Tradies in Paradise incentive scheme

The Tradies in Paradise incentive scheme targets specific qualified tradespeople and building industry professionals from interstate (except New South Wales) to relocate to eligible Queensland locations to work on flood reconstruction, as a result of the February 2022 Queensland floods.

Available funding

The scheme will provide an incentive of up to $1,750 for 1,000 eligible tradespeople and building industry professionals who relocate and take up employment on flood reconstruction work.

The incentive is comprised of 2 components:

  • a relocation incentive payment of $1,500 (excluding GST)
  • a payment of a maximum of $250 (excluding GST) to reimburse travel costs.

The incentive payment will be made as a one-off instalment once eligibility has been confirmed. You are only eligible for 1 incentive payment under the scheme.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the incentive scheme, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or entitled, under a visa granted under the Migration Act 1958 (Cwlth), to work in Australia
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have relocated from interstate (except New South Wales) and can demonstrate their principal place of residency in 2021 or January/February 2022 was interstate
  • be a qualified tradesperson or building industry professional in an eligible occupation and have been issued with the relevant Queensland licence, registration and/or accreditation by the relevant Queensland licensing, registration or professional accreditation authority to undertake work in Queensland (e.g. Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Board of Professional Engineers Queensland, Board of Architects of Queensland)
  • have undertaken 8 weeks of work (with a minimum of 20 hours per week) on flood reconstruction in an eligible location and with an eligible employer or business in Queensland, as an employee or a subcontractor (noting subcontractors can be a sole trader).
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Gas fitter
  • Painter and decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration/Air conditioning mechanic
  • Roofing – tiler and plumber
  • Tiler – wall and floor

Other eligible building industry professional occupations:

  • Architect
  • Building certifier
  • Building designer
  • Building-related engineer
  • Planner
  • Surveyor

You must secure work with an eligible Queensland employer or business, such as a builder or subcontractor, and then undertake 8 weeks of work (with a minimum of 20 hours per week) on flood reconstruction.

You could work as an employee or subcontractor. Self-employed subcontractors, including sole traders, may also be eligible provided they meet other criteria.

Eligible employers must:

  • hold an ABN
  • be registered for GST
  • work primarily in the building and construction industry
  • be undertaking flood recovery work in an eligible location.

You must work on flood-damaged properties and infrastructure in the following local government areas:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council.

Application process

Applications for incentive payments open on 6 May 2022 and will be accepted when the minimum 8 weeks of flood recovery work has been completed.

Applications close at 4pm, 30 November 2022, or until 1,000 places have been filled (whichever is earlier).

Applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria and submission of required evidence outlined on page 5 of the guidelines.

How to apply

  1. Read the key documents and information
  2. Check your eligibility.
  3. Prepare your documentation and evidence as outlined on page 5 of the guidelines.
  4. Complete your online application and attach your documentation and evidence.

Information for employers

Employers and other Queenslanders can get involved by promoting the opportunity to work in paradise across your networks and to interstate tradies you think may be interested. Share the Tradies in Paradise fact sheet and use the hashtag #TradiesInParadise on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Employers working on flood reconstruction may also consider targeted recruitment across existing channels and into interstate markets.

Key documents

For more information about the scheme, read the key documents:

Contact us

Phone: 1300 654 687


Check your eligibility

To be eligible for the $1,750 Tradies in Paradise incentive payment, applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria and other conditions of the scheme.

To work in Australia, you must either:
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be an Australian permanent resident
  • hold a visa to work in Australia (granted under the Migration Act 1958).