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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Queensland’s record exports growth boosts local employment

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, October 06, 2017

    Queensland’s record exports growth boosts local employment

    Queensland exports continue to break records with overseas sales in the last 12 months reaching almost $70 billion.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in the 12 months to August, merchandise exports increased to $69.8 billion and increase of $21 billion over the same period last year and a $25.2 billion – or 56% - increase since the last State election.

    The Premier said the increase in exports has helped create 115,400 jobs across Queensland since the last State election.

    “These export figures are in stark contrast to the last 12 months of the Newman-Nicholls LNP Government when exports declined by almost $400 million. As Trade Minister, Tim Nicholls cut Trade and Investment Queensland – the dedicated State Government agency to support Queensland businesses export and to develop markets for Queensland products and services,” she said.

    The Premier said a significant driver of the rise in exports was a significant increase in coal exports, especially hard coking coal.

    “Coal exports increased $3.89 billion over the year from August 2016 to $9.53 billion in August quarter 2017, this was the result of a significant increase in coal export prices,” she said.

    “Our agricultural sector also continues to perform well with total crop exports rising from $1.49 billion in the year to August 2016 to reach $2.48 billion in the year to August 2017.

    “A big driver of this growth continues to be chickpea exports which rose in value from $656 million in the year to August 2016 compared with $1.45 billion in the year to August this year.”

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Curtis Pitt, said another major contributor to the good exports figures had been beef exports.

    “Beef exports rose to reach $1.34 billion in the August quarter this year compared with $1.21 billion in the August 2016 quarter,” Mr Pitt said.

    “Although the year-on-year figures show a slight drop in beef export values, reflecting the challenges of drought and other factors, the quarterly rise is welcome news.

    “This is the second consecutive quarter of growth in beef exports following what had been a period of falling export values.”

    Mr Pitt said an estimated one in five jobs in the State were supported by exports.

    “The latest figures show exports are helping to fuel jobs growth and our achievement of generating 115,400 net new jobs since coming to office,” he said.

    “The export figures also show our economic plan is on the right path.

     “As part of our plan we have launched a five-year Trade and Investment Strategy aimed at boost exports even more. 

    “We want to see our exports grow because they mean a stronger state economy, strong regional economies, and more jobs for Queenslanders now and in the future,” he said.

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said there was no better example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to jobs than its $177.5 million Back to Work jobs package to support Queensland businesses, including exporters, recruit staff.

    “Back to Work is putting thousands of Queenslanders into jobs throughout the State,” Ms Grace said.

    “It’s already supporting more than 7,500 jobs and there are hundreds more applications being processed.

    “With support payments of up to $20,000 available to eligible employers, it’s providing the perfect incentive to help businesses hire while injecting valuable dollars into local economies.”

    Media contacts:

    • Susan McGrady (Premier’s office) 0488 996 667
    • Lindsay Marshall (Treasurer’s office) 0447 316 432
    • Martin Philip (Minister Grace’s office) 0427 919 548