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Next steps

The Path to Treaty began in 2019. Since then, there have been several key bodies established to progress the Treaty journey. We are taking the time needed to get this right and we want community to help inform the next steps.

Where we are?

We have co-designed legislation with the Queensland Government―the Path to Treaty Bill 2023. The Bill will provide the necessary structures required to progress Truth and Treaty in Queensland, including establishment of: 

  • A First Nations Treaty Institute (Institute) to prepare First Nations communities for treaty negotiations and engage in local truth telling activities.
  • A Truth Telling and Healing Inquiry (Inquiry) to lead a formal process into the impacts of colonisation through hearing and recording truth telling stories.

Where to next?

Our next steps will include:

  • Setting up the Institute to support local truth telling and healing, and to create a treaty making framework
  • Engaging with community on the development of the Terms of Reference to set up the Inquiry, to undertake a formal truth telling and healing process
  • Yarning with community members so that all voices are heard and included.

Community Yarns

We are yarning with community about what happens next to help us progress Treaty in Queensland.

What we will be yarning with you about…

Updating you on

  • Where we are at in the Treaty process, and next steps

Getting your views on

  • What the Truth Telling and Healing Inquiry should deal with, and what it should do
  • Appointing members for the Truth Telling and Healing Inquiry
  • Appointment and selection process of members for the First Nations Treaty Institute Council
  • What your community truth telling aspirations are, and how we can support local activities to tell your collective stories.

Where we will be visiting

We will update this page once we have identified other communities that we will be visiting. Stay tuned for more information and Community Yarning sessions near you.

Please register for a session via the links provided below. Please note, it is not compulsory to register.

Date Community Details Register
20 March Cairns

Bolands Conference Centre 14 Spence Street, Cairns

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Register for Cairns
20 March Weipa

Weipa Motel and Resort Corner Tom Morrison Drive and Central Ave, Weipa

11:30am – 2:00pm

Register for Weipa
21 March Thursday Island

TRAWQ Hall 21 Olandi Street, Thursday Island

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Register for Thursday Island
21 March Palm Island

Police Citizens Youth Club Mango Ave, Palm Island

11:30am – 2:30pm

Register for Palm Island
22 March Townsville

Rydges Towsville 23 Palmer Street, Townsville

11:00am – 2:00pm

Register for Townsville
24 March Woorabinda

122 Carbine Street (Indigenous Knowledge Centre), Woorabinda

12:30 – 3:30pm

Register for Woorabinda
24 March Rockhampton

Centrepoint Motor Inn 131 George Street, Rockhampton

11:00am – 2:00pm

Register for Rockhampton


Share your views with an online submission

If you do not get a chance to attend a Community Yarning session, we have created an online submission for you to provide your views.

To assist you in completing the form, please refer to the:

For more information, download the resources: