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 …

Registrations now open for the ACECQA National Workshops in Queensland

You are invited to a workshop focussing on Agency of the Child. The interactive workshop will be led by ACECQA’s National Education Leader in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and the Health and Community Services Workforce Council. The 2.5 hour workshop will explore strategies to support children’s agency with a focus on …

Nurturing Your Child’s Inner World: 5 Tips on How to Engage in Expressive Play and Communicate Effectively with Children

Children are naturally creative and sensory beings, and during particular times of their development, their brains go through phases of being more non-verbal and intuitive, than language-based and logical. For example, children aged 6 to 9 experience more neural growth and activity in the right hemisphere of their brain, which means that during this period, …

Strengthening the Child Protection and Family Support Sector Workforce in Queensland

Strengthening the Child Protection and Family Support Sector Workforce in Queensland The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) welcomes the release of the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s (QFCC) draft strategy: Strengthening the Sector: A strategy for working together for a more sustainable service system across the child protection and family support sector. …

Sustainability in Action – An Outback Bus Tour

Join Workforce Council, Professional Support Coordinator in partnership with Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network (QECSN) and Nature Play Queensland in a truly unique and exciting opportunity. Over 3 days we will be acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land that we pass across and will be welcomed on to Kalkadoon Country by Traditional Owners. We will explore early childhood education in …

Celebrating Successes of Vocational Education and Training Initiatives in Health and Community Services

2015, Year of Success! Celebrating Successes of Vocational Education and Training Initiatives in Health and Community Services The Health Sector VET Engagement Working Party (HSVEWP) formed in January 2015 with a few enthusiastic individuals coming together to talk about ‘what we could do’ to strengthen and promote pathways and opportunities for individuals and employers alike, …

Celebrating Educators Conference – Back to the Heart

Celebrating Educators Conference – Back to the Heart 2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting year, the Workforce Council have again partnered with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to bring you another amazing Celebrating Educators Conference. Following on from five very successful Celebrating Educators Conferences from 2011 to 2015, the planning committee …

Planning a strong, inclusive workforce: Blue Care Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy

Last month, we marked the Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and reflected on the steps we can all take to learn, respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. One very tangible and significant action is to create workplaces that attract, support and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait …

A Triumph of People Power

The People Powered Communities Forum hosted by the Workforce Council in Cairns on 6th and 7th of August was by all accounts a great success, and provided an opportunity for local stakeholders to come together and discuss participatory planning approaches for the future of the Health and Community Services. The event had been planned to …

Budget Boost for QLD’s health and community services

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) has welcomed Tuesday’s Queensland budget announcement of a strong commitment to investment in jobs, health and education in Queensland. The 2015-16 budget will see the injection of $1.6 billion for the Working Queensland jobs plan, that will help to promote job growth and investment through key …

Praxis Makes Perfect – Register Now

The professional development and growth of education and care professionals will be the focus of the ‘Praxis Makes Perfect: Perspectives on Pedagogy’ conference on Saturday 1st of August, 2015. Presented by The Workforce Council, this exciting one-day conference is an ideal, targeted learning experience for the Education and Care sector. It will challenge assumptions, incite …

Support for Long Daycare in the Long Run

The Workforce Council is renewing its commitment to meeting the needs of the Long Day Care (LDC) sector in the wake of the latest Federal Budget announcements. They are reminding the Education and Care sector that, regardless of the funding announcements, they will continue to provide superior quality practice and leadership development, inclusive practice development …