The Queensland First Nations Tourism Council (QFNTC) is the newly formed independent Peak Industry Body for First Nations Tourism in the State of Queensland. The QFNTC is a not for profit association that has been formed as a result of a major initiative of the Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan 2020-2025 undertaken in the Queensland Year of Indigenous Tourism that has been delivered through the Indigenous Working Group of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and funded by  the Queensland Government. 

The process 

The Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan (the Plan) was formally launched in November 2019 at Destination IQ by the Honourable Kate Jones MP, then Queensland State Minister for Tourism.  

The plan contains six tourism pillars and focusses on growing an innovative and sustainable First Nations tourism sector in Queensland, including building capacity to foster the development of authentic, engaging, and sustainable tourism experiences that respect First Nations cultures, knowledges, and connections to country. The Plan is underpinned by the principles of the 2012 Larrakia Declaration and is scaffolded by six tourism pillars, which emerged from state-wide consultations undertaken over a 12-month period with First Nations people across Queensland.  

Backing from the State Government to implement the Plan, included assistance with costs to establish a Peak Body recommended by the Plan (pillar 6), approval of QTIC’s proposal to the Premier of Queensland to declare 2020 the Year of Indigenous Tourism (announced at the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards), and subsequently providing $10 million in investment initiatives to support plan-related activities during this period.

Pillar 6 of the plan is designed to facilitate the creation of an entity that amplifies voice to the First Nations tourism sector, while also providing substantial support and advocacy. Recognising international best practice, the Plan recommends the creation of a First Nations tourism body to directly address the strategic coordination and structure pillar.  

QTIC’s First Nations Tourism Working Group was charged to deliver this significant project. The QFNTC structure directly reflects the model endorsed by First Nations tourism operators, industry and government following an extensive and inclusive state-wide consultation led by an all-Indigenous Working Group. The QFNTC will be working closely with QTIC, government and industry in 2022 to drive forward the implementation of the Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan 2020-2025.  


Meet the Interim Board 

The interim board for the Queensland First Nations Tourism Council consists of members from the First Nations Working Group charged with delivering this project. This board will guide the organisation until the first election in late 2022 where official directors will be elected for each region. 

Meet members of the interim board.


Meet the Expert Advisors 

An Expert Advisory Panel has been established to provide advice to the QFNTC interim board on a needs basis.  

Meet the expert advisors.



Queensland First Nations Tourism Council has three membership levels; First Nations Business, Full Corporate, and Associate. 

Our Associate level membership is open to both First Nations and Non-First Nations organisations. whilst First Nations Business and Full Corporate are exclusive to First Nations owned tourism organisations. To view the QFNTC’s current membership flyer, click here.

In its inaugural year, QFNTC will be waiving all membership fees. To apply for FREE membership, complete this online form