Growing our economy allows government to deliver better services for all Queenslanders, no matter where they live – in our suburbs, our regions, or our rural and remote communities. The 2022–23 Budget will deliver essential services like health, education, justice and social services. It will deliver more teachers, new schools and new school infrastructure. It will provide better outcomes for all Queenslanders.
The Budget will provide a significant boost to our frontline services and service infrastructure right across Queensland. By strengthening and supporting our frontline workforce, we’re enhancing the lives of all Queenslanders.
DELIVERING FOR QUEENSLAND
increased funding for new schools and new and upgraded infrastructure in existing schools
in 2022–23 for education and training including TAFE services across Queensland
over 5 years and $500 million per year ongoing for child protection services in response to ongoing pressures arising from an increase in demand
in 2022–23 for policing, as well as $174.6 million for the police capital program, to support quality frontline police services
increased funding over 4 years and $18.9 million per year ongoing to continue Youth Justice Strategy reforms
over 4 years and $19 million per year ongoing to strengthen social services in Queensland
over 5 years and $61.3 million ongoing as part of the Queensland Government response to the Queensland Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, Hear her voice – Report one – Addressing coercive control and domestic and family violence in Queensland, for system-wide reform and criminalising coercive control. A further $19.2 million over 4 years for specialist domestic, family and sexual violence support services and programs for women in custody
over 4 years and $11.7 million per year ongoing to provide an uplift in bus services for highest priority areas, such as northern Gold Coast services
over 5 years to improve school travel safety in and around Queensland schools and drop-off zones
to build the Queensland Cancer Centre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
New learning centre for Logan City Special School
The Queensland Government has invested close to $8.8 million to build a new learning centre at Logan City Special School that allows teaching staff to cater for the learning needs of more than 220 students from early childhood through to Year 12.
The new 2-storey building opened in 2021, providing 8 learning spaces, one therapy room and other facilities such as a staffroom and kitchen. A mix of classroom-style and break-out areas enable teachers to deliver flexible and tailored learning sessions, providing resources that the students need to reach their full potential. A new covered set-down area has also provided improved access for families during wet weather.
The Queensland Government is investing $183.9 million in new and improved education infrastructure in the Logan region during 2022–23.
Emergency services hub for Sunshine Coast hinterland
The recently completed $3.9 million emergency services facility will significantly boost the local capability of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) for the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The new facility houses 3 QFES services – Fire and Rescue auxiliary firefighters, Rural Fire Service, and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers. Residents of Maleny and the surrounding hinterland areas are now benefiting from their local firefighters and volunteers working side-by-side to keep the community safe.
The facility is centrally located, allowing for emergency services personnel to swiftly respond to all types of incidents in the area. It features a separate 4-bay storage shed, 3 offices, a joint training room, equipment and personal protective equipment room, as well as a backup power generator.
Recovery and resilience
Multiple devastating floods affected more than half the state in 2022. Record rainfall and flooding has tragically claimed lives and damaged homes, businesses, community organisations, schools and farms. The estimated cost of recovery and reconstruction will be more than $3 billion over 5 years while there will be broader economic and social impacts of the floods.
During this time, joint State-Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) funding was provided to 66 of Queensland’s 77 local government areas.
At the end of May 2022, more than $22 million has been distributed under the hardship scheme, benefiting just over 96,000 people. For lower-income earners without insurance, the Structural Assistance Grant has been raised to $50,000 to make homes safe and secure. For primary producers, small business, non-profit organisations and sporting clubs, $558.5 million in grants were made available following the South East Queensland floods to assist with clean-up and reinstatement.
The impacts of the flooding events will be felt for many years, but by supporting community recovery and building resilience, Queensland will be in a strong position to face down future disasters.
is open for councils to assist with clean-up of their regions
extraordinary circumstances package jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments under DRFA, to address recovery needs for
Resilient Homes Fund jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments under DRFA for homeowners to bolster resilience across 37 council areas
Disaster recovery grant helps ginger producer move forward after floods
After disaster struck twice at Matt Parker’s farm in Amamoor, near Gympie, he was able to access financial assistance through the Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants program.
Matt’s business of 7 years was still recovering from the flood experienced earlier in the year as a result of Ex-tropical Cyclone Seth, when devastatingly, he went through it all again just months later. This time the business lost 1,600 hay bales, internal and boundary fencing; 28 acres of hard-set irrigation systems were damaged or washed away; and electrical power connections were water damaged. They also lost 22 acres of lucerne crops as well as about 500-600 kilograms of their ginger crop.
With ginger crops being a mainstay of the family’s finances, getting the soil back to good health is key to recovery. Using the grant, Matt was able to employ fencing contractors and hire help to reinstall irrigation that was washed away in the floods.
There’s still a long road ahead for Matt and his family but the financial assistance grant has given this small-scale family farm the boost it needed to get things back on track.