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As part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016 with the Australian Government and Townsville City Council, Jobs Queensland was tasked with investigating the future demand and skill requirements of existing and emerging Townsville industries, and identifying opportunities to leverage government investment.   

This work culminated in the delivery of the Townsville Workforce Development Plan 2020 – 2025 to build local industry capability, diversity and workforce development opportunities.  

TOWNSVILLE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PLAN 

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READ THE TOWNSVILLE PLAN
(PDF, 3.37 MB)

 

This workforce development plan will position the local workforce to support the opportunities that may emerge through the City Deal in future years. In collaboration with Townsville City Council, four industries were identified as areas of focus for the workforce plan. These are Manufacturing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services. 

The workforce plan was finalised prior to the emergence of COVID-19 and does not consider the impact of the pandemic on the economy, industry and the labour market. This black swan event has highlighted the importance of the workforce plan to support rebuilding a stronger and more resilient industry and economy. 

MORE ABOUT THE PLAN

The Townsville City Deal brings together three levels of government to work with the private sector to deliver a collective program of planning, reform and investment in TownsvilleThe City Deal’s vision is to deliver a prosperous economic future for Townsville. It will position Townsville as a vibrant, liveable, innovative city in Northern Australia.

As part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to the Townsville City Deal, Jobs Queensland was tasked with delivery of a workforce development plan for Townsville. The intent is to build local industry capability, diversity and workforce development opportunities. This workforce development plan will position the local workforce to support the opportunities that may emerge through the City Deal in future years.

Townsville has a relatively diverse economy and industry, although it is experiencing challenges in transitioning from traditional industries and jobs to broader based and emerging industry drivers of growth. A continued focus on supporting economic growth and jobs will be critical for Townsville to capitalise on its regional strengths and navigate this period of transition.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN

The Townsville 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 informed which of the researched key industries were the focus for development of the Townsville Workforce Development Plan. 

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READ THE TOWNSVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN
(PDF, 1.5 MB)

Last updated 9 September 2020