Employment, Training and Education

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Education and learning underpin the development of not only smart industry sectors but also Noosa's traditional sectors of retail, tourism and construction. The Local Economic Plan aspires to build a culture of learning and skill development where knowledge is shared by a connected and skilled business community.

There is a range of programs available that can assist and subsidise your organisation's human resource needs, from training to employment.

Education is a priority sector in the Noosa Local Economic Plan. For more information about Noosa's education and training sector, including the Noosa Education and Training alliance, visit Knowledge Investment in Noosa.


  • Jobactive is a Federal Government recruitment service helping businesses to find staff at no cost. Jobactive is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia.

    Services they provide include:

    • screened and job-ready candidates
    • pre-employment training and work-related equipment, if needed, for candidates
    • access to work experience and internship programs
    • support while new employees settle in
    • access to wage subsidies

    Businesses can also advertise and manage job vacancies through the jobactive website.

    Find a local provider here.  Businesses can also contact the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15

  • Workforce Planning Connect is a suite of user-friendly resources designed to support small and medium-sized businesses to undertake workforce planning, regardless of their knowledge or experience.

    The site includes a toolkit designed to support small and medium-sized businesses through the workforce planning process.

    Workforce Planning Connect website

  • Fair Work exists to provide information and advice to employees about workplace rights and obligations. Some of the useful information and tools included are Employee Entitlements, Awards & Agreements and a Pay Calculator (P.A.C.T - Pay and Conditions Tool).

  • Wage subsidies can help businesses employ new staff and expand their business.  Wage subsidies are paid by employment services providers to businesses for employing eligible job seekers who are young, a principal carer parent, long term unemployed indigenous or mature age.

    Wage Subsidies webpage

  • The National Work Experience is a program which places job seekers in real-life work experience placements. Employers can trial a person in an unpaid work experience placement for up to four weeks to determine the fit. All work experience placements are insured for the period and a wage subsidy may be paid if the employer hires the work experience candidate. Employer applications are made through a jobactive provider.

    Wage Subsidies webpage

  • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a fully Government-funded program available to anyone with a viable business idea. It helps participants to start a business with training, mentoring support for 12 months and income support for 9 months.

    This program provides:

    • training in small business management, business skills and business plan development
    • a 9-month allowance equivalent to the NewStart allowance
    • Business advice and mentoring during the first year of business operation 

    New Business Assistance with NEIS

  • Youth Jobs PaTH provides businesses with assistance and funding of up to $1000, to trial a young person aged between 17-24 to make sure they’re suitable for employment within the business and up to $10,000 for businesses that hire an eligible young person.

    Youth Jobs PaTH webpage

  • Apprentices and trainees (including school-based) are an effective way to attract and recruit staff while maintaining and preserving the quality of your skills in your industry. The Australian apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian apprentice.

    Employers can find an Australian apprentice by:

    Australian Apprenticeships website

  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work is a suite of skills and training programs supporting Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

    Incentives are available for employers who recruit Queensland job seekers through the Back to Work and Work Start programs.

    Skilling Queenslanders for Work webpage

  • CQU, Australia’s largest regional university has a campus in Noosa offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including nursing, education, science, creative industries and digital media.

    The Noosa campus boasts clinical nursing laboratories, library and student resource centre facilities and collaborative learning spaces.

    CQ University website

  • The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) offers a range of graduate and postgraduate degree programs that include business, IT and tourism, health, nursing and sports science, creative industries, design and communications.

    USC also have a presence at The J in Noosa.

    USC has a strong focus on research and innovation, finding solutions to real-world problems. USC’s researchers collaborate with local, national and international governments, institutions and industries to deliver innovative, high-quality research that has a real impact in areas such as sustainability and the environment, agriculture and aquaculture, medical and health sciences.

    The University of the Sunshine Coast website

  • The USC Work Experience Scheme provides a platform for students to gain experience in the workplace relevant to their course of study. Employers are able to host a student for up to 30 days work per the calendar year. The employer provides valuable work experience while benefiting from the additional expertise of a student.

  • TAFE Queensland East Coast is the major vocational education provider for the Sunshine Coast. Campuses on the Sunshine Coast are in Nambour, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute at Birtinya.

    Certificate and Diploma qualifications in a wide range of areas, including apprenticeships and trainee options. University pathways are also available.

    TAFE Queensland website