State News

Positive signs for housing industry

Queensland’s housing industry continues to show positive signs, with figures released today showing housing finance approvals for owner occupied dwellings rose in August for the 20th consecutive month. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said approvals rose 0.3 per cent in trend terms in August to be up 5.0 per ... ... (10-Oct)

Strong Choices will boost Queensland jobs

Jobs figures out today highlight the need for Queensland to reduce debt so it can increase funding for job-creating infrastructure projects. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said while the ABS figures showed Queensland’s annual trend jobs growth was higher than the national average at 1.4 per cent, there was ... ... (09-Oct)

Asset leasing plan will reduce debt and create jobs

The Queensland Government’s $80 billion debt would be reduced and funds would be freed up for job creating infrastructure under the final Strong Choices plan to lease some government-owned assets.  Premier Campbell Newman said the Government had listened to Queenslanders and responded to their ... ... (08-Oct)

Strong Choices Plan gets finishing touches

Queenslanders will see the Government’s finalised Strong Choices plan to pay down the State’s $80 billion debt through asset leases next week.  Premier Campbell Newman and Treasurer Tim Nicholls today put the finishing touches to the plan which they will take to Cabinet on Tuesday.  “This ... ... (07-Oct)

New app released for Rego Sticker Liberation Day

Checking your car registration status will be simple for Queensland drivers following the release of a new app to coincide with Rego Sticker Liberation Day. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said that from today Queenslanders could rip off their sticky registration labels for go... ... (01-Oct)

Government pledges $36 million for more apprenticeships

School leavers and people looking for new skills or a career change will have more opportunities under a new innovative scheme paying employers up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice taken on this financial year. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the $36 m... ... (30-Sep)

Queensland students get lessons on alcohol and drugs

Queensland secondary students will start a new education program to prevent alcohol and drug-related violence from Term 4, delivering on the election promise to revitalise frontline services. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the new program was part of a suite of initiatives developed und... ... (29-Sep)

Historic Education Accord a step closer

A 30-year plan for Queensland’s school education system is a step closer following today’s historic Education Accord Summit. Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, said the day-long summit had exceeded expectations with the range of dynamic and positive ideas generated... ... (26-Sep)

Queenslanders staying safer at work

More Queenslanders are staying safer at work with new figures showing a significant drop in workplace fatalities and injuries across the State. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the results come on the eve of a new statewide awareness campaign, which reminds Queenslanders... ... (24-Sep)

Government to consider OP review

Year 12 assessment and university entrance rankings are set to undergo their biggest transformation in more than two decades with the completion of a major review into Queensland’s Overall Position (OP) system. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the independent ... ... (24-Sep)

Queenslanders choose cheaper fares

For the first time in Queensland’s history, there will be a state-wide reduction to public transport fares making it more affordable for families to catch the train, bus, tram or ferry.Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said feedback following a two-week surv... ... (22-Sep)

Report card shows positive tourism growth

Jobs have been created and Queensland’s economy has been buoyed by strong tourism growth over the past three years according to a new report card released at the third DestinationQ forum. Premier Campbell Newman said there were 27,000 new jobs in tourism and the sector had grown by $3.5 billion sin... ... (16-Sep)

Queensland Government responds to ‘People’s Plan’

Families across the state will be able to track the progress of the 30-year Queensland Plan and the delivery of key initiatives through an online whole of Government response.  Premier Campbell Newman said the ‘People’s Plan’ will guide the Government’s actions in ensuring that Queensland is th... ... (15-Sep)

Queensland continues to lead on jobs growth

Employment figures released today show Queensland has created more jobs than any other state over the last year.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today’s seasonally adjusted figures showed that 49,300 jobs had been created in the state over the year.  “In August 26,500 jobs were created in Que... ... (11-Sep)

Domestic violence taskforce to consult Queenslanders

Queensland’s new Domestic Violence Taskforce headed up by Dame Quentin Bryce has been given five months to work out how to stop the escalating rates of domestic violence in the state. Taskforce Chair, Dame Quentin Bryce said she had found her preliminary listening tour around Queensland invaluable ... ... (09-Sep)

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