QLD Budget 2020-21: Key Portfolio Measures

1 December 2020

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Health and Communities

As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing commitment to support the delivery of health services, $21.8 billion has been committed to health funding this financial year.

  • $1.2 billion for the COVID-19 response plan for services including fever clinics; PPE; contact tracing; 13-HEALTH services; costs of aeromedical services; and the facilitation of quarantine in government-arranged accommodation.
  • $979 million to enhance capacity and services at three major public hospitals in the South East Queensland growth corridor.
  • $526 million for the social housing capital program.
  • $265 million to build seven satellite hospitals across South East Queensland.
  • $171 million funding package for a Queensland Health palliative care strategy.

Education and Training

The Government continues to support positive learning outcomes and upskilling opportunities for Queenslanders.

  • $1.7 billion for the Building Future Schools Fund, which includes $346 million for four new schools opening in 2022 and 2023.
  • $1 billion over the forward estimates for school upgrades through the Great Schools, Great Future commitment.
  • $100 million over the next two years for the Works for Tradies program.
  • $100 million over the next three years to upgrade TAFE campuses.
  • $83.4 million for future skilling programs, including $32.4 million over two years for the TAFE Priority Skills Fund.

State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

The Palaszczuk Government continues to invest in infrastructure and capital works to support Queensland’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, develop the state’s regions and drive business-led growth. Key measures include:

  • $526 million in 2020-21 to construct new social housing dwellings, upgrades and services.
  • $180 million in 2020-21 for the Works for Queensland program to support local governments outside of South East Queensland.
  • $178 million over three years for additional youth justice infrastructure.
  • $110 million in 2020-21 to begin the Southern Queensland Correction Precinct expansion.
  • $148 million over forward estimates for the development of new stadiums and sporting facilities, and upgrades to existing facilities.

Transport and Main Roads

In 2020-21, the Palaszczuk Government will invest $6.3 billion to transform Queensland transport infrastructure, including:

  • $1.5 billion to continue works on the Cross River Rail project.
  • $715 million for upgrades on the Bruce Highway.
  • $268 million for upgrades on the Pacific Motorway.
  • $244 million over the forwards estimates to upgrade the Centenary Bridge.
  • $50 million in for Stage 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project.

Manufacturing, Agriculture, Water, Resources and Energy

The Palaszczuk Government has focused on developing local manufacturing and resources in the 2020-21 Budget as a part of the Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs campaign. Key projects aimed to boost employment include:

  • $600 million over forward estimates to build 20 new Queensland trains in Maryborough.
  • $250 million over forward estimates for Queensland-owned renewable energy generator, Clean Co, to build and operate the 102.6 megawatt Karara Wind Farm in the Darling Downs.
  • $150 million for dam improvement projects, including at Ewen Maddock Dam and Paradise Dam.
  • $40 million over four years to support the Making it in Queensland strategy.

Law and Order

The Government continues to support its public safety and invest in expanding the criminal justice system in 2020-21.

  • $590.4 million is allocated to the justice and public safety capital program.
  • $110.2 million (with $654 million over the forward estimates) for the expansion of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct.
  • $78.6 million for the construction of the West Moreton Youth Detention Centre, a 32-bed construction project.
  • $48.5 million for the expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre.
  • $39 million for new and replacement vehicles for the Queensland Police Service, plus $27.1 million for other equipment.

Environment, Tourism and Small Business

In 2020-21, the Government is championing small businesses and support the resilience of the tourism industry.

  • $1 billion in concessional jobs support loans, interest-free for 12 months, to support small businesses.
  • $500 million for the Backing Queensland Business Investment Fund, which will target investments in businesses that are based in Queensland and will create Queensland-based jobs.
  • Up to $196 million in Small Business Adaption Grants of up to $10,000.
  • $140 million to help small businesses to boost their competitiveness.
  • $40 million worth of support for the Great Barrier Reef, including for reef assistance and to boost eco-tourism.
  • $25 million in 2020–21 in the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
  • $10.5 million in 2020-21 (with $65.5 million over the next five years) to improve safety and disaster resilience across the state, allocated under the Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund.


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