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Regional centres

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services has regional offices across Queensland with service centres located in many major regional centres. Regional offices work with community leaders, funded service providers, businesses and the other layers of government to lead and contribute to key initiatives for the Queensland Government that provide appropriate, accessible and quality services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office

The Program Office covers the land and infrastructure requirements for all 16 discrete Indigenous Local Government Areas in Queensland (Aurukun, Doomadgee, Cherbourg, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Mornington Island, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Torres Straits, Woorabinda, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah) as well as for the following areas: Coen, Cooktown, Laura, Mona Mona, Mossman Gorge and Weipa.

Address:
Level 9, Cairns Corporate Tower, 15 Lake Street, Cairns Qld 4870
Phone:
07 4057 3862
Fax:
07 4057 3890
Postal address:
PO Box 5461 Cairns Qld 4870

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Remote Government Coordination

The Remote Government Coordination office coordinates government programs and services for the following local government (shire council and regional council) areas: Aurukun, Cook (including Coen and Laura), Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranum, Pormpuraaw, Weipa, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah and Mossman Gorge. There are 4 office locations:

Address:
Level 9, Cairns Corporate Tower, 15 Lake Street Cairns Qld 4870
Phone:
07 4057 3862
Fax:
07 4057 3890
Postal address:
PO Box 5461 Cairns Qld 4870
Address:
Fred Kerindun Business Centre Kang Kang Road, Aurukun Qld 4871
Phone:
07 4082 4507
Mobile:
0477 307 879
Fax:
07 4060 6215
Address:
12 Walker Street, Cooktown Qld 4895
Phone:
07 4082 2000
Mobile:
0427 160 643
Fax:
07 4069 5098
Postal address:
PO Box 761 Cooktown Qld 4895
Address:
Suite 2, 202 Kerr Point Road, Weipa Qld 4874
Phone:
07 4082 4501
Mobile:
0428 100 934
Fax:
07 4069 7504

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Torres Region

The Torres Region covers the following local government (shire council and regional council) areas: Northern Peninsula Area, Torres Shire Council and the Torres Strait Island Regional Council.

Address:
Level 1, 46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island Qld 4875
Postal address:
PO Box 94 Thursday Island Qld 4875
Phone:
07 4069 1243
Fax:
07 4069 1781

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Far North Queensland Region

The Far North Queensland Region covers the following local government (shire council and regional council) areas: Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Mareeba and Tablelands.

Address:
Level 3, Citicentral Building 65-67 Spence St, Cairns Qld 4870
Postal address:
PO Box 5365 Cairns Qld 4870
Phone:
07 4232 4232

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North Queensland Region

The North Queensland Region covers the local government (city, shire and regional council) areas of Boulia, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, McKinley, Mackay, Mornington Island, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville and Whitsunday.

There are 3 office locations:

Address:
4th Floor, State Government Building, 187 – 209 Stanley Street, Townsville Qld 4810
Postal address:
PO Box 5620 Townsville Qld 4810
Phone:
07 4799 7470
Fax:
07 4799 7549
Address:
52 Miles Street, Mt. Isa Qld 4825
Postal address:
PO Box 309 Mt. Isa Qld 4825
Phone:
07 4747 2089
Fax:
07 4743 9611
Address:
Level Ground, Verde Central, 44 Nelson Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Postal address:
PO Box 1533 Mackay Qld 4740
Phone:
07 4862 7001

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Central Queensland Region

The Central Queensland Region has 2 office locations.

The Hervey Bay office covers the local government (shire and regional council) areas of Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg.

Address:
Level 1, Brendan Hansen Building, 50-54 Main Street, Pialba Qld 4655
Postal address:
PO Box 3444 Hervey Bay Qld 4655
Phone:
07 4125 9366
Fax:
07 4125 9373

The Rockhampton office covers the local government (regional and shire council) areas of Central Highlands, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall Tambo, Diamantina, Longreach, Winton and Woorabinda.

Address:
Level 2, 209 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton Qld 4700
Postal address:
PO Box 883 Rockhampton Qld 4700
Phone:
07 4938 4690
Fax:
07 4938 4369

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South West Region

The South West Region covers the local government (shire, regional and city council) areas of Balonne, Bulloo, Goondiwindi, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Roma, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

There are 3 office locations:

Address:
Ground Floor, 162 Hume Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Postal address:
PO Box 99 Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone:
07 3819 7606
Email:
Ask_SW@DATSIP.qld.gov.au
Address:
Lot 88, Hood Street, Charleville Qld 4470
Postal address:
PO Box 99 Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone:
07 3819 7606
Email:
Ask_SW@DATSIP.qld.gov.au
Address:
Level 2, ICON Building, 117 Brisbane Street, Ipswich Qld 4305
Postal address:
PO Box 99 Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone:
07 3819 7606
Email:
Ask_SW@DATSIP.qld.gov.au

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South East Queensland (South) Region

The South East Queensland (South) Region covers the area south-east of Brisbane and includes local council areas for Logan City Council, Gold Coast City Council and Scenic Rim.

Address:
Level 2, 6 Ewing Road, Woodridge Qld 4114
Postal address:
PO Box 20 Woodridge Qld 4114
Phone:
07 3080 4700
Fax:
07 3287 8313

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South East Queensland (North) Region

The South East Queensland (North) Region covers the Brisbane and north coast areas and includes the local council area for Brisbane City, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, Noosa Council, Somerset and Redlands City Council.

There are 2 office locations:

Address:
Level 18, 111 George St Brisbane Qld 4000
Postal address:
PO Box 15397 City East Qld 4002
Phone:
07 3003 6483
Address:
Level 2, 33 King Street, Caboolture Qld 4510
Postal address:
PO Box 284 Caboolture Qld 4510
Phone:
07 5490 1091

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Know Your Community

Know Your Community – Key insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, is a new tool which enables anyone to build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland’s first nation peoples and the communities they live in.

Whether you are developing a business case for investment opportunities, seeking information about regional employment rates, putting in a funding submission, giving a presentation, engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, or just increasing your knowledge you can be assured that Know Your Community will provide you with accurate and consistent information each and every time you visit.

Data is available from a range of topics relating to people and community, work and income, education and training, and housing for any Queensland Indigenous Location (ILOC), Statistical Area 2 (SA2), State Electoral District or Local Government Area (LGA).

Data is from the Australia Bureau of Statistics (2011 Census and 2016 Census) and has been analysed and stratified against the same data for non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

The data has been recently updated from the 2016 Census in the following topics:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • population size and structure
  • family and household structure
  • unpaid care
  • disability
  • voluntary work
  • highest level of schooling completed
  • at school or studying
  • income
  • housing.

The data for the following topics will be updated when additional Census 2016 data is released later in the year:

  • change of address
  • children in jobless families
  • non-school qualifications
  • Year 12 or above qualification of 20 to 24 year olds
  • working, studying or training amongst 18 to 24 year olds
  • work status
  • work by industry and occupation.

Know Your Community has been developed by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office within Queensland Treasury.

Cultural capability

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships can help you access cultural capability training to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for foundation-level online training or intense face-to-face workshop sessions, you’ll find the resources and guidance to make the right training purchase decision.

  • Training providers

    Each provider listed on the pre-qualified training panel has demonstrated that they can develop and deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability training content that meets organisation and staff needs.

  • Training checklist

    The training checklist will help organisations through the process of selecting a trainer. It also has links to provide post-training feedback.

  • Pre training questionnaire

    The pre-training questionnaire will help organisations identify trainers with the right expertise to deliver cultural capability training that will meet staff and organisation needs.

  • Training needs survey

    The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships is conducting an ongoing “cultural capability training needs” expression of interest survey.

  • Cultural capability facilitators

    The suppliers in this list have demonstrated their skills at facilitating workshops focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultural capability content.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage

  • What is cultural heritage

    The Cultural Heritage Unit is responsible for administering the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003.

  • The cultural heritage duty of care

    The duty of care applies to any activity where Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage is located.

  • Cultural heritage search request

    Persons carrying out activities that may impact on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage can request information from the database and register.

  • Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund

    The Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund provides funding to work with communities to repatriate ancestral remains, burial goods and secret and/or sacred objects to their community of origin.

  • Cultural heritage database and register

    The purpose of the database is to assemble information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage in a central and accessible location as a research and planning tool.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statutory parties

    The cultural heritage Acts identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parties who should be involved in the assessment and management of cultural heritage.

  • Cultural heritage bodies

    The sole function of a cultural heritage body is to identify the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parties for an area and serves as the first point of contact for cultural heritage matters.

  • Cultural heritage management plans

    A Cultural heritage management plan is an agreement between a land user (sponsor) and Traditional Owner (endorsed party).

  • Compliance and enforcement

    The department, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, is responsible for investigating activities that have allegedly breached Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage legislation.

  • Human remains

    Guidelines to assist with the discovery, handling and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human remains.

  • Cultural heritage studies

    A cultural heritage study is a comprehensive study of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

  • Designated landscape areas

    Designated landscape areas are recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage register.