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Gladstone is a booming industrial region with an abundance of job opportunities in a range of industries. If you
are planning to relocate to Gladstone, then it pays to do some research into the big employers and the prospects
available in the area.
The Gladstone region is occupied by almost 60,000 people and 25, 420 people are in the labour force- according
to the 2006 census. Approximately a third of the labour force is employed part time whilst the remaining work on a
full- time basis. About 20% of Gladstone residents perform voluntary work including unpaid domestic duties such as
child care or aged care. A majority of the population (59.2%) are of prime working age between 18 and 59 which
makes a competitive job market.
Gladstone is an area of much economic growth and development with the world’s largest alumina plant,
Queensland’s largest power station and busiest port which create an abundance of job opportunities.
The residents of Gladstone are more likely to own their own home rather than renting, which reflects the
stability of income in the region. Commuting to work is mainly via driving or carpooling rather than public
Almost half of the residents in the Gladstone region are employed in the following industries: manufacturing,
construction and retail trade and hold the following occupational roles: professionals, technicians and trade
workers, managers, administrative staff, machinery operators and labourers.
Gladstone is the location of choice for numerous international companies establishing large scale processing of
minerals and resources in Queensland.
Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) is one of the world’s larges alumina refineries, Rio Tinto Aluminium is the worlds
first Greenfield alumina refinery since 1985, Boyne Smelters Ltd (BSL) is Australia’s largest aluminium smelter,
Gladstone Power Station (NRG) is the largest power station within Queensland and Australia’s largest cement kiln is
Gladstone’s Port Corporation (GPC) is the main operator of the Port, Marina and the Shipping Terminal which
imports and exports a range of products including explosives, ammonium nitrate and beef. Gladstone’s Port
Corporation provides a range of training initiatives to create skilful employees of GPC. They employ over 600
people in a variety of positions including management, administrations as well as traineeships and apprenticeships
and flexible working conditions.
Queensland Alumina Ltd is a competitive employer which offers a range of attractive benefits including salary
packaging, flexible work practices and health lifestyle incentives. QAL provides a Graduate Development program for
undergraduates entering into the work force in a range of specialities including engineering, chemistry,
information technology and business studies. The Engineering Cooperative Program is available to host Engineering
students for training placement blocks from Central Queensland University.
Gladstone Power Station (GPS) also creates appealing career opportunities with benefits such as a nine day
working fortnight, staff medical assistance scheme and study schemes. GPS has apprenticeship positions for
engineering in mechanical, electrical and fabrication fields. A twelve month administrative traineeship is also
offered on a yearly basis as well as graduate programs and Engineering Study Scholarships.
Another employer of choice is Cement Australia which also has a large labour force and promotes skills and
knowledge acquisition to create highly trained staff. They hire in a range of fields and also offer an
Gladstone has an abundance of employment opportunities for job seekers considering relocation to the region. In
particular school leavers and new graduates can access a range of training and study schemes to get ahead in their