IN ORDER to position ourselves for the next wave of prosperity in Australia, we need to focus on growth industries such as agribusiness, gas production, tourism, international education - and not just mining - because these will likely play a leading role in economic growth.
That's the message from a recent report on growth areas in Australia from economics firm Deloitte that puts forward 25 reasons to be optimistic about growth.
The report describes several "growth pockets" which include disaster management and preparedness, private schooling, preventative health and wellness, and digital delivery of health.
The idea has some sway in Gladstone, where CQUniversity and TAFE will be merging and the focus is on education that meets the needs of workers.
Training courses provided at the CQUniversity campus have for 20 years been working with the resource industry sector to run distance education programs that allow workers to continue working while studying.
Industry-led training and education initiatives are backed by the Queensland Government, which this week announced industry would have greater influence on government investment in vocational education and training.
"We want to make sure training meets demands in the marketplace, in order to grow a four-pillar economy and reduce the state's unemployment," said Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek.
Strong industry sectors for Gladstone:
- Hospitality and retail
- Health and community
- Professional and support services
- Construction and engineering