Survey to Provide Workforce Skills Snapshot

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Unit is encouraging businesses to share their knowledge and experience about skills shortages within the region.

The Economic Development and Tourism Unit is facilitating a Skills Survey to ascertain what skill sets employers find difficult to recruit for in the region.

Portfolio Chair for Economic Development Mayor Tracy Dobie said with hundreds of new jobs coming to town over the next two years, the Council wants to ensure the region has the best fit and adequately trained employees ready.

“Our focus is on ensuring that we are able to fill these jobs when they arrive with local residents who are appropriately trained and ready to work,” Cr Dobie said.

“We are also investigating new initiatives with our training providers and will host a Jobs Expo later in the year which will provide a platform for employers to meet prospective employees and form linkages.”

“The number of businesses in the region is always expanding, so it’s important to ensure everyone is included across all Industries.”

“The Southern Downs and Granite Belt region is such a unique businesses hub and we’re fortunate to have such a diverse range of industries including agriculture, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing food processing, health and many more.”

Existing and new businesses are encouraged to their feedback through an online form at

For more information about the Southern Downs Skills Survey, contact Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or email

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