The Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) Community Recovery package has been activated to assist with the clean-up and re-building program across Queensland as a result of widespread damage and flooding caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work has previously contributed to coordinated recovery responses to natural disasters and can quickly prioritise and support local community projects. SQW Community Recovery will offer immediate job opportunities to displaced workers and local job seekers in disaster affected areas to support the recovery effort.

Full-time traineeship opportunities are available through existing SQW programs - Work Skills Traineeships and First Start. The recovery package will be delivered by non-profit community-based organisations and local councils.

Local residents can participate in the re-building of their communities, be paid a full-time wage and undertake nationally recognised training.

Read the fact sheet (PDF, 215KB) for an overview of the package.

Funded projects

View the lists of funded projects:

Lists will be updated as new SQW Community Recovery training projects are approved.

Information for job seekers

Want to participate?

Recruitment is managed locally, so people are encouraged to contact funded organisations to learn more about eligibility, availability and other specifics.

Contact details for SQW Community Recovery training projects can be found in the above lists.

For regular Skilling Queenslanders for Work training projects, job seekers can navigate the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project search map to find current projects near them.

Information for organisations

How to apply

Work Skills Traineeships

Organisations can register their interest in Work Skills Traineeships funding by contacting the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team by email at

First Start

Community-based organisations can register their interest in First Start funding by contacting the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team by email at An application form will then be forwarded for review and completion.

Councils can submit a bid for additional traineeship positions to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), which coordinate and collate bids and forward them to DET for assessment.

More information

For more information on Work Skills Traineeships and First Start, visit

For more information on how to participate in the SQW Community Recovery package, phone 1300 369 935 or email

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email or phone 1300 369 935.

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Last updated 14 September 2017

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