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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Transport and Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) funding program

Established in 1996, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Transport and Infrastructure Development Scheme funding program (TIDS) is provided to local governments by TMR. The program funds infrastructure upgrades that improve road, air and sea access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland.

An annual state-wide funding allocation of $8.2 million across Queensland is provided to improve access via transport infrastructure such as roads, aerodromes, barge ramps and jetties. TIDS funding is managed by TMR’s Far North District.

A number of Aboriginal Shire Councils receive an annual allocation of TIDS funding through membership with established Regional Roads and Transport Groups under the Roads and Transport Alliance. These councils include:

  • Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council.

These councils have decision-making authority over the programming of their TIDS allocation within their local government area.

In 2020-21 we allocated $8.2 million TIDS funding, with 15 new projects across 10 local government areas funded.

Works completed under the TIDS include:

  • resealing airstrips at Pormpuraaw, Yam Island and Warraber Island
  • sealing roads in Aurukun, Lockhart River, Moa Island and Wujal Wujal
  • improving marine infrastructure at Seisia and numerous outer Torres Strait islands.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement in Transport and Roads Infrastructure Delivery and Maintenance Strategy

We have a legislative and social responsibility to manage our respective road and transport networks and collaborate to deliver a safe and reliable network for Queensland communities.

In carrying out this responsibility, we have a long-standing history of engaging with local businesses and communities to deliver shared transport infrastructure priorities, specifically in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Released in June 2019, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement in Transport and Road Infrastructure Delivery and Maintenance Strategy was developed in response to feedback on recommendations presented to the northern Australia Ministerial Forum in April 2018. We identified a need to develop a policy and strategy to provide guidance and measures on Indigenous engagement as part of our transport infrastructure and maintenance programs and policy.

Aligning closely with Queensland Government priorities, the strategy aims to support us to further embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement into transport infrastructure and maintenance programs. It will help us to continue to develop and embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business capacity and capability through ongoing engagement with, and procurement of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and workforces.

By embedding these practices into our normal business, we will enable a sustainable, transparent and price-competitive market for Queensland Government contracts to all suppliers and workforces.

Queensland Government Building and Construction Training Policy 2014

In 2014 the Queensland Government introduced the Building and Construction Training Policy, replacing and consolidating 2 previous Queensland Government policies.

The policy applies both to eligible projects located in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities and eligible projects located throughout the rest of Queensland identified as Indigenous projects. For all of these projects, contractors are required to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as apprentices or trainees and undertake other workforce training as a mandated component of being awarded work on the project.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement in Transport and Roads Infrastructure Delivery and Maintenance Policy

Released in 2018, the policy provides direction to relevant TMR business areas seeking to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders in economic and employment opportunities.

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • foster a greater level of Traditional Owner participation and partnership through focused opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and employment and training
  • plan transport infrastructure and delivery investment to better support and promote local economic development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses
  • continue the management of Cultural Heritage, Native Title and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental issues as key considerations during infrastructure project delivery.

Queensland Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Procurement Policy

The Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy provides a whole-of-government framework to increase procurement with Indigenous business to 3% of the value of government procurement contracts by 2022. Overall, the policy aims to increase capability and capacity of Indigenous businesses in tendering for Queensland Government contracts and improve employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Under the policy we, along with the other Queensland Government departments, have committed to:

  • increase capacity and capability of Indigenous businesses to successfully tender for Queensland Government contracts
  • grow and develop a diverse and sustainable Indigenous business sector in Queensland by increasing the capacity and capability of Indigenous businesses to supply to the Queensland Government, and the private sector, through supply chains and increase private sector demand
  • improve employment outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the Queensland economy.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Procurement Guide

In April 2021, we released the TMR Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Procurement Guide to help support buyers with Indigenous procurement best practice.

The guide provides our employees with advice on:

  • what a First Nations business is
  • how to find First Nations businesses
  • what defines a First Nations project
  • how to apply Indigenous Procurement practices
  • advice on tender and contract clauses, and available cultural capability resources within the department.

In support of the guide we have created a range of online resources with information and links to help TMR staff with Indigenous procurement.

Queensland Indigenous Procurement Champion for TMR—Clare Connell, Procurement 

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