The Gurra Gurra Framework 2020-2026

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is committed to working in genuine partnership with Queensland’s First Nations people to achieve stronger outcomes for Country and people.

The Gurra Gurra Framework 2020–2026 (PDF, 3.0MB) will help DES to reframe relationships with First Nations peoples by holding Country and people at the centre of all that we do, from policies and programs, to service delivery.

The Gurra Gurra Framework aims to assist the department to meet existing and emerging legislative obligations under: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwth); the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld); the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld); the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld); the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld); other legislation; and obligations and commitments outlined in our agreements and contracts.

The word ‘Gurra Gurra’ means ‘everything’ in the language of the Kooma people, whose Country is between Cunnamulla and St George in southern inland Queensland. Gurra Gurra reflects the need for our strategies, actions and relationships to be inclusive, integrated and complete.

The Gurra Gurra Framework has been developed using analysis of international leading practice, with input from across the department and co-designed with external First Nations leaders in Queensland, to identify and formalise the structure required for change.

The ten initiatives within the Gurra Gurra Framework will help guide the changes needed to reframe our relationships including:

  1. being adaptable and responsive
  2. embedding a principles and values-based approach
  3. respecting First Nations community history and aspirations
  4. valuing culture within the department
  5. improving cultural capability and agility
  6. attracting and developing First Nations people
  7. improving our authorising environment
  8. strong governance
  9. strong procurement
  10. strong communication.

The implementation of the Gurra Gurra Framework aligns with whole-of-government strategic initiatives such as Tracks to Treaty and Local Thriving Communities.

The Gurra Gurra Framework demonstrates the department’s commitment to create permanent and productive relationships with First Nations peoples, to work in partnership to build a strong and shared future.

Our vision:

To walk forward together, from two paths to one, in a partnership founded on respect, trust and First Nations peoples’ vision for country and people.

Watch a video featuring the department’s Cultural Agency Leader, Cheryl Leavy.

  • The Queensland Government is committed to working in genuine partnership with Queensland’s First Nations people to achieve stronger outcomes for community and for all people. The Gurra Gurra Framework 2020-2026...

    The Queensland Government is committed to working in genuine partnership with Queensland’s First Nations people to achieve stronger outcomes for community and for all people. The Gurra Gurra Framework 2020-2026 focuses on reframing relationships with First Nations peoples by holding Country and people at the centre of all that we do.

First Nations knowledge and expertise

The department respects and values the knowledges and cultures of First Nations peoples, and has developed guiding information for the appropriate payment of cultural expertises and services: