Queensland puts up cash incentives to lure more tourism workers

The Queensland government has unveiled a new multi-million dollar campaign to try and fill tourism jobs across the state.

$7.5 million will be spent as part of the ‘Work In Paradise’ program, which hopes to target workers from interstate to come here for work instead.

It will offer cash payments of up to $1,500 and free flights to sweeten the deal.


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It’s all to try and fill some 4,500 tourism jobs around Queensland, with regional areas the hardest hit by a lack of workers.

The incentives are available for people who want to work in northern and western Queensland, including the Whitsundays, Cairns and the outback.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk plugged the program on social media this morning, saying anyone over the age of 18 is eligible.

“Come work in paradise and receive a cash incentive up to $1,500, free travel vouchers worth $250 & access to low-cost accommodation.

“It’s part of our new campaign called Work in Paradise, aimed at luring thousands of workers from across Queensland and Australia.

“Queensland is recovering well from the pandemic, but there’s still a critical shortage of workers in our regions.

“From chefs, waiters and bartenders through to tour guides and deckhands on the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of great opportunities up for grabs.

“The program starts from 1 July and applies to northern and western Queensland,” her post reads.

For more information of to register interest, head to qld.gov.au/workinparadise.

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Why don’t the government get tough on those receiving long time welfare!
Thousands sitting on the couch at home being funded by taxpayers and doing nothing to improve their own situations.
Sure the perks are not as good and may have to travel but with 4500 jobs on offer plus associated costs those who are bludging need to be called out.