreed action plan that comprises key strategies and activities to support the objectives and outcomes of this MoU.
The action plan targets a range of priorities intended to increase Indigenous education, training and employment outcomes in the resources sector and supporting increased Indigenous business participation in resource sector supply chains.
Focal activities under the MoU Action Plan 2016-18 include:
- Convening forums and workshops with resources sector Indigenous employment and training practitioners on best practices in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and career development;
- Convening forums and workshops with resources sector procurement managers and staff of resource sector contractors to enhance Indigenous participation in supply chains through employment and business opportunities (with a particular focus on project owners’ procurement processes and contractors’ Indigenous Participation Plans);
- Convening Meet the Buyer events where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses can connect directly with resources sector procurement managers;
- Facilitating MoU Working Groups – convened for the purpose of collaborating on place-based and sector-based activities to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the resources sector;
- Documenting and publicising good practices and achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the resources sector;
- Implementing and refining a strategy for data collection and analysis that will assist in the planning and implementation of activities to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the resources industry;
- Collaboration between the parties to develop and implement the “Jail to Jobs” initiative announced in the 2016 State Budget, with a particular focus on:
- facilitating industry participation in the design of the project to ensure the model meets industry needs; and
- brokering commitments from resource companies and contractors to provide ongoing employment for the 30 participants in the program; and
- Further delivery of the Traditional Owner Governance and Development Program to Traditional Owner groups that have agreements with resource companies and are seeking to build their capacity for good governance and social and economic development.
A copy of the MoU Action Plan 2016-18 will be available soon.
MoU Regional Partnerships
There are two regional partnerships facilitated under the MoU to streamline and optimise government and industry efforts directed at improving Indigenous participation in the resources sector and to maintain the resource industry’s ongoing social licence to operate.
These regional partnerships include:
The North West Queensland Indigenous Resources Industry Initiative (NWQIRII), which is coordinated by a regional working group of industry and government stakeholders to collaborate on place-based and sector-based activities to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the resources sector.
The NWQIRII working group has a focus on developing pathways for Indigenous training and employment in the resources sector and increasing the opportunities for Indigenous businesses to enter resource sector supply chains.
Indigenous Participation in the Coal and Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Sectors is coordinated by the MoU Coal and CSG Indigenous Participation working group. This partnership seeks to engage stakeholders from the coal and coal seam gas sectors, government and the employment services and training sector in a range of collaborative activities to boost Indigenous training, employment and business development.