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Sunshine Coast businesses in attendance at the recent launch of Study Sunshine Coast were presented with the significant opportunities available to them from an increasing student population across the Sunshine Coast.

Study Sunshine Coast is an initiative of Sunshine Coast Council and Education Sunshine Coast aimed at retaining and attracting more Australian, Mature and International students to the 73 schools, 2 universities and 400 occupational training organisations, including TAFE Queensland East Coast, currently operating on the Sunshine Coast.

Already Education and Training on the Sunshine Coast has a current value of $696.9 million to the local economy, with a great opportunity here and now to increase this value through retaining and attracting more students to choose the Sunshine Coast as their study destination.

This significant and exciting opportunity for growth and increased economic value was highlighted at the official launch of Study Sunshine Coast held on 20 April 2016 at the TAFE Queensland East Coast Mooloolaba Campus.

The Study Sunshine Coast campaign was welcomed and launched by Deputy Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer, Sunshine Coast Council, Education Sunshine Coast and the recently appointed Study Sunshine Coast Student Ambassadors.

Deputy Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer said that Education and Research has been identified as one of the seven high-value industries in our Regional Economic Development Strategy which Sunshine Coast businesses can tap into.

“Study Sunshine Coast provides our region with a wonderful opportunity to reach out to local, national and international students and promote the outstanding education, lifestyle, work and career opportunities, available to them in a safe, natural and friendly environment,” said Cr Dwyer.

Sunshine Coast businesses from various industry sectors attended the launch to learn how education can contribute directly to their businesses economic growth and exposure within the student market locally, nationally and internationally.

Ferre De Deyne, owner of the Big Kart Track, said he was thrilled and excited that Sunshine Coast Council were taking active steps towards retaining and attracting students to the region which he believes his business can benefit from.

“Study Sunshine Coast gives my business a great opportunity to educate Sunshine Coast students about the art of business, tourism and hospitality and provide possible job opportunities while they are here,” said Mr De Deyne.

Mr De Deyne also said the exposure that Study Sunshine Coast can provide to local businesses within the student market through the Study Sunshine Coast website portal ( and social media was something he is very optimistic about.

“Study Sunshine Coast is a great initiative to attract more young people to the Sunshine Coast and create opportunities for them to stay on the Coast after study,” said Mr De Deyne.

As part of the Study Sunshine Coast campaign, nine international and domestic students who are currently studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast and TAFE Queensland East Coast will act as ambassadors and promote the region as a study destination via their social media networks.

Study Sunshine Coast Student Ambassador Aileen Moore, who is studying a Dual Diploma Events/Travel and Tourism at TAFE Queensland East Coast, said she is looking forward to networking with local tourism and event businesses to gain experience and explore career pathways here on the Sunshine Coast.

“The opportunity for local businesses and students to work together to not only promote business to other students but also for businesses to help provide learning, work experience and career prospects to students studying on the Sunshine Coast is so exciting,” said Ms Moore.

“It’s a win-win situation that will help education and business on the Coast grow together.”

The Study Sunshine Coast website portal includes integrated social media to drive engagement and visitation, together with planned campaign activities. Students and community members are also encouraged to help promote the campaign by using the hashtag #StudySunshineCoast in their social media posts about studying and living on the Coast.

For more information on Study Sunshine Coast please visit and follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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The 2016 Australian Jobs has been released. This 48 page report provides a great starting point for users to gain an appreciation of trends in the labour market and factors that should be considered when looking for work or making career and training choices.

The publication contains a wealth of information, including summaries for states and territories and industries and occupations. It also includes helpful tips that can give job seekers the edge when looking for their next job.

The publication also touches upon jobs in the future so that all Australians can take advantage of the job opportunities of tomorrow. Employment projections suggest that most new jobs will be in industries and occupations for which post-school study is essential, highlighting the importance of education. There will also, though, continue to be good opportunities in lower skilled jobs, but applicants will need good employability or soft skills.

For the first time, Australian Jobswill be available on its own navigable, mobile friendly website, expected to be live by mid to late May 2016. A PDF of the report is also available online at

Hard copies of the report are widely distributed, including to schools and jobactive organisations and are available on request by emailing

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UPDATE: LEADING international provider of contact centre and business process outsourcing solutions Stellar Asia Pacific is recruiting for 290 new staff to join its team on the Sunshine Coast, almost doubling its employment levels at its base in the Maroochydore CBD.

One hundred new employees have already secured positions as customer solutions specialists as part of what Mayor Mark Jamieson today described as a very significant boost to the Sunshine Coast’s jobs market.

The new team members will be part of Stellar for the company’s peak period through to November 2016 with the possibility of permanent positions in the future.

With the support of Sunshine Coast Council, Stellar opened a customer contact centre on the Sunshine Coast in 2012 to expand its overall business and service its clients.

Once this recruitment phase is complete – the biggest in Stellar’s time on the Coast – the company will employ more than 450 staff, making it one of the region’s biggest employers.

Mayor Jamieson said Stellar’s growth on the Sunshine Coast was important for the region and contributed to the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) goal of achieving 100,000 jobs in seven targeted high-value industries by 2033.

“Stellar Asia Pacific works with some of the biggest and brightest brands in the Asia Pacific region, as well as large government organisations, and their investment and expansion here is another great show of faith in our burgeoning Sunshine Coast economy,” Mr Jamieson said.

“Council was very pleased to be able to work with Stellar to bring the company to the Coast in 2012 and they have shown a high level of confidence in the direction we have set with REDS.

“The knowledge industries and professional services sector is seeing particularly strong growth and we expect that to continue over the next 20 years as we make the Coast an even more attractive place to do more business for companies like Stellar.

“Our commercial office accommodation rentals are extremely competitive against the capital cities and we have a local labour force that is highly educated and ready to make a real contribution to a company’s on-going success.”

Stellar Asia Pacific CEO Melissa Hamilton said that worldwide Stellar had more than 3500 employees focused on delivering optimal outcomes for customers across Australia and Asia Pacific region.

“The Sunshine Coast is an ideal location for organisations requiring well-educated and motivated employees,” she said.

“The ease of travel, great lifestyle, affordable cost of living and excellent infrastructure, combined with the proximity to Brisbane, tick all the boxes for Stellar.

“This is a great opportunity to offer employment opportunities in our local community, especially in the quieter employment months from April to November.

“We continue to grow our employment opportunities every year and this is our biggest intake so far in one year.

“We are definitely looking to continue to build the Stellar business here on the Coast.”

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Here is the latest activity from this week.

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Ansett Aviation Training and Universal Training Systems (UTS) will install and jointly operate a Beech King Air simulator at Sunshine Coast Airport.

The TRU Simulation and Training King Air 350i system will also be convertible to the B200 aircraft and will be suitable for customer and regulation check and training. It will have Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and is expected to be certified to CASA Level D.

Ansett and UTS announced that Australia’s largest operator of King Airs, the Queensland Section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, would be the launch customer.

“We are delighted to be the inaugural customer on this new simulator and to have partnered with two successful Australian companies to secure our training requirements over the next decade” said RFDS Queensland Section CEO Nino Di Marco.

“Being able to conduct the training for our pilots and engineers at the Sunshine Coast Airport allows the RFDS to significantly reduce the expenditure and time that would otherwise be incurred with having to perform this training in an alternate location whilst ensuring that the training the pilots receive is world class.”

UTS CEO Steve Padgett said the new King Air simulator would significantly add to his company’s customer offering.

“With the new King Air Simulator to be housed next to our existing Cessna Citation Mustang Simulator, we are able to comprehensively provide for the training needs of all Beechcraft King Air operators in Australia and overseas,” he said.

“This will add to the existing customer support programs established in the region by Universal, aircraft manufacturer Textron and the distributor for Beechcraft in the region, Hawker Pacific.”

The new simulator is expected to be certified and operational in November this year.

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STAY TO STUDY: Deputy mayor Tim Dwyer talks about the initiative.

A NEW regional initiative is set to promote tertiary study on the Sunshine Coast to international and local students.

An initiative of Sunshine Coast Council, the regional Education and Research Industry Taskforce and newly formed Education Sunshine Coast, the Study Sunshine Coast portal is now live and will promote our region’s education offering to both overseas and domestic students.

Deputy mayor Tim Dwyer said the Study Sunshine Coast campaign aimed to increase international student numbers by 20% over the next five years.

We believe there is no other better place to live and study and then live and work,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Our game-changing infrastructure initiatives like the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the Maroochydore CBD and the expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport will create a new economy on the Sunshine Coast which will deliver outstanding career pathways and choices for local, national and international students.

“By 2020, each international student will be paying $51,400 in fees and living expenses. Our opportunity is to reach out to more and more of these students and show them why they should be putting the Sunshine Coast at the top of their list.

“Another focus of this campaign will be retaining more local students within higher education here on the Sunshine Coast.

“Around 50% of local people are currently leaving our region to pursue higher education opportunities. We want to keep more of them here and also attract more interstate students to the Sunshine Coast.”

Education and Research Industry Taskforce Chairman Brian Anker said the new Study Sunshine Coast campaign that was launched today was a key outcome of the Education and Research Industry Investment Plan.

“The education sector currently employs more than 13,000 people on the Sunshine Coast and is predicted to become the region’s second largest employer by 2033,” Mr Anker said.

“Education made a value-added contribution of almost $700 million to our economy in 2013-14 and we’re well placed to grow this sector significantly through our nationally awarded University, a predicted labour expansion of 50% by 2033, a local labour force that has more than half of its workers with a tertiary education and more than 400 training organisations including TAFE Queensland East Coast.

“The Study Sunshine Coast campaign is all about promoting the outstanding education, lifestyle, work and career opportunities that are available in a safe, natural and inclusive environment to international and domestic students.”

As part of the Study Sunshine Coast campaign, eight international and domestic students who are currently studying at USC will act as ambassadors and promote our region as a study destination via their social media networks.

International student ambassador Jinwoong (Charlie) Kim said the rapid growth of the Sunshine Coast and the future career and lifestyle opportunities convinced him to relocate from his home in the Republic of Korea.

“I like to study on the Sunshine Coast because there are so many beautiful places to relax and I’m very excited to take up an ambassador role for the region and tell as many people as possible overseas how great it is to study and live here,” Charlie said.

Fellow Study Sunshine Coast ambassador Elsie Ley relocated from Glenn Innes in NSW to study a Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery at USC and said the Sunshine Coast was an ideal location to transition from study into a career.

“I like the vibe of the Sunshine Coast and I like how the university is continuing to grow and provide more opportunities for students,” Elsie said.

“I’m really looking forward to spreading the word throughout the rest of Australia about what a fantastic region this is to study and transition into a career.

“I hope to gain employment at the new University Hospital after I finish my degree.”

The Study Sunshine Coast website portal includes integrated social media to drive engagement and visitation, together with planned campaign activities. Students are also encourage to help promote the campaign by using the hashtag #StudySunshineCoast in their social media posts about studying and living on the Coast.

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YOUNG people have missed out at the expense of older workers and migrants in the job market, according to new research on youth employment.

Government policy and Australia’s sluggish economy have added to the problem.

While Australia avoided the worst of the global financial crisis, unemployment among its youth has mirrored many countries who went into recession.

Prior to the crisis, youth unemployment in Australia was 8.8%, close to the low rates of the 1970s. By 2015, it was 13.9%. While prime-age workers, those aged between 25 and 54 make up a greater proportion of the labour force, the crisis had a greater impact upon young people.

In response, attempts to address youth unemployment have either attacked young people through a restriction of unemployment benefits or have been completely lacking from government policy agendas. The Coalition government introduced a “youth employment strategy” a part of the 2015 budget, which included the “Youth Work Transition” program for those “at risk of long term welfare dependence”.

Our research published in the latest volume of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies suggests the policy levers aimed at population ageing may have been detrimental to youth engagement in the labour force, in recent history at least. Increasing female and mature labour force participation and increasing immigration, combined with a lack of employment demand post the financial crisis are all influencing factors.

Participation in the labour force and subsequent employment is influenced by the demand for employment. Over the past two decades, the rate of employment growth generally exceeded the rate of growth in the size of the labour force (the supply of labour) for most of the period, resulting in increases in the employment to population ratio. In 2009, however, there was a decline in both the employment growth rate and the size of the labour force, which was caused by the economic downturn resulting from the financial crisis as well as some effects resulting from the ageing population.

The greatest change in labour force participation rates over the last 20 years has occurred among the youngest and oldest segments of the Australian working age population. Participation rates have changed markedly for youth (aged 15 to 24) and those aged 55 to 64. The deterioration in participation for young people is reflective of their increased participation in education and training as well as the relative level of confidence the group has in securing work.

The dramatic improvement of participation among 55 to 64 year-olds has completely closed the gap between the age specific rate and the overall participation rate. This is consistent with policy intervention to increase both female and mature age labour force participation rates. The raising of the superannuation preservation age and aged pension age (for women), has also played a role. The impact of the financial crisis on the value of superannuation investments has also prolonged the planned exit from the labour force by older workers.

The youth unemployment rate, derived from the labour force participation rate, has been consistently greater than the overall unemployment rate while all other age groups have averaged lower. However, since the financial crisis, youth unemployment has not recovered at the same rate as for older age groups.

Also, the 55-64 group of workers has increased considerably in size, while the youth group only marginally over the last two decades. The 45-54 group is also growing. And it’s happening as labour force participation levels increase and the employment market languishes. When combined, these factors mean youth employment may deteriorate further.

This predicament has been exacerbated by the introduction of the demand driven skilled migration program since 2008. The shift highlighted a significant and growing mismatch between the skills and experience on offer and those demanded by the Australian labour market. As Figure 3 illustrates, the impact of this policy focus is clear. Since 2005, overall employment growth has exceeded total net overseas migration (NOM), providing some justification for the introduction of the employer-led immigration policy.

But since its introduction and the subsequent financial crisis, net overseas migration has considerably exceeded employment growth. The labour market is now far larger than employment demand. In the five years to 2015, net overseas migration exceeded employment growth by more than 30,000.

The importance of youth policy

In short, young people have missed out at the expense older workers and migrants, which reflects the current policy settings in place. As we have stated before, young people have been omitted from the Intergenerational Reports.

Youth policy in Australia has become synonymous with education and training policy, overly focused on young people making a series of linear transitions from schooling to post-school qualifications and finally to the full-time labour market. This is in spite of decades of research which has demonstrated that transitions for young people in the contemporary labour market are anything but linear.

Efforts to address youth unemployment have focused on skill deficiencies, work ethic and the education system producing job-ready workers. The reality is that poor economic performance and high levels of skilled migration are standing in the way of young Australians entering the labour market for the first time.

We know that once a person reaches 25 they’re more likely to be in the workforce. This suggests that the initial transition from school to work is failing young people. There’s also a reluctance on the part of employers to engage and invest in young people with training. To address this, governments need to put youth at the forefront of policy making.


Lisa Denny
Demographer/PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania

Brendan Churchill
Research Fellow, University of Tasmania

Disclosure statement

Lisa Denny is affiliated with the Australian Population Association, peak body of demographers.

Brendan Churchill does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above