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In 2010/11, an estimated 30,400 people were working in the Tweed. The most prominent industry by employment was healthcare and social assistance which accounted for 16.8% of the workforce; followed by retail trade (14.2%) and accommodation and food services (9.8%).

Notably, a high number of residents currently travel out of the area each day to work on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and the Northern Rivers. These workers represent a potential pool of skilled, experienced labour for new businesses in the Tweed region. Employers also have access to sources of labour in neighbouring regions such as the Gold Coast and elsewhere in the Northern Rivers region.

The labourforce potential is further supplemented by graduates, interns and trainees generated by the network of education and training providers operating in and near the Tweed.  Major institutions include:

North Coast TAFE – Kingscliff campus

North Coast TAFE has 17 regional campuses between Port Macquarie and the NSW/Queensland border; one of the newest of which is at Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast. At this state-of-the-art facility, certificate courses are offered in Business, Community Services and Health, Construction, Creative Industries, General Education, Hair and Beauty, Information Technology, Primary Industries and Natural Resources, Retail, Warehousing and Logistics, and Tourism Hospitality and Events.

Southern Cross University – Tweed Heads/Southern Gold Coast campuses

SCU has campuses at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast/Tweed Heads. In 2010, a new campus was opened in Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga – near the Gold Coast Airport – to complement courses offered at SCU Lakeside and SCU Riverside in Tweed Heads. Degree programs are offered within the broad disciplines of Business, Convention and Event Management, International Tourism Management, Law and Paralegal Studies, Secondary and Early Childhood Education, Occupational Therapy, Social Science, Sports Management, Nursing and Midwifery. Southern Cross University also has a strong research focus and is home to several recognised Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).

Griffith University – Gold Coast Campus

Queensland-based Griffith University has a major campus at Parklands on the Gold Coast which is particularly renowned for its strength in Health. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered through the Faculties of Arts, Education and Law, Griffith Business School, Griffith Health and Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology. Griffith also provides access to expert industry sources and developments through its 30 research centres.

Bond University – Robina

Bond University is Australia’s leading private, not-for-profit institution modelled on the Ivy League colleges of North America. Faculties and Schools offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Business, Health, Sciences and Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Sustainable Development and Architecture.  Bond’s world class campus at Robina also houses a number of internationally recognised research centres.