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Creating jobs and a diverse economy

Our focus

Queensland’s future success and competitive advantage will come from harnessing the intellect and creativity of Queenslanders through jobs, productivity gains, innovation and new industries.

The Queensland Government is focused on creating jobs for Queenslanders by building employment pathways for today as well as for the jobs of the future. Investment in education, skills development and infrastructure will foster workforce capability and help grow the economy.

Queensland has a range of industries and companies that are major players in global markets. We also have a rich mix of entrepreneurs and small businesses ready to power emerging markets. However the rise of Asian economies, the impact of globalisation and disruptive technologies, and the growth of personalised service delivery all signal our need to innovate.

Our government will reinvigorate support for innovation in Queensland. We will help people gain the skills they need to thrive in a knowledge economy, improve collaboration between industry and our research base, and support the commercialisation of bright ideas to bring new wealth and jobs.

If business and industry are to flourish, we need to provide certainty and ensure Queensland is an attractive location to build and grow an enterprise.  This means providing a leading business environment and unlocking public and private investment in infrastructure. National and international investments will encourage entrepreneurialism and enable small-to-medium-sized businesses to grow and prosper.

Queensland’s competitive advantage also lies in our capacity to value-add and access key markets in the Asia Pacific. Our government has adopted a value-supply-chain approach to economic development, with a focus on identifying new and emerging opportunities and developing high-value, niche markets. This approach will help build a more diversified economy that supports a broad range of industries.

We will work towards our vision for economic prosperity by:

  • Increasing workforce participation
  • Ensuring safe, productive and fair workplaces
  • Stimulating economic growth and innovation
  • Delivering new infrastructure and investment

Key initiatives

  • Delivering the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program
  • Establishing Jobs Queensland as an independent statutory authority
  • Assisting young people into the workforce by getting them ready for work
  • Introducing Advance Queensland to reinvigorate research, innovation and entrepreneurship to create knowledge-based jobs of the future
  • Establishing the Business Development Fund
  • Delivering the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program
  • Holding regular forums with the Premier’s Business Advisory Council
  • Setting up the Red Tape Reduction Panel
  • Implementing a Locals First program
  • Establishing Building Queensland
  • Releasing the Better Planning for Queensland Directions Paper that outlines the Government’s proposed approach to land use planning and development assessment
  • Delivering the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on time and on budget and generating up to 30,000 jobs
  • Delivering a State Infrastructure Plan within 12 months of coming to office

Target alignment

The following table highlights how our focus on creating jobs and a diverse economy 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
18 May, 2018

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