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Young people

Actions in the inclusion and diversity strategy specifically relating to young people:

  • making better use of the graduate portal to educate and promote early career pathways and opportunities across the public sector
  • establishing a web presence to showcase examples of flexibility in action.

We are committed to the recruitment and retention of young people as they bring to the workplace fresh new ideas and perspectives, creativity, adaptability to technology and change, and their eagerness and willingness to learn.

We need to engage and develop them, enabling them to contribute to the delivery of services to Queenslanders now and in the future.

We also need to provide a range of employment benefits and development opportunities, such as on-the-job training, entry level programs, competitive salary and salary packaging, competitive superannuation, flexible working conditions, recreation leave and study leave.

Graduate Portal

The Queensland Government graduate portal offers young people a variety of career paths, including cadetships, traineeships, apprenticeships, vacation employment and work experience.


Within the Queensland public sector:

  • 2.49% of employees are aged up to 24 years
  • 72% of employees under 24 years are female
  • 3.68% of employees under 19 years of age identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • 2% of young employees are from a non-English speaking background
  • 19–24 year olds on average are absent 3.69 days less than the average public sector employee.

Young people aged between 15–24 years represent 13.3% of Queensland’s population and of these, 6% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

The 2015 Intergenerational Report forecasts the workforce participation rate of young people aged 15 years and over is projected to fall to 62.4% in 2054–55, compared with 64.6% in 2014–15.


  • Census 2011: Queensland Population Compared 2011
  • Internal data