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Employing Qld

Liberal National Party

Getting Queensland back in business

• Raise Payroll Tax threshold to $25,000 over 10 years

• Raise threshold from 1.1 to 1.35 over 10 years

• Businesses with payrolls up to $6.75 million get a deduction

• Create 500,000 jobs

One Nation Party

Policy Handbook: Economic Development

• 5-year temporary ban on Payroll Tax for all new, innovative, start-up businesses employing up to 40 people established after 2017.

• Conditions include the business must be new to area and will not cannibalize existing business or markets.

The Greens Party

Qld State Policies – Tax and Rev

• Abolish Payroll Tax

Commitments CCIQ would like to see from candidates:

Commit to lifting the payroll tax threshold from $1.1 million to $1.5 million to create more than 2,000 jobs in the private sector.

Commit to progressively lifting the threshold by increments of $100,000 to $2 million over the 5 years following, at which time payroll tax should be completely abolished.

Commit to not introducing any new taxes or charges for business in Queensland

Liberal National Party

Getting Queensland back in business

• Reduce red tape by 20% over 6 years by:

-Measure the regulatory burden and establish a baseline to map progress against each target

-Appoint an industry representative to drive regulatory reform

-Set red tape reduction performance targets for Ministers and department heads

-Have an annual Red Tape Repeal Day set aside every year in Parliament for slashing bureaucracy

One Nation Party

Policy Handbook: Economic Development

• Encourage new industries to set up in Queensland through reducing red and green tape.

• Provide guidance to fast track establishment of business and direct access to government agencies to assist.

Katter's Australian Party

Rural Pubs and Clubs

• New discount licensing framework for pubs in remote areas who will only have to pay 10% of the current licence fee

Commitments CCIQ would like to see from candidates:

Set targets within each department to reduce red tape by 10% every year.

Set a ‘one on, two off’ policy by repealing two policies and replacing with one efficient streamlined policy.

Enforcing regular reporting by Directors and Ministers of Departments on progress of red tape reduction.

Make information on regulatory obligations and proposed legislation more open, accessible and easier to understand.

Reduce delays on approvals.

Tender for share of $300 million of Federal funds to reduce red tape for small businesses.

Australian Labor Party

Skilling Qlders 4 work

• Skilling Queenslanders for Work program will be boosted by an additional $180 million over three years totalling $420 million by 2020-21.

• Work Skills Traineeships funding to community organisations and local councils.

• Get Set for Work funding for community organisations to provide disengaged young people aged 15 to 19 years with nationally recognised training.

• Ready for Work funding for community organisations and school P& to deliver basic job preparation and employability skills over six to eight weeks to unemployed youth aged 15 to 24 years.

• Youth Skills funding for community organisations to assist 15 to 24-year olds engaged with Youth Justice Services and Queensland Corrective Services with nationally-recognised training.

• Work Start providing a one-off financial incentive of $10,000 to eligible private sector employers (includes group training organisations and non-government organisations) who offer a traineeship or apprenticeship to individuals who have participated in previous government programs.

• A Youth Boost component of $20,000 is available if the former Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant is aged 15 to 24 years.

• First Start providing wage subsidies to local councils and not-for-profit community based organisations to employ additional trainees.

Back to Work

• $155M extension to the program for 2 years in Regional Queensland.

• Implement the Sticking Together Program, where recently employed young people are intensively coached and mentored over a 60-week period.


• Extending the Young Tourism Leaders Program for three more years.

Queensland Made

• Assist workers to develop new skills to find secure employment in the manufacturing sector through the Queensland Workers Transition Scheme and Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy.

• Expand placements and increase industry collaboration under the manufacturing and engineering Gateway to Industry Schools Program

• Continue the $200 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund package to deliver jobs


• $90 million commit to revitalise TAFE Queensland over three years.

• $85M to redevelop and refurbish Townsville, Cairns, Mount Gravatt, Toowoomba, Redland and Gold Coast TAFE campuses

• $4 million for a new plumbing and fire safety training facility at Beenleigh with capacity for 700 trainees and apprentices

Liberal National Party

Getting Queensland back in business

• $5,000 Queensland Apprenticeship incentive for small businesses

• $500 Tools for Tradies vouchers

• $4,000 Job Start Incentive bonus for businesses that train and retain a young Queenslander for at least 12 months.

• Discounts on Work Cover premiums for small business.

Services, Science and Technology

• $3 million in grants of up to $100,000 to create STEM academies in schools

• $500,000 Best and Brightest Fund to provide assistance to state school students to help compete in interstate and international competitions promoting STEM projects

Construction Manufacturing

• $100 million to support 20,000 young Queenslanders into work as part of the Plan to Get Queensland Working for businesses to take on more apprentices and lower their operating costs

• Refocusing the State Assessment Referral Agency (SARA)

Generational Job Match

• Invest $5.25 million to provide greater incentives that address skills shortages on the Queensland Skills Shortage List.

• Partnering with industry to improve training completion rates with a $5 million training co-investment fund.

• Establishing a standing Industry Training Best Practice Council to work with the Commonwealth Government, improve training standards and ensure that course development is in-line with modern industry needs and expectations.

Pledge to invest $1 million to support the new Council, which will:

- Improve training quality and development by ensuring that industry has a seat at the table

- Increase apprenticeship take-up and completion rates through a trial of a common first year training,

- Establish a RPL (recognition of prior learning) industry standard that recognises previous skills for mature-age workers changing careers or upskilling.

• Revitalising Skilling Queenslanders for Work to provide a greater link with upskilling for employment needs

• Ensuring TAFE is focused on modern forms of engagement and course delivery methods.

One Nation Party

Policy Handbook: Economic Development

• Fund apprentice scheme for businesses for essential services, including hotel and catering

Commitments CCIQ would like to see from candidates:

De-risk businesses when they take on apprentices and/ or trainees through providing more attractive incentives, reducing the amount of red tape associated with taking on an apprentice/trainee, and providing more support programs for employers taking on apprentices and trainees.

Commit to tangible funding incentives to address unemployment, particularly youth unemployment in the regions.

Re-introduce the Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge.

Growing Qld

Australian Labor Party

Extending Works for Queensland

Invest $200 million into regional Queensland infrastructure through the Works for Queensland program.

• Generate local jobs outside south east Queensland supported by the program extension

• Build much needed infrastructure in regional areas in partnership with councils

• Improve the disaster resilience of regional communities.


• Commit a further $206 million to help fund the upgrade of the southern M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun. 10km stretch. 4 lanes to 6 lanes.

• Commit to a $25 million upgrade to Oxenford (Exit 57) Interchange.

• Invest $16 million to develop a business case for future upgrades of the M1 corridor between Eight Mile Plains and the Logan Motorway.

Back to Work

• $155M extension to the program for 2 years in Regional Queensland.

• Implement the Sticking Together Program, where recently employed young people are intensively coached and mentored over a 60-week period.

Queensland Made

• Provide $70 million of funding for Building our Regions Round 4 to deliver critical infrastructure for the regions

Gold Coast Train Line

• Build three additional stops along the gold coast line, Pimpama, Helensvale North and Worongary/Merrimac

• Up to $40 million each - $120 million in total.

• Construction beginning 2021

Bruce Highway

• Establish the Bruce Highway Trust to develop a new 15-year vision for the Bruce Highway

• Allocate at least $200 million per annum following the delivery of the Trust’s first Action Plan

• The Trust will identify projects on the basis of three key factors:

- Contribution to economic growth and productivity

- Building Flood resilience

- Improving safety

• Bring forward funding to duplicate the Douglas to Bohle Plains section of the Townsville Ring Road to four lanes by 2019.

• Gympie bypass – Cooroy to Curra (Section D) - commit our 20 per cent share of the project to construct

• Commit $30 million to deliver targeted investments in safety hotspots along the Bruce Highway

•invest $2.5 million to reduce the distance between charging stations along Australia’s longest electric super charger highway

Mackay centre of excellence

• Resources sector centre - $3.6m

Liberal National Party

Getting Queensland back in business

• Reform the Market-Led Proposals framework to make it easier to get investment in Queensland.

-Commit to a four-month assessment period, to give proponents certainty their proposals will be considered in a timely fashion.

-Better define the parameters around what types of Market-Led Proposals the government is looking to attract.

-Reform the Project Assessment Framework to relax the current uniqueness test and place more emphasis on value-for-money and ability to deliver.

•Reintroduce continuous improvement measures to fast-track approvals for major projects and set the Coordinator-General a performance target.

Dam Builder

Urannah Dam

- Build Stage 1 of the $780 million Urannah Dam

- Feasibility study within the first 100 days and will contribute $10 million to develop a $20 million Environmental Impact Statement.

- Once the EIS and feasibility study is complete, build Urannah Dam.

Nullinga Dam

-Contribute $10 million to develop a $20 million EIS to progress the Nullinga Dam project in FNQ.

Rookwood Weir

- Build Stage 1 of the $260 million Rookwood Weir project.

- Deliver this project with the Federal Coalition which committed $130 million to the project.

Burdekin Falls Dam

- Commit $10 million towards a $20 million EIS to raise the Burdekin Falls Dam by two metres

Haughton Channel Upgrade and Ross River Dam Pipeline Duplication

- Invest $225 million upgrading the Haughton Channel and duplicating the Ross River Dam pipeline.

M1 ‘M2’

• Build the Second M1 to bust congestion on the Pacific Motorway

• Commit $250 million towards $500 million new four-lane arterial between Nerang and Stapylton in partnership with the Federal Government.


$80M commitment to Regional Queensland to fund bridge infrastructure

• $35 million towards Boyne River Bridge Replacement

• $5 million upgrade to the wooden bridge at Running Creek to improve safety and road capacity

• $10 million upgrade to the wooden bridge at Coondoo Creek to improve safety and road capacity

• $6.5 million towards upgrading King John Creek Bridge at Elimbah

• $5 million towards upgrading Cooyar Bridge/New England Hwy at Cooyar

• $5 million towards upgrading Tchanning Creek Bridge/Condamine Hwy at Roma

• $2.5 million towards upgrading Harpers Crossing Bridge/Mt Alford Rd, Boonah

• $800,000 towards upgrading Springton Creek Bridge/Capricorn Hwy at Dingo

• $575,000 towards Wegners Road Bridge Replacement at North Arm

• $255,000 towards reconstructing Cran Bridge/Stockyard Creek Rd in the Lockyer Valley

• $100,000 towards resurfacing Mount Vexation Bridge at Emerald


• $1.5 million towards Oakey-Cooyar Road upgrades

• $1.5 million towards Bowenville-Moola Road upgrades

• $1.5 million towards Oakey-Pittsworth and Warrego Highway Intersection upgrade

• $15 million towards Mundubbera-Durong Road upgrade

• $15 million towards May Downs Road upgrade at Middlemount

• $4 million towards Peak Downs Highway passing lanes

• $6.5 million towards Donohue Highway upgrades

• $6 million towards Springsure-Tambo Road (Dawson Development Rd) upgrades

• $5 million towards Kilkivan-Tansey Road widening

• $2.8 million towards sealing the Alpha-Tambo Road

Sunshine Rail Duplication

• Duplicate Sunshine Coast rail line to deliver 150 extra train services

• Construction is expected to support more than 1800 jobs

• Commit $300 million and work with the Federal Government to deliver the project

M1 Ramps

•Invest $100 million to improve M1 ramps:

- Exit 41 (Yatala, Ormeau)

- Exit 45 (Ormeau, Jacobs Well)

- Exit 49 (Pimpama, Jacobs Well)

- Exit 57 (Hope Island, Oxenford)

Better Public Transport

• Freeze Queensland Rail executive bonuses until rail services improve.

• Contribute $20 million worth of state government land in Eight Mile Plains and South Brisbane to ensure the Brisbane Metro is delivered.

• Invest $10 million to explore extensions to the Brisbane Metro project.

• Progress a $2.5 million business case for a South East Queensland Very Fast Train network linking the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay.

• Establish a statutory Personalised Transport Commissioner and consolidate all personalised transport functions within the Department of Transport and Main Roads into a new Office of Personalised Transport

Sunshine Coast Hospital Link Road

• Invest $215 million to deliver the Sunshine Coast Hospital Link Road (total cost $430 M)

Brisbane River Crossings

• Commit $3 million to investigate future pedestrian and cycle crossings over the Brisbane River

Construction and Manufacturing

• $500 million in the Royalties for Regions program to build critical economic infrastructure in regional communities


• Cairns Smithfield Roundabout Bypass - build a $152 million 3.8-kilometre bypass road between Yorkeys Knob Road roundabout and McGregor Road roundabout north of Cairns.

• Cairns Ring Road - fund a $100,000 study into a Cairns Ring Road, partnering with Advance Cairns.

• Brisbane Metro - will contribute $20 million worth of state government land in Eight Mile Plains and South Brisbane to ensure the Brisbane Metro is delivered.

• Invest $10 million to explore extensions to the Brisbane Metro

• $65M to duplicate the Sumners Road overpass at the Centenary Motorway.

• Invest $60 million in a program of works to upgrade & improve the Mount Lindesay Highway


• $500,000 to Mount Cotton Road Duplication

• $5 million study into improving transport access to Brisbane’s western suburbs and Centenary Suburbs


• $30 million re-alignment of Liverpool Creek to Cowley Beach Road

• $20 million upgrade of Bowen Intersection Upgrade

• $3 million upgrade of Collinvale Road Intersection

• $20 million upgrade of Shute Harbour Rd Intersection

• $45 million upgrade of Mackay Northern Access Stage 2

• $21 million Curve Re-alignment North of Miriam Vale

• $3 million upgrade of Buxton Road Intersection

• $66 million upgrade of Gympie Approaches Intersection

• $80 million deviation of Meunga, Sunbeam and Lily Creeks

• $5 million upgrade of Svensson Road Intersection

• Fast track design and planning for the Goorganga Plains Upgrade $10 million

• $59 million upgrade of Currajong Creek Bridge

Mackay centre of excellence

• Resources sector centre - $3.6m

One Nation Party

Policy Handbook: Economic Development

• Publish forward program of infrastructure projects

• Work with IQ-RAP, Federal Government and State Government to prioritise scope of works and repair for road infrastructure.

• Publish transport infrastructure business cases

• Maintain inland roads

• Support federal government to increase Burkedin Dam capacity

• Support storage options in Fitzroy catchment

• Review dam level raising in SEQ

• Cost Nathan Dam and pipelines

Katter's Australian Party

• Hells Gate Dam

• Coalstoun Lakes Dam

• Gulf and Cape Cattle roads

• Supporting mining and agriculture through better transport infrastructure; Townsville to Mount Isa rail line

• Sealing the Hann Highway

• State ownership of the Galilee basin rail line

The Greens Party

Queensland Public Infrastructure Bank

• Create the Queensland Public Infrastructure Bank which would invest $10 billion over 5 years.

• Building or upgrading schools and hospitals in areas of need

• Building better public transport infrastructure, including securing vital future corridors

• Securing land for green space in rapidly growing areas of Queensland

• Investing in communities hit by the end of the mining boom

Commitments CCIQ would like to see from candidates:

Restore infrastructure spending to 4.25% of Gross State Product.

Get Queensland’s fair share of Federal infrastructure funding.

Build the vital water infrastructure necessary in Northern Queensland.

Invest in transport infrastructure to ease congestion in South-East Queensland.

Improve processes to encourage Market-led proposals and secure Private Public Partnership funding.

Ensure transparent and rigorous

Australian Labor Party

Labor is yet to release its costing to show how it would pay for its policies this election campaign or when it would release its "debt reduction strategy" as promised by Palaszczuk earlier in the campaign

Labor Costings

• Introduce 4 new taxes:

• Foreign Acquirer Duty – raising existing 3% transfer duty surcharge applied to foreign buyers of Qld property to 7% - Exemptions that currently apply will remain – expected to net $33 million per year

• New Land Tax category, applicable to large property holdings worth more than $10 million (excluding farms). Expected to net $227 million over three years

• additional 2 per cent of dutiable value would be added to the transfer duty costs for buyers of new cars with a price tag of more than $100,000, expected to raise more than $75 million over three years

• 15 per cent charge on the net wagering revenue of betting companies offering services to Queenslanders would also be enforced, raising $90 million over three years.

• 1% reprioritization measure across government spending

Liberal National Party

Getting Queensland back in business

1.Maintain a competitive tax environment for business

2.Stabilize debt over the economic cycle

3.Target a General Government sector fiscal balance

4.Target full funding of long term liabilities such as superannuation on an accounting basis

Commitments CCIQ would like to see from candidates:

Commit to ongoing fiscal operating surpluses.

A reduction in the public-sector debt burden over the next five years.

Capping growth of the public service to the rate of population growth.

Restore the state’s credit rating back to AAA.

Australian Labor Party


• Commit up to $48 million for a new Attracting Tourism Fund to provide incentives to attract new international airline routes and cruise ships to Queensland.

• Commit up to $36 million for a new Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Experience Development Program to assist communities to grow tourism

Queensland Made

• Commit an additional $20 million to the Made in Queensland grants program to support QLD manufacturing businesses

• Provide an additional $20 million to the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund to help move manufacturing activities to Queensland

• Establish manufacturing hubs to drive regional economies, initially in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton

• Continue the Buy Queensland procurement policy

• Deliver up to $10 million towards defence supply chain logistics hubs in Townsville and Ipswich

Advance Queensland

• Invest a further $93 million into Advance Queensland Initiative

Advance Queensland

• Invest a further $93 million into Advance Queensland Initiative

• Re-investing in Ignite Ideas program. $30 million over four years.

• Establishing a Regional Start-up Onramp Program to deliver 12-week training programs giving aspiring entrepreneurs the skills they need to launch and grow their company

• Creating pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander innovators to turn their ideas into reality.

• Committed to exploring the opportunity to unlock spare capacity in the Queensland Government-owned fibre network – which stretches over 4,000 kilometres – to deliver faster and cheaper internet access for regional Queensland.

• A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will also commit $15 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to the Sunshine Coast Council’s game-changing Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable Project to generate local business, new investment and improve digital capacity for Queensland.

Liberal National Party

Getting Queensland back in business

• Buy Local Price Match Guarantee policy:

1. Give priority to local contractors and suppliers through Buy Local Price Match Guarantee policy

2. Develop a Queensland goods and services procurement index

3. Set Queensland Government local purchasing targets and improve the capability of Queensland businesses to win more government work

4. Mandate a Local Content Plan for construction projects over $100 million. Local Content Plans will be assessed against how the principal contractor will increase the capability of the local contracting industry.

International Flight

• Commit to an additional $10 million into the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund and restoring the AAIF as the key driver for securing additional international flights to Queensland.

• Quarantine a minimum of 40 per cent of the AAIF to ensure key destinations in regional Queensland such as Cairns and the Whitsundays don’t miss out to their competitors in the southeast.

Services, Sciences and Technology

• Developing regional METS (mining equipment, technology and services) hubs to export professional services and home grown expertise in Townsville (minerals), Mackay (coal) and Toowoomba (gas) through Trade and Investment Queensland

• Boost local manufacturing in Wide Bay and North Queensland, by working with established businesses and research academics as part of a $3 million program focusing on making homes and businesses more resilient in disaster prone communities.

• Supporting start-ups and innovation incubators with a $2 million partnership

• Maintaining Advance Queensland funding

• Improving WiFi access to promote key tourism destinations with a $3 million investment to roll-out over 500 hot spots

Construction and Manufacturing

• $5 million to develop, implement and execute a dedicated Queensland defence assets export plan.

• $8 million to facilitate supply chain depth and development through strategic alliances and partnerships

• $10 million to develop a strategic cyber warfare and cyber security capability amongst key Defence Industry Primes, SMEs and Queensland Universities.

• $7 million to support Queensland SME product development and supply chain capability, readiness and integration.

• $5 million to create and support the work of the Queensland Defence Industry Advisory Council.

One National Party

Policy Handbook: Economic Development

• Decentralize the Queensland Government over ten years into regional model government

• Commit to Buy Local policies

Commitments CCIQ would like to see from candidates:

Allow for small business clusters and partnerships for government tenders.

Develop innovation policy that encompasses all components and industries of the business ecosystem.

Target innovation strategies towards regional industries.

Provide infrastructure to allow business to grow and innovate.

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