Release type: Joint Media Release


Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Employment Facilitator Extended


The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Andrew Wallace MP
Member for Fisher
Ted O'Brien MP
Member for Fairfax

Job seekers in the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region of Queensland will continue to benefit from the Australian Government’s $276 million Local Jobs Program, with an extension to existing Employment Facilitator services starting from 1 July 2021. 

Austin Ryann will continue to identify labour market challenges in the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region while generating and coordinating employment and training opportunities for local job seekers. 

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, said the Local Jobs Program identifies areas where employment opportunities are available, and the skills required for these roles. 

‘The Government will continue to support the COVID-19 recovery of the region’s small business sector, through the provision of locally relevant training and upskilling opportunities for job seekers,’ Minister Robert said.

Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace said the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region requires skilled workers who are trained in health, social services, and the construction industry.

‘The Local Jobs Program aims to increase the capacity of the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast’s workforce by supporting the creation of skilled employment opportunities,’ he said.

Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien said the Morrison Government’s goal is to build a locally-based workforce of skilled workers by providing job seekers with innovative and agile training and upskilling opportunities.’

‘I look forward to working closely with Austin to ensure we can develop local solutions to local problems and make the most of this investment the Morrison Government is making right here in Fairfax.’

The Local Jobs Program has been extended to 30 June 2025 and is expanding from 25 Employment Regions to cover all 51 Employment Regions across Australia, which will increase the number of facilitator services on the ground around the country.

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