Thousands of jobs on offer around Queensland

Companies, government recruiting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses across the state have launched recruitment drives to fill thousands of newly created positions during the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The positions, which are needed to cover increasing levels of demand bought on by the pandemic, cover a wide range of roles including shelf stackers, healthcare staff, call-centre workers, drivers, triple-0 operators, cleaners and more.

The companies looking for the most workers include Services Australia, which is seeking 5000 employees to handle the increasing number of unemployment applications. 

Coles is also recruiting 2000 staff in customer service and shelf-stacking roles, mining company BHP has 1500 jobs available from truck drivers to cleaners and warehouse roles, and the Queensland Government is after 1200 workers in a variety of roles across the state.

The recruitment push comes after mass jobs losses, including 50,000 in Queensland, caused the country’s unemployment rate to skyrocket.

Unemployed Queenslander Sharon Kennedy said she had applied for multiple jobs since hearing about the openings but has yet to hear back.

“I’ve applied both in-person and online to all the major supermarkets,” Ms Kennedy said.

“I also tried applying online to help at Centrelink but the website kept crashing.

“It’s promising to hear about all these jobs, but it still seems like an uphill battle with the sheer number of Australians who are also unemployed.

“Hopefully I, and the many others in my position, can find work soon and life can somewhat get back to normal.”

Following Queensland’s shutdown of universities, Queensland Health also started a recruitment drive for unskilled student workers to help with the strain expected to be put on hospitals.

It called for expressions of interest for casual patient support service staff, patient support officers and patient food services officers to assist at the

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Caboolture Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Services and various other community health services.

The Queensland Government also announced a $24.7 million COVID-19 response to assist the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the State Government was investing $24.7 million in an eight-point housing and homelessness plan to ensure that vulnerable Queenslanders got the services they needed.

“Coronavirus is having a huge impact on everyone in our community, but especially vulnerable Queenslanders that are experiencing homelessness," Mr de Brenni said.

“Queensland’s 169 homelessness providers are on the front line every day and this package provides immediate support to respond to emerging challenges arising from the spread of coronavirus in Queensland.

“Whether they need crisis accommodation or essential services, we’ll support Queenslanders until this pandemic is over.”

The housing support package will include accommodation for vulnerable and homeless Queenslanders needing to self-isolate, brokerage funds for specialist homelessness services to provide crisis accommodation and increased outreach capacity for homelessness service providers.

The support package also includes funding to cover replacement staff, the cleaning of shelters and equipment, accommodation assistance and expands the access to products for people who face economic hardship from COVID-19.

Anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness can contact their local Housing Service Centre or the Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.

Companies who are currently hiring

(Source: The Courier Mail)


  • Need 1000 staff in Queensland and 1500 across Australia.
  • Jobs include machinery and production operators, truck and ancillary equipment drivers, excavator operators, diesel mechanics boilermakers, trades assistants, electricians, cleaners and warehousing roles.

Apply here and at employment agencies and contractors.

Queensland Ambulance Service

Recruiting 30 emergency medical dispatchers to assist in answering triple-0 calls and dispatchers to prioritise and allocate resources.

Apply here


  • 2000 staff in Queensland and 5000 across Australia.
  • Shelf stackers, entry-level customer service required.

Apply here


Needs 300 staff in Queensland, 100 for its Townsville call centre and 200 for its Brisbane call centre.

Apply here

Commonwealth Bank

Needs 500 staff.

Apply here


Looking for workers across its entire network.

Apply here

Services Australia

Expects to take on 5000 more Centrelink workers to handle the flood of unemployment applications.

Apply here

Queensland Health

Recruiting staff across the fields of medical, nursing and midwifery, allied health, administrative support, operational and dental to support the response to COVID-19.

Apply here

Queensland Government

Almost 1200 jobs across a range of sectors are currently advertised on its website and the Queensland Government LinkedIn.

Apply here and here

Examples include

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors are seeking support workers for 66 roles in Oxley, Nundah, Ipswich and Toowoomba.

  • Senior pharmacy assistants with Queensland Health
  • Primary care administration officers
  • Social workers.

Federal Health 

The federal Health Department is looking for those with qualifications in public health, epidemiology, data analysis, laboratories, emergency management, and communications and media.

Apply here

Examples include

  • Services officers at Services Australia
  • Service delivery officers for the Australian Taxation Office
  • Staff to work on the response to the COVID-19 crisis.