Health Workforce Leaders Group re-convenes

November saw the re-convening of the Health Workforce Leaders Group, chaired by Queensland Health and hosted by the Workforce Council. The group was re-formed in recognition of an opportunity in Queensland to collaborate and create a simpler, more unified and responsive approach to workforce issues; issues that are driven by the future needs of the …

2017 Queensland Training Awards state winners and finalists

A big congratulations to the state winners and finalists in the health and community sector of the 2017 Queensland Training Awards. The Workforce Council looks forward to continuing to promote and support these initiatives into the future, creating pathways into health and community services careers. Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Proudly sponsored by BUSY …

Choosing an authentic Cultural Capability Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the lived experience, strengths and attributes which places them perfectly to choose the education, health and community services sectors as a career path. Organisations are becoming more and more aware of the importance of providing an inclusive workplace – for both their team and their clients. Not only …

Nominations open – Queensland Carers Advisory Council

The state government is recruiting members for the Queensland Carers Advisory Council’s next two year term. Purpose The Council is appointed to provide advice to the Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Seniors on strategies for increasing recognition of carers by public authorities and advancing the interests of carers. Council members Nominations are invited …

Stand out in the Crowd – two new workshops to get you ready for a new career as a self-employed worker

As the NDIS rolls out across Queensland there are growing opportunities for self-employed workers to find their market. The NDIS is transforming the way disability services are funded and delivered, and with NDIS participants now able to choose their providers and support arrangements, providers need to get ready to work in an open, competitive market …

VETIAO Update

As a Vocational Education and Training Industry Advisory Organisation (VETIAO), the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) provides advice to the Department of Education and Training (DET) on Vocational Education and Training (VET) investment for the health and community services industries. In this role, we have been working closely with health and community …

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context in Mount Isa

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context (DWCC) recently wrapped up in Mount Isa after five months of delivery. This program was developed by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) and the delivery in Mount Isa was funded by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). The aim of DWCC in Mount Isa …

Exciting new project – the Queensland Community Services Workforce Census

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) is excited to announce the commencement of a ground-breaking project in 2017 – the first Queensland Community Services Workforce Census. The community services industry is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant industries in Queensland and relies heavily on the capability and capacity of the …

Reflection in Action – Creating new ways of thinking and working

Critical reflection plays an important role in improving workplace practices. It encourages services to create new ways of thinking and working by reflecting critically on existing practices. For years, the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) has provided professional development and support in the area of reflective practice, or critical reflection, to health …

Standing up for a Natural Childhood – Reflections on an Action Research Project

During 2016 a group of passionate early learning and community services professionals came together to participate in the Health and Community Services Workforce Council’s Action Research Project – Standing up for a Natural Childhood over an eight month period. This project was facilitated by Sue Inglis and participants were mentored throughout the project by April …

Four ways job descriptions can help you and your team

The story of Somebody, Everybody, Nobody and Anybody This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was …

New Partnership for Healthy Futures

Media Statement Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Mark Furner Thursday, March 16, 2017 New Partnership for Healthy Futures A $150,000 Palaszczuk Government partnership with one of Queensland’s largest Indigenous-controlled health organisations is helping to Close the Gap of disadvantage on National Close the Gap Day. …

Skilling Queenslanders for Work’s successful projects announced as new funding round opens

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative is looking for the next round of innovative projects to assist job seekers on to positive career paths. The first funding round for 2017–18 is now open, with $60 million available over the year to provide skills, training and jobs for up to 8000 disadvantaged Queenslanders. Eligible organisations may …

A strategic approach to cultural capability

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context (DWCC) is a new program that has been developed by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community. It brings together the best of Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi (our cultural capability program) and Workforce Planning to …

Consultation on Future Skills Strategy

Media Statements Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Consultation on Future Skills Strategy Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath has called for public input on a draft strategy designed to ensure Queensland has the skilled population needed to attract investment, and encourage …

Positive Futures – Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland Forum

Jobs Queensland invites you to attend the Positive Futures – Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland forum to discuss the current apprenticeship and traineeship system. The aim of the forum is to identify what is working well within the apprenticeship and traineeship system for employers, apprenticeships and trainees, industry and the broader community. Details of the …

Bringing our youngest and oldest citizens together

An Intergenerational Care program is a planned intentional interaction between different age groups (infant to elderly), in a variety of settings and at a level that provides close communication, shares feelings and ideas and cooperative activity in a meaningful way (Peackock and Talley, Intergenerational Contact:  A Way to Counteract Ageism 1984). One of our recent …

Queenslanders urged to apply for funding to help job-seekers

Media Statements Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Wednesday, February 22, 2017   Queenslanders urged to apply for funding to help job-seekers The Palaszczuk Government is calling on community organisations to apply for the next round of funding that will help job-seekers get the training they …

The search is on for the best and brightest in training

Image: Naomi Freese, 2016 School-based Trainee of the Year finalist.   The search is on for the best and brightest in training Nominations are now open for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards  — celebrating everyday Queenslanders who have achieved success, best practice and innovation through vocational education and training. Celebrating its 56th year, the prestigious …

LDCPDP – Use it or lose it!

June 2017 will mark the end of the federal government’s Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP). It is important for services to note that their final report, outlining the use of their funds, will be due within three months of this program ending. So, if you haven’t been spending your LDCPDP funds – now …

Rising Above, Walking Together – The Power of One Person’s Story

Talking about Australia’s national identity prompts strong opinions. History, truth, settlement, multiculturalism; many topics and angles are discussed in the conversation about what is ultimately our own self-acceptance. The voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their experience of inclusion and exclusion in our community are often depersonalised. The power of one person’s …

A fresh approach to problem-solving using Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is a strategy or intentional change that identifies the best of ‘what is’ to pursue dreams and possibilities of ‘what could be’. It is a cooperative search for strengths, passions and life-giving forces that are found within every system and that hold potential for inspired, positive change.1 While traditional problem-solving paradigms are effective …

Wanted: up to 1100 workers for South West Qld NDIS rollout

Acting Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland The Honourable Mark Ryan Sunday, January 01, 2017 Wanted: up to 1100 workers for South West Qld NDIS rollout The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached another milestone in Queensland, with the scheme rolling out in Toowoomba and west to …

MYFER outlines $400M initiatives to step up job-creation commitment

Media Statements Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport The Honourable Curtis Pitt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 MYFER outlines $400M initiatives to step up job-creation commitment Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the State’s stronger economic performance revealed in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review means the Palaszczuk Government is …

$20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” kicks off in regional Queensland

JOINT STATEMENT Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs The Honourable Grace Grace Thursday, December 01, 2016   $20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” kicks off in regional Queensland Employers in regional Queensland now have an extra incentive …

The Workforce Council are collecting donations for Food Bank – Support those less fortunate

At the Workforce Council we are supporting Food Bank and our staff are donating food to those less fortunate. We encourage our stakeholders to do the same. We are collecting donations at our office – Level 16, 100 Edward Street, Brisbane. Please stop by the Workforce Council to drop off your non-perishables. Collections close 12 …

Queensland Government Media Release – Careers Expo a one-stop-shop for jobseekers

Media Statement Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke Friday, October 14, 2016   Careers Expo a one-stop-shop for jobseekers Jobseekers will today flock to the Townsville Careers in Disability Expo to meet prospective employers and to learn how they can apply for …

Early Years Connect – Building Skills, Building Inclusion

Early Years Connect Every Child (16-03, September 2016) ‘Building skills, building inclusion’ Are you an early childhood educator based in Queensland? Then you need to know about Early Years Connect. The latest in professional development for inclusion support, Early Years Connect is a collaborative project of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), C&K and Autism Queensland, funded …

Queensland Government Media Release – Jobs Queensland leading path to future employment

Media Release Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Tuesday, September 13, 2016   Jobs Queensland leading path to future employment The Palaszczuk Government has announced an important element of its plan to create jobs and drive Queensland’s future economic prosperity. Following a widely advertised expression of …

Keys to Inclusion at Child Care

Two families, attending two child care centres, each with unique needs. There’s nothing unusual about different families having their own story and their own dynamics, yet it can still be the case that the needs of families who differ from the majority can be less well addressed than those of others. The stories of these …

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – 4 August 2016

Thursday, 4th August 2016 is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, a day specially marked to celebrate their strength, their culture and their community. Children’s Day is celebrated every year on the 4th of August, and provides an opportunity for all Australians to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, while extending our …

Benefit from subsidised access to ECEC qualifications and skills sets under the VET Investment Plan

Are you already working in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting (ECEC)? Do you hold a Certificate III qualification (or higher) in ECEC? You or your staff may benefit from subsidised access to the following skills sets developed specifically to answer industry demand: CHCSS00090 – Supporting Children and Families with complex needs Skill Set …

Queensland Government Media Statement: Skills investment mapped out for Queenslanders

Media Statements Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Friday, July 15, 2016   Skills investment mapped out for Queenslanders   The Palaszczuk Government will invest a record $810.7 million in skills and training, an increase of $56.1 million from last year, as set out in the …

The Workforce Council celebrates NAIDOC Week

The Workforce Council Celebrates NAIDOC Week At the Workforce Council, we are celebrating NAIDOC Week in our office on Turrbal and Jagera country. NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and acknowledge the valuable contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our country and …

Announcement from the Chair of the Health and Community Services Workforce Council Board

On behalf of the Health and Community Services Workforce Council, I announce that Chief Executive Officer, Doug Evans has left the organisation. The Board wishes Doug well for the future. The Board has commenced the search for a replacement. Going forward, the Health and Community Services Workforce Council will focus on our services and support …

Learning from the Real

There are many different ingredients that go into making a badass educator, and no two of them are the same. They also have many things in common, including generosity, authenticity, and passion. Carol Booth is the Educational Leader at Early Learning FDC Scheme in Melbourne, and is a mentor to around 50 educators. She exemplifies …

ECT Mentoring and Coaching

Early Childhood Teachers often find it difficult to get to professional development. We know this. We also know this isn’t because you don’t value learning; it’s because of the myriad of things you have to do every day, the curriculum development, planning, meetings and study, not to mention having a personal life of your own. …

Queensland’s Workforce Readies for NDIS Jobs Bonanza

Queenslanders can look forward to a jobs boom and a stronger, more capable workforce thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Queensland NDIS NGO Workforce Strategy– WorkAbility Qld: Building tomorrow’s NDIS workforce – was launched Tuesday (1 March 2016) at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Strategy was launched by the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke …

You can have the workforce you need in the future by planning for it now

Given all the reforms that are taking place do you wonder if you will have the right people with the right skills in your organisation? Disability Services, Aged Care and Child Protection are just three of the sectors experiencing major reform.  The Workforce Council has developed a robust framework for Strategic Workforce Planning. Developing a …

Hand-clapping to learn and play

As anticipation builds towards our latest event, Operation Delightful – Setting the Scene for Positive Behaviour, we are taking a beat (so to speak) to talk music, kids, education, and clapping. It is no surprise that the ideal person to enlighten us on their wonderful relationship is legendary blues singer and music facilitator, Lil’ Fi. …

Will 2016 be the year you make a difference in your workplace?

The stars of opportunity are aligning, so to speak… and if that’s what you’ve been waiting for, now is the time to see what’s new in the Solar System of Vocational Education and Training (VET), and how your workplace and workforce could directly benefit. Training Packages The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) endorsed the CHC …