Queensland’s $1.5 billion budget boost for skills and employment

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The Queensland Government, under the leadership of Premier Steven Miles, has allocated $1.5 billion to support skills development, training, employment, and small businesses in a bid to foster the state’s commitment to fostering growth and prosperity.

“I’m putting my plans into action – to support continued employment growth, and ensure more Queenslanders can get well-paid jobs, in high-demand industries,” asserted Premier Miles.

The budget encompasses a diverse range of initiatives designed to provide tangible support to individuals and businesses across Queensland, the government said in a media statement.

From grants and subsidies to employment programs and support measures, the government aims to ensure that more Queenslanders can access secure jobs and that small businesses can thrive in today’s competitive landscape.

One of the key highlights of the 2024-25 Queensland Budget is the investment in the Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training.

With additional funding of $203.1 million over two years, part of a total investment of $370 million, the government is set to kickstart the new “Good Jobs, Great Training: Queensland Skills Strategy 2024–2028.”

This initiative will provide free and subsidised training in priority areas such as health, social services, hospitality, clean energy, and construction, ensuring that Queenslanders are equipped with the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Cameron Dick emphasised, “The best way for Queenslanders to face cost of living pressures is to have a good well-paying job that also improves the State’s productivity.”

He added, “By providing more fee-free and subsidised training, and greater support for small businesses – including a major boost to their cyber security – we’re empowering Queenslanders to gain new skills, build a bigger workforce, and keep innovating and achieving.”

Another allocation in the budget is the $101.7 million Big Build investment over four years to maintain TAFE Queensland’s infrastructure and technology, ensuring that students have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Additionally, $81.2 million has been earmarked for Free TAFE Nursing, providing eligible Queenslanders with the opportunity to study the Diploma of Nursing for free, further addressing the critical need for skilled healthcare professionals.

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Lance McCallum underscored the significance of the government’s investment.

“The Queensland Government is backing more skills, more jobs, and more diverse and resilient small businesses through a record $1.5 billion investment in the State Budget,” he stated.

“With new and extended funding on the table, we’ll create more opportunities for Queenslanders to train and upskill, secure a good job, and contribute to a diverse and dynamic Queensland economy,” the minister concluded.