Law and order
Now more than ever, the Palaszczuk Government knows how important it is for our communities to feel and be safe. The 2017-18 Queensland Budget is providing $2.37 billion for the Queensland Police Service to help make our communities safer, as well as putting into action key reforms to deliver hi-tech policing, reduce reoffending, ease pressure on courts, and tackle domestic and family violence. Since March 2015 we have employed an additional 332 police officers.
$43.7 million to deliver:
Counter Terrorism officers
regional Rapid Action and Patrol Group officers
additional Police officers for other priority areas.
Action on Ice
$18 million to tackle the harmful use and effects of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) in Queensland, with measures that increase awareness, support families and better equip our frontline service providers.
$32.6 million ($22.7 million new funding and $9.9 million reprioritised funding) to re-establish a drug court in Brisbane with support and referral services in four locations.
$199.6 million to support the transfer of 17-year olds from the adult justice system to the youth justice system and provide pathways to reduce offending behaviour.
Probation and parole
$265 million to overhaul Queensland’s probation and parole system to enable tougher supervision of parolees, expand GPS monitoring, establish a fully independent parole board, reduce reoffending, and improve rehabilitation and mental health services.
Domestic and family violence courts
$69.5 million to continue the specialist domestic and family violence court at Southport and to roll out courts in Beenleigh and Townsville, including circuit courts to Mount Isa and Palm Island. This includes $40.4 million over four years provided as a whole of government contingency in the 2016-17 Budget.
$47 million to construct the new Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Training Centre at Westgate.
Commonwealth Games security
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation has appointed a consortium of four Australian companies to provide the security workforce for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Comprising MSS Security, Wilson Security, SecureCorp and SNP, the consortium will deploy more than 4,000 security personnel with 30 per cent of the security workforce to be recruited from South East Queensland. The workforce will be trained to deliver a high quality presence for the Games, with hundreds of local workers obtaining new industry recognised skills. Safety and security of spectators and athletes will be the major priority for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).