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Project background

The delivery of the Townsville Workforce Development Plan (the Plan) project is a future opportunity under the Townsville City Deal. The Plan is being developed in partnership with Townsville City Council.

The project will be delivered in two phases:

  1. an environmental scan to be delivered to the Townsville City Council by the end of 2018
  2. a workforce development plan, to be completed by late 2019.

The feature industries considered in the development of the Workforce Development Plan are:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services.


Project work to date

Jobs Queensland commenced stakeholder consultation in the region in September 2017 and has continued to work with key stakeholders to understand and map existing workforce planning and development work underway in the Townsville region.

During 2018, Jobs Queensland has continued to engage with local stakeholders to progress the development of the Townsville Workforce Development Plan.

  • On 22 February 2018, Jobs Queensland partnered with the Commonwealth Department of Jobs and Small Business and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce to deliver an employment forum.
    The Jobs Queensland Board hosted an industry breakfast on 6 April 2018, to discuss labour market information and workforce planning issues now and into the future. Attendees included local industry, peak bodies, employers, community organisations and representatives from local, state and federal government. .
  • In August 2018, a regional workforce demand and supply analysis was developed to inform the project direction.
  • In October 2018, Jobs Queensland delivered the Townsville North Queensland Regional Tourism Workforce Plan 2018 - 2020. Developed in collaboration with industry, the priorities and actions in the Tourism Workforce Plan support the growing tourism workforce in the region.
  • In November 2018, delivery of the Anticipating Future Skills workshop provided the region with economic modelling of a baseline and three alternative future scenarios.

Environmental scan

The environmental scan is an exploration of the Townsville region to identify potential opportunities, challenges and likely relevant future developments that may impact the local workforce relating to six feature industries:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Education and Training
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Mining (mid to long term).

The initial findings of the environmental scan have informed which of the researched key industries will be the focus for development of the Townsville Workforce Development Plan:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services.

Last updated 29 April 2019