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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    59,200 jobs created since election and State Budget will deliver more: Premier

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    59,200 jobs created since election and State Budget will deliver more: Premier

    Next month's State Budget would be a "jobs bonanza" for Queensland and build on the record of 59,200 new jobs created across the State since the last election, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    "These jobs have been created through the partnership and programs we have been implementing business and local councils," she said.

    "In our Budget last year, we launched the $100 million Back to Work Regional Employment Package, with the aim of supporting up to 8000 Queenslanders by assisting businesses to take on staff through employer support payments."

    "As at last Friday, Back to Work program, payments supported 1,850 businesses who have employed 3,818 jobseekers.  The majority of applications are for employees working in small to medium sized businesses. There are another 1300 applications currently pending assessment."

     The Premier said further success had been achieved through the $240 million Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

    "Skilling Queenslanders for Work was a program the LNP cut and my Government has reinstated," she said.

    "To date, 751 community-based projects worth around $124 million have been funded, assisting up to 27,000 Queenslanders to get the skills and training they need to gain employment.  The latest figures show that more than 7400 Queenslanders have secured employment after participating in Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

    "An additional $7 million under Skilling Queenslanders for Work has also been allocated to 59 local councils to employ about 560 extra trainees."

    In addition, the Government’s doubling of the payroll tax rebate from 25 per cent to 50 per cent is encouraging even more employers to take on apprentices and trainees.

    "Nearly 3800 businesses having so far taken advantage of concessions worth more than $24.7 million.  My Government is also focused on developing the State’s economy through job‑creating innovation, investment and infrastructure programs," he said.

    These include:

    -       a $40 billion four-year infrastructure program, with $10.7 billion earmarked in 2016–17 creating an estimated 31,000 jobs

    -       the $375 million Building Our Regions regional infrastructure program for local government projects, with $156 million provided to date for 108 projects across the State

    -       the $200 million Works for Queensland program to support local councils undertake maintenance or minor infrastructure projects, with 700 projects approved to date, supporting almost 6000 jobs

    -       the $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund, part of a broader $200 million jobs and growth package, to incentivise regional private sector projects, investment and job creation; and

    -       the $405 million Advance Queensland innovation program to help to create the jobs of the future.

    "Confidence has returned to Queensland over the past two years and the State’s economy is moving again. My Government remains committed to job creation and implementing its progressive and proactive policies to diversify and stimulate the State’s economy," the Premier said.

    The 2017-18 State Budget will be delivered on 13 June.

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