Growing Queensland – more jobs, exports, produce, tourists, Queenslanders
The two-week Estimates Committee examination of the 2017-18 State Budget has ended this week. Queensland has created more jobs, traded more exports, farmed more produce, attracted more tourists and welcomed more Queenslanders since 2015.
The Queensland Government is working with local councils, communities, businesses, stakeholders and residents to create opportunities and restore frontline services by investing infrastructure, frontline services including record funding for health and education, and innovation.
Since the last election, 77,300 jobs have been created in Queensland.
The Budget’s focus is on employment and it will support 40,000 jobs over the next 12 months. Initiatives like Skilling Queenslanders for Work, Works for Queensland and Back to Work are creating jobs in partnership with business and local government.
As an export State, Queensland merchandise exports have reached a record $63.5 billion for the 12 months to May this year. This is an increase of more than $18.8 billion or 42% on the $44.6 billion in exports over the 12 months to January 2015.
In terms of the primary industries sector the total value for Queensland’s production for last financial year was recently forecast to be $19.95 billion compared to the $14.5 billion projection for 2014-15.
As a tourist State, visitor numbers continue to grow strongly. Data released last month shows Australian domestic overnight travellers are spending more than ever before in Queensland pumping $15.3 billion into the state economy, and 2.6 million international visitors pumping a record-breaking $5.2 billion into the State’s economy.
Next year Queensland’s population is expected to reach five million residents.
To restore jobs cut by the LNP Government and cater for the growing population, the Palaszczuk Government has delivered additional staff including:
- 3,170 nurses
- 1,190 doctors
- 3,095 teachers and teacher aides
- 330 police
- 250 ambulance officers, and
- 205 fire and emergency services officers