The Australian Government in partnership with the Queensland Government has announced $83 million in funding for the Queensland Natural Disasters Jobs and Skills Package.
The package has been developed to support Queensland industry, business and communities affected by recent floods and Cyclone Yasi. It comprises skills and employment initiatives to mitigate skills and job losses, support the retention of skilled workers in impacted communities, and address emerging skills shortages stemming from the flood crisis.
Approximately 10,000 Queenslanders will be supported by the package, including jobseekers, existing employees, businesses, industry and community. In addition, the package aims to support the Queensland economy as it recovers.
The Queensland Natural Disasters Jobs and Skills Package comprises four key initiatives:
Community Capability – to build the capacity of affected communities to support local industry, coordinate employment and skills assistance and maximise available funding opportunities under the package.
Working for the Environment – to provide employment and work experience opportunities for eligible people on projects targeted at rebuilding community and public infrastructure and environmental restoration.
Apprentice Support – assistance measures to support employers to retain apprentices and trainees.
Priority Skills Development – assistance for training in regions and industries directly affected by the natural disasters
The package is being coordinated through Skills Queensland in partnership with the Australian and Queensland governments.
The Flexible Funding Pool for Natural Disaster Recovery Projects
Funded under the Community Capability element of the package, the Flexible Funding Pool provides $12 million to support practical training and employment projects for job seekers in affected regions and other employment related initiatives that will help local communities recover.
The Flexible Funding Pool guidelines were released on 30 June 2011 and projects must be completed by 30 June 2012.
Submitting Flexible Funding Pool Project Ideas
Project ideas may be submitted at any time and organisations seeking funding through the Flexible Funding Pool should refer to the guidelines.
If you have a Flexible Funding Pool project idea or require further information on the application process please email email@example.com.
Further information on each element of the package can be found in the fact sheets below and on the Skills Queensland website, or by contacting the Jobs and Skills Package Hotline on 1800 773 048. Information on the Australian Apprenticeships measures can be found at the Australian Apprenticeships website.