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About the Rural Support Training Program

The Rural Support Training Program is a key initiative to help our rural communities which are affected by drought, to diversify and build employability skills during this time. The Rural Support Training Program is a project funded through the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy (RSAS), and delivered by TAFE Queensland in partnership with The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT), Queensland Government.

The Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy (RSAS) is a three-year initiative targeting specific regions of Queensland facing economic uncertainty, by supporting workers that are at risk of being displaced from traditional industries, and individuals retrenched as a result of significant company closures. RSAS supports those individuals to gain the foundation, employability and technical skills needed to transition to the jobs of the future.

Find out more about the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy

How TAFE Queensland can help 

TAFE Queensland has designed a range of short courses to enable local farmers and residents in areas affected by drought to upskill, engage with local community and increase opportunities for off-farm income. Five training programs are available, all are fully funded under the Rural Support Training program and each program runs for five days from Monday to Friday. 

Please note: the Rural Support Training Program currently doesn't have any upcoming program locations or dates.  Please check back soon for information on the next round of programs. 

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Program 1 - Workplace Health and Safety (non-accredited)

For business owners, managers or supervisors, understanding your obligations and responsibilities for workplace health and safety is essential.  This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to fulfil the role of Health and Safety Representative (HSR), as set out in the Health and Safety Act 2011.



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Program 2 – From using equipment and chemicals safely (accredited units)

Learn how to use chainsaws, safely use chemicals and adopt machine practices on and off properties to reduce the risk of spreading weeds, pests and diseases and meet the Biosecurity Act requirements.




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Program 3 – Building safe work practices (non-accredited and accredited units)

Working in a safe environment is a key responsibility; you’ll learn how to build safe work practices including fatigue management, first aid, work safely at heights and operating quad bikes.


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Program 4 – An opportunity to develop or diversify your skills (non-accredited and accredited units)

Building your skills can set you up for volunteering, part time work or new streams of income; such as working in licensed premises, coffee shops and food outlets. If you’re looking to learn or brush up on your Microsoft Word and Excel skills, this is a great opportunity.



Program 5 – Gaining skills for employment (accredited units)

Gaining pre-employment skills and competencies in the construction, infrastructure and resource fields can help you gain employment. This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter and work on a construction site in Queensland, comply with current workplace health and safety legislation and work confidently at heights, work in confined spaces as well as inspect, test and tag electrical equipment.



Program 6 - Work Readiness for the Meat Processing Sector (non-accredited)

This program has been designed to prepare you with the entry-level skills and knowledge required to find employment in the meat processing industry. The program is suitable for job seekers, primary producers seeking off-farm employment, and residents of drought affected communities who've had their employment affected by drought.



All these programs are fully funded under the Rural Support Training Program and eligibility criteria applies.

To apply or find out more about these courses, just call (07) 4160 4450 or email ruralsupporttraining.southwest@tafe.qld.edu.au



About the Rural Support Training Program

The Rural Support Training Program has helped drought-declared regions facing hard times. The programs provide new skills for people who are looking for employment opportunities.

Julie and Kyla's stories

Julie Woodcock and Kyla Smith have both participated in Program 4. They've gained lots of hands-on skills and new knowledge to advance their employment opportunities. 

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