Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
A QRC and Queensland Government partnership to increase Indigenous participation in the Queensland resources sector
Memorandum of Understanding Overview
2018 marked the tenth anniversary of a unique and far-sighted partnership between the Queensland Government and the resources industry, the Memorandum of Understanding to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector (MoU).
The MoU underpins the Queensland Government and Queensland Resources Council’s commitment to work in partnership with each other and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, to create sustainable economic development through employment and business opportunities that will contribute to building strong Indigenous families and communities in Queensland.
This overriding objective of the MoU is achieved through joint government and industry efforts to enhance:
- education and training to support Indigenous people into jobs and business opportunities in the resources sector;
- employment of Indigenous people in the resources sector; and
- participation by Indigenous businesses in resources sector supply chains.
The current term of the MoU (2018-19) is building on the work undertaken through the partnership over the last 10 years.
MoU Action Plan 2018-19
The MoU is implemented through an agreed action plan containing key strategies and activities to support the partnership’s objectives.
Key deliverables under the MoU Action Plan 2018-19 include:
- Convening workshops and forums with resource sector practitioners about leading practices in:
- Indigenous employment and training;
- procurement from Indigenous businesses;
- building organisational cultural capability.
- Facilitating regional working groups in North West Queensland and South East Queensland for resource sector practitioners and government agencies to share information and work on collaborative projects to increase Indigenous participation within the sector;
- Running events to support development of Indigenous businesses and Traditional Owner groups, such as ‘Meet the Buyer’ events, business skills programs and the ‘Traditional Owner Governance for Prosperity Program’; and
- Encouraging better industry data collection to support reporting on Indigenous participation outcomes.