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Department of Transport and Main Roads

About inclusive entry pathways programs

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has a far-reaching impact on Queensland through the planning, management and delivery of an integrated transport network across road, rail, air and sea. TMR uses entry pathways to build the capability and diversity of its divisional workforce to directly support these responsibilities.


In the coming years we are perfectly placed to:

  • develop and drive a ‘grow our own’ strategy where TMR directly develops employees with the skills and capabilities to meet expected future requirements
  • use the planned growth in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) to create space for more entry pathways with increased intakes in the various pathways
  • ensure a lasting legacy for TMR and the broader industry by implementing and delivering the TMR Entry Pathways Program.

Strategic alignment

The TMR entry pathways programs align with the strategic direction of the Queensland Government by supporting the Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s priorities—supporting the ‘Create jobs in a strong economy’ priority.

We will continue and increase its focus to engage more young Queenslanders in education, training and work.

We have dedicated entry pathways for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people which align with the Moving Ahead strategy – A strategic approach to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland’s economy 2016–2022 (Moving Ahead).

Due to the nature of our work, and the fact that delivery occurs in many regional and remote areas of Queensland, the department is well-placed to offer local employment that includes employment on country.

TMR Entry Pathways

TMR has a suite of entry pathways that include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School-based Traineeships
  • IMD Internship Program
  • IMD Cadetship Program
  • Maritime Safety Queensland—Marine Officer Trainee Program
  • OneTMR Graduate Program
  • OneTMR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship
  • Peninsula Developmental Road – Indigenous Scholarships
  • RoadTek—Apprenticeships
  • RoadTek—Cadetships
  • RoadTek – Indigenous Traineeships
  • RoadTek—Trainees
  • RoadTek—Women in Construction Traineeship Program.

We also partner with educational institutions for other internship and work experience programs.

Whole-of-government entry pathways

TMR also participates in whole-of-government entry pathways such as the Policy Futures Program and the ICT Program. 



TMR will continue to leverage existing relationships and is also establishing new industry relationships with external stakeholders to deliver these entry pathways.

This includes relationships with:

  • all Queensland-based universities
  • Public Service Commission
  • Group and Registered Training Organisations
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP)
  • Cape York Land Council
  • Education Queensland
  • HELP Enterprises
  • Australian Association of Graduate Employers.

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Last updated 16 November 2022