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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    State Government to host series of regional employment forums in 2016

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    State Government to host series of regional employment forums in 2016

    The State Government will host a series of regional employment forums in 2016, starting next month when Community Cabinet meets in Gladstone.

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said the forums would bring together employers, business groups and local government representatives to discuss employment issues and job creation initiatives.

    Ms Grace said the employment forums would be held in Queensland’s major regional centres.

    “Jobs are the number one focus of the Palaszczuk Government, and that’s why I’ll be travelling throughout Queensland this year to host a series of employment forums,” she said.

    “The Treasurer has already held two regional employment forums – in Rockhampton and Bundaberg last year.

    “These forums were well-received in both local communities and I’m keen to continue the good work we’ve already done in this regard.

    “We’re going to work closely with business, local government and the community to explore new opportunities for job creation, to build on the encouraging employment growth we’ve seen in Queensland since the State Election.

    “More than 60,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since the State Election.

    “The trend unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been for two years, at 5.9 per cent – the equal second lowest of any State behind NSW.

    “However youth and regional unemployment remains a priority area for the government.

    “That’s why The Premier has announced the government is accelerating public works in regional Queensland to support jobs and economic activity.

    “We’re also tackling youth unemployment head-on through our Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and as well our 25 per cent payroll tax rebate for business who hire an apprentice or trainee.”

    Ms Grace said some of the forums would have a focus on particular groups, including the young unemployed, long-term unemployed and Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    “We need to explore new opportunities for job creation and targeted programs that deliver results, particularly for young Queenslanders, and that’s what these forums are all about,” she said.

    The confirmed regional employment forums in Queensland for 2016 are:

    • Gladstone, Monday 1 February
    • Mackay, Friday 26 February
    • Maryborough, Wednesday 9 March
    • Mt Isa, Tuesday 22 March

    Further details of the State Government’s regional employment forums will be announced in coming weeks.

    Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548