The Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training was established in May 2023.

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

Bob GeeBob Gee APM

Robert (Bob) Gee is the Director-General for the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training, assuming the role in late May 2023. Previously, Bob has served as Director-General for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Department of Youth Justice. Bob was also Chair of the Family Responsibilities Board, Deputy Police Commissioner, Regional Operations in the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the State Disaster Coordinator, a board member of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, and the QPS Indigenous Champion. Bob is the Government Champion for Doomadgee.

Bob has diverse professional experience, having worked in central agencies, as a university lecturer, and as a consultant across various industries. Additionally, he has held roles as a Chief Information Officer and served as a Commissioned Officer of Police for over 2 decades. Bob was a recipient of the Harvard Club of Australia Sir James Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2013.

Service area structure

The department's service area structure based on the 2023–24 Service Delivery Statements (SDS) (PDF, 2.1MB) as at 30 June 2023 is as follows:

Department's service areaDepartment's objectives

Youth Justice

To keep the community safe through partnerships to prevent offending and reduce reoffending by young people, and by enabling young people to reconnect to community.

Reduce recidivism by holding children and young people to account for their offending behaviour and ensuring youth justice supervision focuses on improving social, economic, civic participation and cultural connection.

Reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the youth justice system.

Employment

Connecting and supporting Queenslanders with employment programs and services
To increase employment opportunities for all Queenslanders, in particular disadvantaged cohorts, in partnership with industry, employers and communities through the delivery of targeted employment support programs.

Preparing Queensland's workforce for the demands of current and future industries.

Small Business

Connecting Queensland small business to grants and support programs
To ensure small business can seamlessly interact with government and are supported to start, grow and thrive.

Helping small businesses to start, grow and thrive.

Training and skills

Connecting Queenslanders to training and skills programs and initiatives
To regulate Queensland apprenticeships and traineeships, and facilitate access to and participation in vocational education and training pathways, enabling Queenslanders to gain employment in current and future. industries.

Connecting people to quality training and skills.

The department is responsible for supporting the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice. 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 2022–23, 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.

Read the September 2022 program report on 2020 government election commitments (PDF, 1MB).

Following recent changes to departmental responsibilities, we are now the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training (DYJESBT). Work is underway to update our websites. Find information on youth justice.

Last updated 21 November 2023

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