QUESTION ON NOTICE No. 1069

MR M HART ASKED THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS
AND MINISTER FOR TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
(HON D FARMER) —
QUESTION:
With reference to the $81.6m Equipping TAFE for our Future commitment—
Will the Minister advise (a) the specific funding allocation to each local infrastructure
upgrade, (b) specific dates for when each local upgrade will commence, (c) specific
dates for when each local upgrade will be completed and (d) the scope of each local
upgrade?
ANSWER:
The Equipping TAFE for our Future commitment will invest $100 million over
three years, to support training capital infrastructure across the State in areas that are
aligned to priority industries.
This funding will position Queensland’s public training infrastructure to deliver ongoing
training that meets the needs of industry and the challenges in a post-COVID economy.
The commitment includes $15.9 million being invested for vocational education training
at Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) campuses.
It is a three year program commencing 1 July 2021 and will be delivered by
30 June 2024.
Detailed implementation planning is being undertaken during 2020-21.
The projects to be delivered include:
 $2 million for Cyber Security Training Operation Centre at Cairns;
 $3.6 million for a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub at Cairns;
 $10.6 million for a Renewable Energy Centre at Bohle (Townsville);
 $3.6 million for an Advanced Manufacturing Skills Lab at Bohle (Townsville);
 $7.5 million at the Mackay – Ooralea Trade Training Centre (CQUniversity);
 $3.4 million for an Agricultural Centre of Excellence at Bowen;
 $2 million for an Aquaculture Training Centre at Cannonvale;
 $400,000 for a business case for the CQUniversity Rockhampton Campus
consolidation;
 $8 million contribution to the CQUniversity Rockhampton campus consolidation
subject to the outcomes of the business case;
 $3.35 million for a new Agriculture and Horticulture Centre at Bundaberg;
 $1 million for a new Maker Space Centre at Bundaberg;
 $1.2 million for Nursing and Allied Health upgrades at Hervey Bay;
 $1 million for the Rural Centre of Excellence Stage 2 at Toowoomba;
 $1.5 million for a Community TAFE Learning Centre (CTLC) pilot at Yarrabilba;
 $2 million for a Cyber Security Training Operation Centre at Mooloolaba;
 $10 million for the fitout at the new Robina TAFE Campus;
 $28.9 million for a new Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Eagle
Farm;
 $2.95 million for a Cyber Security Training Operation Centre and Robotics Lab
at Southbank; and
 $7 million for a Metal Trades, Manufacturing and Robotics Centre at Bundamba.

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