QLD Budget 2021-22: Key Portfolio Measures

15 June 2021

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Social Policy

The Government is working to address priority areas including increasing social housing stock and housing affordability, providing support to First Nations peoples and ensuring support for people with a disability who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  •  $1.8 billion over the forward estimates, and $502.6 million in 2021-22, to increase the supply of social housing and upgrade existing social housing stock.
  • $300 million will be spent to establish the Path to Treaty Fund to advance the actions in the Treaty Advancement Committee Report, with a view to establishing a treaty between the Queensland Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • $122.7 million in capital grants for the Queensland First Home Owner’s Grant scheme to assist those looking to enter the housing market.
  • $40.8 million to deliver additional social housing dwellings for First Nations people in Queensland.
  • $30 million over the forward estimates to enhance support services for those effected by Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) and $20 million to expand housing placements for DFSV affected persons.
  • $25 million over the forward estimates for the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund to support sustainable tourism as part of the COVID-19 recovery.
  • $20 million for the redevelopment of the Sunshine Coast Stadium and $15 million for the redevelopment of the Ballymore Stadium.
  • $13.1 million for additional youth workers in the Conditional Bail Program to expand the program to include Brisbane North, Logan, Townsville, Gold Coast, and Moreton and Caboolture.
  • $7.3 million for former clients of Disability Services who are ineligible to receive support under the NDIS.

Education, Employment, Small Business and Training

The Government continues to invest heavily in the Department of Education, Employment, Small Business and Training. Following the economic impact of COVID-19, the Government’s Industry Partnership Program will continue to support small businesses through their economic recovery.

  •  $527.1 million to the Building Future Schools program to construct new schools in growth areas of Queensland and $494.6 million to improve facilities at schools experiencing high growth.
  • $140 million over four years to support the Back to Work program to encourage Queensland small businesses to take on new employees.
  • $350 million allocated towards the Industry Partnership Program which provides support to small businesses and research institutions by supporting local supply chains, sustaining jobs, and helping companies adopt new technologies.
  • $53.9 million will be invested in improving air conditioning in state schools.
  • $47.8 million will be invested into improving TAFE infrastructure.
  • $39.3 million has been allocated for the Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program.
  • $17.3 million will be allocated to help establish links between industry opportunities and high schools.

Energy, Public Works, Environment and Science

The Government continues to fund the development of new energy projects, including wind farms, battery storage centres, transmission networks, and enhancements of existing power stations.

  •  $2 billion towards a new Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund to increase investment by government-owned corporations in renewable energy and hydrogen projects in the state.
  • $144.9 million to develop the Karara Wind Farm.
  • $73.6 million towards the expansion and renovation of the Cairns Convention Centre.
  • $53.6 million towards refurbishments and enhancements of the Callide Power Station infrastructure.
  • $39.9 million in funding to establish community-scale battery energy storage systems to be connected to the grid.
  • $37 million towards the Kidston Hydro Transmission Network Connection.


The Government continues to invest in hospital infrastructure and promote the uptake of digital health services to provide quality care and address increased demand.

  •  $103.5 million in funding for redeveloping the Caboolture Hospital with an additional 130 beds and refurbishment of clinic support services.
  • $105 million to facilitate the Satellite Hospitals Program delivering satellite hospitals to Bribie Island, Caboolture, Brisbane South, Pine Rivers, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Redlands.
  • $92.4 million in funding for Stage 1A of the Ipswich Hospital Expansion redevelopment including the introduction of new mental health facilities for adults and a magnetic resonance image (MRI) suite.
  • $79.5 million in funding for expansion of the Logan Hospital providing an additional 206 beds and bed equivalents.
  • $66.4 million as part of the Advancing Queensland’s Health Infrastructure Program to provide essential health facility and infrastructure upgrades.
  • $43 million to deliver a secure mental health rehabilitation unit through the expansion of the Gold Coast University Hospital.
  • $29.5 million in funding for the construction of the new Cairns Hospital mental health facility as part of the Rural and Regional Infrastructure package.
  • $20 million to address aging infrastructure at Camooweal, St George, Morven, Charleville and Blackwater under the Building Rural and Remote Health Program.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Justice, Attorney-General and Corrective Services

Following a difficult year including hardships experienced during last year’s bushfires, droughts, and the enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions, the Government continues to support the Police, Fire, and Emergency services. The Government is also expanding correctional facilities, including the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct and the Capricornia Correctional Centre.

  •  $320 million towards the ongoing expansion of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct.
  • $40.6 million to replace service vehicles for the Queensland Police Service.
  • $30.5 million for the replacement and purchase of new fire rescue and rural fire appliances.
  • $20.6 million to finalise the Capricornia Correctional Centre extension project.
  • $16.3 million towards the construction of the West Moreton Youth Detention Centre.

Transport and Main Roads, State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

The Government continues to invest in developing road and public transport infrastructure across the state and ensuring accessible travel.

  •  $1.5 billion for the ongoing construction of the Cross River Rail project which, when complete, will connect Dutton Park to Bowen Hills.
  • $200 million in funding for a 10 kilometre upgrade of the Pacific motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun.
  • $180 million towards the 26 kilometre highway between the Bruce Highway interchange at Woondum.
  • $148 million toward the Works for Queensland program to fund local governments to undertake maintenance and minor infrastructure works, in order to increase employment.
  • $135 million upgrade of 8 kilometres on the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill.
  • $119 million to enhance the accessibility of the New Generation Rollingstock train fleet.
  • $115 million in funding for Stage 1 construction of the Coomera Connector between Nerang and Coomera.
  • $107.7 million in funding, $371.1 million over the forward estimates, for a new ticketing system across state public transport.
  • $105.9 million for the Bruce Highway upgrade, increasing from four lanes to six between Caboolture-Bribie Island and Steven Irwin Way.
  • $98.3 million towards implementing two additional lanes to the Bruce Highway (Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3) between Edmonton and Gordonvale.
  • $86.3 million in funding to install European Train Control System signalling in the existing New Generation Rollingstock.
  • $79.1 million towards interchange upgrades at Maroochydore Road and Mons Road on the Bruce Highway.


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