Connecting Queenslanders to new resource jobs

SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
Leader of the Government in the Senate

THE HON JOHN-PAUL LANGBROEK

Minister for Education, Training and Employment
Member for Surfers Paradise

Queenslanders will be supported to access jobs across the mining and resource sector with an $800,000 funding commitment from the State and Federal Governments for two new Queensland job coordinators.

The Federal Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, and State Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, today announced a joint funding agreement for an Industry Workforce Connect coordinator program designed to maximise opportunities arising from the mining and resources industry boom.

One Industry Workforce Connect coordinator will be based on the Gold Coast and the other in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

“The Australian Government is connecting the dots between the Australian workforce and major projects with strong job opportunities,” Senator Evans said.

“The two new coordinators will help Queensland workers find and secure jobs in the State’s rapidly growing industries – especially in remote areas.

“These appointments will benefit Queensland workers, major Queensland resource and infrastructure projects as well as the state economy.

“The coordinators will attract, train and connect suitable workers to jobs on mining, construction and infrastructure projects – and this will include working with airlines to help workers commute to remote locations.

“Industry is at the very heart of the program – they are getting the workers they need and Australians are getting an opportunity to participate in the mining boom,” Minister Evans said
Minister Lanbgroek, who is also the Member for Surfers Paradise, said the appointment of two Industry Workforce Connect coordinators was one of the ways the Newman Government was working to address skills shortages and create maximum benefits from the resources boom for Queenslanders.

“The Newman Government is committed to growing a four pillar economy in Queensland by focusing on tourism, construction, resources and agriculture in order to reach our target of four per cent unemployment in six years,” Mr Langbroek said.

“These coordinators will help boost two of these pillars by linking jobseekers with employment and training opportunities in the resource and construction sectors.

“We believe that people should have a choice about where they live and work and while a fly-in-fly-out arrangement is not suitable for everyone, it can provide great outcomes for areas with high unemployment.”

The Gold Coast and Wide Bay Burnett were chosen because of the potential workforce and air services.

The appointment of the two new coordinators supports the National Resource Sector Workforce Strategy.

The Commonwealth will contribute $400,000 over two years to the positions and this will be matched by the State Government.

Senator Evans’ media contact: Amy McKenna 0408 570 603
Minister Langbroek’s media contact: Danita Goodwin 0439 88 66 52