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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    More teachers, health and child safety workers boost frontline services

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, November 28, 2016

    More teachers, health and child safety workers boost frontline services

    The Palaszczuk Government's determination to restore and improve services for Queenslanders was being delivered with hundreds of new health workers and teachers employed in hospitals and schools across the State.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Public Service Commission data for the June 2016 quarter show most of the additional 2544 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff engaged by the Queensland Government were in health and education.

    “More than nine out of 10 public servants are in frontline and frontline support roles,” the Premier said.

    “Boosting frontline services makes a real difference to Queensland communities.”

    “Access to world-class health and education systems is critical for Queensland families, and my Government is delivering record budgets for both health and education.”

    Health

    “In health, over 1080 FTE staff were appointed in the June 2016 quarter including 429 extra nurses, 125 allied health practitioners, 40 doctors and 31 ambulance officers as well as 173 operational employees and 283 managerial and clerical employees,” the Premier said.

    “Positions in Queensland Health have increased because there is extra demand for healthcare services and that’s why we budgeted for a record $15.3 billion for health this financial year.

    “Calls to Queensland Ambulance Service increased by about 5 per cent from July 2015 to June 2016, while emergency department presentations increased by 4.5 per cent and the number of Queenslanders receiving elective surgery is increasing by about 6.5 per cent a year.

    “We made a promise to deliver more nurses, doctors and allied health workers into our health system, and that’s exactly what we are delivering.

    “The Newman-Nicholls Government cut 14,000 jobs in its first Budget and 4400 jobs went from our health system.

    “This has had severe impacts on services across Queensland. My Government is determined to restore frontline services.”

    Education

    The Premier said more than 850 additional FTE positions engaged in the June 2016 quarter were in education with an increase of 251 teachers and 404 teacher aides.

     “Through teaching and learning, teachers play a critical role in our community and create new opportunities for young Queenslanders,” she said.

    “Extra teachers are supporting Queensland’s trajectory of improvement in learning outcomes in areas such as NAPLAN and QCE attainment.”

    Other additional staff engaged in the June 2016 quarter included:

    • 90 FTEs for firefighter recruits, rural firefighter instructors, bushfire safety officers and support officers;
    • 52 FTEs for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services including child safety officers and support officers, clinicians and residential care officers; and
    • 42 FTEs for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, particularly for the delivery of high priority road projects such as the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) upgrade, Toowoomba second range crossing, Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea to Darra) upgrade and Cape York Regional Package initiatives.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791