The Queensland Budget will directly support Ipswich with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:

$954M for Infrastructure

for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 2,900 jobs in this region.

$750.5M for Health

for West Moreton Hospital and Health Services.

$157.2M for Education

to maintain, improve and upgrade schools in Ipswich.

Ipswich will also benefit from:

$166.9M for Ipswich Hospital

for construction projects to expand and improve facilities at the Ipswich Hospital site, including a new Mental Health Unit.

$51.9M  for Social housing

in 2021-22 to expand and improve social housing in Ipswich.

$7.3M for Skilling Queenslanders for Work

in 2021-22 to fund more training opportunities and increase workforce participation in Ipswich.

Restoring frontline services in Ipswich

Growth from March 2015 to March 2021


763 extra teachers up 24.9%


596 extra nurses up 47.0%


176 extra doctors up 58.4%


78 extra ambulance officers up 37.9%

Delivering for the Ipswich region


First Home Owners’ Grant

4,616 grants paid to home buyers worth $81.9 million to help them buy their first home in Ipswich.

(July 2016 to April 2021)


Skilling Queenslanders for Work

$40.6 million allocated to develop skills and provide training to 4,364 Queenslanders in Ipswich.

(July 2015 to April 2021)


Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund and Essential Goods and Supply Chain program

$58.9 million capital expenditure supported and 464 new full-time jobs generated in Ipswich.

(July 2016 to May 2021)


Payroll tax relief

489 employers in Ipswich received $17.9 million in payroll tax refunds, holidays or waivers to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.

(As at 12 May 2021)


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Catalyst infrastructure supports more affordable housing

The Queensland Government is investing $45 million for catalyst infrastructure in the Ripley Valley, supporting the construction of 10,800 new homes for Queensland families. This investment is unlocking more high quality and affordable land for Queenslanders, supporting economic growth for the region and helping to make Ipswich an even more liveable city.

New infrastructure such as the $15.9 million Cumner Road project is supporting 53 jobs during construction, with the government investing $5.2 million to complete the project in 2021-22. Construction of the $5.91 million Barrams Road will commence soon, supporting a further 20 jobs. These roads are for the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area (PDA), located south-east of Ipswich CBD and in one of the largest urban growth areas in Australia.

The government is also investing $15.2 million in the Oxley PDA to redevelop the former Oxley Secondary College site, supporting up to 50 construction jobs. Once completed, the redevelopment will provide new residential development and proposed retirement accommodation, while moving the new childcare centre to a flood-free zone and providing over 10 hectares of open community space.


Ipswich Motorway Stage 1 upgrade complete

The Ipswich Motorway upgrade (Rocklea to Darra Stage 1) is now complete, with the $400 million project widening the motorway between Granard Road and Oxley Road from four to six lanes.

The jointly funded investment by the Queensland and Australian Governments has eased traffic congestion and improved road safety, flood immunity, connectivity and efficiency for road freight and other road users. More than 85,000 vehicles use this 3-kilometre stretch of road every day, including 11,000 heavy vehicles.

Seven new higher bridges were built over the Oxley Creek floodplain, while a network of new roads and over 6.5 kilometres of active transport path have transformed local connections on either side of the motorway.


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 320 employers in Ipswich will also benefit in 2021-22 from the higher payroll tax threshold.

Ten new schools

The 2021-22 Budget includes $913.7 million for 10 new schools to open in 2023 and 2024, as part of the Building Future Schools Program.

  • 2023 – primary schools in Yarrabilba, Ripley and the Augustine Heights/Redbank Plains area, and a secondary school in Palmview
  • 2024 – primary schools in Redland Bay, Bellbird Park and the Logan Reserve/Crestmead/Park Ridge area, and secondary schools in Springfield and the Collingwood Park/Redbank Plains and Logan Reserve/ Park Ridge areas.