Palaszczuk Government boosting investment and creating jobs

The Palaszczuk Government’s Department of State Development, Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning is driving forward new major projects, infrastructure and investment across Queensland.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the department’s 2017-18 Annual Report, which was tabled today, showed the Palaszczuk Government had boosted the major projects pipelines and attracted new industries and successful companies to Queensland.

“Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s success in securing the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 project is creating 450 jobs for Queenslanders and marks the beginning of a new high technology military vehicle manufacturing industry for the state,” he said.

“Just yesterday, months of hard work paid off with the decision of Qantas to choose Queensland for its first pilot training academy.

“The Department is also setting new standards by driving forward the state’s infrastructure and planning priorities to deliver inclusive growth for Queenslanders.”

Major achievements of the 2017/18 report included:

  • Investing $295 million through the Building our Regions program, which is generating 1762 jobs through 174 projects in 62 council areas.
  • Securing the headquarters for the new $101 million Defence Cooperative Research Centre for Trusted Autonomous Systems.
  • Six new projects generating more than 530 jobs over five years with more than $180 million in capital expenditure attracted to Queensland through the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.
  • Completing three industry roadmaps and action plans for defence industries, aerospace and the mining equipment, technology and services sectors.
  • Completion of ShapingSEQ, a framework for managing the region’s growth during the next 25 years and sets a vision for the next 50 years.
  • Worked with 18 priority projects, not subject to the Coordinator-General’s statutory processes, totalling $3.2 billion in capital expenditure and around 5000 construction and operational jobs.
  • Approval by the Coordinator-General of 18 applications and requests in State Development Areas, which could potentially deliver an estimated $57.1 million in capital expenditure, 159 construction jobs and 87 operational jobs.

The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s Annual Report is available online at:

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