QFSR Skills Alliance brokers and undertakes innovative projects that support workforce development in the industry.   The photo behind is the Gympie AFL club during the 2010/11 Queensland natural disasters and QFSR Skills Alliance worked extensively with all project partners to rebuild this clubhouse and many other clubs throughout Queensland for the community.

VET Industry Engagement Program

VET Industry Engagement Program

QFSR Skills Alliance has been engaged by the Queensland Government to provide advice to the Department of Education and Training to support the contestable skills market under the 2017-2018 Annual VET Investment Plan.

This role will ensure two way connectivity between the VET system and Queensland fitness, sport and recreation industry.  This includes providing advice on:

  • emerging skill needs and industry specific skilling strategies
  • training pathways and models
  • review of National Training Package

QFSR Skills Alliance will be working closely with our industry partners and stakeholders to identify emerging skill needs, occupational shortages, and seeking feedback on proposed changes to national training products.

Please contact QFSR Skills Alliance on 07 3367 0833 of you have any skills and training needs.


Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is a Queensland Government initiative that provides a suite of targeted skills and training programs supporting Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience to enter and stay in the workforce.

QFSR Skills Alliance implements a number of Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects to assist our industry:

Community Work Skills – Building Strong Working Women (Milton) – This 12 week program aims to give women looking to enter or re-enter the workforce a Certificate II in Business.   The program is run over 3 days per week and includes:

  • Accredited training – BSB20115 Certificate II in Business
  • Non accredited training in job search, resume preparation and interview skills
  • Workplace skills training including communication, working in team, office skills
  • Hands on work experience with government and local state sport organisations
  • Assistance in job placement, post placement support and mentoring

We are currently recruiting, and have projects running throughout the year.  Please call 07 3367 0833 for more information.

Work Skills Traineeships (Sunshine Coast and Ipswich) Our projects involve groups of 15 trainees undertaking paid work and formal training through a Certificate I in Construction or Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management traineeship. They have worked on refurbishing sport and recreation club facilities, Local Council facilities, parks and recreation spaces, and vegetation management.

For more information contact

These projects are funded by the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.


Sport and Recreation Volunteer Portal

Sport and Recreation Volunteer Portal

Volunteering Queensland host the Sport and Recreation Volunteer Portal to help volunteers & opportunities to volunteer, profile volunteers, access resources & more!


Past Projects

Past Projects


In 2015 QFSR Skills Alliance secured subsidised training in small business management for small businesses in our industry. The training was subsidised through the Queensland Government’s Department of Education, Training and Employment’s Industry Partnerships Strategy.

A full small business management qualification (BSB40407 Certificate IV in Small Business Management) was delivered to a number of small businesses to build the capacity of individuals managing and operating small businesses in the fitness, sport and recreation industry in Queensland.

QFSR Skills Alliance partnered with Small Business Solutions, TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275) to deliver the training.  For more information about the course visit


In 2014, QFSR Skills Alliance was selected as the Industry Intelligence Provider to provide advice on the skills and training needs of the fitness, sport and recreation industry in Queensland.  The information was to be used by the Ministerial Industry Commission to inform the Queensland Government on the strategic direction for the investment of government funds for vocational education and training.

Research undertaken by QFSR Skills Alliance identified occupational and other skills shortages and needs, specific regional needs, needs of SMEs for the immediate future and for the next 4 years.


In 2013 and 2014 QFSR Skills Alliance was funded by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Federal Government to deliver a Seniors on Saddles learn to ride a bike program for seniors in the Wynnum and Redcliffe areas.

QFSR Skills Alliance partnered with Bushranger Bikes to deliver the program.

Each program was run once a week over a five week period and included information sessions on safety and road rules, pre and post riding diet advice from a dietician, and bike purchase and maintenance.

These programs were delivered to a total of 35 senior participants, who not only enjoyed the programs but also the comraderie.  Some participants are continuing their cycling interests and have created their own regular cycling group as a result of the program.


In 2014 QFSR Skills Alliance prepared a research report (March) and a final report (December) for the Queensland Government to advise and monitor the effects on the fitness, sport and recreation industry of two key vocational education and training (VET) reforms being implemented in Queensland from 1 July 2014 – the Certificate 3 Guarantee (C3G) and a full and open contestable market for the C3G qualifications.

A key component of the Queensland Government VET reform Great Skills. Real Opportunities. action plan is the C3G – where the Queensland Government will provide a Government subsidy towards the training cost for eligible participants undertaking a Certificate level III qualification.

The C3G also aligns with the State Government’s response to the final report from the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce released on the 30 November 2012.  This response commits to increasing access to training through a competitive funding model and Government investment targeted to training which meets industry skilling needs and delivers job outcomes for Queenslanders.

If you have any questions about the reports, please contact QFSR Skills Alliance on (07) 3367 0833.

Research paper – 31 March 2014

FINAL Report – December 2014


For 2012-2013 Skills Alliance secured $600,000 from Skills Queensland under the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).  The SIF was intended as an industry-led program which aimed to support skills and workforce development strategies that have been prioritised and developed by industry and enterprises.  The program involved brokering training across a number of different industry qualifications and skill sets.

The qualifications funded under SIF included:

  • Diploma of Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Volunteer Program Coordination
  • Diploma of Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate III in Aquatics
  • General officiating (Skill Set)
  • Coaching general principles (Skill set)
  • Abseiling Guide Single Pitch (Artificial Surfaces)
  • Abseiling Guide Single Pitch (Natural Surfaces)
  • Bushwalking Guide Intermediate Environment
  • Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (High Ropes)
  • Climbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Top Rope
  • Climbing Guide (Artificial Surfaces) Top Rope

Skills Alliance subsidised 70% of the training costs for eligible industry workers, with the remaining 30% met by the employer or the learner.

All training delivered under SIF was completed by the 31 December 2013.

Jobs and Skills Development Officer (JSDO) – 2011-2012

The Jobs and Skills Development Officer (JSDO) initiative received funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments to support the Queensland Natural Disaster Jobs and Skills Package.  These positions were seen to be critical to the rebuilding efforts of Queensland, and the Skills Alliance JSDO position was to work closely with fitness, sport and recreation organisations affected by Cyclone Yasi and the flood events of 2011.

It quickly became obvious that often these sporting clubs were the nucleus of the community and getting things back to normal was a very positive sign for that community.

As the role was a state wide position, the JSDO travelled to Cairns, Townsville, Tully, Cardwell, Mission Beach, Yarrabah, Ingham, Gordonvale, Bundaberg, Cherbourg,  Murgon, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Beaudesert, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Dalby, St George, Goondiwindi, Mitchell, Roma and many suburbs of Brisbane. During these visits, the JSDO met with community organisations, Commonwealth and State government staff, councils, job service providers, Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative providers, industry associations, sporting and fitness organisations, training providers, funding providers and other industry and Council based JSDO’s.  These organisations discussed and worked collaboratively on rebuilding community infrastructures and organisational specific needs and determined a plan of action to create appropriate solutions for each of these communities. This was achieved with advice and technical support, sourcing funding and partners to ensure projects maximised the dollar contributions from government/s, RACQ Foundation, Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority and many other sources.

Clubs such as football, bowls, tennis, netball, cricket, baseball, golf, and many other sports have been rebuilt and/or rejuvenated.  Recreation industry clubs include motorcross, bushwalking, pony club, coast guard, out-riggings, rowing etc have benefitted with new/or repaired walkways, paths, roads, bridges and play grounds, outdoor fitness equipment replaced, gardens, retaining walls and fencing.

The JSDO position within Skills Alliance has generated approximately $4,520,307 contribution to the rebuilding efforts by developing rebuilding projects across the state.  An estimated further $20m has been contributed to the industry through other government and non-government sources to support the fitness, sport and recreation industry recovery from the devastating natural disaster events of the past 18 months

Productivity Places Program (PPP) – 2009-2012

The Productivity Places Program (PPP) was a joint initiative of the State and Federal Governments which provided industry with access to higher-level qualifications for existing workers through industry-led processes.

Between 2009, when Skills Alliance was contracted by the (then) Qld Department of Education and Training to broker training to the fitness, sport and recreation industry and early 2012 when the final allocations occurred, more than 1300 industry workers were granted funding towards completion of a qualification or skill set.

Skills Alliance successfully exceeded all the KPI’s in relation to the PPP contract, funding substantially more training than required and negotiating prices which ensured value for government, and industry alike. The engagement with RTOs has also increased the profile and the brand value of Skills Alliance.  Many lessons were learned through Skills Alliance’ role as a broker and these were put to good use implementing the Strategic Investment Fund program in 2012-2013.