Townsville Bulletin

Defence industry advisory council meets to boost capabiliti­es

- CAITLAN CHARLES

SKILLING Queensland­ers to help boost the state’s defence capabiliti­es is the key focus of a new group that met for the first time in Townsville on Monday.

The Deputy Premier’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs has met for the first time, with an aim of boosting the state’s defence capabiliti­es.

The advisory council was supportive of the Queensland Defence,

Maritime, Aerospace and Space Industry Skills Plan.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Queensland’s defence capabiliti­es were world class and a highly skilled workforce was essential for future growth.

“The Palaszczuk government is firmly focused on Queensland’s future and has dedicated $3.34bn through the Queensland Jobs Fund to support job-creating industries,” Mr Miles said.

“We want to ensure there is a pipeline of Queensland­ers ready to enter a workforce that will underpin a multibilli­on-dollar industry and add to our sovereign industrial capability.”

The plan outlines three focus areas – engage and attract; train and retain; and collaborat­e – with actions that will promote career opportunit­ies, upskill current workers and collaborat­ion with industry to ensure the future supply of a skilled workforce.

Mr Miles said that the council would help the government leverage the state’s defence capabiliti­es. Advisory council member Dr Karen Stanton from Heat Treatment Australia said the skills plan showed the government was committed to growing the defence industry sector in the state.

“This council’s job is to provide advice that can develop and attract investment into Queensland’s defence industry and the reality is, as these sectors grow, there will be a need for a strong workforce to support them,” Dr Stanton said.

 ?? ?? Deputy Premier Steven Miles.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles.

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