Qld Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk
Qld Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk Max Fleet

Labor's new policy aimed at helping young Qlders find work

A PLAN to ready young Queenslanders for the job market will form the Queensland Opposition's policy to counteract the Newman Government's job cuts.

Labor's new employment policy announcement comes after Premier Campbell Newman accused the Opposition this week of not offering one policy since losing power at last year's landslide state election.

The employment policy, Ready for Work, would allow community groups to deliver training - such as CV preparation and interviewing skills - to young people vying to get into the workforce.

Job seekers will not have to be on government benefits, including Newstart, to sign up.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk will outline the policy at a Labour Day event in Ipswich on Saturday to deliver the training through weekend or evening classes over six to eight weeks.

Ms Palaszczuk said Labor would continue to be focused on job creation and security.

The policy announcement follows Treasurer Tim Nicholls outlining Queensland's public service could be reduced by one third over the next five years through natural attrition and retirement.

Reducing the size of the public service is in line with the Commission of Audit recommendations to reduce the state's debt.

Asked in Parliament this week to rule out further job losses, Mr Newman attacked the Opposition for not bringing anything to the table.

"They have been here for a year and they are yet to announce one single policy," he said.

The Opposition's policy announcement is expected to be one of many to form a broader program for restoring $90 million worth of funding to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

"Our Ready for Work policy will form part of the full Skilling Queenslanders for Work program which Labor has committed to restore," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Skilling Queenslanders for Work returned almost eight times the value of every $1 it cost to run, it helped people get jobs, which helped governments avoid paying welfare and other support costs."

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said she was proud to have Ipswich host the policy launch.

"Ipswich people know how important jobs are to the local community and we have already felt the impacts of the mass sackings carried out by the Newman Government," she said.

COVID-19 vaccination road map: Who gets the first jabs?

Premium Content COVID-19 vaccination road map: Who gets the first jabs?

Details of the vaccination rollout have been released

Man ‘remorseful’ after smashing shop window, park fight

Premium Content Man ‘remorseful’ after smashing shop window, park fight

The court heard the 22-year-old had been experiencing issues with alcohol for a...

Tennis star shares skills with groundbreaking new program

Premium Content Tennis star shares skills with groundbreaking new program

As well as teaching kids cool sports, it also teaches them not to be so quick to...