About Us

About Us

  • National Provider No. 32199

  • ABN 76 121 146 978

From small beginnings in the western Queensland town of Thargomindah in 2006, Director and trainer Mat O’Shannessy, established SWQ Training Pty Ltd. SWQ Training’s mission of “quality training, confident and competent people”, to Mat, means more than just training participants to be deemed competent in the unit of competency. It also means to operate safely and efficiently in their job role.

In 2009, Mat moved SWQ Training to Roma to provide much-needed centralized training to Queensland’s western regions. While establishment in Roma began, the industry was provided with a boost, owed to the Surat Basin GLNG boom. In turn, this allowed SWQ Training to expand into Toowoomba in 2010, to cater to the demand for localised training for the residents of the Darling Downs and greater region.

SWQ Training took another leap forward in 2013, breaking ground on SWQ Training’s current location, the spacious Harristown training facility. Continuing years on, Director and trainer, Mat O’Shannessy, still brings his passion and commitment to the business, playing a key role in the business direction, and always encouraging the team to maintain the mission of SWQ Training.


“Great locally owned business, the trainer and facilities are second to none.”

“Friendly and informative staff, definitely going there for my next licence.”

“I like SWQ Training more and more each day because it makes my life a lot easier. It’s just amazing. It really saves me time and effort. SWQ Training is exactly what our business has been lacking.”

“Fun, simple & efficient training.”

“Information was current, the educator qualified with excellent knowledge and training skills.”

“Excellent learning environment, in all aspects, for someone new to the industry.”

“I highly recommend training with SWQ. We recently engaged SWQ to undertake some training for us and we found the courses were delivered with real world experiences in mind. Gary made the learning experience easy even for an old dog like me. Thanks SWQ (and Gary).”

“No ‘tick and flick‘ here, it’s obvious after a short time that Mat is passionate about producing competent trainees. This coupled with his real world experience, good facilities and a comfortable atmosphere, makes for a great outcome.”

“I highly recommend SWQ training! Patto has been an excellent trainer and has shown us all the ins and out of forklift driving/training. He made everything simple and easier for us all to understand and to help us gain confidence in forklift driving. Highly recommended! Thanks Patto and SWQ for the help!”

“Matt was very helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help me, wasn’t confident when I started but left there with a new skill and confidence to use it in my workplace. Would 100% recommend to everyone.”

“SWQ Training removed my fear of four-wheel driving and made me see how great it can be.”

“I completed my Work Safe at Heights this week, 1 day course. Excellent delivery of training material, Gary our instructor broke the theory and the practical up into segments which made the days training much easier. I have already booked in for further training with SWQ training.”

The refresher course was more in depth than any first aid or refresher course I have done in the past and actually learnt quite a lot and it wasn’t just a “tick and flick” type course.

The trainer knew his stuff and had real life experience from being a paramedic and passed on some of his experiences which was beneficial.

If this is how SWQ Training delivers all their training courses then I would happily recommend them for future training.

“I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU  to two amazing gentlemen.

Pat who I did my scissor lift course with and Patto who I did my forklift course with.

I wouldn’t have achieved these courses without you guys and you both have given me so much courage and to believe in myself. You both are so bloody good at what you do and amazing guys.  THANK YOU SO MUCH. ”

“It was very enjoyable to have a trainer that is very passionate for the content, and the delivery was very informative.  All my staff have commented of same. ”

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