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Protecting the environment

Our focus

The Queensland Government has re-engaged with the vital issue of environmental protection and we acknowledge our role as stewards of Queensland’s unique natural assets. Stakeholder consultation will inform our actions and we will continue to advocate Queensland’s priorities to the Commonwealth Government and internationally. Nowhere is this more apparent than our actions to protect and safeguard the Great Barrier Reef.

Queensland’s economic future depends on our environment being healthy and robust. Economic growth should complement our environment and seek to rebuild its sustainability, not degrade it.

Our government is committed to sustainable development based on sound science. We will work with stakeholders to address the long-term threat that climate change presents to Queensland’s economy, communities and ecosystems.  

Queensland has the greatest levels of biodiversity in Australia. We will work with scientists and other stakeholders to protect our plant and animal species, and manage habitat by minimising our waste and enforcing environmental standards for air, land and waterway pollution.

We will also promote the conservation of fauna, flora, ecosystems and genetic diversity through a comprehensive national park and protected area estate, world heritage listing, and conservation agreements on private land.

We will achieve our vision for strong environmental protection by:

  • Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
  • Conserving nature and heritage
  • Ensuring sustainable management of natural resources
  • Enabling responsible development

Key initiatives

Target alignment

The following table highlights how our focus on protecting the environment 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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