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 Employment and Education Housing

Employment and Education Housing (EEH) (formerly the Employment Related Accommodation Program) helps eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people re-locate from remote communities to take up employment, education or training opportunities in regional centres.
 
Successful applicants will be offered housing support for the length of the employment, education or training course that they are in. For example, if an applicant is offered six-months vocational training, they will have housing support for six-months.
 
Applicants with an education, training or full-time job offer will be provided with a range of affordable housing options and support.
 
The program is available in five regional centres:
  • Townsville
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton
  • Toowoomba
  • Cairns.

The properties are managed by registered community housing providers.

Regional profiles

Townsville

Townsville is 1,300kms north of Brisbane and 350kms south of Cairns. With a population of approximately 190,000 people, it is one of Queensland’s largest regional centres. Set along the coastline, it boasts a tropical climate and links to the Great Barrier Reef.
 
It is famous for a range of industries including tourism, marine studies, defence, a main port hub, exports and manufacturing. It hosts a significant number of government, community and major business administrative offices for North Queensland.
 
Education and training opportunities are available at the James Cook University, TAFE Queensland North, a campus of the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges and a wide range of training organisations. 
 
There is a range of places and activities available to suit everyone’s interests, including:
  • national parks and local islands
  • a Civic Theatre
  • galleries
  • museums
  • cultural festivals.

Townsville is also the home to the North Queensland Cowboys rugby league team and the Townsville Fire and Townsville Crocodiles basketball teams. 

Gladstone

Gladstone is 550kms north of Brisbane and 100kms south-east of Rockhampton. It has a population of approximately 62,000 people, which continues to grow at a steady rate. Set along the coastline, it is the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and links to 14 islands including Lady Musgrave and Heron Islands.
 
It is most famous for its mining-related industries. The Port of Gladstone is the fifth largest multi-commodity port in Australia and the fourth largest coal exporting terminal. The harbour is in a World Heritage Listed Area of the Great Barrier Reef and has a thriving seafood industry.
 
Education and training opportunities are available at the Central Queensland University and a wide range of training organisations. 
 
Gladstone has waterways and beaches for all-year round boating, fishing, swimming and surfing. It also has a large marina, world-class snorkelling facilities, botanic gardens, museums and the new Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton is 640kms north of Brisbane and has a population of approximately 116,000 people. It is located on the Tropic of Capricorn so has a unique position as the gateway to both the coast and the outback. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s the perfect place to live the Queensland lifestyle.
 
It is most famous for being the “beef capital of Australia” with grazing and livestock key industries. Transport is also a large industry with the area being the meeting point for the north coast rail line to the major coalfields. Tourism is increasing in the area with visitors taking advantage of the nearby Keppel group islands. 
 
Education and training opportunities are available at the Central Queensland University and a wide range of training organisations. 
 
There is a range of places and activities to suit everyone’s interests, including:
  • a zoo
  • museum
  • galleries
  • cultural centre
  • theatres
  • national park and botanic gardens. 

Toowoomba

Toowoomba is 127km west of Brisbane, and with a population of approximately 163,000 people, it is Queensland's largest inland city. Known as the “Garden City”, Toowoomba is famous for its annual Carnival of Flowers and more than 150 public parks and gardens.
 
Toowoomba has a range of flourishing industries including retail, trade, community services, manufacturing, education and defence. It caters for the needs of the Oakey Army Aviation Centre and Borneo Barracks.
 
Education and training opportunities are available at the University of Southern Queensland, TAFE Queensland South West, University of Queensland and several colleges and training organisations.
 
There is a range of places and activities to suit everyone’s interests, including:
  • a zoo
  • heritage trails
  • galleries
  • museums
  • national parks
  • wineries
  • scenic drives and walks. 

Cairns

Cairns is 1700km northwest of Brisbane and has a population of approximately 160,000 people. Set along the coastline, Cairns is known as ‘the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef’. Cairns is framed by two features of such pristine beauty and exceptional value that they have been listed by the World Heritage Society and ranks in importance with America's Grand Canyon and the renowned Galapagos Islands. These two natural features, now acclaimed as amongst the world’s most wonderful assets are The Great Barrier Reef and The Wet Tropics Rainforests.
 
Urban areas include residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, entertainment and tourist land uses. Rural land is used predominately for sugar cane farming. The key employment sectors are tourism, retail, education, health and manufacturing.
 
Education and training opportunities are available at James Cook University and TAFE Queensland North including the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College and the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Catering.
 
There are many unique attractions and activities to suit everyone’s interests, including:
  • cruises to the reef or islands
  • treks into the rainforest or see it from the rainforest cableway above its green canopy
  • national parks
  • scenic drives and walks.
Information is available for industry employers (PDF, 62KB) and referral partners (PDF, 57KB) who are committed to providing employment and training opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote Indigenous communities.  

Factsheets

Information for potential applicants - A4 brochure (PDF, 795KB) (RTF, 96KB)

Information for potential applicants - DL brochure (PDF, 783KB)

Information for resource industry employers (PDF, 62KB) (RTF, 99KB)

Information for referral partners (PDF, 57KB) (RTF, 96KB)

Contact

To enquire about EEH in Cairns, please call:
Cairns Housing Service Centre, Department of Housing and Public Works
Phone: 07 4036 5460
Email: HHSEEH@hpw.qld.gov.au 

To enquire about EEH in Townsville, please call:
Yumba-Meta Housing Association
Phone: 07 4723 5611
email: reception@yumbameta.com.au

To enquire about EEH in Gladstone and Rockhampton, please call:
Roseberry Community Services Limited
Phone: 07 4972 0047
Email: gm@rys.org.au

To enquire about EEH in Toowoomba, please call:
YellowBridge Qld
Phone: 07 4639 3271
Email: connect@yellowbridgeqld.com.au

For program and provider enquiries, please call:
Housing and Homelessness Services
Phone: 07 3007 4450
Email: HHSEEH@hpw.qld.gov.au

Queensland Government Agent Program

 

 



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