MEDIA RELEASE - Ag Jobs Fair to boost workforce attraction in thriving

Published on 07 June 2024


Western Downs Regional Council's Ag Jobs Fair will provide the opportunity for job seekers to connect with potential employers within the Intensive Agriculture and Agricultural Service Industries.

The event, returning for a third year in Dalby this July, will feature an employer expo, panel discussions, interactive presentations, and networking sessions with industry professionals and local businesses.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Andrew Smith said the Ag Jobs Fair presented a great opportunity to attract and retain skilled workers in the Western Downs and fill industry gaps to further develop the region's renowned agricultural industry.

"The scale and growth of the Ag sector in the Western Downs is staggering: 42% of the national feedlot capacity is located within 200 kilometres of Dalby,” Mayor Smith said.

“The demand for product is increasing, but businesses require workforce expansion to keep pace with growth. The Ag Jobs Fair aims to bridge the gap by connecting jobseekers directly with potential employers.

"This event offers the unique opportunity for potential employees to gain first-hand knowledge from agriculture industry representatives, be connected to local businesses to discuss opportunities with the region and demonstrate pathways for jobs seekers, as well as network with potential employers.

"As a recognised leader in agribusiness, and the agriculture industry being our largest employer, Council is always keen to explore new opportunities to grow the sector and support this pillar of our strong and diverse economy.

"Showcasing the great liveability, strong economy, quality lifestyle and the people that make the Western Downs region so desirable, I would encourage anyone looking for a career opportunity, or a career change, to attend and discover what this diverse and growing industry can offer."

Council will deliver this event to our region with the support of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), AgForce and their broad networks.

The Ag Jobs Fair will be held at the Dalby Events Centre on Wednesday 31 July. The public session will run from 1.30pm to 4pm. The full program can be viewed online at

For more information contact Council on 1300 268 624 (COUNCIL) or visit