Sustaining Local Jobs

This State Election, councils have a set of priorities that will create around 29,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in economic opportunities for all Queenslanders.

Queensland councils are significant employers, with more than 40,000 staff across the state. Councils are also major contractors of goods and services sourced and purchased from local businesses, sustaining local supply chains, and supporting thousands of indirect jobs.

The highly successful Works for Queensland program has already delivered more than 19,000 jobs and hundreds of projects of benefit to Queensland’s local communities. This program demonstrates that when State and local government work together, we can provide the jobs Queensland needs to recover and grow stronger into the future.

As Queensland recovers from COVID-19, we need to ensure councils can continue to provide stable and sustainable employment and essential economic stimulus to local communities. To do this, local government asks all political parties contesting the 2020 State Election to guarantee:

  • $100m per year for 4 years for Works for Queensland or an equivalent program
  • $50m per year for 4 years for the LGAQ’s Jobs Advantage program in SEQ
  • $144m over 4 years to provide multi-year wage subsidies for 800 local government apprenticeships and traineeships to address critical public and private sector skills shortages

Priority

$100 million per year for 4 years for Works for Queensland or an equivalent program.

Description

  • Supports 65 non-SEQ councils undertake minor infrastructure projects and job-creating maintenance
  • Each council receives a base allocation of $1 million with an additional notional allocation based on unemployment data.
  • Councils are given two years to deliver approved projects, facilitating long-term planning.

Benefits

Councils estimate the Works for Queensland initiative has already:

  • Created or supported more than 19,000 jobs, particularly in areas most heavily impacted by unemployment in rural, remote, and regional Queensland
  • Delivered approximately 1850 community projects • Provided psychological and economic benefits to
  • communities, especially small business
Jobs Economic Contribution
Direct 516.2 Direct $172.1M
Indirect 2,140.6 Indirect $337.0M
Total jobs over 4 Years 2,656.7 Total GRP over 4 Years ($M): $509.1M

Priority

$50 million per year for 4 years for the LGAQ’s Jobs Advantage program in SEQ.

Description

  • New, targeted grants support program focused on areas of unemployment and socio-economic disadvantage across South East Queensland’s 12 council areas (Brisbane City, Gold Coast City, Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley Regional, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional, Noosa Shire, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional, Somerset Regional, Sunshine Coast Regional and Toowoomba Regional councils).
  • Supports SEQ councils to undertake job-creating minor infrastructure projects and maintenance.
  • Each council receives a base allocation of $2 million with an additional notional allocation based on unemployment and socio-economic disadvantage
  • Councils to be given two years to deliver approved projects, facilitating long-term planning.

Benefits

The Queensland Government estimates the $50 million COVID-19 Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package for SEQ will:

  • Create or supported more than 1500 jobs in SEQ
  • Deliver 63 community projects
  • It will also provide psychological and economic benefits for communities struggling with the impact of COVID-19.
Jobs Economic Contribution
Direct 258.1 Direct $86.1M
Indirect 1,070.3 Indirect $168.5M
Total jobs over 4 Years 1,328.4 Total GRP over 4 Years ($M): $254.5M

Priority

$144 million over 4 years to provide multi-year wage subsidies for 800 local government apprenticeships and traineeships to address critical public and private sector skills shortages.

Description

  • A partnership between local government and the State Government that more effectively targets trade skills shortages throughout Queensland.
  • Multi-year wage subsidies create added incentive for employers to pursue four-year trade apprenticeships in areas of public and private sector skills shortages. (Existing traineeship and apprenticeship programs offer a single- year wage subsidy only, which provides greater incentives to employers to take on 12-month traineeships rather than four-year trade apprenticeships. Future skills shortages are in trades that require a four-year apprenticeship).

Benefits

  • Able to address the need to have apprenticeships start now to meet future public and private demand.
  • Queensland councils employ staff across 245 different occupational groups and are located across every region in Queensland. Evidence shows if people train locally, they are more likely to stay local, helping to tackle critical skills shortages in regional and rural communities, benefiting both the public and private sectors.
  • Local government has an 80 per cent training completion and employment rate
Jobs Economic Contribution
Direct 800.0 Direct $52.00M
Indirect 430.6 Indirect $70.78M
Total jobs over 4 Years 1,230.6 Total GRP over 4 Years ($M): $122.78M