Gandu Jarjum : an Indigenous voice in the QTU
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and representation
To ensure indigenous representation and participation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QTU members and applicants to QTU membership are invited to complete the brief online form
Alternatively download , complete and return this pdf form.
Gandu Jarjum : role of the committee
- is a forum providing an Indigenous voice in the QTU;
- coordinates QTU representation and advocacy on Department of Education committees and working groups on Indigenous education;
- develops submissions on Indigenous issues to the Department of Education, State and Commonwealth Governments, and other bodies;
- oversees the development of QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy;
- promotes Indigenous teacher networks;
- provides opportunities to Indigenous QTU members for professional and industrial relations development;
- sends Indigenous QTU members to participate in state, national and international conferences on Indigenous issues;
- maintains links with other organisations (e.g. Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, Brisbane Council of Elders);
- has Indigenous representatives on the national AEU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and AEU TAFE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Committees;
- sponsors cross-cultural and anti-racism seminars for teachers;
- participates in activities such as NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day.
The QTU formally apologises to Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities for the role that educators and schools had in the removal of Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities and their subsequent mistreatment. The QTU formally acknowledges and apologises for the part played by teachers and schools in the removal of Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and their subsequent mistreatment. The QTU recommits itself to continuing to strive for the full recognition of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights especially those relating to land and sea rights.
Acknowledgement of traditional owners
The QTU acknowleges the traditional owners of this land (link to wording, downloads and more information)....
The QTU also encourages all Branches, and Committees to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land.
Gandu Jarjum members
- Amanda Power
- Beresford Domic
- Cheryn Coats
- James Matysek
- Leah Newcombe
- Leeanne Konstantinou
- Letitia Choppy
- Letitia Murgha
- Margi Malezer
- Merv King
- Penny Taylor
- Peter Lubke
- Rachel Bos
- Samuel Bann
Reconciliation Action Plan - the RAP
Kuku Yalanji Indigenous language program
The QTU was proud to sponsor the Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education category in this year's Showcase Awards. Here Mossman State School, this year's state winner, shares its experiences.07 November 2019 Read More
Indigenous kids need our care – SNAICC National Conference 2019
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) held its 2019 conference in Adelaide.07 November 2019 Read More
September 2019: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network news
In this edition: Biennial conference and the launch of the Innovate RAP | Life membership awarded to Margi Malezer | Penny Taylor elected as QTU Trustee | Representation at conference sets new benchmark | New Gandu Jarjum polo shirt | QCU NAIDOC Awards | NATSIPA conference opportunities | Upcoming QTU seminar | World Indigenous People's Conference on Education03 September 2019 Read More
It is something that can be recognised by all Union members and gives everyone in the Union the opportunity to wear it and stand in solidarity with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples and on Aboriginal issues and Torres Strait Islander issues. The artist, Dr Mayrah Yarraga Dreise, a Gamilaraay and Yeeralaraaya woman, was, at the time of formulating the design, a principal, an active unionist and member of Gandu Jarjum. Gandu Jarjum members chose the animals on the shirts from Mayrah's designs to reflect Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Union.
Click on the image to find out more about the tshirt.