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Building safe, caring and connected communities

Our focus

Queenslanders seek a united, harmonious and inclusive community that is free from discrimination, violence, poverty and prejudice. The Queensland Government is working side by side with community groups to address the diverse needs of Queenslanders.

Our government will take the lead in addressing domestic violence and identify how improved support can help families and individuals. We will also work to provide laws that balance the protection of Queenslanders from organised criminal activity with the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens.

We believe a society’s quality can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable people. Our government will encourage strong and cohesive communities and support those Queenslanders who may need help to achieve their potential. We will actively assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with a disability and people from different cultural backgrounds to participate in the social, economic and cultural fabric of our community.

We need to build capacity and strength in our families and communities across Queensland, through high quality universal education, health and social services. Our policies must not only address inequality but also be vehicles for individual and community empowerment.

The Queensland Government will work to ensure older Queenslanders are able to lead healthy and productive lives, whether in work, volunteering or retirement. We will work to ensure access to a range lifestyle opportunities as well as care and support appropriate to their needs.

As the most decentralised state in Australia, we recognise both the strength of our regional cities and towns, and the challenges they face. Our government is committed to tackling infrastructure constraints and delivering projects that will be catalysts for economic growth and jobs.

We will achieve our vision for liveable communities by:

  • Ensuring an accessible and effective justice system
  • Providing an integrated and reliable transport network
  • Encouraging safer and inclusive communities
  • Building our regions

Key initiatives

Target alignment

The following table highlights how our focus on building safe, caring and connected communities will contribute to achieving targets outlined in The Queensland Plan.

Targets Jobs and economy Frontline services Environment Communities

T1 Literacy &  numeracy
100% of Queensland children have basic literacy and numeracy in primary school.


T2 Skills for life
All Queenslanders enter adulthood with life skills and broad knowledge.

Yes Yes   Yes

T3 Valuing of education
Education is highly valued by all Queenslanders.

  Yes   Yes

T4 Household prosperity
Increase the wealth of all Queenslanders while achieving Australia’s narrowest gap between the wealthy and the poor.


T5 Opportunity for all
Anyone who makes Queensland their home has meaningful employment opportunities and participates in their community.

Yes     Yes

T6 Community connection
Queensland has the highest rates of volunteering and community participation in Australia.


T7 Liveable regions
All Queenslanders are highly satisfied with the liveability of their region.

Yes   Yes Yes

T8 Growing regions
Double the regional population outside South East Queensland.

Yes Yes   Yes

T9 Growing prosperity
Queensland has the highest income, trade and employment growth in Australia.


T10 Bright ideas
Our brightest ideas have real social and economic benefits.

Yes Yes   Yes

T11 Life expectancy
Regional and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have the same life expectancy as other Queenslanders.

  Yes   Yes

T12 Disease and injury prevention
Queensland has the lowest incidence of preventable disease and injury in Australia.

  Yes   Yes

T13 Mental health
Queensland leads Australia in improving mental health and wellbeing.

  Yes   Yes

T14 Environmental guardian
Queensland is recognised as a world leader in environmental management and protection.


T15 Environmental balance
Queensland has the best balance of environmental protection and economic development in Australia.

Yes   Yes  

T16 Inclusive participation
Queensland leads Australia in meaningful community and workforce participation especially for seniors and people with a disability.

Yes     Yes

T17 Indigenous opportunity
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have the same opportunities and rates of employment as non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

Yes     Yes

T18 Liveability
Queensland is the best place to live in Australia

Yes Yes Yes Yes

T19 Tailored and timely infrastructure
The right infrastructure is delivered in a timely way to support economic growth and social needs.

Yes Yes   Yes

T20 Community governance
Queenslanders are highly satisfied with the ways governments deliver for their communities.

Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Last updated
7 April, 2016

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