The Queensland Budget will directly support Outback Queensland with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:
$770M for Infrastructure
for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 2,800 jobs in this region.
$467.3M for Health
for the North West, Central West and South West Hospital and Health Services.
$16.6M for Education
to maintain, improve and upgrade schools in Outback Queensland.
Outback Queensland will also benefit from:
$70M for the Building Rural and Remote Health Program
to address aging infrastructure at Camooweal, St George, Morven, Charleville and Blackwater and provide safe, compliant and contemporary health services.
$35.5M for Social housing
in 2021-22 to expand and improve social housing in Outback Queensland, delivered in partnership with the Australian Government.
$245.2M estimated for Recovery and Resilience against natural disasters
for the provision of financial assistance for capital works to disaster affected communities in 2021-22.
Restoring frontline services in Outback Queensland
Growth from March 2015 to March 2021
52 extra teachers up 7.4%
35 extra doctors up 51.7%
21 extra firefighters up 96.4%
15 extra ambulance officers up 20.7%
Delivering for the Outback Queensland region
Jobs and Regional Growth Fund
$24.9 million capital expenditure and 120 new full-time jobs generated.
(February 2017 to May 2021)
Building our Regions
$51 million allocated to 74 critical infrastructure projects in Outback Queensland, supporting economic development and supporting 283 jobs.
(March 2015 to June 2021)
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme Funding
$40.2 million in financial assistance provided to 1,359 Outback Queensland farms to help manage the impacts of drought.
(March 2015 to April 2021)
Works for Queensland
$27.8 million provided to regional councils in Outback Queensland to undertake 109 minor infrastructure and maintenance projects.
(June 2019 to June 2021)
Explore other Outback Queensland expenditure:
Early opening for new $20M Blackall Hospital
The new $20.11 million Blackall Hospital opened for its first patients on 25 November 2020, three months earlier than expected, to deliver a completely new facility with significantly expanded services for the Blackall and Tambo communities.
The 10-bed facility provides coordinated and integrated healthcare for the community. It includes more flexible arrangements for overnight accommodation for carers and families and the primary healthcare component of the building supports a range of clinical and GP services.
The hospital has been designed to meet expected increases in demand to help future-proof health services for the local communities. Built by St Hilliers Pty Ltd, the infrastructure project supported 60 full time jobs during construction.
Developing dinosaur tourism
The Eromanga Natural History Museum is building a new viewing gallery for Australia’s largest ever dinosaur fossil, thanks to $2 million in funding support from the Queensland Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
The museum, which showcases the incredible diversity of Outback Australia’s natural history, is using the funding to extend viewing galleries for the 30-metre skeleton of a sauropod dinosaur named Australotitan cooperensis, or ‘the southern titan’.
Since 2018, the government has contributed almost $23 million to 22 tourism infrastructure projects in Outback Queensland. Fourteen projects have been completed with another 8 projects underway. Collectively, the projects are forecast to create
278 jobs during construction and 131 operational jobs, attracting an additional 167,850 annual visitors to the Outback and $30 million in annual overnight visitor expenditure.
In addition, the Unite and Recover $25 million Queensland Tourism Icons Program has provided $3 million to 17 tourism programs in Outback Queensland, and the $7 million Growing Indigenous Tourism Fund has provided $1 million towards The Fringe Camp, which will provide unique cultural tourism and immersive ‘Desert Mob’ experiences in the Barcaldine region.
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 80 employers in Outback Queensland 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.