Workforce in regional Queensland: Challenges and opportunities post-COVID: a Rapid Appraisal

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Lyons, Ben, Babacan, Hurriyet, Renando, Chad, McVeigh, John and Rolfe, John. 2021. Workforce in regional Queensland: Challenges and opportunities post-COVID: a Rapid Appraisal. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
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Workforce in regional Queensland: Challenges and opportunities post-COVID: a Rapid Appraisal

Report TypeGovernment report
AuthorsLyons, Ben (Author), Babacan, Hurriyet (Author), Renando, Chad (Author), McVeigh, John (Author) and Rolfe, John (Author)
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland, James Cook University, Central Queensland University and University of Queensland
Number of Pages35
Year2021
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://www.ruraleconomies.org.au
Abstract

The Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Queensland, are seeking an evidence base regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on rural and regional labour markets in Queensland industries, particularly agricultural industries. Due to COVID-19, there have been restrictions at the interstate and international travel, and the subsequent impacts of these and other adaptations such as the Australian Agriculture Workers Code (adopted by NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory); Queensland’s own COVID-19 freight movement and logistics policies for agribusiness, food manufacturing and commercial fishing workers, need to be understood. The anecdotal evidence suggests that border controls for biosecurity measures have had economic, workforce and also social, financial and mental wellbeing impacts on rural industries and especially rural and regional communities.DAF have asked RECoE to provide a workforce analysis and make recommendations by 30 January 2021. Within limited time frames required a Rapid Appraisal Approach1 has been undertaken. This report provides a brief analysis of the findings of the Rapid Appraisal across rural/regional Queensland.

KeywordsCOVID-19 pandemic; impact; rural and regional labour markets; agriculture; Queensland
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380118. Urban and regional economics
380111. Labour economics
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
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