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Our awards and recognition

Our efforts to be an inclusive and culturally capable department have been acknowledged.

  • 1998 – Leann Wilson won the Premier's Award for Business Reconciliation for her work as our first Native Title and Cultural Heritage officer. Her work included developing Native Title and Cultural Heritage policies, which became benchmark Native Title and Cultural Heritage policies across the state.
  • 1998 - Queensland Transport and Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a national award for the joint development of the Mandatory Ship Reporting System (SRS) for Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef.
  • 1999 - Helen Akee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Officer, based in Townsville won an Australia Day Award for her noteworthy contributions to the work of the department.
  • 2000 - As part of the of Premier's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management, we were awarded the inaugural Bridges to Reconciliation Award for building community capability and improving quality of life outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • 2003 - The Georgina River Bridge Project at Camooweal won 3 awards: the CASE Earth Award for Special Achievements in Archaeology and Heritage Excellence; the Queensland Indigenous Peoples’ Training Initiative Award and the inaugural Queensland Government Business Reconciliation Award. The same project and a reconciliation statement with the Mandandanji traditional owner group in southern Queensland were finalists in the 2003 Premier's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management, in the Partnerships and Reconciliation category.
  • 2003 - Mark Baumgart, won an Australia Day Award for putting extra into his work and the community. In particular for his dedication and commitment to projects and issues facing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • 2007 - The Split Rock Inca Alliance—Myuma Pty Ltd, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd and Department of Main Roads—won the Australian Training Initiative Award for its innovative approach to sustainable employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people.
  • 2007 - The Alliance won 2 Premier’s Reconciliation Awards in the Business—Partnerships Category and an overall Premier’s award.
  • 2013 - The Myuma–Transport and Main Roads Alliance was awarded the Premier’s Reconciliation Award, recognising the partnership model we built has delivered significant new Indigenous reconciliation outcomes through road construction projects.
  • 2016 - We won the 2016 Premiers Reconciliation Award for Partnerships for the Peninsula Developmental Road Priority Agreement and successfully negotiated the Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Cape York Land Council and the Traditional Owners on the Peninsula Developmental Road, demonstrating the department’s ongoing commitment to actively engage key stakeholders.
  • 2016 - The Cape York Region Package as a whole received a high commendation at the IPWEA Excellence Awards 2016.
  • 2017 - The Cape York Region Package was recognised with a High Commendation Award for Innovation and reached the third evaluation round for the 2017 United Nations Public Service Award.  
2015 QRC Indigenous Awards Colin Saltmere, Neil Scales and Noel Gertz
2013 QRC Indigenous Awards: Colin Saltmere (left) Director-General, Neil Scales (centre) and Noel Gertz (right). The Myuma–Transport and Main Roads Alliance won the Australian Training Initiative Award for its innovative approach to sustainable employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people