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Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

Successive Queensland Governments have made considerable efforts to improve the relevance and performance of the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) and have invested considerable funding to keep them operating. 

As a result of declining student numbers and successive deficits, Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake was engaged to provide recommendations on how to grow the vocational education, training and skills sector in central-western Queensland.

The purpose of the review was to optimise the government’s investment in vocational education and training in the region to ensure employers have access to a skilled workforce and prospective students can access local quality training and employment opportunities.

The Queensland Government considered Professor Coaldrake’s recommendations and decided to close the QATC at the end of 2019 and repurpose the colleges’ facilities.

This means the QATC business entity will cease to manage the significant assets currently owned by the QATC at that time. The Queensland Government will be guided by local community members and organisations about how to best repurpose the use of these assets and facilities to benefit the whole training delivery scenario for all central-western Queensland industries, including agriculture.

This decision was not taken lightly and the government is committed to engaging widely with local communities, businesses and education providers to determine the best way to repurpose the available training facilities and assets, so they can be used more effectively.