The first thing that stands out in the Queensland Government’s Budget 2016-17 are the Regional Action Plans that mostly align with Local Government Areas and outlines an economic snapshot with a summary of investment for major projects, events, industry sectors and business attraction. This kind of information is very useful for those in economic development, education, employment, higher education, regional development, and Vocational Education and Training (VET).
But what would be even better is a Workforce Action Plan to match the Regional Plans and ensure that the plan for growth has a workforce to match. This would engage industry leaders and employers in developing local strategies for skills development for the 21st Century. Perhaps this could be one of the roles played by Jobs Queensland that is future workforce planning for each region based upon the action plans.
Let’s look at the budget in more detail, pulling out those areas of interest from the original budget papers and documents. Read More