New job fund for QATC staff

Mark Furner announces assistance for QATC staff

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Agriculture Minister Mark Furner.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner.

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QATC will close down by the end of the year.

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​Staff affected by the wind down of the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges organisation will have access to a $500,000 fund to help secure new jobs.

QATC, which includes pastoral colleges in Longreach and Emerald, will be wound down at the end of the year following a review by Professor Peter Coaldrake.

State Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said an employment assistance package of up to $500,000 would be available to the almost 100 staff still employed by QATC.

"The QATC Employment Assistance Package will be funded from the QATC transition financial support package and cover all permanent full-time and part-time employees, long-term casual and long-term contract employees," he said.

"This includes 'job search' support, retraining and skills support, as well as special leave and travel assistance."

Mr Furner said the goal was to help QATC employees find local employment elsewhere in their communities.

Former AgForce chief executive Charles Burke is leading the transition team charged with charting a future for QATC facilities such as the Longreach and Emerald pastoral colleges.

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