The 2023–24 Queensland Budget supports good jobs, provides better services for all Queenslanders and protects our great lifestyle. In Wide Bay it provides:

$1.9B on infrastructure

for productivity enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 5,200 jobs in this region.

$849.2M on health 

for the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

$56.1M on education

to maintain, improve and upgrade schools in the Wide Bay.

$71.1M for disaster recovery

and betterment projects to local government assets impacted by disaster events between 2019 and 2023. Delivered in partnership with the Australian Government.

$65.8M for social housing

to expand and improve social housing in the Wide Bay.

$8.1M for Skilling Queenslanders for Work

to fund more training opportunities and increase workforce participation.

Delivering better services for the Wide Bay region

Growth from March 2015 to March 2023


426 extra nurses up 27.2%


157 extra doctors up 42.1%

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75 extra ambulance officers up 30.1%

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58 extra firefighters up 54%

Delivering for the WIDE BAY REGION

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Back to Work

$57.9 million of payments have been paid to 2,345 employers in the Wide Bay to employ 5,186 eligible unemployed jobseekers. 

(July 2016 to April 2023)

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Apprentice and Trainee Payroll Tax Rebate

$4.1 million of rebates claimed by 304 businesses to reinvest into their business and support employment in the Wide Bay.

(July 2015 to May 2023)

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Building our Regions

$44.3 million allocated to 28 projects for critical infrastructure in the Wide Bay, supporting an estimated 436 jobs. This has leveraged further financial co-contributions statewide of over $539 million from local governments, the Australian Government, and other organisations, with a total capital expenditure value of over $887 million.

(March 2015 to September 2024)

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First Home Owner Grant

2,546 grants worth $43.2 million paid to home buyers to help them buy their first home in the Wide Bay.

(July 2015 to April 2023)

Jobs boost in Maryborough for building new train fleet


Credit: Department of Transport and Main Roads

A significant boost in manufacturing jobs is expected in the Maryborough region, with the construction of a purpose-built train manufacturing facility at Torbanlea as a part of the Queensland Government’s $4.869 billion Queensland Train Manufacturing Program.

The program will build 65 new six-car passenger trains at the facility, with construction set to start in late 2023. It has been established to meet the increasing demand for rail transport in South East Queensland over the next 10 years. As part of the program, a new rail facility for the stabling and maintenance of trains will also be constructed at Ormeau on the Gold Coast.

Construction of the facilities and the manufacture of trains is estimated to support 1,200 jobs. The program brings with it a pipeline of training and development opportunities to Queensland.


Total concessions in 2023-24


Total capital program over 4 years


Total health funding in 2023-24


Jobs supported by the capital program in 2023-24


Investment in regional Queensland supported by coal royalties

over $16B

Percentage of capital spend outside of greater Brisbane in 2023-24


Additional funding for social housing infrastructure and housing and homelessness support over 5 years

over $1.2B

Total capital investment to support the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan over 4 years