Investments by governments, the private sector and not for profit organisations significantly affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland’s remote and discrete communities.

There have been many innovative and successful programs implemented by, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. However, community outcomes for some programs and services have been mixed.

This inquiry aims to understand what works well, and why, to improve outcomes for all remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Purpose of the inquiry

The Treasurer has asked the Commission to hold an inquiry into services delivered in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The inquiry will look at:

  • what the Queensland Government currently spends on services and what is delivered on the ground
  • better ways to deliver existing government services and manage, coordinate and target services
  • how the Queensland Government can improve services
  • the best ways to evaluate services delivered in communities.

Have your say

The success of this inquiry depends on you — the community members, leaders and people and organisations who deliver services into remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

There will be many different ways for you to provide your views. These will include:

  •  community meetings
  •  roundtables held at different locations across the state
  •  two rounds of formal written submissions and consultation

Arrangements to meet with the team can be made by telephone (07) 3015 5111 or click here to send us an email.

Consultation paper

The Commission has released its consultation paper.

A snapshot paper is also available – this is a short version of the consultation paper.

The consultation paper covers the scope of the inquiry, key matters for comment and how to make a submission.

Submissions are invited by 2 June 2017.


The inquiry is expected to take around 11 months, with the final report to be delivered to the Treasurer on 30 November 2017.

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Make a submission

If you would like to contribute to the inquiry by making a submission then please do so using the form on the following page.