Priority 3: Strengthening the regional digital workforce
The Digital Professional Workforce Action Plan will enhance and strengthen regional Queensland’s digital professional workforce by ensuring there are adequate educational and professional development opportunities locally and that remote working is promoted and encouraged.
Queensland is one of Australia’s most geographically vast states. Regional labour markets are unique and as such require tailored workforce planning to meet local contexts. It is crucial that local workforces have access to the skills of the future and professional development opportunities to ensure Queensland’s regions can equally benefit from the digital economy. Recent consultation and engagement across Queensland’s regions to develop this plan revealed that two-thirds of respondents (68.3%) felt that in their region there was a general lack of graduates, a lack of quality training, and a lack of affordable training options. Additionally, regional Queensland businesses felt they were not able to attract digital professionals as they were unable to offer competitive salaries (compared to metropolitan areas) and for some, they also lacked the necessary infrastructure and connectivity.
Regional Queensland currently employs approximately 23,600 people in the technology sector, which makes up approximately 22% of Queensland’s digital professional workforce. The pandemic has fast-tracked better systems and processes and demonstrated an increasing mobility of business operations and the capacity to successfully work from regional locations. In many areas across Australia, there is now a 'tree change' real estate boom occurring as professionals successfully negotiate working from home arrangements. This shift presents regional Queensland with a real opportunity to benefit from the growing digital economy.
Queensland will benefit from an increased regional professional digital workforce. Attraction and retention of this digital talent in the regions will be strengthened through development and training opportunities that meet local and global needs. The attraction and/or retention of digital professionals will ensure that regional communities remain vibrant and have access to knowledge to ensure they remain competitive economically. This shift will create local jobs and improve regional communities’ access to the benefits of the digital economy and ensure they are able to service and support market activities across the world.
- Increase access and participation in digital skills education in regional locations to meet the unique labour market requirements and build regional digital professional capability.
- Promote remote working learnings from COVID-19 to Queensland’s businesses to encourage them to access regional Queensland’s digital professional talent pool. COVID-19 has shown that digital professionals can work anywhere and still deliver, which will enable businesses to access a broader pool of talent.
- Increase access to professional development and networking opportunities across regional Queensland to continue to build skills and opportunities.
- Participation through digital professional development opportunities previously not available.
- Regional digital education enrolments, previously not available.
- Number of businesses using remote regional workers.
Success looks like
- Increased supply of digital professionals in regional Queensland.
- Increased digital professional education in regional Queensland.
- Increased professional development and networking opportunities in regional Queensland.
- Increased supply of digital professionals in Queensland.
- Last updated:
- 24 June 2021