Jobs for migrants and refugees in Central Queensland

EMPLOYMENT opportunities for migrants and refugees have opened up in Central Queensland with the signing of an employment agreement between the Queensland Government and meat processing firm JBS Swift.

Under the agreement JBS will work closely with jobs provider Access Community Services to supply and support new recruits to its Rockhampton facilities and explore more job pathways within its cattle and sheep production chain.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said the agreement would see the company employ 30 migrants and refugees in the Rockhampton region.

"The MOU is a mutually beneficial partnership to support workforce requirements and generate sustainable job opportunities for culturally diverse Queenslanders," he said.

"The new policy reflects the government's focus on providing practical services for migrants and refugees to help them participate in, and contribute to, the Queensland economy."

Mr Elmes said this was the second Memorandum of Understanding the Queensland Government had entered into with the agriculture sector.

"For places like Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns and our mining and other agricultural hubs, new partnerships like this help strengthen and diversify the economy," he said.

"Being able to provide a pipeline of reliable employees is helping businesses like JBS to meet their regional recruitment needs."