The Queensland Budget will directly support the Gold Coast with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:
$1.3B for Infrastructure
for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 3,900 jobs in this region.
$1.8B for Health
for Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services.
$171M for Education
to maintain, improve and upgrade schools on the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast will also benefit from:
$1.044B for Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 3)
to extend the light rail from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads, with total project cost subject to finalisation of contract negotiation.
$120M for Gold Coast train stations
funding commitment towards three new railway stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Worongary/Merrimac.
$48.7M for Social Housing
in 2021-22 to expand and improve social housing on the Gold Coast.
Restoring frontline services on the Gold Coast
Growth from March 2015 to March 2021
708 extra teachers up 15.9%
1,330 extra nurses up 48.1%
345 extra doctors up 37.8%
98 extra ambulance officers up 26.5%
Delivering for the Gold Coast region
Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund and Essential Goods and Supply Chain Program
$76.5 million capital expenditure supported and 88 new full-time jobs generated on the Gold Coast.
(July 2016 to May 2021)
Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grants
$29.4 million provided to 3,291 Gold Coast businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, to help sustain business operations and build resilience.
(May 2020 to May 2021)
First Home Owners’ Grant
4,204 grants paid to home buyers worth $75.2 million to help them buy their first home on the Gold Coast.
(July 2016 to April 2021)
Skilling Queenslanders for Work
$28.9 million allocated to develop skills and provide training to 4,533 Queenslanders on the Gold Coast.
(July 2015 to April 2021)
Explore other Gold Coast expenditure:
New Gold Coast regional manufacturing hub
The Gold Coast’s new regional manufacturing hub in Nerang will provide local manufacturers with expert advice and support, helping existing businesses to grow and expand into new markets while creating opportunities for new businesses to thrive.
The Gold Coast hub is one of two new manufacturing hubs being delivered by the Queensland Government. Hubs are up and running in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Gladstone, with another on the way in Mackay.
The government’s network of hubs support manufacturers to become more productive and create the jobs of the future through technology adoption, skills and training, strategic business development and advanced robotic manufacturing hub services.
The hubs aim to lift productivity, increase international competitiveness and stimulate job growth for the state as well as attract private sector investment. The hub network supports the government’s $40.5 million Making it for Queensland strategy that continues to invest in local manufacturing for long-term economic growth and resilience.
$10M boosts Gold Coast health training
The new $10 million nursing and allied health training facilities at TAFE Queensland’s Southport campus officially opened in April 2021. Students are now being trained in new lab environments, refurbished classrooms and a modern simulated ward that enables TAFE trainers to use the latest technology in their teaching.
Delivery of the new health facilities reflects the government’s commitment to investing in Queensland’s health professionals, ensuring we give our future health workers the skills and training they need on the frontline for challenges such as COVID-19. It improves the career paths for local Gold Coast residents while delivering on Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
The new Southport TAFE health facilities are part of the Queensland Government’s $42 million investment to upgrade TAFE campuses on the Gold Coast. The milestone forms part of the government’s long-term investment of over $150 million to revitalise TAFE infrastructure across the state since 2017.
Tax relief package
The government provided significant tax relief to support Queensland businesses, landlords, tenants, pubs and clubs, including:
- payroll tax refunds, waivers and deferrals for eligible businesses, targeted at small to medium businesses
- a payroll tax exemption for wages subsidised by the JobKeeper payment
- land tax rebates, waivers and deferrals for eligible taxpayers.
An estimated 1,130 employers in Gold Coast will also benefit in 2021-22 from the higher payroll tax threshold.
$2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund
The $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund will provide cheaper, cleaner energy to power more jobs and industries in Queensland, while helping to deliver on our 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
The Fund will increase investment by government-owned corporations in commercial renewable energy and hydrogen projects, along with supporting infrastructure, including in partnership with the private sector.
Forming part of the new $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund, this investment will ensure Queensland capitalises on economic development opportunities and creates more jobs and industries through cheaper, cleaner energy.