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During December 2020, the Jobs Queensland Board undertook a regional engagement in Cairns and Port Douglas.

The Board engaged with a range of industry sectors that provided local intelligence about skills and workforce planning and development needs in particular sectors of the regional labour market. These included tourism, education and training, and health care and social assistance.

Jobs Queensland also hosted a small business consultation in conjunction with the Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner. Fifteen local small businesses representatives from a range of industries attended the event to share in a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the Cairns small business community.

Jobs Queensland thanks our Cairns panel representatives Cairns Chamber of Commerce CEO Patricia O’Neill, and local Indigenous small business owner Petina Tieman, for taking the time to participate in the panel and share their own experiences with at the event.

This regional engagement was informed by a series of initial stakeholder meetings in October 2020, followed by a digital engagement with local representatives across business, industry, government and the community. These collective insights subsequently informed engagements with the Jobs Queensland Board across Cairns and Port Douglas in December 2020.

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WELCOME TO JOBS QUEENSLAND’S digital engagement for cairns and surrounds

This forum has now closed. Contributions have helped to inform the Jobs Queensland Board’s engagement with local leaders throughout December.

You can continue the conversation with the Jobs Queensland Strategic Development and Engagement team by contacting or staying connected with us through LinkedIn or Twitter.

To explore data-driven insights for Cairns and surrounding regions, view this short presentation: