QLD Budget 2022-23: Key Portfolio Measures
22 June 2022
- Treasury, Premier and Cabinet
- Education, Employment, Small Business and Training
- Environment and Science, Energy and Public Works, Resources, Agriculture and Fisheries
- Transport and Main Roads, Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water, State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
- Social Policy
- Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Justice, Attorney-General and Corrective Services
- Back to QLD Budget overview
Treasury, Premier and Cabinet
The Government continues to place emphasis on support for home buyers while also funding major projects of benefit to the State, such as the 2032 Olympic Games and other key infrastructure programs. Expenditure in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury in 2022-23 includes:
- $219 million for planned capital grants in 2022-23, comprising $123.2 million through the HomeBuilder grant – on behalf of the Federal Government – to assist with building, buying or renovating a home; and $95.8 million in 2022-23 to support first home buyers under the Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant.
- $150 million over 10 years, including $75.2 million over four years and $12.5 million per annum ongoing, for the implementation of the new Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2022-2032.
- $75 million additional funding over four years to establish the Go for Gold Fund (School Sports Infrastructure) program, focusing on new and upgraded sports infrastructure in schools.
- $59.3 million additional funding over four years, and $4.7 million per annum ongoing from 2026-27, for Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games-related activities across the Queensland Government.
- $16.1 million in 2022-23 for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s capital grants program, including $12.1 million for the Far North Queensland film studio in Cairns.
- $764,800 generated in revenue in 2022-23 under the Queensland Treasury’s plan to introduce three additional royalty rate tiers to the coal royalty structure from 1 July 2022.
Education, Employment, Small Business and Training
The Government continues to focus on developing infrastructure projects for new and existing schools, early childhood, and care services, while furthering TAFE programs to make skills training more accessible across the state. Expenditure in the Education, Employment, Small Business and Training portfolios in 2022-23 includes:
- $521.7 million over the forward estimates for the Building Future Schools Program to deliver educational facilities, with $117.5 million for new schools opening in 2023 and $253.8 million for new schools opening in 2024.
- $327.1 million over the forward estimates for additional facilities at existing state schools experiencing faster enrolment growth.
- $263 million over four years and $77 million per annum ongoing to support kindergarten funding reform to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for families, invest in disability funding and implement educational needs funding.
- $263.8 million over the forward estimates for critical infrastructure upgrades at existing schools, including $194.6 million for the Facilities Renewal, Special School Renewal, Contemporary Learning Environments and Discrete Indigenous Community Renewal programs.
- $109.3 million through the School Halls program and $22.1 million for the Shovel Ready program in 2022-23 to enhance education infrastructure investment across Queensland.
- $100.6 million over two years to support the delivery of Vocational Education and Training (VET) services by Queensland’s public training providers.
- $40.7 million in 2022-23 for the Annual Training Infrastructure Program to improve training infrastructure across the state.
- $39.1 million over four years and $12.6 million per annum ongoing to continue to provide small business grants and the mentoring for growth program.
- $34.8 million of capital purchases in 2022-23 for the continued delivery of Equipping TAFE for Our Future projects, and $8.5 million in capital grants in 2022-23 for the continued delivery of Equipping TAFE for Our Future grants.
Environment and Science, Energy and Public Works, Resources, Agriculture and Fisheries
The Government is looking to secure Queensland’s energy future through investment in renewable energy, with an additional focus on protecting the State’s natural environment, and supporting agricultural outcomes and ventures in the resources sector. Expenditure for the Environment and Science; Energy and Public Works; Resources; Agriculture and Fisheries portfolios include:
- $1.4 billion in 2022-23 for Energy Queensland to maintain its network capability and provide secure electricity to Queensland customers.
- $964.2 million over five years for the 10-year Waste Package to support councils and industry in meeting waste reduction targets.
- $300 million in 2022-23 for Stanwell Corporation’s generation plant and renewable energy facilities.
- $250 million over four years, with $25 million in 2022-23, set aside for land acquisitions and capital works to support the Protected Area Strategy 2020-2030.
- $239.7 million in 2022-23 to ensure Powerlink Queensland delivers high voltage electricity transmission across the state.
- $133.4 million in 2022-23 to ensure continued energy generation at CS Energy’s power stations.
- $122.2 million in 2022-23 through the Department of Energy and Public Works to deliver government employee housing, especially in remote and regional communities, to attract key frontline staff.
- $68.5 million over five years to implement the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP).
- $47.3 million in 2022-23 for capital programs developed by CleanCo Queensland, including the Karara Wind Farm and Kogan North Gas Fields.
- $2.6 million in 2022-23 to support the implementation of the Australian Government’s Pacific Australia Labour Mobility Scheme.
The Palaszczuk Government continues to invest in improving rural and regional health facilities and in revitalising aged care and mental health facilities across the State. The Government will invest $6.8 billion over four years to support the ongoing growth in demand for health and ambulance services, including $1.5 billion in total capital investment for Queensland Health. Key measures in this portfolio include:
- $1.6 billion over five years for Queensland Health’s new five-year plan, Better Care Together, to improve mental health, alcohol and drug services, as well as increase support measures for the suicide prevention system.
- $943.5 million over seven years from the Sustaining Capital Program to replace aging rural and regional health facilities and staff accommodation, as part of the next stage of the Queensland Health Building Rural and Remote Health Program.
- $270.3 million as part of the Building Better Hospitals Program, which includes $161.3 million for the Logan Hospital Expansion to deliver 206 additional beds and bed alternatives; and $82.9 million for the Caboolture Hospital Redevelopment to support an additional 130 beds.
- $229.7 million over two years from the Sustaining Capital Program to increase bed capacity across South East Queensland and to reduce time to commission a number of expansions of overnight beds.
- $117.9 million over four years to enter a new single 10-year Standing Offer Arrangement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
- $81.8 million invested by the Queensland Ambulance Service to enable critical infrastructure to support frontline services and improve pre-hospital emergency and non-emergency care.
- $63.9 million under the Rural and Regional Infrastructure Package to construct a new mental health facility at Cairns Hospital; a purpose-built Sarina Hospital with staff accommodation; and to replace the Mer Island Primary Health Care Centre.
- $46.7 million under the Advancing Queensland’s Health Infrastructure program to continue essential upgrades to health facilities, and to support infrastructure developments across Queensland.
- $21.8 million to establish business cases for a replacement of the Forensic Pathology Facility; Residential Aged Care facilities; condition assessment and compliance review; and long-stays complex patient accommodation.
Transport and Main Roads, Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water, State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
The Government continues to focus on developing fast rail infrastructure; completing upgrades to major roads and highways; and funding disaster recovery initiatives. The Government has also reaffirmed its commitment to delivering key initiatives under the National Water Grid Fund and Water Security Program.
- $797.1 million towards capital purchases for Queensland Rail, including $450.4 million towards projects that grow or enhance the Queensland Rail network.
- $675.2 million towards Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, to support local government authorities in reconstruction and improvements projects relating to natural disaster events between 2019 and 2022.
- $275.7 million over five years to detail and design the Automatic Train Operation on-board software and Platform Screen Doors for the New Generation Rollingstock fleet of 75 trains.
- $270.2 million towards extending the Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads, under a $1.2 billion scheme in partnership with the Federal Government and Gold Coast City Council.
- $200 million over three years to deliver activities under the Growth Area Program, including increasing housing supply.
- $199.5 million over three years towards priority regional water infrastructure projects, including the Cairns Water Security Program.
- $180 million towards expanding and upgrading the Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun.
- $122.3 million to Seqwater to continue the safe, secure and reliable water supply delivery for South East Queensland, and to provide essential flood mitigation services and manage catchment health.
- $88.2 million as part of the Works for Queensland program to support local governments expand job offerings on infrastructure projects.
- $31 million towards Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail.
The Government is working to address priority areas including increasing social housing stock and housing affordability and also social services, including family support and child protection reforms. The Budget also allocated funding towards the State’s major sporting facilities in preparation for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- $2.2 billion over five years for out-of-home care services in response to ongoing pressures arising from an increase in demand in the child protection system.
- $1.9 billion over the forward estimates for the Housing and Homelessness Action Plan 2021-2025.
- $470.4 million over four years to continue the family support and child protection reforms through the Supporting Families Changing Futures program.
- $282 million to deliver social housing dwellings and upgrades to existing dwellings.
- $186.1 million over four years to support Stadiums Queensland maintain the State’s portfolio of major sporting stadiums.
- $66.4 million in additional funding over four years to implement targeted initiatives for tourism recovery and growth with a focus on experience development, tourism infrastructure, ecotourism, events and First Nations tourism.
- $27.8 million to strengthen information sharing and collaboration on social services across the State through the Unify program.
- $27.1 million for social housing dwellings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- $24.2 million to encourage more physical activity among Queenslanders in line with key government priorities.
- $15 million to continue upgrades on key social infrastructure and construction program, including upgrades and construction to neighborhood and community centres.
Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Justice, Attorney-General and Corrective Services
The Government continues to support the delivery of frontline services, the provision of fire and rescue and emergency management and seeks to expand and enhance correctional centres across the State. Expenditure across Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Justice, Attorney-General and Corrective Services includes:
- $454 million to continue to expand the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct, increasing the scope by 500 beds.
- $49 million for new and replacement vehicles for police services.
- $41 million to progress infrastructure works for corrective service and support ongoing maintenance and replacement programs.
- $33.1 million for new and replacement fire and rescue and rural fire appliances.
- $23.2 million for the Public Safety Network.
- $13.6 million to continue minor capital works on courthouses.