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Most recent releases

  Funding boost to plan the Mareeba Bypass

5 August

The Palaszczuk Government will inject $375,000 funding into the proposed Mareeba Bypass to start initial project planning.

  Sanofi continues Queensland investment to keep pace with booming international demand

3 August

Sanofi Consumer Healthcare will continue its expansion in Brisbane next year with a $5 million investment into production facilities at its Virginia site, in an effort to keep pace with ever-increasing demand from China.

  Exports growth highlights strong and diverse state economy

2 August

Despite tough economic conditions the resilience of the Queensland economy has shone through with the value of the state’s exports rising by $1.1 billion to hit $47.6 billion in 2015-16.

  Gold Coast residents urged to be counted in the 2016 Census

2 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says Gold Coast residents should make sure they are counted in the 2016 Census to be conducted nationwide by the Australian Bureau of Statistics next Tuesday 9 August.

  Queenslanders urged to join The Count on Census night

27 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt is urging all Queenslanders to make sure they’re counted in the nationwide Census on Tuesday 9 August.

  Major bank survey identifies Queensland’s strong growth

25 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says another analysis of the Queensland economy points to solid growth while identifying the well-known challenges being addressed by the Palaszczuk Government’s economic plan. 

  Payroll tax incentive doubled to boost Queensland jobs

19 July

The Palaszczuk Government is doubling an incentive for Queensland businesses to employ apprentices and trainees as part of the Government’s drive to create jobs.

  Deloitte report confirms Queensland’s nation-leading growth

18 July

Respected analysts Deloitte Access Economics have again confirmed the underlying strength and growth prospects of the Queensland economy.

  $5 million funding for SMEs to win major government contracts

17 July

A $5 million Advance Queensland funding program will help innovators from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) secure government contracts to develop and test cutting edge products and technologies.

  Interest sought for Board positions on Queensland’s Government Owned Corporations

15 July

The Palaszczuk Government is calling for expressions of interests for a variety of non-executive director positions on their Government Owned Corporation (GOC) Boards.

  Queensland records largest increase in consumer confidence

13 July

Consumer sentiment in Queensland increased by 1.8 per cent in July, the largest monthly increase recorded by any state, according to today’s Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index.

  Treasurer turns sod on $15M addition to Northshore Hamilton

12 July

Treasurer Curtis Pit today turned the sod for the new $15 million 375 MacArthur commercial office project as part of the Northshore Hamilton Business and Technology Park.

  NAB survey shows business confidence stays high in Queensland

12 July

Queensland business confidence remains ahead of most mainland states, according to the National Australia Bank Monthly Business Survey for June 2016. 

 

  People in motor vehicle accidents benefit from Queensland’s new National Injury Insurance Scheme

1 July

Queensland’s National Injury Insurance Scheme comes into effect today, providing care and support for all people who sustain life-changing injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

  Palaszczuk Government’s $20,000 First Home Owners’ Grant starts today

1 July

Queensland first home buyers will receive a $5,000 boost to the Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant from today, giving them $20,000 to get into the market.

  Energy Queensland launch starts new energy future

1 July

Queensland History is being made with the launch of Energy Queensland, a single entity which unites customers from the Torres Strait to Tweed Heads through the merger of Ergon Energy and Energex.

  $60 billion industry passes another milestone

30 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the latest news from the state's $60 billion liquefied natural gas industry, with APLNG having successfully farewelled its first shipment to a major Japanese customer.

  Treasurer welcomes appointments to Queensland Treasury Corporation

27 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed the reappointment of Gerard Bradley as Chair of the Queensland Treasury Corporation and the appointment of Anne Parkin as a QTC board member.

  Palaszczuk Government commits $800 million to kick-start Cross River Rail

27 June

Cross River Rail is charging full steam ahead with the Palaszczuk Government today providing an in-principle commitment of $800 million towards building Queensland’s number one infrastructure project.

  Queensland expertise drives Australia's biggest power company

27 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says two of the state’s most respected business professionals have been appointed as inaugural directors to the board of Energy Queensland, the state’s newest government-owned corporation.

  Palaszczuk Government invests in Townsville technology for safer work

21 June

A Townsville tech firm which has developed an innovative way of using mobile phones to make travel between job sites safer will receive a $500,000 investment from the Palaszczuk Government’s Business Development Fund.

  Treasurer to travel throughout regional Queensland post-Budget

20 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt will today start a series of visits to towns and cities across Queensland, following the passing of the Budget in Parliament last week.

  Palaszczuk Government delivers Queensland’s first Women’s Budget Statement in almost 20 years

17 June

The Palaszczuk Government today releases Queensland’s first Women’s Budget Statement in almost 20 years, highlighting the important contribution of women to the state’s economic future.

  Latest ABS data shows Queensland unemployment rate at 6.4 per cent

16 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the latest jobless figures underline the need for our job-creating initiatives in the State Budget.

  Budget creates sport and recreation opportunities

14 June

The Palaszczuk Government will provide $151 million in the 2016-2017 budget to create more opportunities for Queenslanders to get involved in sport and active recreation and ensure our reputation for producing world class athletes continues.

  Budget focusses on the future of ATSI communities

14 June

Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt, says the State Budget emphasises programs to broaden opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to participate in the state’s economic, social and cultural life.

  State Budget builds Queensland’s future

14 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the 2016-17 State Budget sets out a clear economic plan for Queensland’s future focused on three priorities: job creating innovation; investment; and infrastructure.

  Palaszczuk Government commits extra $40M to deliver $140M for Townsville Stadium

10 June

The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget will allocate an additional $40 million to building Townsville’s stadium, on top of the $100 million already allocated.

  14 June State Budget will keep Queensland competitive on tax

7 June

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says next week’s State Budget will see Queensland become even more competitive when it comes to state taxes.

  Port of Cairns welcomes Dawn Princess

7 June

The first of the Princess Cruises’ Sun class vessels will sail into the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal tomorrow morning, marking the beginning of an enormous boost to the Cairns cruise industry and the regional economy.

  Help Queenslanders count in next Census - it could be your job

4 June

Queenslanders should sign up for the 5,600 jobs available as Australian Bureau of Statistics field officers working on the Census says Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

  Queensland records highest building approvals growth in Australia for April

31 May

In another encouraging sign for the Queensland Economy, we have recorded the highest growth in building approvals in April of any State and are above the national growth rate Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today.

  Treasurer inspects job-generating $251M UQ student housing project

31 May

A new $251 million student accommodation precinct housing 1,300 students will be built at the University of Queensland and create 620 jobs during construction and a further 30 ongoing jobs. 

  Queenslanders now have lifetime insurance for catastrophic car injuries

26 May

All Queenslanders catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents will now have access to lifetime care and support announced Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

  Renewable energy boost for Queensland jobs and investment

26 May

The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the offer of a power purchase agreement (PPA) to progress a 170 megawatt (MW) wind farm in the State’s far north.

  Gold Coast electricity network gets $25 million workout

24 May

With just two years until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games the Palaszczuk Government is ensuring the city’s high voltage electricity transmission network is ‘games ready’ with a $25 million injection into the electricity grid’s infrastructure.

  Regional Queensland’s solar feed-in tariff to increase

20 May

The Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) final report on the solar feed-in tariff for regional Queensland for 2016-17 provided certainty for regional customers and was set using the same methodology as in the previous two years, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

  Appointment to Queensland Investment Corporation

20 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has announced the appointment of former CEO of AMP Capital, Stephen Dunne, to the board of the Queensland Investment Corporation.

  Cairns employment forum focus aims to kickstart jobs in FNQ

20 May

Employment Minister Grace Grace today met with community leaders and businesses in Cairns to discuss how government and the community can work together to generate more jobs for people in Far North Queensland.

  Far Northern SES gets $60k boost from Ergon and Powerlink

20 May

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Far North Queensland have received $60,000 in equipment to help them purchase vital new equipment, including generators, lighting equipment, chainsaws and polesaws.

  Focus on jobs as Cabinet Ministers listen to Fraser Coast ideas

19 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today chaired a meeting of the Palaszczuk Government’s Working Queensland Cabinet Committee in Maryborough today to discuss local issues and opportunities for economic development and job creation.

  Employment forum aims to kickstart job generation on Gold Coast

16 May

Employment Minister Grace Grace will today meet with business and community leaders from the Gold Coast to discuss ideas to generate employment opportunities for local residents.

  Electricity merger moves forward with the selection of Chair nominee

10 May

The Queensland Government has chosen an experienced power industry identity as chair nominee for the new parent company to be formed from the merger of Ergon and Energex.

  Mega cruise ship terminal planning gets underway

5 May

The assessment of a proposed $100 million mega cruise ship terminal for Queensland has been stepped up with the signing by Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) CEO Roy Cummins of a process deed to guide detailed planning.

  Latest Market-Led Proposal drives improved road safety for Queensland

30 April

The Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre is one step closer to a $15 million revamp to ensure it can provide road safety training for years to come.

  Population growth underlines need to create and plan for jobs

26 April

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the latest forecasts showing Queensland’s population could reach close to seven million in the next 20 years underlines the importance of all levels of government working together to plan for growth and create jobs.

  Charters Towers employment forum puts job creation in the spotlight

22 April

Employment Minister Grace Grace will meet with business and community leaders from Charters Towers today to discuss ideas to generate employment opportunities for local people.

  NAB confirms Queensland business conditions continue improve

21 April

Queensland business conditions have lifted despite a national fall, according to the respected National Australia Bank Quarterly Business Survey.

  Legislation establishes National Injury Insurance Scheme in Queensland

19 April

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has introduced legislation to implement an affordable National Injury Insurance Scheme in Queensland giving lifetime treatment, care and support to people catastrophically injured in vehicle crashes.

  Queensland’s unemployment rate steady at two-year low

14 April

Queensland’s unemployment rate has remained steady at a two-year low as the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Plan continues to deliver jobs, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today.

  Queensland confidence leads the nation for ninth month in a row

12 April

The National Australia Bank’s Business Confidence Survey has again showed Queensland leading the nation – the ninth consecutive month on top.

  Sixth rise in housing finance figures gives more evidence of confidence

11 April

The number of Queenslanders getting finance approved for buying their own home has increased for the sixth month in a row, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics released today.

  Queensland Competition Authority appointments

8 April

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has announced new members of the board of the state’s independent economic regulator, the Queensland Competition Authority.

  Palaszczuk Government delivers $2.5 million to upgrade Oakey rail facilities

6 April

Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe today announced $2.5 million to upgrade rail sidings on the Western line and reopen part of an old branch line to support the expansion of Oakey Beef Exports.

  Grand Central partnership with TAFE provides 550 local training places

30 March

A partnership between Toowoomba’s Grand Central shopping centre and TAFE Queensland South West will provide 550 hospitality and retail training places for locals.

  Treasurer builds trade and investment links with China

23 March

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says greater trade and investment between Queensland and China will create jobs now and in the future.

  Employment forum to generate jobs ideas for North West Queensland

22 March

Employment Minister Grace Grace will today meet with business and community leaders from across North West Queensland to discuss ideas to generate employment opportunities for local residents.

  World-class $100 million aquarium proposed for South Bank

16 March

A world-class aquarium is part of a proposed $100 million redevelopment of the Queensland Maritime Museum on Brisbane’s South Bank being progressed through the Palaszczuk Government’s Market-Led Proposal initiative.

  $25M to Improve Townsville-Mount Isa Line Reliability and Boost Jobs

11 March

The Queensland Government has announced a $25 million investment to improve the reliability of the Mount Isa line.

  Townsville contractor scores $1.9 million Port upgrade contract

9 March

Townsville business Bluewater Process Engineering has been awarded the $1.9 million contract to retrofit the supporting pylons of Berth 8/9 at the Port of Townsville.

  Maryborough employment forum aims to generate jobs

9 March

Employment Minister Grace Grace and Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders will meet with Wide Bay business and community leaders today to discuss ideas to generate employment opportunities for local people.

  Queensland leads again on business confidence

8 March

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the latest National Australia Bank index shows Queensland recording the highest business confidence in the nation for eight months in a row.

  Corporate arrangements for Yabulu nickel refinery

7 March

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Clive Palmer should detail the effects on workers and creditors of his new corporate arrangements for managing and operating the Yabulu nickel refinery.

  Queensland Government goes to market with Social Benefit Bonds pilot

29 February

The Palaszczuk Government is seeking expressions of interest from non-government organisations and investors under its new Social Benefit Bonds scheme to tap ideas for delivering new and innovative community services.

  Wheelchair Day highlights benefits of a National Injury Insurance Scheme

1 March

International Wheelchair Day is a time when wheelchair users celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has on their lives.

  Mackay employment forum seeks to generate jobs

26 February

Employment Minister Grace Grace said job creation would be top of the agenda at an employment forum being held in Mackay today.

  Gold Coast employment up 5.2% since State Election

26 February

The Gold Coast continues to prove to be an employment hotspot, with annual local employment up 5.2 percent on this time last year.

  Extra 3,100 jobs created in Toowoomba since State Election

26 February

An extra 3,100 jobs have been created in Toowoomba since the election of the Palaszczuk Government 12 months ago.

  Sunshine Coast adds 5,500 new jobs since State Election

26 February

An extra 5,500 new jobs were created on the Sunshine Coast since the election of the Palaszczuk Government 12 months ago.

  Employment in Cairns up 0.4% following State Election

26 February

Employment in Cairns is starting to recover from the LNP years, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing a 0.4 percent improvement over the year to January 2016.

  New National Injury Insurance Scheme to fill gap in cover

25 February

Queensland will soon join a new national road crash insurance scheme to fill a gap that has previously left some catastrophically injured motorists without cover for medical costs, rehabilitation and ongoing care.

  Queensland housing construction on the rise

24 February

Construction of new houses in Queensland grew by almost 23 per cent over the year to December quarter 2015, reflecting stronger confidence in the state’s economy under the Palaszczuk Government, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today.

  Latest figures confirm jobs growth

18 February

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the latest ABS employment figures confirm the growth in jobs created through the Palaszczuk Government’s record of backing job-creating infrastructure, lifting business confidence, and delivering economic certainty.

  Local team scores contract for the Port of Townsville’s $55M upgrade

10 February

Townsville contractor CivilPlus Constructions has been awarded the design and construct tender for the primary wharf works component of Port of Townsville’s $55 million Berth 4 Upgrade project.

  Treasurer hosts Market-Led Proposals forum in Townsville

10 February

Townsville business have been challenged to come up with game-changing ideas and projects for the State Government to get behind to drive new jobs and opportunities in the North.

  Queensland’s own ‘shark tank’ investor panel evaluates $6.2 million in innovative new ideas

10 February

The new BDF panel of leading entrepreneurs and innovators responsible for identifying investment-worthy projects through the Queensland Government’s $40 million Business Development Fund met for the first time yesterday.

  Ergon Energy welcomes 85 apprentices to state-wide network

10 February

Ergon Energy has welcomed its 2016 intake of apprentice technicians, linespeople and systems electricians at a series of regional induction events across the state.

  Pensioner electricity concessions safe

4 February

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has again assured Queensland pensioners and seniors their existing electricity bill concessions are not at risk.

  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.

 

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