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Major Infrastructure Projects and Resource Sector Workforce Analysis

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The Major Infrastructure Projects and Resource Sector Workforce Analysis initiative will identify the region’s supply of skills and labour to meet future demands of key infrastructure projects and the resource sector boom.

The partnership is led by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay, RDA Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council, with support from Sunshine Coast Business Council, Sunshine Coast TAFE and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

The steering committee appointed Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a detailed overview of the region’s current workforce and its projected changes over the next 20 years.

RDA Moreton Bay Chair Mr Neil Hoddinett said the rollout of high-speed broadband digital infrastructure would generate additional employment opportunities, with the phased construction scheduled to start in the next 12 months.

“These major projects all have the potential to make a substantial positive impact on our regional economies and drive diversification of local industries. It is essential that the economic and employment impact of these transformational projects is captured for the long term sustainability of the Moreton Bay region and the Sunshine Coast.”

RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Prof Max Standage said the project would identify and analyse the gaps and overlaps in the supply of skills and labour across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.

“There is currently no comprehensive strategic workforce development plan to quantify employment opportunities and skills requirements for our region’s major infrastructure projects, which are anticipated to create more than 20,000 jobs over the next five years,” he said.

“To help maximise these opportunities, Deloitte Access Economics will conduct research into the region’s labour and skills needs and provide a report that will form the basis of a regional workforce development strategy and action plan.”

DEEWR’s Local Employment Coordinator Mr Kris McCue said the workforce research would be used to develop education, training, labour market assistance and skills development programs to meet the needs of major projects across both regions.

The major infrastructure projects include construction of the Moreton Bay Rail Link, Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana and Sippy Downs shopping centres, North Harbour (North East Business Park), and development of Caloundra South, Caboolture West and North Lakes, which will also include a private hospital.

“These are transformational projects, providing a unique opportunity for local companies to maximise business opportunities over the next five years. They also provide an opportunity for local people to access jobs associated with these projects,” said Mr McCue.

Other projects include upgrade of the Bruce Highway and proposed Sunshine Coast Airport extension.

The workforce research project would also be used to understand the region’s role in supporting the mining regions and help determine:

  • The skills and employment pathways leading to jobs in the resources sector;
  • What the job opportunities are and where they are located;
  • The existing resources sector workforce based in the region; and
  • The extent of existing supply chain businesses providing goods and services to the sector.

 

Moreton Bay Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regional Employment, Education and Training Strategy and Summit

Two local Aboriginal businesses have been successfully awarded the contract to lead the first Moreton Bay Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) Regional Employment, Education and Training Summit for 2013 which seeks to link with and build on existing initiatives by maximising government and industry investment in the Moreton Bay region.

The project is to provide a detailed overview of A&TSI employment, unemployment, labour market participation, education and training in the Moreton Bay region and an analysis of issues identified by the A&TSI community and industries, barriers, systemic issues and opportunities in the community and the local labour market to inform the development of a Regional A&TSI Employment and Education and Training Plan.

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the Local Employment Coordinator Flexible Funding Pool Initiative. Also providing funding to support to this important project is Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay, Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs. An underlying principal of the summit and regional strategy is the delivery of practical, place based solutions for the Moreton Bay Region A&TSI population to close the employment and education gap. (COAG – Closing The Gap).

Murriajabree Incorporated and Dibing Consultancy will conduct the three phase project that involves a research and literature review, community and industry consultations and an Employment, Education and Training Summit. Importantly, both businesses have extensive links throughout the A&TSI community, industry, the education and training sector and the local business community placing them in the unique position of being able to deliver culturally appropriate outcomes that are tailored to suit industry, local business and the education and training sector across the Moreton Bay region.

The project will take place within the Moreton Bay Region Council boundaries with proposed community and industry consultations taking place in the more populated areas of Caboolture, Redcliffe, Deception Bay, Bribie Island, Strathpine and Woodford with the summit being held in Caboolture.

The project commenced on the 21st of January 2013 and is planning to conclude on the 27th May 2013 with the community and Industry consultations taking place from the 14th February to 23rd April and finishing up with the Summit on the 15th May 2013.

The aim of the Summit is to improve and enhance access to and maximise participation in further education, training and the labour market. Moreover, the summit will identify systemic issues that impact on the sustainability of employment and education and training of A&TSI people.

Murriajabree and Dibing Consultancy will work with industry and employers to increase the job opportunities for A&TSI people locally and to identify workplace and program changes to better service the needs of the A&TSI community and identify ways to build the capacity and to further support current and emerging A&TSI businesses and providers.

Murriajabree and Dibing Consultancy have a proven track record of effectively engaging with the Moreton Bay Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and will facilitate their participation in the development, design and implementation of any actions and recommendations that lead up to and result from the proposed Summit.

In addition, Murriajabree and Dibing Consultancy will identify and, where possible, address the vocational and non-vocational barriers faced by A&TSI people and communities in the region.