Create jobs in a strong economy

Economic growth that is led by private sector investment and business growth will result in more sustainable ongoing employment opportunities. Creating meaningful jobs is only possible with the combined efforts of government, business and the capacity and willingness of individuals to gain the skills needed to participate in the evolving roles across the Queensland economy.

The government's priorities:

Create jobs

Employment - Queensland

Over the year growth to the June quarter, seasonally adjusted.

Source: Actual data for 2013-14 and 2016-17 based on ABS Labour Force: 6202.0. Projections based on Treasury 2018-19 Budget forecasts and projections.

Creating secure jobs that come with fair pay and safe working conditions provides Queenslanders with the confidence and stability needed to spend and invest, which is the key to a strong economy.

For individuals, obtaining a meaningful job creates purpose and maximises the use of their capabilities, skills and talents, while allowing families to fully participate in society.

What do we want to achieve?

Support more than 60,000 jobs per year through key State Budget initiatives, from 2018–19 to 2020–21.

Interpreting the results

Overall employment in Queensland has increased from 2.339 million in June quarter 2014 to 2.401 million in June quarter 2017. It is projected that the overall number of people employed will increase by a further 190,000 in the four years to June quarter 2021.

Our target is to support more than 60,000 jobs per year through key State Budget initiatives, from 2018–19 to 2020–21. This measure will show how key Queensland Government initiatives are directly supporting jobs, as well as skills and training opportunities that are likely to result in future jobs.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government continues to roll out a suite of major programs to stimulate jobs growth and achieve our target.

Government's actions

  • Jobs Queensland has been established to provide an independent voice to government. Together with its partners, Jobs Queensland works to support Queenslanders into the jobs of the future by fostering a skilled and productive workforce now and in the years ahead.
  • Back to Work provides $348.5 million to support businesses in hiring unemployed jobseekers including the long term unemployed, youth, and mature aged workers, with the regional program extended to 2020 and payments to continue until 2021.
  • Works for Queensland supports regional councils across the state to undertake job-creating infrastructure projects. The $600 million program is proving itself a jobs-generating powerhouse throughout Queensland, supporting local jobs and providing a huge boost for regional economies.
  • Building Our Regions is a $445 million regional infrastructure program for local government providing funding for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state, while also generating jobs, fostering economic development and improving the liveability of regional communities.
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work has committed $420 million over 6 years for a suite of programs that support and develop the skills of unemployed or underemployed people, with a focus on:
    • young people
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • people with a disability
    • mature-age jobseekers
    • women re-entering the workforce
    • veterans and ex-service personnel
    • people from culturally and linguistically diverse background.
  • Advance Queensland initiative is our vision for the future and our investment in a stronger Queensland economy. Funding of $650 million is supporting jobs by encouraging innovation and collaboration in industry.

Increase private sector investment

Increase private sector investment in Queensland by 15%, by 2020–21

Baseline year is 2016–17.

Sources: ABS 5206.0 and Queensland Treasury.

Business investment is the critical driver of sustainable economic growth and employment. In Queensland 86% of jobs are provided by the private sector.

It is clear that the best way to achieve strong jobs growth is to support increased flows of private investment into the Queensland economy.

What do we want to achieve?

Increase private sector investment in Queensland by 15%, by 2020–21.

Interpreting the results

Total business investment was steady at $40 billion between 2015–16 and 2016–17. The value added to the Queensland economy from new industries, such as advanced manufacturing, biotech, aerospace and mining equipment technology and services, slightly increased between 2015–16 and 2016–17.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government is taking action to help stimulate private sector investment across the state and achieve our target.

Government's actions

  • Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund is attracting new businesses to Queensland and supports the expansion of existing companies.
  • Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is part of the government’s broader $200 million Jobs and Regional Growth Package. The $130 million fund will help facilitate private sector projects, which create employment and economic growth opportunities in regional areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges.
  • Made in Queensland is a $40 million grants program supporting our manufacturing sector to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.
  • Advance Queensland initiative is our vision for the future and our investment in a stronger Queensland economy. Funding of $650 million is supporting programs that drive innovation, build on our natural advantages, and help raise our profile as an attractive investment destination.
  • Queensland’s Exploration Program releases land to drive private sector investment in resource development, generating jobs and wealth for Queensland.

Engage more young Queenslanders in education, training and work

Young Queenslanders aged 15–24 years engaged in education, training or work

*Target calculated from the 2017 baseline.

Note: the age cohort presented is 15–24 year olds and combines fully and partially engaged persons.
Source: ABS Survey of Education and Work, 2013–2017

To create jobs and increase private sector investment, Queenslanders need to receive the appropriate education to meet the demands of the future economy.

The probability of getting a meaningful job is substantially increased if an individual completes Year 12, or an equivalent qualification.

What do we want to achieve?

By 2022, 91% of young Queenslanders engaged in education, training or work.

Interpreting the results

The number of young Queenslanders engaged in education, training or work can be influenced by a range of factors outside of the government’s control such as global economic conditions. The target to reach 91% of young Queenslanders engaged with education, training or work (by 2022) represents Queensland meeting the current national average.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government is taking action to give young Queenslanders the skills to secure meaningful jobs and grow the Queensland economy. The following activities support us achieving our target.

Government's actions

  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work has committed $420 million over 6 years for a suite of programs that support and develop the skills of unemployed or underemployed people, with a focus on:
    • young people
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • people with a disability
    • mature-age jobseekers
    • women re-entering the workforce
    • veterans and ex-service personnel
    • people from culturally and linguistically diverse background.
  • The Youth Engagement Project is implementing a range of strategic actions to lift student engagement and re-engagement, and improve the government’s responses to early warning signs of disengagement from the education system. The Project seeks to give all young people a chance to succeed by providing the right conditions for them to engage in education, training or employment.
  • Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. It also supports school students to access training and Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.
  • Back to Work provides $348.5 million to support businesses in hiring unemployed jobseekers including the long term unemployed, youth, and mature aged workers, with the regional program extended to 2020 and payments to continue until 2021.
  • Progressing the initiatives under the Queensland Government's Advancing Education: An action plan for education in Queensland, will ensure Queensland is positioned to more effectively support children to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities they need to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

Case study

Last reviewed
8 June, 2018
Last updated
23 July, 2018