Queenslanders respond to anti-smoking campaign

The Queensland Quitline service has experienced its busiest month in seven years; driven by the success of a two-pronged State-Government advertising and legislative anti-smoking campaign. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland smokers were responding to the Government campaign, with more than 3000 calls to and from the centre in May, 2014. “They’re calling Quitline for advice…

Statewide celebrations and a time to remember

Queensland residents are invited to celebrate the unique and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during this year’s NAIDOC Week commencing today. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said NAIDOC Week celebrations and activities across the state, offered a range of activities for Queenslanders. Mr Elmes…

Workcover changes good news for growing local jobs

Local business owners may be interested to know that from 1 July 2014 the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme will have the cheapest average premium rate in the country for businesses and the strongest safety net for workers. As part of our commitment to re-building the Queensland economy and helping local businesses to grow more jobs,…

Government delivering on strong plan for Queensland

Creating jobs by growing the economy, improving education outcomes and delivering better roads and infrastructure are among the key priorities of the Newman Government’s latest Six Month Action Plan. Premier Campbell Newman said the July – December 2014 Six Month Action Plan being released today outlined a diverse range of initiatives to deliver on the…

Queensland Hospitals get the tick of improved patient satisfaction

A State-wide survey has revealed across-the board improvements in patient satisfaction with Queensland public hospitals and health care services. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the survey found three-in-four Queenslanders were satisfied with their most recent hospital contact – a five-point increase since November, 2013. “And one in three patients say they are ‘very satisfied’,” Mr…

Govt eyes ophthalmology waiting lists

Patients with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions such as cataracts will be major beneficiaries of a new ophthalmology blitz, delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. Premier Campbell Newman said the program would clear the long wait list of patients by 30 June, 2015, improving the quality of life for…

New online tools streamline training

Pursuing your dream career has become even easier with the release of two new online tools as part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to address skills shortages and reduce unemployment. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Queenslanders now had access to the Queensland Skills Gateway website and the myApprenticeship online portal. “This…

New water vision to boost economic development

A Queensland Government proposal released for consultation today will revitalise the management of water resources across the state to boost economic development opportunities for industries using water. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said he was keen to receive feedback from the public on a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement as part of the…

Energy rebates for pensioners and vulnerable Queenslanders

Energy rebates for pensioners and vulnerable Queenslanders Vulnerable Queensland families and pensioners will receive welcome help to deal with cost of living pressures from today, with the Queensland Government delivering on a key election promise. Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government was increasing a range of concessions and…

Record disaster recovery a boost for Queensland families

The biggest reconstruction effort in Australia’s history is now complete following the unprecedented natural disasters of 2011 and 2012.  Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the Queensland Government had worked closely with local councils to ensure the $8.3 billion reconstruction program was completed as quickly as possible, creating stronger communities across the state.…