Indigenous Relations

Since the time of dreaming, Koongo, place of water, Yallarm, place of shells, and its environs have been the home of our First Nations peoples — the Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda nations — who are the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely.

For the last 100 years Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has proudly worked with and alongside these nations and is committed to the reconciliation journey.

GPC acknowledges and values the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander heritage, culture and people, and the role they play in our organisation as employees, customers and community members.

Reconciliation Action Plan


GPC's commitment to reconciliation focuses on developing and maintaining respectful, enduring and mutually beneficial relationships between all Australians. We aim to empower Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander peoples by creating a culturally safe and appropriate work environment and community, where each of us as individuals can contribute learn and grow.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed in partnership with the local Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities and highlights our ongoing commitment to reconciliation through relationships, respect, opportunities and accountability. 

ILUA Fund​ing


An Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) has been established between Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) and the Port Curtis Coral Coast (PCCC) people and referred to as:-

GPC and First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng, Taribelang Bunda People Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC) Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).


This voluntary partnership has been established to ensure the responsible and respectful management of the lands and sea on which we do business to deliver sustainable and mutual prosperity.


A Fund has been established through the ILUA to support projects and initiatives that develop, educate and enhance the community and our environment.

Since March 2021, all funding applications have been put on hold until further notice.

Below is background information only.

The Fund is administered by the GPC & RNTBC ILUA Implementation Committeewhich consists of four GPC representatives and four RNTBC representatives.

We encourage you to review the ILUA Application Guidelines flyer and ILUA Application Process Map before beginning your application.

Future Directions Community Liaison Group


Consisting of both community and GPC representatives, the Future Directions Community Liaison Group (FDCLG) was created with the intent to build sustainable partnerships with the future generation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders in Gladstone for long-term growth, prosperity and opportunity.

The FDCLG vision is to "create opportunity in collaboration", and as a group strive to develop meaningful relationships between GPC and the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander community, share information and strive for positive opportunities for both GPC and the community.

Talent Today, Talent Tomorrow


Recognising and supporting the talent of today, so they can emerge as the talent of tomorrow is the focus behind our scholarship and bursary program specifically for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander students.

A bursary program acknowledging the achievements of secondary students, not only encourages academic achievement and cultural awareness, but also participation, attitude and attendance. Students are awarded bursaries in recognition of their commitment and to assist with the cost of schooling.

The Talent Today, Talent Tomorrow Scholarship is an initiative designed to support the learning journey even further, providing financial assistance of up to $21,000 over a three-year period.

More information​


For information about any of our Indigenous Relations programs email or phone ​our Indigenous Affairs Team on 1800 243 GPC.