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Q-SEED: harnessing local and social procurement and inclusive employment

October 24, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Q-SEED is an opportunity to bring a place-based initiative to regional Queensland and change the way communities buy and employ locally.

In September we met for Workshop 1 to understand the current eco system and heard from the 50+ attendees what was working well and what a collaborative approach could look like.

Workshop 2 brings stakeholders back together to build on that initial phase of engagement. We will engage with participants and co-create the Townsville Q-SEED Regional Action Plan together, where we will agree on actions and identify the priorities that were raised during the initial phases of engagement.

Q-SEED works by connecting and harnessing the power of social procurement and local supply chains to generate greater opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment, such as Indigenous youth or young people otherwise caught up in a cycle of socio-economic disadvantage and crime.

Linking change to practices that are integral to business, such as social procurement and inclusive employment, creates change that is genuinely sustainable. Taking an approach that does not impose, but co-designs change with a community, increases commitment, and reduces resistance.

The outcomes achieved by this process include ‘naturally’ strengthening social enterprises in the region with a focus on youth education, increasing capability of Indigenous businesses, or engaging with businesses that pro-actively employ and upskill young jobseekers with barriers to work (e.g. those experiencing family issues or involved in crime). This creates the flow-on effect of stimulating businesses that have hesitated to change their recruitment approaches to embrace innovation.

This invite is open to everyone who came to the first workshop AND those who were unable to attend, so your views can be heard and built into the Townsville Q-SEED Regional Action Plan.

Smart Precinct NQ are proud to be the venue sponsor.


Smart Precinct NQ
143 Walker St
Townsville City, QLD 4810 Australia
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1300 467 119