Call for Path to Treaty Independent Interim Body members

Published Friday, 17 June, 2022 at 06:00 AM

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Craig Crawford

The Queensland Government is calling for members of a Path to Treaty Interim Body to play a key role in providing a foundation for treaty making and truth telling.

Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people with leadership experience in community engagement for self-determination and reconciliation are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Craig Crawford said successful applicants will play a critical role in building the momentum of the Path to Treaty.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to righting the wrongs of the past,’’ Mr Crawford said.

“The next phase of treaty making is about creating the best environment for negotiations to take place.

“This will be done through research, community engagement, and co-design of future Path to Treaty structures to progress this significant reform.”

Queensland has been on a Path to Treaty since July 2019 to address the “unfinished business” of the forcible displacement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from their land and waters since colonisation.

The Path to Treaty will ultimately achieve a treaty, or treaties, between the Queensland Government and First Nations peoples for a new and just relationship - one that celebrates the vibrant cultures of First Nations and achieves tangible justice, equality, and opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“To achieve a truly reconciled, prosperous and treaty-ready state there is much work to be done,’’ Minister Crawford said.

“We are seeking expressions of interests of those who have the right experience to help lead this process.

“The advisory body will be appointed for 12 months and include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders as well as non-Indigenous representatives.”

To submit an Expression of Interest to join the Independent Interim Body visit and applications close on 18 July 2022.

To learn more about Queensland’s Path to Treaty visit

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