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The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

QATC Transition PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE (PMO)

3 April 2019 update

BACKGROUND

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.

March 2019

A designated DAF Project Management Office (PMO) has been established to deliver the Queensland Government’s response to the Coaldrake Review.  Charles Burke has been appointed as the Executive Director leading the DAF PMO and Alison Mobbs has been appointed as Director for the DAF PMO and based in Longreach.

DAF PMO liaison officers have also been appointed in Longreach and Emerald. Roche Angon comes to the DAF PMO team from QATC in Longreach and Alicia Dunbar from DAF Emerald.

A key function of the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) Transition DAF PMO is to develop an Economic Transition Strategy for college staff, students and assets.

Longreach and Emerald Colleges

As part of the process for determining the Economic Transition Strategy, local community stakeholder committees (LCSC) in Longreach and Emerald have been appointed. The committees will provide advice and input into the development of the strategy.

Representatives from key stakeholder organisations have been invited to nominate delegates to participate in local community stakeholder committees. 

Public meetings, held in Longreach and Emerald in the last week of March, provided an information update on transition activities and determined the community representatives for the local community stakeholder committees.

The committees will be chaired by Charles Burke, with membership as follows:

Longreach Local Community Stakeholder Committee

Cr Ed

Warren

Mayor, Longreach Regional Council

Cr Tony

Rayner

Councillor, Longreach Regional Council

Cr Rob

Chandler

Chair, Remote Area Planning and Development Board, Mayor, Barcaldine Regional Council

Kristine

Arnold

Remote Area Planning and Development Board

Belinda

Rowbotham

Longreach Pastoral College Past Students and Staff Association

Donald

Brown

AgForce Queensland

Peter

Smith

AgForce Queensland

Liza

Cameron

Longreach State High School

Peter

Homan

OQTA Longreach Tourism

Louise

Martin

Community - State Vice President ICPA, sheep producer, past student, Tambo

Boyd

Webb

Community - Past student, local grazier, Muttaburra

Jacquetta

Arnold

Community - Past QATC employee, Longreach local

Phillip

Stiles

QATC - Longreach College staff

Emerald Local Community Stakeholder Committee

Cr Kerry

Hayes

Central Highlands Regional Council

Cr Gail

Godwin Smith

Central Highlands Regional Council

Sandra

Hobbs

Central Highlands Development Corporation

Liz

Alexander

Central Highlands Development Corporation

Prof Helen

Huntly

CQ University

Prof Grant

Stanley

CQ University

Ian

Burnett

AgForce Queensland

Peter

Smith

AgForce Queensland

Aaron

Kiely

Central Highlands Cotton Growers & Irrigators

Shari

Barwick

Resources Industry

Ray

Clarke

Emerald Region Schools - State

Mark

Green

Emerald Region Schools – Catholic

Graeme

Johnston

Emerald Schools - Christian Colleges

Janice

Moriarty

Community - Emerald Neighbourhood Centre

Simone

Parker

Community - CHRRUP

Alistair

Malone

Community - Ag industry

Geoff

Dein

Community - AgGrow

Andrew

Hawkins

Community - Past Student, long term local

Jenny

Ryan

Community - QCWA Blackwater

Matthew

Barnes

Community - Ag industry / Tinkelara

Rachele

Malone

QATC - Emerald College staff

The DAF PMO looks forward to working with stakeholders to identify ways to grow the vocational education, training and skills sector in central-western Queensland, including through leveraging existing educational offerings and facilities. The outcome will help to boost economic growth and regional resilience for the Emerald and Longreach communities and regions.

Statewide

The DAF PMO and the executive of QATC are working closely and collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition of staff, students and assets. To date, DAF PMO team members have visited most of the regional hubs and both colleges, meeting with staff, students and other stakeholders from Walkamin to Dalby.

The DAF PMO have engaged a range of stakeholders including TAFE Queensland, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, Agforce Queensland, Central Queensland University, Regional Development Australia Central West Fitzroy, Queensland Agricultural Workforce Network officers, the Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance, as well as QATC staff and students.

The Economic Transition Strategy will develop a plan for the future use of all QATC educational and production assets and resources. During the ‘teach-out’ period of 2019, QATC facilities will remain open and be fully maintained. Timing for the repurposing of these assets will depend on elements of the strategy being finalised and agreed by key stakeholders.

For more information

You can email your ideas, proposals and feedback to us at qatc_pmo@daf.qld.gov.au.

If you would like to subscribe to receive updates to this page as they occur, please email qatc_pmo@daf.qld.gov.au.

DAF PMO Liaison officers can be contacted directly at:

Longreach

Roche Angon roche.angon@daf.qld.gov.au

Emerald

Alicia Dunbar alicia.dunbar@daf.qld.gov.au


For further information on the QATC transition process, please contact Alison Mobbs, Director, QATC Transition Project Management Office (PMO), Longreach on 0436 808 827 or alison.mobbs@daf.qld.gov.au