The Regional Jobs Committees are part of our plan to work with all stakeholders to create more jobs, improve training pathways and drive economic activity across the state.

The committees are one of the key actions of the Skills for Queensland - Great training for quality jobs strategy which includes a strong focus on engagement and local leadership of skills and workforce challenges.

Since late 2019, 6 committees have been operating across the state with 2 new committees added in mid-2021. Regional Jobs Committees have been established in the following locations:

  • Townsville
  • Mackay
  • Fraser Coast
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • Redlands
  • Gold Coast
  • Bundaberg.

The committees will drive job growth in their regions and plan for the future by:

  • developing strategies that address local workforce and skills issues
  • identifying new skills and maximising local employment opportunities
  • providing regional industry advice to identify trends and opportunities in the local area
  • ensuring the local workforce has the skills needed to fill future jobs.

The Regional Jobs Committees are providing an opportunity for local stakeholders to work together to align regional skills and workforce development with local industry and employer needs.

The committees are bringing together local business, government, community leaders, training providers, industry representatives, high schools and unions to ensure training and employment solutions are more accurately aligned with local skills needs and economic activity to support regional jobs growth.

Regional Jobs Committees activity

The Regional Jobs Committees are helping their communities to bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19 with initiatives including:

  • The Fraser Coast Regional Jobs Committee developed the Jobs Fraser Coast website and launched the COVID-19 Economic Forecast Tool. The tool is available to businesses and education providers, aiding in ongoing planning and responses up to June 2022.
  • The Mackay Regional Jobs Committee released the Future Employment Study outlining the current and future workforce environment, and the Future Skills Roadmap with recommendations to meet changing training and workforce needs.
  • The Redlands Regional Jobs Committee launched the Redlands' flagship program Championing Redland Coast, with a Future Forum that explored the pipeline of 138 identified major projects worth more than $6 billion, and is identifying employment and skilling opportunities as well as attracting investment and business to the region.
  • The Springfield Regional Jobs Committee published Educate to Employ, providing a snapshot of local pathways into the local workforce. Engaging with schools and other organisations supporting local young people to guide and support 2020 school leavers into training and jobs.
  • The Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee conducted Employ Toowoomba Virtual Jobs Fairs in November 2020 and May 2021, and released a draft Toowoomba Workforce Strategy to ensure education and training courses match future skills requirements.
  • The Townsville Regional Jobs Committee conducted a series of information sessions for employers to explain available incentives and answer questions.

Additional Regional Jobs Committees will be formed across the state to add further input into biannual regional skills and jobs summits.

For enquiries contact info@desbt.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 30 July 2021

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