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Aussies offered $1,500 cash to ‘work in paradise’

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Australians around the country will be offered $1,500 and “free travel” if they take up a job in Queensland’s tourism sector, Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk has announced.

The Queensland Government has launched a new $7.5 million campaign designed to tempt Australians to take up jobs in regional Queensland, stretching from Mackay north, tropical hotspots, and the west of Toowoomba.

And if you have experience in the hospitality or tourism sectors, you’ll be sought-after, with the initiative seeking bartenders, cooks, kitchen hands, tour guides, wait staff, and chefs, the Work In Paradise website states.

“Grab your friends and take a tourism job to work in paradise – that’s the message we’re sending to thousands of Queensland and Australian jobseekers,” Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

“Competition for workers is at an all-time high in tourism and hospitality and we want to give people the best chance there is to work, play and live in our top travel spots in regional Queensland.”

“From chefs, waiters and bartenders through to tour guides and deckhands on the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of great jobs up for grabs.”

Queensland tourism minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said the international border and a higher influx of domestic visitors meant more tourism workers were needed to deliver “world-class experiences”.

“Work in Paradise is designed to help ease the workforce shortage facing many tourism hotspots, while delivering jobs for Queenslanders and Australians,” Hinchcliffe said.

The incentive program begins on 1 July, and the Queensland Government has launched a website for Australians to register their interest in the jobs on offer when the program commences.

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