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Strong, diverse, and resilient industries will power Queensland’s future. To remain competitive and thrive in rapidly changing economic conditions, disruption across supply chains and to respond to technological advances, industry must invest in workforce planning as a strategic priority.

Businesses and industry are looking at how they can rethink and reconfigure their workforce as a key priority for building strength and resilience. Investing in developing a skilled workforce is essential to drive an industry’s competitive advantage and sustainable growth.

workforce planning for INDUSTRy: a guide for INDUSTRY, economic development bodies and government


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The Workforce planning for industry guide recognises that Queensland’s regions are varied and characterised by economic diversity and varied employment opportunities and challenges. Each region requires a highly skilled workforce that aligns with the unique and natural advantages of their region.


Queensland industries all experience industry transition, a continual event in an industry’s life cycle. Depending on their speed, magnitude and severity, industry transitions can have a variety of economic and social impacts on enterprises and their workforce in regions and communities. The impact of industry transitions can be challenging as industry responds to various disruptions. However, industry transition can also be experienced positively by enterprises and individuals.

Effective workforce planning at a region or industry level has the potential to grow that region or industry; it is a collaborative partnership between key stakeholders, led by region or industry leaders and supported by sound evidence.

This guide outlines a four-stage approach to developing an industry workforce plan.

  • Stage 1 – Get started
  • Stage 2 – Gather information
  • Stage 3 – Identify issues and find solutions
  • Stage 4 – Develop, implement and monitor.

Related projects and resources

Workforce planning for regions: A guide for regions, economic development bodies and government

This guide has been developed for people involved in workforce planning at a region level, including local leaders, individuals and organisations working in economic development, industry peak bodies and government.

Supporting workforces during industry transition: Key elements for success

Jobs Queensland has delivered the Supporting workforces during industry transition: Key elements for success project to better understand the impacts of and strategies needed to support the workforces in industries undergoing transition.

Workforce Planning Connect

Workforce Planning Connect is a suite of user-friendly resources design to support small and medium-sized businesses to undertake workforce planning, regardless of their knowledge and experience.

Workforce planning and development projects

Jobs Queensland has delivered a number of industry and regional specific projects.

Last updated 29 May 2023