Draft consultation | Queensland ICT Workforce Plan 2019-2022

This consultation has now closed and we are reviewing the responses.

The Queensland ICT Workforce Plan is our proposed approach to increase the size and skills of the ICT workforce in Queensland. The plan outlines 5 priority areas over the next 3 years:

Why we need an ICT workforce plan

Queensland is home to 20% of Australia’s population, yet only 13.5% of the national ICT workforce resides in Queensland.

Without an appropriately sized or skilled ICT workforce, Queensland will not be in a position to achieve its Advancing Queensland priorities. Government and industry need to partner together to skill Queenslanders for the current and future labour market.


The Queensland ICT Workforce Plan is our proposed approach to increase the size and skills of the ICT workforce in Queensland. The plan outlines 5 priority areas over the next 3 years:

Why we need an ICT workforce plan

Queensland is home to 20% of Australia’s population, yet only 13.5% of the national ICT workforce resides in Queensland.

Without an appropriately sized or skilled ICT workforce, Queensland will not be in a position to achieve its Advancing Queensland priorities. Government and industry need to partner together to skill Queenslanders for the current and future labour market.


This consultation has now closed and we are reviewing the responses.
  • Priority 1: Developing Queensland’s ICT workforce

    02 Sep 2019

    It is vital the Queensland ICT industry and ICT workforce has the size, skills and experience to remain globally competitive and contribute to Queensland’s economic and social growth.

    Research indicates that over 50% of Australia’s ICT workforce is employed outside traditional ICT-related industries. Jobs of the future will require different skills that can respond to advances in technology.

    This priority seeks to address forecasted ICT skills shortages, plan for emerging and future ICT and capabilities requirements, and support the development of opportunities for the ICT workforce to adapt as technologies and jobs change by:

    • identifying current and future in-demand ICT skills and capability requirements for the Queensland ICT industry
    • partnering with VET, higher education and training organisations to influence pace of change and the prioritisation of ICT courses that respond to Queensland’s future ICT labour market priorities and to ensure students training leads to real jobs
    • exploring opportunities to develop place-based workforce development opportunities across the ICT industry and Queensland Government
    • driving improved access to ICT lifelong learning and mid-career development opportunities.

    Our goals:

    • Increased ICT workforce size and skills in Queensland.
    • Increased VET and higher education ICT enrolments.
    • Better matched skills to the labour market.
  • Priority 2: Widening the pipeline

    02 Sep 2019

    It is acknowledged that technological, social and demographic changes will have skills implications for the ICT industry. Queensland needs to increase its take-up of traditional and non-traditional ICT roles to avoid skill shortages.

    The ICT labour market requires support to broaden its career pathways to attract, retain and grow the industry and its workforce. Over the next three years, we will support the attraction and growth of the ICT industry by:

    • identifying current perceptions and barriers impacting the uptake of ICT careers in Queensland
    • strengthening the quality of ICT career information and advice to increase attraction and retention
    • considering additional support, intervention and guidance to improve retention in VET/higher education through to employment in traditional and non-traditional ICT roles
    • partnering to target ICT re-skilling pathways options for individuals impacted by workforce changes such as automation.

    Our goals:

    • ICT is a career of choice.
    • Reduced ICT skills and capability shortage in Queensland.
    • Broader pathways to cater for Queensland’s future and existing labour market.
  • Priority 3: Increasing diversity and inclusion

    02 Sep 2019

    Increasing the diversity of the Queensland ICT industry is a shared commitment and key area of focus of MICTAC. The council will seek to increase participation of women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To achieve this, over the next three years we will:

    • drive increased ICT employment and ICT education uptake of target groups
    • facilitate the sharing of resources and tools to support diversity and inclusion awareness and understanding in the ICT industry
    • champion targeted recruitment programs and resources to increase employment of target groups
    • investigate establishing diversity and inclusion networks across the ICT industry to foster a supportive environment
    • communicate the benefits of diversity and inclusion in growing the ICT industry.

    Our goals:

    • Increased employment of target groups in the Queensland ICT industry.
    • Increased awareness and support of diversity and inclusion initiatives and benefits.
  • Priority 4: Regional ICT workforce development

    02 Sep 2019

    Queensland is Australia’s most decentralised state. The Queensland government is investing in key infrastructure projects such as Fibre Co and the Submarine Cable to improve regional Queensland’s participation in the global digital economy. Developing and increasing regional Queensland’s ICT industry and workforce is important to the state’s economic and social prosperity. We will work with regional Queensland communities to support and grow the ICT industry and workforce by:

    • partnering with regional Queensland communities to identify current and future in-demand ICT skills and capability requirements
    • strengthening partnerships between industry, business, and state and local government to improve engagement with regional Queensland communities
    • targeting skills development, place-based-training, professional development and networking opportunities in regional Queensland to meet regional Queensland community labour market requirements
    • championing and promoting the benefits of work from anywhere positions to increase ICT career participation of regional Queenslanders.

    Our goals:

    • Increased employment in regional Queensland communities.
    • Increased professional development and networking opportunities in regional Queensland.
  • Priority 5: ICT leadership

    02 Sep 2019

    ICT is a key enabler of all industry sectors, providing opportunities for businesses to improve productivity and reach global markets. Globally, ‘digital’ is one of the fastest growing industries. It underpins all other sectors, with ICT skills a requirement in the majority of job roles.

    Over the next three years we will strengthen the ICT industry and government’s partnership and leadership by:

    • providing advice to government on ICT technology and skills to support achievement of the government’s priorities including advanced manufacturing; aerospace; biofutures; biomedical; defence; METS (mining technology)
    • improving information sharing in relation to emerging technologies and ICT disruptors including Artificial intelligence (AI) and Data Science
    • sharing data, analysis and insights to inform planning and policy development, where possible
    • strengthening the relationship and coordination of activities between government and the ICT industry.

    Our goals:

    • Increased ICT skills to support Queensland’s economic development priorities.