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Most recent releases

  Treasurer hosts Market-Led Proposals forum on the Gold Coast

2 February

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has urged Gold Coast businesses and investors to be part of the State’s high economic growth by submitting their best ideas to Government through the new market-led proposals process.

  CS Energy powers-up local jobs

1 February

CS Energy will continue its current training program through 2016, with 18 new apprenticeships and traineeships to come online this year for local men and women at its Callide Power Station near Biloela in Central Queensland.

  Gladstone forum to target local employment

1 February

Employment Minister Grace Grace will today meet with business and community leaders in Gladstone to discuss employment issues and how government and the community can work together to generate more jobs.

  Electricity reprieve for Queensland consumers in Powerlink Proposal

30 January

The average Queensland household is set to benefit on its annual electricity bill from Powerlink’s Revenue Proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

  Cairns scores $60M in accelerated works as part of State-wide jobs drive

29 January

Site works will start as soon as next week on the brand new $25 million Cairns Special School as the Palaszcuk Government’s $60 million accelerated works program kicks off in the Far north.

  Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce team meets in Gympie and Bundaberg

28 January

The Palaszczuk Government’s Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce will hold a public hearing in Gympie this morning before heading to Bundaberg in the afternoon.

  Queensland forecast for nation leading growth in 2016

27 January

Queensland’s economy continues to perform well in the face of volatile global economic conditions and is set for growth in 2016.

  Queensland confidence continues to out-perform Australia

25 January

Queensland has defied a nation-wide drop in the latest National Australia Bank’s Monthly Business Survey to again lead the country in terms of business confidence.

  State Government to host series of regional employment forums in 2016

25 January

The State Government will host a series of regional employment forums in 2016, starting next month when Community Cabinet meets in Gladstone.

  Rapid Response Team mobilised following Yabulu redundancies

15 January

The Palaszczuk Government has mobilised a Rapid Response Team to assist 237 workers made redundant today at Queensland Nickel’s Yabulu refinery north of Townsville.

  Queensland unemployment rate falls to two-year low

14 January

Queensland’s unemployment rate has fallen below six per cent for the first time in two years as new statistics show more than 60,000 new jobs have been created since last year’s State election.

  Queensland dwelling approvals increase for third month in a row

8 January

In another encouraging sign for the Queensland economy, the number of dwellings approved for construction has increased for the third consecutive month according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today.

  Electricity company mergers save $680 million and drive regional jobs

15 Decmeber

The Palaszczuk Government has announced the details of how Energex and Ergon will be merged into a single company, delivering on an election promise and unveiling the next step in the Government’s Debt Action Plan.

  Merged Ergon and Energex headquarters to be based in Townsville

15 December

The Palaszczuk Government will establish a new Energy Services subsidiary in Townsville as part of its plans to merge energy distribution businesses Energex and Ergon Energy.

  Economic plan on track through Mid Year Review

15 December

The Palaszczuk Government has maintained it commitment to debt reduction through a further $1 billion identified as part of the Debt Action Plan.

  St George and Charleville meetings of Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce

15 December

The Palaszczuk Government’s Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce will hold public hearings at Charleville’s RSL Club and also the St George Skills Centre tomorrow giving those most affected a chance to tell the Government firsthand the impact of the drought and their debt levels.

  Queensland ends 2015 with unemployment at a near two-year low

10 December

An extra 50,800 new jobs have been created in Queensland since the Palaszczuk Government was elected, with the State’s unemployment rate hitting a near two-year low.

  Queensland consumer confidence on the rise coming into Christmas

9 December

In yet another positive sign for the Queensland economy consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in four months, according to the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index.

  New specialist rehabilitation and surgical facilities for Herston Quarter

9 December

A new 132-bed specialist rehabilitation centre will be built as part of the multi-million dollar Herston Quarter redevelopment as part of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

  Deloitte report confirms growth has returned to Queensland after LNP mismanagement

9 December

Queensland’s nation-leading growth forecast for 2015-16 has been confirmed by one of Australia’s most respected economic forecasters.

  First meetings of Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce

9 December

The Palaszczuk Government’s Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce will hold its first public hearing today, giving those most affected a chance to tell the Government firsthand the impact of the drought and their debt levels.

  Queensland tops Australian business confidence chart for the fifth month in a row coming into Christmas

8 December

For the fifth month in a row, the National Australia Bank’s monthly business survey has recorded Queensland business confidence as the highest of any mainland State.

  Strategy offers new future for Straddie

3 December

The Palaszczuk Government has today announced more than $28 million as part of a transition package to assist North Stradbroke Island to become an eco-tourism hub with a revitalised diverse economy.

  North Lakes’ new $140 million development to get underway

25 November

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt today announced a new $140 million development will get underway at North Lakes at the start of next year.

  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.

  STATEMENT FROM TREASURER CURTIS PITT

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.

 

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