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Economic development is a key priority throughout Queensland as a mechanism for building the strength and resilience of regions and industries. Investing in developing a skilled workforce is an essential driver of region and industry economic growth. Without a suitably skilled workforce, many industry and economic development strategies will not be able to be effectively realised.




Region and industry workforce planning guide


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The Region and industry workforce planning 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 a region or 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

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 30 June 2020