On Common Country

bringing communities and country together

About On COmmon country

On Common Country (OCC) was formed in June 2017 out of a need to expand the service delivery context to develop a project engagement company, to support project proponents and form administrative arrangements with local organisations, indigenous stakeholders and industry employers.

OCC facilitates collaborative processes with government and community based resource agencies to plan, design and implement complex and multi stakeholder initiatives. OCC works in conjunction with CivilSafety to provide Safety advice and training programs and will source additional training services in circumstances where Civil Safety cannot provide the type of training required. OCC representatives also works in conjunction with traditional owners and relevant state agencies such as the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP), Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT), Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships (DATSIP) and the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy (DNRME).

Other key stakeholders will include the Federal agencies such as Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet, Department of Jobs and Small Business, as well as other training and employment organisations such as Job Active, CDP contractors, and Group Training organisations. OCC also works closely with key industry representative bodies such as Construction Skills QLD and the Queensland Resources council.


Infrastructure Projects

Resource Industry



Special Purpose Pre-Employment

Promote Community Legacy Initiatives

Facilitate Supply Chain Development

on common country team

Meet the team behind On Common Country

Noel Gertz

Managing Director

Noel has been a leading figure in the resources and infrastructure for over 30 years and has been recognised by the Queensland Resources Council  for his work in Indigenous advocacy over those decades. Noel, of the Gugu Badhun people, said he shared the award for his 30 years of work advocating employment for indigenous people, which included his previous roles at TAFE, and mining companies including CopperChem. 
Noel is passionate about indigenous employment because he believes it is important in securing role models for present and future generations in the community. He is also working hard to ensure that there are more women in the resource sector in technical and professional areas.

Noel’s previous roles have included Regional Manager for the Commonwealth Department of Education, Senior Community and Indigenous Liaison officer for Kagara Mines and the Senior Advisor Strategy and Engagement for Myuma Pty Ltd.

He can often be found working with remote and rural communities and local authorities, as well as assisting Indigenous stakeholders, preparing economic engagement strategies with infrastructure and resource projects.


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