Serving the community for over 115 years

About Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ)

Providing goods and services to Torres Strait, NPA and mainland Aboriginal communites in remote areas.

On 1 September 2016, the name of the Island Industries Board changed to Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ). CEQ is a Queensland government statutory body with responsibility for commercial enterprises in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, currently primarily in retailing.

CEQ was established by section 60D of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984 (the Act). For more information about the Act.

In the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area CEQ trades as IBIS. CEQ provides communities where they operate with a range of food, drinks and household items essential for a healthy life, at a fair price. CEQ also provides employment and training opportunities for local people.

In 2017/18 the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) Retail Stores were merged with the retail stores in IBIS and both operations are now managed by CEQ.

These former DATSIP stores now trade under the ABIS banner (Aboriginal Business, Industry and Service) and are located in 5 remote communities:  Palm Island; Lockhart River; Pormpuraaw; Kowanyama; and Doomadgee.

With the IBIS operational hub in Cairns it operates two supermarkets, 17 convenience stores, a service station, a hardware store and a department store. The retail stores provide a quality range of food, drinks, furniture and bedding, white goods and small appliances, mobile phones and phone credits and other household products. The range of goods depends on the size of the store.

About the Torres Strait

The Torres Strait is a body of water that lies between Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is approximately 150 kilometres wide at its narrowest extent. To the south is Cape York Peninsula (the northernmost continental extremity of the Australian state of Queensland) whilst to the north is Papua New Guinea.

The Torres Strait links the Coral Sea to the east with the Arafura Sea in the west. Several clusters of islands lie in the Strait, collectively called the Torres Strait Islands. There are at least 274 islands which are grouped into five distinct clusters, 17 of which have present-day permanent settlements. Of these 17 islands, 14 have stores and incorporate a treaty that enables trade practices with Papua New Guinea Nationals. IBIS has a store on 13 of the 14 islands. These clusters exhibit differences in geology and formation, as well as having individual cultural characteristics and language. Thirteen of the inhabited islands are located within the protected zone, as outlined in the Torres Strait Treaty.

The Treaty allows for a cooperative approach to managing the traditional movements of traditional inhabitants across the Torres Strait protected area.

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