We are experts in negotiating economic development, land and sea management, developing Reconciliation Action Plans and other strategic and planning documents important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their stakeholders.

Our approach is to bring all stakeholders to the table in a way that’s culturally appropriate and encourages honest, robust conversation. We believe in ‘relationships before transactions’.

We facilitate discussions through workshops and stakeholder meetings, developing solutions through an iterative process that keeps stakeholders involved, engaged and informed throughout the process.

We gather data and information from all available sources, so that our decision-making and negotiation comes from a position of strength.

We understand that the Reconciliation Action Plans and strategic documents we help develop are only as good as their implementation and adoption – so we work hard to ensure they are meaningful and practical.

Our work exists to connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in ways that help our shared journey to reconciliation and create long-lasting relationships based on mutual respect and understanding. 

Project highlights

  • Australia’s first whole-of-government Reconciliation Action Plan – Queensland Government
  • Indigenous Economic Reporting Tool – Indigenous Business Australia
  • Indigenous Investment Principles – Indigenous Business Australia
  • Bunya Mountains Aboriginal Aspirations and Caring for Country Plan
  • Indigenous Heritage Values of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Indigenous Sector Practice – Ernst and Young
  • Aboriginal Tourism Development Plan for the Great Ocean Road

What our clients say

  • I appreciated the thoughtful experience and generous, regular and clear communication between Markwell and Associates and the agency. I felt the consultants understood what I needed, that I knew what was going on and that I could have confidence in the process to get me the deliverables I needed in the timeframes I needed. I felt that the Traditional Owners were getting the same; plenty of information and engagement in designing the workshops, which was evidenced by their turn-out and engagement on the day. I also really appreciated the commitment to best practice and that I really trusted that Markwell and Associates understood and were committed to the project and the outcomes.Strategically, the greatest benefit was the deep and broad understanding of the issues that Markwell and Associates brought to the process, which value-added and provided expert guidance. Operationally, the workshops were organised smoothly, ran well and received excellent feedback from participants. Markwell and Associates got good attendance and excellent engagement of participants at each meeting, which can be difficult for consultants, which was a massive benefit to the project.
    Kerrie Jocumsen Manager Indigenous Partnerships team Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
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