Reconciliation and Indigenous Engagement

The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians, whose knowledge, cultures, histories and languages have been created and shared for at least 65,000 years.

The University of Queensland's (UQ) vision is to build a strong sense of belonging in an inclusive environment that works respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities in teaching, learning, research and collaboration.

Indigenous inclusion is a critical issue not only for the Australian university sector and its role in closing the gap, but also for the minerals sector.

As a world leading research institute, SMI also seeks to be world leading in the establishment of initiatives that incorporates the expertise and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

SMI Reconciliation Implementation Plan

SMI is an outward facing institution and open to opportunities that embrace challenge, diversity and complexity. Our vision is as an accessible place to work: a destination of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

SMI is committed to creating further opportunities with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as potential HDR students and as staff.

Likewise, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who work for industry, and those who have an interest in the sector and have the cultural authority to engage with SMI and industry will be welcome, across a range of engagement platforms as part of the SMI’s broader network.

SMI is a place to aspire to work, and to engage with, to change industry for the better: to improve social performance practices and approaches, and industry standards.

UQ's Reconciliation Action Plan provides the platform of actions and deliverables for SMI's Implementation Plan (PDF, 782.2 KB) that will drive change, from Indigenous exclusion to collaborative engagement.

For more information contact: Dr Sarah Holcombe


Visiting Indigenous Fellows – Supporting Indigenous involvement in collaborative research with SMI staff and students.

Guidelines (PDF, 119.8 KB)

The SMI bursary scheme to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HDR Scholars.

Bursary information

Discovery Indigenous Scheme (Government scheme) – provides funding to support research programs led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and build research capacity of HDR and early career researchers.

Application details


Indigenous Peoples and Mining – A range of open-access resources developed by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining that showcase leading practices around Indigenous participation in the extractive resources sector. 

Access resource hub