Release type: Joint Media Release


Industry Training Hub to create job pathways for Townsville youth


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Mr Phillip Thompson OAM, MP
Member for Herbert

Young people in Queensland’s north will soon have improved opportunities to build their skills and choose occupations in demand in their region, through a new Industry Training Hub in Townsville.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Morrison Government is investing over $50 million to trial Industry Training Hubs in ten regions across Australia with high youth unemployment, and Townsville will be one of the first.

“While there is a record number of young Australians in employment, Industry Training Hubs are about setting up even more young Australians, particularly those in regions with high youth unemployment, on a path to a long-term career,” Minister Cash said.

“The Training Hubs will strengthen partnerships between local schools, industries and employers, and ensure that vocational education and training is a first-choice option.”

Townsville’s Training Hub will target year 11 and 12 students, with a facilitator providing career advice and mentoring and promoting education and training pathways in areas of local skills shortages.

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business will undertake a procurement process to engage a facilitator to deliver Training Hub services in Townsville.

The Training Hubs are part of the $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package and underscores the commitment the Government has made to boost skills training to ensure that young Australians are skilled up and job ready.

The Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM MP, said that the Morrison Government is committed to addressing youth unemployment in Townsville.

“Training Hubs will offer young people in north Queensland the skills and experience they need to find employment and remain competitive into the future,” Mr Thompson said.

The Training Hub will be established in Townsville from January 2020.

The remaining nine Training Hubs will be located in:

  • New South Wales (Grafton, Gosford)
  • Tasmania (Burnie)
  • Victoria (Shepparton)
  • Queensland (Maryborough)
  • Western Australia (Wanneroo, Armadale)
  • South Australia (Port Pirie)
  • Northern Territory (Alice Springs)

Further information on Training Hubs can be found at: