The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training was established in December 2017 with responsibilities drawn from other agencies.

The department recognises the important relationship between employment outcomes, strong small businesses and a skilled workforce to the wellbeing of Queenslanders and their communities.

Our Director-General

Warwick AgnewWarwick Agnew
Director-General, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Warwick Agnew was appointed as Director-General of the department in November 2020 following an extensive career and experience in both the private and public sector.

Prior to joining the department, Warwick held the position of Director-General, Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and has direct experience in social and economic policy issues facing all areas of Queensland.

Throughout his career Warwick has led social and economic infrastructure projects, economic analysis and policy, legislative reform, financial and commercial procurement and corporate finance advisory services.

Warwick’s private sector experience includes commercial project development and senior advisory roles for global companies servicing resources, energy, industrial, infrastructure, property and defence sectors. He has also served on key government boards including Queensland Treasury Corporation Capital Markets Board, the Long-Term Asset Allocation Board and the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.

Service area structure

The department's service area structure based on the 2021–22 Service Delivery Statements (SDS) (PDF, 1.4MB) as at 15 June  2021 is as follows:

SDS service areaService area objective
Employment To increase employment opportunities for Queenslanders, in particular disadvantaged cohorts and unemployed jobseekers
Small Business  To ensure small businesses can seamlessly interact with government and are supported to start, grow and employ
Training and Skills To regulate Queensland apprenticeships and traineeships, and facilitate access and participation in vocational education and training pathways, enabling Queenslanders to gain employment in current and future industries

The department is responsible for supporting the Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development. In supporting the Minister, the department is maintaining high-quality services and focusing on implementing the government's objectives for the community and its government commitments.

In 2019–20, the department delivered the following 5 government commitments and worked collaboratively with government and stakeholders to implement these commitments:

  1. invested up to $10 million for the training needs of the Redlands TAFE campus
  2. established small business consultation panels that provide government departments with easier access to experienced small business owners and operators when developing policy and legislation
  3. oversaw the work of the Better Regulation Taskforce to continue to create a balanced regulatory environment for small business
  4. developed a strategy for vocational education and training (VET) in Queensland to ensure Queenslanders have the right skills to work in priority jobs across a wide range of industries
  5. ensured female business owners are supported, encouraged and recognised to start and grow their own businesses by engaging and partnering with women across the state to better understand their needs, and to provide resources, events, networking, development and partnership opportunities to help women-led businesses start, grow and employ.

Last updated 17 June 2021

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