Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development (SID) School sponsorship

As part of TMR’s Cultural Capability Action Plan and our commitment to the whole-of-government Reconciliation Action Plan, TMR sponsors the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development School.

The initiative aims to increase the number of Indigenous students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Every year TMR works with 25–30 Indigenous students from all over Queensland.

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SID Program career expo conducted on one of Queensland Rail’s New Generation trains wrapped in our ‘Travelling’ Indigenous artwork. Translink Deputy Director-General, Matt Longland, welcoming the students, 2019

Sponsoring this program demonstrates our commitment to employment and provides a targeted networking opportunity for recipients to study disciplines associated with TMR. More than 130 students (64 male and 74 female) have attended the program since the sponsorship began in 2014.

The SID School Program is coordinated by the QUT Oodgeroo Unit and is about improving employment, economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students by encouraging their interest in higher education, to make connections with others of similar backgrounds, and connect with current university students from a variety of faculties and disciplines.

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Wil Ivinson, Director (Activity-based working) joining SID students on the NGR train, 2019

By attending and participating in the program students, engage with others from similar backgrounds and participate in experiential activities to see that going to university is one of many post-schooling options available to them.

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Owner and artist (David Williams and Simon Carmichael) from Gilimbaa take SID students on a tour of the TMR Travelling artwork on the train wrap, 2019

In 2015 we sponsored the Winter School Program, a 4-day program in Brisbane. We took 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from years 10 and 11 on tours of our Brisbane Traffic Management Centre and King George Square Busway. We introduced the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student ambassadors to some of our employees including our Director-General. The program allowed us to show the students TMR's career options as well as employee connections. 

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TMR staff member Mark Baumgart from RoadTek talking to students from the SID School (Science Infrastructure Development) about career choices, 2019