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Our commitment to education and employment

We have a long and proud history of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to increase economic participation and build capability.  

Community partnership projects, workforce renewal strategies, training and employment initiatives and targeted education programs have been a strong focus for many years.  

Building and maintaining our roads are an important source of employment in remote Indigenous communities and providing locals with apprentice and trainee opportunities is a high priority.   

TMR's initiatives have included:  

Mitchell Michael—a success story

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Promoting equal employment opportunities

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and have implemented a number of strategies to support this, including:  

  • our involvement in career expositions, including those focused on First Nations people
  • providing job placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • sponsoring of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a number of scholarship initiatives
  • ongoing promotion and delivery of online and face-to-face cross-cultural awareness training to assist our people to understand cross-cultural factors when interacting with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • using inclusive language in role descriptions and selection processes
  • promoting NAIDOC week and hosting events during the week
  • fostering an inclusive workplace
Equal employment opportunities—target is 3% by 2022
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–2020
Headcount 106 97 122 132 131
% of TMR 1.19% 1.06% 1.33% 1.44% 1.39%
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Trainee, Tristen Bowie, checking the road grade on Mein Deviation project, 2015

Kelsea—living OneTMR

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Kelsea exemplifies the success of the department’s cadetship program. We are proud to have supported Kelsea from high school through to her completing a university degree. She is an inspiring woman who has given back to the community through her roles in the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, Mentor in the Young Achievers Program and as Outreach Ambassador for the University of Queensland.

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Peninsula Development Road Scholarship recipient Mitchell Michael meets with our Director-General Neil Scales, 2017