A range of training and employment opportunities have been created for workers based on North Stradbroke Island and at Pinkenba mining operations to transition into new roles.

The Queensland Government is committed to supporting affected workers find alternative employment, preferably within the local area, and to support the ongoing economic viability of the North Stradbroke Island community.

About the scheme

The North Stradbroke Island Workers Assistance Scheme assists affected workers employed by Sibelco, who were made redundant at the company's operations on North Stradbroke Island and the Pinkenba processing plant, to transition to alternative career pathways.

This follows the passing of the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 to phase out sand mining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019.

Types of assistance

Types of assistance includes:

  • job search support
  • training and skills support
  • access to financial advice
  • housing assistance
  • commuting subsidy
  • small business mentoring
  • dislocation assistance
  • income supplementation
  • employer wage subsidy.


Read the North Stradbroke Island Workers Assistance Scheme Guidelines (PDF, 174KB), which include the eligibility criteria.

Application forms

How to apply

Email the employment services manager to apply for assistance or for further information.

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Last updated 24 August 2020

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