Miles Doing What Matters: Record cost-of-living for Queenslanders starts today

Published Monday, 01 July, 2024 at 01:05 PM

The Honourable Steven Miles

  • Miles Government’s record cost-of-living relief rolling out from today
  • As at 11:30am, more than 40,000 FairPlay vouchers have been snapped up, after registrations opened at 6am
  • $1300 in electricity rebates will be applied to Queenslanders’ electricity bills from today

Queenslanders are already benefitting from the Miles Government’s record cost-of-living relief measures which come into effect from today, 1 July.

$1300 will be taken off every Queensland household’s electricity bill, thanks to investment from the Miles and Albanese Labor Governments.   

For the first time in FairPlay’s five-year history, thanks to a $33.5 million investment in the budget, the Miles Government expanded eligibility to all Queensland children aged from five to 17 years.

A 12-month extension of 50% apprentice and trainee payroll tax rebate will begin from today and first year apprentices will be given a $1000 rebate to cover the cost of new tools 9backdated to 1 January 2024).

From today, all government fees and charges will be frozen and the Miles Government has already removed stamp duty for first home buyers to $700,000.

In the coming weeks, 50 cent public transport fares will take effect, the cost of an AirTrain ticket will be halved and the price of vehicle registration will be reduced by 20%.

This financial year, state and federal Labor Governments are working together to provide more Queenslanders more relief:

  • New tax cuts mean workers will earn more and keep more of what they earn from today
  • Workers will be entitled to an additional 2 weeks paid parental leave
  • And PBS medicines remain subject to a price freeze

Measures like these, along with Free Kindy, free TAFE and uplifts in funding to critical services like FoodBank, Meals on Wheels and homelessness assistance organisations, means more Queenslanders will be able to live more comfortably.

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Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“I am doing what matters for Queenslanders and delivering record cost-of-living relief.

“From today, every Queensland household will start to see $1300 credit applied to their electricity bills, plus $372 more for registered seniors and concession card holders.  This is my reminder to check your bill for the extra credit.

“In the last few weeks I’ve heard from lots of parents that $200 FairPlay vouchers are going to be a huge help, so it’s fantastic to see that more than 40,000 vouchers have been claimed.

“Good Labor Governments put people first, which is why all working Queenslanders will see additional tax cuts from today, as well as a freeze on the price of PBS medications.

“Very soon all public transport fares will be slashed to 50c, which will save someone who commutes from the Gold Coast to Brisbane for work at least $2100 over 6 months.

“I am committed to doing what matters for Queenslanders and will keep delivering relief where I can.”