Recent News & Updates

Boost to Online Training

The spread of Coronavirus has changed the way Australians work, train and study. Millions of Australians are now at home because of a change in work requirements or because the downturn in the economy. We want Australians to make the most of this time, consider their options and look at ways to improve their skills, particularly in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. That is why we are re-launching our improved MySkills website, which is now tailored to give Australians all of the courses that can be delivered online.

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Media Release: Herbert MP Donates Percentage of Salary to North Queensland Charity

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson will donate 10 per cent of his monthly wage to a North Queensland charity, in an effort to help support locals who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Thompson said Food Relief NQ is in desperate need of help as it tries to meet an increase in demand to provide basic food items to those in our community who are doing it tough.

“Over the past few weeks thousands of locals have lost their jobs, others have taken pay cuts, while many have had their hours reduced. These are unprecedented times and they call for us to rally together as a community like never before,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Call for Townsville fuel retailers to drop their prices

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on fuel retailers to do the right thing and drop their prices, given the steep drop in oil prices and the COVID-19 health emergency. Mr Thompson said it was completely unfair that drivers in surrounding towns were paying up to 30 cents per litre less for unleaded fuel, than those in Townsville. “This is absolutely disgusting behaviour. It’s price gouging of the highest order,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Local heroes to be recognised with National Emergency Medals

Just over a year on from Townsville’s devastating monsoon flooding event, the call is going out for local volunteers and emergency workers to be recognised with a National Emergency Medal. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the Governor-General had agreed that the 2019 North Queensland floods should be declared nationally significant emergencies for the purposes of the Medal. “Townsville’s floods had a devastating impact on our community – including sadly claiming five lives,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: $1.6m for Palm Island road repairs

A seawall will be constructed, and culverts upgraded on Palm Island, after $1.6 million in funding was announced as part of the recovery from last year’s unprecedented monsoon. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the repairs were made possible under the $242 million exceptional circumstances package under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). “Palm Island was hit hard by last year’s natural disaster, and it’s made life that little bit more difficult,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: More than $1m to seal local roads damaged by monsoon

Just over one million dollars in funding has been allocated to seal four roads in Townsville, which were left damaged by last year’s monsoonal flooding. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the repairs were made possible under the $242 million exceptional circumstances package under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). “Our local infrastructure suffered significant damage as a result of the unprecedented monsoonal flooding just over a year ago,” Mr Thompson said.

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Economic Response to the Coronavirus

The latest on the Government’s economic response to the coronavirus has been released. This information is current as at 9am AEST Monday 23rd March 2020. Visit for more detail and the latest information. Support for individuals and households Temporary Coronavirus supplement to those on income support payments of $550 per fortnight for 6 months Who gets it? Recipients of Jobseeker Payment, Youth Allowance Jobseeker, Youth Allowance (Student), AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit. It’s now easier to apply for these benefits, with: Expanded access – permanent employees who are stood down or lose their employment; sole traders; the self-employed; casual workers; and contract workers who meet the income tests as a result of the economic downturn due to

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Update on Coronavirus Measures

The Prime Minister has released information on the latest Coronavirus Measures. This information is current as at 12pm AEST Wednesday 18th March 2020. Visit for the latest information. The focus for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments is the health and wellbeing of Australians and their livelihoods, ensuring that Australia is positioned to emerge strong and resilient from this global pandemic crisis. Leaders met last night for the second National Cabinet meeting and agreed to further actions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). General Population – Indoor Gatherings As part of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, the National Cabinet has accepted further restrictions on gatherings. The National Cabinet has accepted the Australian Health Protection

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Latest Coronavirus Advice

This information is current as at 2pm AEST Monday 16th March 2020. For the most up-to-date advice visit As the Coronavirus challenge continues I want to make sure our community is armed with the most accurate information. It’s important we all do our bit to help stop the spread. That’s why mass gatherings of more than 500 people have been banned, and anyone travelling to Australia from overseas will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. At this stage, these measures do not include schools, universities and workplaces, or prevent the operation of public transport. We should all try to avoid close contact with other (avoid handshakes, kissing and keep a 1.5-metre distance). If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or

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