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.
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 2022–23 Service Delivery Statements (SDS) (PDF, 1.6MB) as at 30 June 2022 is as follows:
|Department's service area||Department's objectives|
Connecting and supporting Queenslanders with employment programs and services
|Preparing Queensland's workforce for the demands of current and future industries|
Connecting Queensland small business to grants and support programs
|Helping small businesses to start, grow and thrive|
Training and skills
Connecting Queenslanders to training and skills programs and initiatives
|Connecting people to quality training and skills|
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.
During 2021–22, the department worked collaboratively with government and stakeholders in delivering the following government commitments:
- worked to achieve the target of 25% of government procurement from Queensland small and medium businesses
- provided funding for the establishment the Caloundra Business Alliance to roll out the Buy Local initiative, a Shop Caloundra EFTPOS card
- established the Office of the Small Business Commissioner
- developed targeted engagement strategies and re-invigorated the Small Business Advisory Council
- developed a First Nations Training Strategy in consultation with communities to identify training gaps and deliver job-focused training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- completed stage 2 of Toowoomba TAFE's new Rural Centre of Excellence
- constructed the Cyber Security Training Operation Centre at Mooloolaba TAFE
- completed delivery of the fit-out of the new eco-friendly TAFE campus at Robina
- completed upgrades to nursing and allied health facilities at Hervey Bay TAFE.