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Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan


November 2019 to November 2020

Queensland Museum Network acknowledges that we have been working on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land since we began in 1862. As an organisation, Queensland Museum Network understands the important contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made and will continue to make in protecting, preserving and exhibiting the collections in our care. We are committed to the process of reconciliation and recognise this will be a period of listening, reflection and change.

Queensland Museum Network’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan aims to provide a framework to realise our organisation’s vision for reconciliation. As the first step in our Reconciliation Action Plan journey, the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan focuses on relationships, respect and opportunities and aims to outline the actions Queensland Museum Network will commit to undertaking to establish the right foundations for sustainable change.

The actions in the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan focus on reflecting, listening and learning and providing an opportunity for us as an organisation to acknowledge our past practices, behaviours and relationships, reflect upon them in an effort to respectfully say sorry and move forward in a meaningful way to inform future actions.

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Our vision

To be a valued and trusted museum network that creates authentic and compelling experiences, connects real objects and contemporary research with communities and tells stories that inspire, enrich and empower.

Our business

Queensland Museum Network cares for more than 14 million collection items on behalf of the Queensland community. Queensland Museum Network was founded in January 1862 by the Queensland Philosophical Society. Since then, Queensland Museum Network has grown considerably, with Queensland Museum coming under the responsibility of the State Government in 1871 and moving into its first purpose-built premises in 1879.

Today, Queensland Museum Network is governed by the Board of Queensland Museum (the Board) and includes:

  • Queensland Museum in South Brisbane
  • Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville
  • The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich
  • Queensland Museum Collections, Research and Loans Centre at Hendra, Brisbane
  • Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying in Spring Hill, Brisbane
  • Earth Sciences Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Over the years, Queensland Museum Network has changed with Queensland as it discovers, documents and celebrates the state’s natural, cultural and regional diversity. Queensland Museum has 253 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff and a headcount of 341 employees on either a casual, temporary or permanent basis.

Three (3) Queensland Museum employees identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and are employed across the network within Visitor Services, Repatriation, Records and Social History.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategies, such as traineeships, engagement of additional identified positions and host professional development placements, are a priority for Queensland Museum.

Through its dynamic public programs, respected scientific and cultural research, significant and varied collections, and community outreach services, Queensland Museum Network continues to offer Queensland’s residents and visitors enriching cultural, social and intellectual experiences. Queensland Museum Network reaches far beyond the walls of its museums, connecting with millions of people annually through museum visits, events, workshops, talks and lectures, school education kits, publications, online resources and the Museum Development Officer (MDO) Network. It continues to be a leader in successfully harnessing the support of industry, governments and communities.

Queensland Museum Network is celebrated as a valued cultural and scientific leader, growing with the community to foster a better understanding of our place in the world. Its scientific and academic researchers are internationally recognised for their expertise in natural and cultural heritage, biodiversity and geosciences.

Calendar for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events for 2021

 26 January Survival Day
 13 February National Apology Day
 18 March National Close the Gap Day
 26 May National Sorry Day
 27 May to 3 June  National Reconciliation Week
 27 May Anniversary of 1967 Referendum 
 3 June Mabo Day
 1 July Coming of the Light
 4 to 11 July  NAIDOC Week
 4 August  National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
 9 August  International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
 4 September  Indigenous Literacy Day
 13 September Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
 14 to 18 September  Indigenous Literacy Foundation Week

National Reconciliation Week

Join Queensland Museum Network in celebrating National Reconciliation Week. Print and cut out our Reconciliation Hands and display them around your home, office and school! Download here. (901 KB) pdf document icon 

Contact Us

Please contact Julia Waters, Queensland Museum Network RAP Working Group Chair on 07 3840 7555 or email rapworkinggroup@qm.qld.gov.au

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan Artwork was created by Casey Coolwell.