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

    $5 million to support North Stradbroke Island workers

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

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    $5 million to support North Stradbroke Island workers

    The Palaszczuk Government is providing up to $5 million to support North Stradbroke Island workers employed by Sibelco being impacted by the phasing-out of sand mining. 

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said the Workers Assistance Scheme would help workers transition to new jobs and training opportunities. 

    “We promised North Stradbroke workers that no one would be left behind as the local economy transitions from sand mining to ecotourism,” she said. 

    “Our $5 million assistance scheme will help workers to move on to new employment and training opportunities in sustainable tourism, local business and education and training. 

    “It’s a well-rounded package which has been developed with input from workers, unions, Sibelco and the community”. 

    “It includes tailored support and the provision of financial assistance to the affected workers, covering both full-time and part-time employees with some assistance also offered to long-term casual employees.” 

    The North Stradbroke Island Workers Assistance Scheme includes: 

    • job search support (up to $2,000 per worker);
    • training and skills support (up to $2,000 per worker, as well as compensation for up to four weeks leave to undertake training while employed by Sibelco);
    • housing assistance (special mortgage/rent assistance up to $5,000 per worker who continue to reside on North Stradbroke Island);
    • commuting subsidy (up to $5,000 per worker who continue to reside on North Stradbroke Island);
    • income supplementation for permanent workers who did not receive a redundancy and continue to reside on North Stradbroke Island;
    • dislocation assistance (varies based on length of eligible service); and
    • up to $4,000 per worker to eligible employers who engage an affected worker in permanent employment continuously for six months or more.

    Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government had established a permanent office on North Stradbroke Island to support the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy, including the Workers Assistance Scheme. 

    “The office will oversee the implementation of the $28 million North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy, including the Workers Assistance Scheme, over the next 5 years,” she said.

    Assistance under the North Stradbroke Island Workers Assistance Scheme is available for a five-year period to May 2021. 

    For more information, affected workers can contact the Employment Services Manager to discuss their career options and availability of assistance under the Workers Assistance Scheme via email nsiwas@dsd.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3415 2349. 

    Further information, including factsheets, guidelines and application forms are available on the Queensland Treasury website (www.treasury.qld.gov.au/projects-infrastructure/initiatives//nsi/workers-assistance-scheme.php). 

    Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548