Workforce insights

A good understanding of the issues influencing local employment, such as community demographics, cultural make up, and access to transport, training, education and housing, will help to guide planning for a successful Grow Your Own (GYO) workforce approach. By understanding the composition of the local population, GYO strategies can be tailored to maximise success within that population. For example, a school-based traineeship approach may not be feasible in a community with a low number of school students. Understanding the local population will also help determine which stakeholders would be the most appropriate to consult and form partnerships with to progress a GYO initiative, for instance Elders, community groups, and organisations with strong cultural connections and knowledge.

The resources linked in this section will provide a starting point for the gathering of potential workforce intelligence.


Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The (ABS) provides official statistics on a wide range of topics of importance to Australia, including the economy, people, health, industry, and labour. You can also search data by region. See:


Queensland Treasury

Queensland Treasury produces regional profiles, which are informative statistical reports on a range of Queensland community types (e.g. local government areas). These reports are produced using the latest demographic, social and economic data available. Community regions can be selected individually, or easily combined to create customised regions or catchments for profiling. See:


Federal Department of Health

The Federal Department of Health has created a Health Workforce Data website, which includes resources such as health workforce statistics and publications, as well as an integrated health workforce data tool that enables users to develop their own tables and graphs and export data for further analysis. See:


.id Australia and New Zealand

.id are a company of demographic and spatial analysts, providing access to housing, education, employment, social and political inclusion, culture, health, recreation and information. They provide interactive web tools that can help build knowledge of the local population, critical for the planning of a GYO approach. See:


Labour Market Information Portal

The Labour Market Information Portal brings together data from a range of official sources to help you understand your local labour market. Managed by the Federal Department of Jobs and Small Business, it brings together various labour force data sources, including the ABS quarterly labour force report, and also provides employment projects, vacancy reports and recruitment survey results. See:


Jobs Queensland

Jobs Queensland provides strategic advice to government on future skills needs, workforce planning and development, and apprenticeships and traineeships. See: