MOU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector
|Memorandum of Understanding|
|The Australian and Queensland Governments and QRC are entering a new one-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2013, 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 both levels of 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 efforts to overcome structural impediments and build the capacity of Indigenous Queenslanders in the following areas:
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|Education and Training (including work readiness);|
Employment in the Resources Sector; and|
|Under the MOU, all parties will fund the continuation of the current North West Queensland Indigenous Resource Industry Initiative (NWQIRII), as well as expanding the Bowen Basin Indigenous Participation Partnership (BBIPP) to include the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) sector. |
The purpose of these two partnerships is to streamline and optimise government and industry efforts directed at improving indigenous participation in the resources sector and maintain the resource industry’s ongoing social licence to operate.
A copy of the current MoU is available here:
|North West Queensland Indigenous Resources Industry Initiative (NWQIRII) |
|The North West Queensland Indigenous Resources Industry Initiative (NWQIRII) is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the Queensland Government and the Australian Government that has been coordinated under the previous MoU’s since 2007.|
The delivery of the initiative is organised around its twin goals of providing pathways for Indigenous education, training and employment in the resources sector and increasing the opportunities for Indigenous businesses to gain work in the resources sector.
Job vacancies mining companies operating in North West Queensland:
|Indigenous Participation in the Coal and Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Sectors |
|In 2013/14, the MoU efforts to facilitate a sector-wide partnership with the Bowen Basin coal sector will be extended to the Coal Seam Gas sector. |
The partnership seeks to engage stakeholders from the coal and coal seam gas sectors, the Indigenous community, government and the employment services and training sector in a range of collaborative activities to boost Indigenous training, employment and business development.
Job vacancies mining companies operating in Bowen Basin and the coal seam gas sector:
|MoU Action Plan 2013-14 |
|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 for the resources sector and supporting increased Indigenous business participation in resource sector supply chains.|
Focal activities under the MoU Action Plan 2013-14 include:
|continuation of the twice-yearly Indigenous Employment and Training Practitioners’ Forums to share best practice information about Indigenous employment and training strategies; |
activities to support Indigenous business development and engagement with resource sector supply chains, such as Procurement Managers’ Forums and Meet the Buyer Forums; |
initiatives to promote collaboration across the resources sector to improve Indigenous employment outcomes, such as RJCP-resource sector linkage projects, the Resources Industry Indigenous Jobseeker Database, drivers licensing projects and the North West Queensland Indigenous Workforce Development Strategy;|
improved engagement with Indigenous communities around MoU activities;|
improved data collection around Indigenous employment and training outcomes in the resources sector.|
|A copy of the MoU Action Plan 2013-14 is available here:|
|Minutes from MoU Forums and Meetings |
|Copies of the minutes from recent MoU forums and working group meetings are available here:|
|For further information about MoU projects, activities and events, please contact the MoU Partnership Facilitators by clicking on the link below:|