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Most recent releases

  Palaszczuk Government’s payroll tax rebate a hit with employers

24 November

The Palaszczuk Government’s payroll tax rebate initiative for apprentices and trainees is proving to be popular with business, with 1,748 Queensland employers already using the budget initiative.

  Treasurer convenes rural debt banking roundtable

18 November

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today convened a State Government rural debt banking roundtable to tackle rural debt in Queensland.

  Queensland adds 43,800 jobs since State Election

12 November

Queensland has added 43,800 jobs since the Palaszczuk Government’s election, reflecting the success of Labor’s strong economic management.

  Queensland to protect people catastrophically injured in traffic crashes

11 November

The Queensland Government is considering options to implement the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) to provide reasonable and necessary care and support for people catastrophically injured in road traffic crashes, irrespective of fault.

  Treasurer hosts Queensland’s first Market-Led Proposals Forum in Cairns

6 November

Around 60 investors and North Queensland businesses today attended the State Government’s first Market-Led Proposals forum in Cairns.


6 November

Queensland does not support the Turnbull Government’s proposal for a widening of the base or an increase to the GST.

  Queensland to accelerate investment in agriculture

6 November

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today announced that Queensland Investment Corporation, the Queensland Government's investment manager, is evaluating new opportunities and strategies to invest in the agriculture industry.

  Palaszczuk Government seeks market solutions to complex social problems

4 November

The Palaszczuk Government today met with key investors, financial institutions and social service providers to seek solutions to complex social problems such as homelessness as part of its Social Benefit Bonds (SBBs) pilot program.

  Small-to-medium business confidence on the rise in Queensland

29 October

Small-to-medium business confidence is on the rise in Queensland, according to the Sensis Business Index report for August 2015 released today.

  $450 million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project on the drawing board

28 October

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said faster travel times for Logan motorists and more than 1,300 jobs could be on their way soon under a $450 million market-led proposal from Transurban Queensland to upgrade the Logan Motorway and the Gateway Extension Corridor.

  Queensland business conditions improve, according to NAB

22 October

Business conditions improved in Queensland in the September quarter, while business confidence was the equal highest in the nation, according to the NAB Business Survey for the September quarter.

  Rockhampton forum to target local employment

22 October

Treasurer Curtis Pitt will meet today with business and community leaders in Rockhampton to discuss employment issues and how government and the community can work together to generate more jobs.

  New CQU campus officially open for business in Cairns

22 October

Cairns is now a two-university town following the official opening of CQUniversity’s new $15 million campus in the Cairns CBD.

  Nation-leading economic growth forecast for Queensland

20 October

Queensland is forecast to have nation-leading economic growth in 2015-16 by one of Australia’s most respected economic forecasters.

  Palaszczuk Government backs Qld’s start-up revolution with $40 million Business Development Fund

20 October

The new generation of Queensland businesses will be backed by the Palaszczuk Government through the $40 million Advance Queensland Business Development Fund to turn great ideas into commercial realities.

  Government announces Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce

19 October

The Palaszczuk Government has announced the establishment of a Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce to help identify and recommend solutions to address the debt issues faced by Queensland’s primary producers.

  Bundaberg forum targets local employment

19 October

Treasurer Curtis Pitt will meet with business and community leaders in Bundaberg as part of Community Cabinet to discuss employment issues and how government and the community can work together to generate more jobs.

  National tax reform back on the table at national Treasurers’ meeting

16 October

The Queensland Government has committed to working with the Commonwealth and other State and Territory Governments on viable tax reform options to underpin Queensland’s future economic growth at today’s meeting of the Council on Federal Financial Relations in Sydney.

  Queensland economic growth hits near four-year high

15 October

Queensland’s economic growth is improving under the Palaszczuk Government, according to official State Accounts released today.

  34,500 jobs created in Queensland since State Election

15 October

Queensland added 4,000 jobs in September, according to new ABS data which shows a total of 34,500 jobs have been created since the State Election.

  Queensland’s business confidence highest of all mainland states

13 October

Queensland business confidence is the highest of all mainland states for the third month in a row, according to the NAB Monthly Business Survey for September.

  Report highlights economic importance of Queensland resources sector

13 October

The economic contribution of Queensland’s minerals and energy sector is highlighted in a report released today by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

  Queensland housing investor commitments remain at near record levels

12 October

Queensland housing investor finance commitments remain at a near record high, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  Confidence in Queensland property on the rise

8 October

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed the latest quarterly ANZ/Property Council Survey which reveals growing confidence in the State’s property sector.

  Queensland LNG shipments continue to drive export growth

8 October

Queensland’s liquefied natural gas exporters have shipped almost $1.4 billion worth of LNG in the first eight months of operation, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today.

  Prominent businesswoman takes over as Chair of Port of Townsville

2 October

The Palaszczuk Government has appointed one of Queensland’s most respected businesswomen as Chair of the Port of Townsville.

  State Government seeks detailed Herston Quarter proposals

1 October

The Palaszczuk Government has launched the final stage of a competitive bid process to deliver a world-class health and commercial precinct adjoining the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) at Herston.

  Queensland house approvals rise for the fourth month in a row

1 October

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said another rise in house approvals showed the continued confidence in the Queensland economy.

  New board appointments to drive Queensland’s GOCs forward

28 September

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt has announced a series of board appointments which will position Queensland’s Government-Owned Corporations (GOC) and commercial Statutory Authorities for the future.

  Aquis back into Integrated Resort Development process

19 September

The team behind the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort project in Cairns have signed a Process Deed to re-enter the Integrated Resort Development (IRD) Process.

  Queensland LNG exports set to ramp up

17 September

Gladstone Ports Corporation has concluded Port Services Agreements (PSAs) with our LNG exporters, paving the way for a ramp up of LNG shipments from Curtis Island off Central Queensland.

  Queensland businesses claim $1.3 million in new payroll tax exemptions

16 September

Almost 1,400 Queensland businesses have claimed nearly $1.3 million in payroll tax rebates during the first two months of the Palaszczuk Government’s scheme to encourage hiring apprentices and trainees.

  Queensland adds 28,500 jobs since State Election

10 September

An extra 28,500 jobs have been created in Queensland since the election of the Palaszczuk Government, according to ABS data released today.

  New investment in electric vehicles

7 September

The Palaszczuk Government’s energy agenda moves further down the road with the announcement of a partnership with Mitsubishi Motors and Ergon Energy to bring eight Electric Vehicles (EVs) into the electricity distributor’s passenger fleet this year.

  Strong growth forecast for Queensland economy

4 September

Queensland is poised for nation-leading economic growth, according to respected independent forecaster Deloitte Access Economics.

  LNG shipments hit $1 billion as Queensland merchandise exports soar

4 September

Queensland’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports have hit $1 billion in just six months since shipments commenced, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

  $750,000 to support Queensland’s multicultural communities

4 September

The Rockhampton and Mount Isa areas and Muslim women state-wide will benefit from close to $750,000 for new multicultural services being funded by the Palaszczuk Government.

  Small business and universities encouraged to join forces to innovate

3 September

Small to medium businesses and universities are encouraged to join forces to innovate and build a knowledge economy, with support from a new funding program officially announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today.

  Abbott Government holds out on Queensland NDIS rollout

1 September

Queenslanders with disability are being unfairly punished as the Federal Government threatens to ration Queensland’s fair share of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) DisabilityCare Australia (DCA) fund.

  Treasurer launches international investor roadshow

30 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today launched an international investor roadshow where he will meet with some of Queensland’s major economic partners.

  State Government launches Getting Back return to work campaign

28 August

The State Government today launched Getting Back, a new return to work campaign aimed at supporting injured workers.

  Biodiversity offsets prove big business for Indigenous community

27 August

Three Australian resource companies have signed a multi-million dollar deal to see Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council manage more than 500 hectares of threatened Brigalow Belt land as Biodiversity Offsets.

  Australia Pacific LNG plugged into high voltage network

25 August

Work is complete on the final connection for Australia Pacific LNG to plug into Powerlink Queensland’s new transmission network in the North West Surat Basin.

  Port of Townsville signs sister port MOU with Port of Qinzhou

25 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has congratulated the Port of Townsville Ltd (POTL) on signing a historic Memorandum of Understanding today with the Port of Qinzhou in China. 

  Toowoomba Second Range Crossing contracts signed

21 August

THE landmark $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is one step closer today, with the Nexus consortium signing a contract to deliver the project.

  Palaszczuk Government delivers $14.6 million brain injury funding boost

18 August

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering an extra $14.6 million to support Queenslanders living with brain injuries.

  Labor Treasurers back removal of GST from sanitary products

14 August

The Treasurers of Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT today confirmed that they will seek to have the GST removed on sanitary products, when it is raised at next week’s Council of Federal Financial Relations in Canberra.

  Queensland tops national consumer confidence index

13 August

Queensland’s consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in almost two years, according to the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI).

  Construction site electrocution inquiry highlights need to improve safety

12 August

The State Government will consider all recommendations handed down by Coroner David O’Connell yesterday following his inquiry into the death of 20 year old Jason Garrels on a housing construction site in Clermont in 2012.

  Queensland business confidence highest of all mainland States

11 August

Queensland business confidence is now the highest of all the mainland States, according to the NAB Monthly Business Survey for July.

  Cassowary rehabilitation receives emergency funding

11 August

Rainforest Rescue will continue to operate Garner’s Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Facility thanks to funding from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

  Near record housing finance levels

10 August

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics data has revealed Queensland’s established investor housing finance commitments are approaching levels not seen since the market hit its peak in June 2007.

  IR Minister not impressed by midnight sackings

10 August

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Curtis Pitt has condemned the midnight sacking of 41 maritime workers via text message last Thursday night.

  Ergon waives charges for drought-affected farmers

10 August

Drought-affected farmers in Banana Shire, Gladstone, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, North Burnett and Gympie areas have been given a much needed reprieve on their electricity bills through Ergon Energy.

  Queensland Competition Authority releases industry assistance report

7 August

The Queensland Competition Authority has released its final report into industry assistance in Queensland.

  Public consultation now open for Queen’s Wharf precinct

7 August

Public consultation is now open around the proposed development scheme to transform Brisbane’s riverfront and deliver the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort development. 

  Employment on the up again in Queensland

6 August

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data shows Queensland added a total of 3,600 jobs in July.

  Meat, minerals and LNG drive growth in Queensland merchandise exports

4 August

Queensland merchandise exports in 2014-15 amounted to almost $47 billion, according to official ABS data released this week.

  Treasurer welcomes new Brisbane Innovation Precinct

3 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today visited the site of Queensland’s newest Innovation Precinct at Brisbane Technology Park on the city’s southside.

  Queensland leads way on building approvals

1 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says that ABS figures released this week point to the continued strength of Queensland’s property and construction sectors.

  State Budget delivers business confidence bounce

30 July

Business confidence is on the rise in Queensland, according to a new survey by the State’s peak industry body.

  Pitt hits the road on statewide Budget tour

22 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has launched a statewide tour of Queensland to highlight the Palaszczuk Government’s first State Budget.

  Echo consortium wins Queen’s Wharf Brisbane prize

21 July

The Destination Brisbane Consortium – including Echo Entertainment - has won the right to develop the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf project in Brisbane’s CBD.

  First Palaszczuk Budget - A Better Way For Queensland

18 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the vote of confidence from Queensland’s MP’s, as the Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget passed through the Parliament.

  Palaszczuk Government delivers on election commitment to injured workers

16 July

Legislative amendments introduced to State Parliament by the Palaszczuk Government will make it simpler for injured workers to pursue legal claims through the courts.

  Proposed changes to provide security for sick firefighters

16 July

Queensland firefighters will be provided with greater certainty in their worker’s compensation coverage for latent onset diseases under legislative amendments the Palaszczuk Government has introduced to State Parliament.

  Treasurer commits extra $400,000 a year for asbestos clean up

16 July

The Palaszczuk Government has created a new asbestos repair fund worth $400,000 a year to carry out urgent rectification works at hazardous properties.

  A Budget for jobs, health and education

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget delivers on its election commitments to increase health and education funding – with record budgets for these key service delivery portfolios.

  $10 billion infrastructure investment to support 27,500 direct jobs in 2015-16

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a significant infrastructure funding program of $10.1 billion in the 2015-16 State Budget, and total capital purchases of $35.4 billion over the four years to 2018-19.

  $6.9 billion in surpluses forecast over next four years

14 July

Queensland has a positive Budget outlook, according to independent Treasury forecasts which predict $6.9 billion worth of surpluses over the next four years.

  Keeping Queenslanders safe key Budget focus

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to keeping Queenslanders safe was on display in its first Budget handed down by Treasurer Curtis Pitt today.

  $500 million injection for Schools and Hospitals Fund

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a $500 million injection in Queensland’s local schools and hospitals to enable the delivery of important refurbishment and maintenance projects.

  Regional and rural Queensland benefit from additional Budget funding

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget features additional funding and new programs to benefit regional and rural areas of Queensland.

  Statement from Treasurer Curtis Pitt

13 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has ruled out ‘raiding’ public servants’ superannuation funds, amid opposition scaremongering.

  Social Benefit Bonds explore new solutions to complex problems

13 July

The Palaszczuk Government will undertake a pilot program to explore new service delivery and investment options to tackle complex social issues – including re-offending and homelessness.

  Queensland opens door to private infrastructure investors

13 July

The Palaszczuk Government will introduce a streamlined assessment process to encourage infrastructure investment and development in Tuesday’s State Budget.

  $180 million Advance Queensland to create jobs of the future

13 July

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $180 million in the Advance Queensland program, a comprehensive suite of reforms that will create jobs now, and jobs for the future.


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