MEDIA STATEMENT: QPC inquiry in service delivery to Queensland’s remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities

A DETAILED inquiry into service delivery to Queensland’s remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities is underway by the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC).

Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Curtis Pitt, announced the Inquiry into service delivery in Indigenous communities late last year, along with appointing Professor Bronwyn Fredericks as a Commissioner for the QPC.

“I am committed to delivering a rigorous, evidence-based assessment with the aim of improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Professor Fredericks said.

“The inquiry will examine what the Queensland Government spends on services, whether these investments are delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and identify if they can be improved.

“As part of the inquiry we will consult widely, including visiting interested stakeholders across the state. “I encourage everyone to register their interest on the QPC website: https://www.qpc.qld.gov.au

The Commission will release a consultation paper in March to facilitate discussion with all stakeholders, and a draft report will be prepared by August 2017 for a further round of consultation. The final report will be submitted to the Queensland Government by 30 November 2017.

Our Commissioner

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, a Murri woman from southeast Queensland, has been appointed as part-time Commissioner for the inquiry.

Professor Fredericks is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement with CQ University, Australia. Professor Fredericks has worked in the education, health care and human services sector for state and federal governments, as well as non-government organisations, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health services. She is a Board Member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and the Central Queensland Region Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Professor Fredericks holds several distinguished roles in Indigenous research. She is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). Her research has focused on the socio-psychological aspects of chronic disease, public health interventions and Indigenous women’s health issues, along with training and education.

About the Commission

The Queensland Productivity Commission provides independent advice on complex economic and regulatory issues, with the objective of driving economic growth, lifting productivity, and improving living standards across Queensland.

The Commission is established as a separate legal entity and statutory body under its own legislation, the Queensland Productivity Commission Act 2015.

Our work encompasses four key streams:

  • public inquiries into productivity, economic development and industry matters
  • regulatory advice and guidance to departments
  • policy research
  • reports on competitive neutrality complaints

The Commission operates independently from the Queensland Government — its views, findings and recommendations are based on its own analyses and judgments.

Wide-ranging, open and transparent public consultation underpin the Commission’s functions