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Upskilling Central Queensland’s regional workforce

Minister for Education and Youth

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Federal Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Children & Families
Assistant Minister for Northern Australia


Applications are now open for the Morrison Government’s Future of Work Partnership with BHP.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said “up to 750 people living in regional areas, including parts of Capricornia, would have the opportunity to study a short course, with their student contribution covered through the program.

“The Government is committed to giving regional Australians opportunities to boost their skills and improve their prospects of getting into a job,” Ms Landry said.

“I welcome the new opportunities this partnership with BHP will give people in targeted parts of Capricornia, helping them to get the skills and qualifications they need to prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

The key regions the Future of Work Partnership will focus on are the Bowen Basin and Mackay, Queensland; Roxby Downs and Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia; the Pilbara and Goldfields, Western Australia; and Hunter Region, New South Wales

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the initiative builds on the Government’s Job Ready Graduates package that will create an additional 100,000 university places by 2030, 50,000 new short course places, and provides more incentives for regional students.

“We’re creating more options for school leavers, and for workers who want to upskill or reskill – particularly those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Tudge said.

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee said the partnership is a great incentive for people in Capricornia to take part in further study and training.

“This fantastic program will support growth in specific regional areas by improving access to education, enabling locals to upskill and create pathways to employment,” Minister Gee said.

“We know country people have to fight harder for these opportunities than their city cousins, so we’re delighted to see this program help level the playing field.”

BHP President Minerals Australia Edgar Basto said the company was investing $30 million in the Future of Work Program through its Social Investment program.

“BHP is proud to be supporting a business-led recovery through our ongoing operations and significant investments in regional Australia,” Mr Basto said.

“Australians will be able to re-skill, embrace technology and find new jobs in many sectors, not just mining. We are proud to play our part in helping Australian communities on the road to recovery.”

As well as having their student contribution fee covered by BHP, students who meet the eligibility criteria may also be eiligible for other financial support. For more information, including how to apply, visit https://regionalfutureofwork.com/

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