Industry opportunities from the Cairns Convention Centre upgrade
The Cairns Convention Centre project is being built by locals for locals, with flow on benefits for the region.
Managing Contractor for the Cairns Convention Centre, Lendlease, is targeting an 85% local Cairns workforce for the project.
This $176 million investment in Cairns is expected to provide 570 full time jobs during construction.
Ensuring we Buy Queensland first
Our Buy Queensland policy aims to back Queensland by putting Queenslanders jobs front and centre. Under the policy, we are required to conduct a local benefits test to tenders for all significant procurement activities and major projects greater than $100 million.
The local benefits test was applied to the Cairns Convention Centre project to ensure that the managing contractor on the project maximised local jobs and flow-on benefits by prioritising capable suppliers that maintain a workforce within 125km of the project. Where there is no suitable supplier in the 125km zone or one has not tendered, the test seeks to prioritise those regional and Queensland suppliers committed to maximising local jobs and flow-on benefits in the Cairns region.
The budget for the project also includes implementation of Buy Queensland Best Practice Principles which emphasise good working conditions, safe workplaces and training up the next generation of tradies and staff through apprenticeships and traineeships for Cairns workers and aspiring young Far North Queenslanders.
The Queensland Government is committed to doing business with suppliers who deliver genuine, quality, secure ongoing jobs with fair pay and safe working conditions for Queenslanders.
Engaging local industry and supporting local jobs is critical to achieving the project objectives of the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre refurbishment and expansion.
The final suite of trade packages for the project has now been awarded.
- Last updated:
- 27 April 2023