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20 May, 2021

Welcome boost for local tourism industry

THE local tourism and hospitality industry is set for a welcome boost with a major new initiative to be announced today by the Queensland Government. The Work in Paradise program will help the North Queensland tourism and hospitality industry attract workers back to North Queensland, from North Mackay upwards.

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The new program will offer $1500 incentives and a travel bonus to workers wishing to move to the North and fill the thousands of hospitality and tourism vacancies.In the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions this program is expected to benefit everyone from small coffee shop operators to growers trying desperately to fill gaps in their haul out crews - both of which have been affected by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.   
In announcing the program, the Queensland Premier said the program will address the critical shortage of workers at tourism businesses in regional Queensland.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This campaign will give Queenslanders and other Australians even more reasons to come to work in paradise,” she said.
“Thanks to the way Queenslanders have responded to the pandemic, our economy has started to rebuild.
“From chefs, waiters and bartenders through to tour guides and deckhands on the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of great jobs up for grabs.”
The Premier said the Government would deliver a $1500 incentive and free travel for workers taking up a tourism job in regional Queensland from Mackay north to our tropical hot spots to west of Toowoomba, including the Outback.  
“Grab your friends and take a tourism job to work in paradise – that’s the message we’re sending to thousands of Queensland and Australian jobseekers,” the Premier said.
“Work in Paradise will bring people from across Australia and the state to join Team Queensland to help this critical industry do what they love to do best – give people a great holiday in our great state.
“Competition for workers is at an all-time high in tourism and hospitality and we want to give people the best chance there is to work, play and live in our top travel spots in regional Queensland.”
Assistant Tourism Minister Michael Healy said Work in Paradise would send a clear message there were thousands of tourism jobs available in Queensland.
“Queensland is the best place to look for a job in paradise – it has location, lifestyle and an exciting tourism industry,” Mr Healy said.
“While Work in Paradise will connect jobseekers with jobs, it could also provide a pathway to a long-term career in the tourism industry in your dream location.
The incentive program starts from July 1.
For more information, or to register interest, visit

By Peter McCullagh

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