Attract interstate exchange to paradise

Trades across Australia are being lured to heaven with a new campaign that will bolster the state’s skilled workforce and keep Queensland’s economy growing.

Up to $1,750 will be paid to the first 1,000 traders who move to Queensland and work for eight weeks rebuilding communities affected by the recent flooding in South East Queensland.

Launching the campaign, Acting Prime Minister Steven Miles said Trades in Paradise supports immediate flood reconstruction efforts and encourages qualified traders to stay on for other long-term projects.

“The Palaszczuk government is inviting up to 1,000 freeway traders to join Queensland in restoring local homes and businesses after the recent flood,” the acting prime minister said.

“The devastating floods have put skilled tradespeople in high demand and we need more boots on the ground to help communities get back on their feet as soon as possible.

“While they’re here, they can get a taste of what it’s like to work, live and play in our great state…and maybe even stay forever and trade until ‘in Paradise.

“Queensland is the best state – our unrivaled lifestyle, attractions and natural wonders, coupled with a pipeline of major infrastructure projects in the lead up to the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, make it quite simply a paradise for trades.”

Traders who relocate to Queensland and undertake eight-week reconstruction work in one of 19 eligible local government areas will be rewarded with an incentive and travel payment of up to $1,750.

Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer said the Jobs in Heaven campaign recruited carpenters, electricians, plasterers, tilers and plumbers, tilers, painters and decorators, plumbers, cabinet makers, planners, architects or building designers, surveyors, building engineers, building certifiers, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics and gas fitters.

“The Tradies in Paradise campaign is targeting trades across Australia, with the exception of New South Wales, which, like Queensland, is also tackling a major rebuilding effort,” Ms Farmer said.

“As part of the campaign, traders will also have access to a wide variety of information on areas such as housing and employment procurement, licensing requirements, mutual recognition applications and introductions to Security.”

Ms Farmer said the Tradies in Paradise scheme added to the Palaszczuk government’s $1 billion annual investment in training and skills, helping Queenslanders get training for in-demand jobs.

“As we head into the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and our renewable energy boom, the longer-term opportunities for skilled craftspeople in Queensland are endless,” said Ms Farmer.

“This investment provides skilled workers for the future, but following recent flooding, we need more skilled tradespeople now.”

Applications for the relocation incentive are open until November 30, 2022 or until all 1,000 places are filled, whichever comes first.

Interested applicants should read the program guidelines, eligibility criteria, and other requirements before making the decision to move.

New South Wales traders are not eligible to apply given the large-scale reconstruction effort required in their home country.

Visit qld.gov.au/TradiesinParadise for more information.