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Jobs and Skills Expos to help Queensland workers

The first Jobs and Skills Expo to support Queensland public sector workers facing redundancy through state government cuts will be held in Brisbane later this month.


Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten and Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis today announced details of the three upcoming Jobs and Skills Expos being delivered by the Australian Government as part of an $850,000 support package for the Queensland workers facing redundancy.


“The first of these expos will be held at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on 26 October,” Mr Shorten said.


“It will be delivered by the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) who have a long history of supporting Australian Government employment initiatives and have successfully run seven Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos in Queensland this year.


“This expo – and the two to follow in Logan and Townsville – will provide information about a broad range of employment and training options for the thousands of workers facing the axe from state government cuts to the public service.”


Ms Ellis said the other two expos will be held in Logan on 15 November and Townsville on 12 December, and will be delivered by the Department of Human Services (DHS).


“We have proven success with these expos, bringing together employers, job seekers and training providers in a single location to create a one-stop-shop for jobs and training,” she said.


“The Australian Government has delivered 60 expos across Australia, with more than 22,000 people connected with employment and training opportunities.


“The expos will be of great benefit to the 14,000 Queensland public sector workers who will lose their jobs through the Newman Government’s cuts.”


The Jobs and Skills Expos will be supported by up to 30 jobs and information workshops in mainly regional locations, offering advice including accessing financial and mental health counselling.


The three-hour sessions are being delivered by experienced private sector employment experts, together with the Australian Government’s Local Employment Coordinators and officials from the Departments of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Human Services and  Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.


Spaces for the workshops are limited. To register and for more information go to


Further information is also available on the Facebook page:


A list of the jobs and information workshops confirmed so far is attached.


Media contacts

Minister Shorten: Sam Casey – 0421 697 660

Minister Ellis: Claire March – 0403 937 849


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Queensland Jobs and Information Workshops

Date Location Venue Workshop time
Monday 15 October 2012 Cairns (workshop 1) Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron, 42-48 Tingara St, Portsmith 9.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 16 October 2012 Bundaberg Bundaberg Civic Centre 9.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 17 October 2012 Maryborough Brolga Theatre, cnr Walker and Lennox Sts 9.00am – 12.00pm
Monday 22 October 2012 Caboolture Caboolture Hub, 4 Hasking St, Caboolture 9.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 24 October 2012 Ipswich Ipswich Metro International Hotel, 43 South St 9.00am – 12.00pm
Friday 26 October 2012 Brisbane Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, cnr Merivale and Glenelg Sts 10.30am – 12.30pm and

1.00pm – 3.00pmTuesday 30 October 2012South BrisbaneThe Glen Hotel, cnr Logan Rd and Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains1.00pm  -4.00pmThursday 1 November 2012LongreachAlbert Park Motor Inn, 84 Galah St, Longreach9.00am – 12.00pmFriday 2 November 2012Sunshine CoastLake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina9.00am – 12.00pmMonday 5 November 2012Cairns (workshop 2)The Boathouse, James Cook University (Cairns Campus), McGregor Rd, Smithfield4.30pm - 7.30pmTuesday 13 November 2012GympieGympie RSL Club, 217 Mary St, Gympie2.00pm – 5.00pmThursday 15 November 2012LoganLogan Metro Indoor Sports Centre, Brown Plains Rd, Crestmead11.30am  -2.30pmFriday 16 November 2012Gold CoastRadisson Resort Gold Coast, Nielsens Room, Palm Meadows Club House, Palm Meadows Dve, Carrara9.30am – 12.30pmMonday 19 November 2012RockhamptonLeichhardt Hotel, cnr Denham and Bolsover Sts, Rockhampton1.30pm – 4.30pmWednesday 21 November 2012MackayMackay Grande Suites, Flinders Room, 9 Gregory St, Mackay9.30am – 12.30pmWednesday 28 November 2012ToowoombaPicnic Point, Toowoomba, 164 Tourist Rd, Toowoomba9.00am – 12.00pmThursday 29 November 2012DalbyDalby RSL, 69 Drayton St, Dalby2.00pm – 5.00pmWednesday 12 December 2012TownsvilleTownsville RSL Stadium, 40-48 Murray Lyons Cres, Annandale11.30am – 2.30pm