Historic Education Accord a step closer

A 30-year plan for Queensland’s school education system is a step closer following today’s historic Education Accord Summit. Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, said the day-long summit had exceeded expectations with the range of dynamic and positive ideas generated from 500 delegates to ensure all Queensland students received the best possible education.…

Government to consider OP review

Year 12 assessment and university entrance rankings are set to undergo their biggest transformation in more than two decades with the completion of a major review into Queensland’s Overall Position (OP) system. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the independent review had been conducted over more than 12 months, including extensive consultation…

Queenslanders staying safer at work

More Queenslanders are staying safer at work with new figures showing a significant drop in workplace fatalities and injuries across the State. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the results come on the eve of a new statewide awareness campaign, which reminds Queenslanders to think about their most important reason for staying safe…

Queenslanders choose cheaper fares

For the first time in Queensland’s history, there will be a state-wide reduction to public transport fares making it more affordable for families to catch the train, bus, tram or ferry. Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said feedback following a two-week survey and public consultation clearly showed Queenslanders wanted…

Report card shows positive tourism growth

Jobs have been created and Queensland’s economy has been buoyed by strong tourism growth over the past three years according to a new report card released at the third DestinationQ forum. Premier Campbell Newman said there were 27,000 new jobs in tourism and the sector had grown by $3.5 billion since the Government promised to…

Queensland continues to lead on jobs growth

Employment figures released today show Queensland has created more jobs than any other state over the last year.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today’s seasonally adjusted figures showed that 49,300 jobs had been created in the state over the year.  “In August 26,500 jobs were created in Queensland, a growth record second only to New South…

Strong ‘off the plan’ reforms for buyers and builders

Strong ‘off the plan’ reforms for buyers and builders Families buying a new home will be better protected and Queensland’s construction industry will continue to be revitalised under red tape-busting reforms passed in Parliament overnight. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Land Sales and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 built on the…

Domestic violence taskforce to consult Queenslanders

Queensland’s new Domestic Violence Taskforce headed up by Dame Quentin Bryce has been given five months to work out how to stop the escalating rates of domestic violence in the state. Taskforce Chair, Dame Quentin Bryce said she had found her preliminary listening tour around Queensland invaluable in gaining early insights into the issues and…

One week to decide fares or services

Queenslanders have one week to decide how to spend $30million of carbon tax savings with a choice of increased transport services or reduced fares. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said since the survey was announced last Sunday, more than 16,000 Queenslanders had already voted. “This week is the last chance to have your say and help decide how the savings should be spent,” Mr Emerson said.…