A strategic approach to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland's economy 2016–2022

About Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead was launched in 2016 as the Queensland Government’s whole-of-government strategy to improve economic participation outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Moving Ahead represents a comprehensive and integrated framework of actions implemented across Government to help drive the vision that ”Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participate fully in Queensland’s growing economy through skilling, training and employment, and business growth and development”.

The Queensland Government recognises that increased economic participation results in significant social and economic benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, extending to individuals, families, communities, businesses and the broader nation.

The Moving Ahead framework reflects a life-course approach to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, recognising the importance and interconnectedness of activities, initiatives and experiences throughout a person’s life.

Priority areas

Moving Ahead initially included 27 actions across five priority areas, which were informed and developed by a broad range of consultations, including across business, industry and Government. These five priority areas are:

  1. Build a more skilled and diverse workforce
  2. Focus on youth, and plan for future success
  3. Build our partnership with industry
  4. Increase entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation
  5. Overcome barriers and realise opportunities to completion.

Since Moving Ahead was launched, seven of the initial 27 actions have been completed or finalised due to the objective of the action being achieved, or the time or funding limitations of the action. The strategy continues to drive the 20 remaining actions, including 17 agency-specific and three whole-of-government actions, which continue to achieve positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Key achievements

Some key achievements to date include:

Broader strategic reform

Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities represents the Queensland Government’s objectives for the community for the next 30 years. Moving Ahead actions support and engage the Our Future State priories, notably Priority One to 'Create jobs in a strong economy' through an increase in private sector engagement and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in engaging in education, skills, training and work.

Tracks to Treaty

On 14 July 2019, the Queensland Government launched Tracks to Treaty - Reframing the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QueenslandersTracks to Treaty marks a significant next step on the government’s journey to reframe the important relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Tracks to Treaty has two key reform elements:

  • establishing the Path to Treaty in Queensland
  • implementing the Local Thriving Communities reform.

Moving Ahead supports the reframed relationship in strengthening self-determination and entrepreneurship among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities, in a genuine partnership approach to deliver real change and real outcomes.

Closing the Gap

Moving Ahead also continues to provide an important whole-of-government mechanism to support progress and implementation of Closing the Gap, including the 16 refreshed targets under the new national Closing the Gap agreement endorsed by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments in August 2020. This includes in the key areas of education, work and training, and economic participation opportunities and support for Indigenous businesses, enterprise and communities.

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The Moving Ahead strategy includes 27 actions, to be implemented by Queensland Government departments, and coordinated centrally, to drive targeted, sustainable change.