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Boosting skills and training

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

At the heart of Working Queensland is the reintroduction of the highly successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work represents a significant investment of $240 million over four years to support 32,000 Queenslanders back into work and boost the skills of the Queensland workforce.

Thousands of Queenslanders will be provided tailored support, literacy and numeracy skills, job preparation skills, work placement training opportunities and subsidised work placements.

The program is supported by a state-wide regional network, working closely and forming partnerships with community organisations and local employers to determine local skills and entry-level industry and labour needs.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work has a proven track record of delivering real employment opportunities and will pay for itself, generating nearly eight dollars in return to the community for every dollar invested.

Jobs Queensland

The Government is planning for the workforce of tomorrow, providing $40 million over four years to establish Jobs Queensland.

Jobs Queensland will be an independent statutory authority providing advice to the Government on skills demand and long-term workforce planning in Queensland.

As part of its role, Jobs Queensland will undertake broad consultation with business, union and community representatives on long-term workforce issues.

Through the establishment of Jobs Queensland, the Government will make the Queensland vocational education and training (VET) sector the strongest and most productive in Australia.

Rescuing TAFE

The Government will invest $34.5 million over the next four years to restore TAFE Queensland to its rightful place as the premier provider of VET in Queensland. 

Funding will be directed at helping TAFE Queensland deliver foundation courses, increase the number of qualifications available through VET in schools and hire additional teaching and support staff.

The Government will also ensure Queensland regains its reputation as a quality training provider, by establishing an independent Training Ombudsman to investigate complaints made by students and apprentices.


  • 8000 additional people in skills and training this year.