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Most recent releases

  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.

  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.

 

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