Our Connections, Our Futures Symposium

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The Our Connections, Our Futures Symposium was a collaboration between the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, the Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the Department of Jobs and Small Business, and Banaam.

The event brought together a diverse group of industry leaders and stakeholders from various sectors in the Gold Coast region to address Indigenous employment and engagement. The event aimed to create awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Indigenous culture, explore opportunities for collaboration, and encourage commitment to Indigenous employment and community programs.

The Project:

The Symposium featured a packed agenda, including a cultural education session led by the Banaam team, presentations from government bodies and experts, and networking opportunities. Attendees included representatives from the Gold Coast Titans, Goldoc, HOTA Home of the Arts, Simply School, Indigenous Labour Hire, Preston Campbell Foundation, City of Gold Coast Council, NORTEC, Protech, Gold Coast Suns Football Club, National Trust of Australia Queensland, and more.

Throughout the event, participants had the opportunity to learn about the services available to help employ Indigenous men and women, share best practices, and discuss the importance of embedding Indigenous culture within businesses. The Symposium also facilitated the creation of pledges by organisations to support Indigenous community programs and employment.


The Symposium proved to be a valuable and transformative experience for attendees, who gained a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture, history, and the significance of cultural education. The targets set by DESBT at the outset of the project were met and exceeded including 100 symposium participants (target of 80) and 1,300 jobs (target of 80). 

Participants appreciated the networking opportunities and the chance to collaborate with other organisations to support Indigenous employment across various sectors. Many attendees expressed their commitment to integrating Banaam’s values and cultural framework within their organisations, creating Reconciliation Action Plans, and increasing Indigenous engagement and employment.

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