We deliver innovative and economically responsible outcomes, and get the balance right between economic opportunities, the impacts of development on the environment and improving the Queensland way of life.
- Growing the Queensland economy
- Reforming the planning system
- Reducing red tape for the resources sector
- Providing certainty for communities and proponents with regard to land use
- Addressing the crisis of the Bruce Highway.
- Champion the interests of business and industry in Queensland
- Fast track delivery of major resource and industrial development projects
- Diversify and build resilience in regional and state economies
- Assist property and construction industries to grow and flourish through streamlined planning processes
- Re-empower local governments and their communities to plan for their futures
- Improve service delivery.
The department is responsible for delivering the following actions from the Economic growth and infrastructure development section of the Queensland Government's Six month action plan (July – December 2013):
- deliver statutory regional plans for the Darling Downs and Central Queensland (completed)
- release the Economic Development Directions Statement for Queensland Airports (completed)
- release a draft of the Queensland Ports Strategy for public consultation (completed)
- launch the second round of the Royalties for the Regions program (completed)
- conduct a review of the state's property portfolio
- progress the Request for Detailed Proposal for the Broadwater Marine Project
- release a draft infrastructure strategy for Queensland
- develop Governing for Growth, a whole-of-government strategy for economic growth over the next decade (completed)
- progress the development of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village at Parklands.
- commence the expression of interest process for the Government Precinct Redevelopment.
Since our establishment in April 2012 our significant achievements are:
- Meeting all commitments under the Queensland Government's Six Month Action Plan and First 100 Days Action Plan.
- Passing by Parliament of the Economic Development Act 2012, which establishes Economic Development Queensland, the department's commercialised business unit that will deal in land and property; coordinate infrastructure provision; and plan, develop and manage land in priority development areas.
- Implementing a blueprint to reinvigorate the Mary Valley by facilitating economic development and returning government land to private ownership. Seven of eight properties that went to auction in December have now been sold.
- Establishing the Royalties for the Regions program to benefit communities in resource regions, with six regional councils shortlised to provide full business cases for 20 projects in the first round of funding.
- Streamlining planning assessment and approval processes by reforming the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, with Parliament passing new legislation in November 2012; establishment of the State Assessment Referral Agency (SARA); preparation of the draft Single State Planning Policy; and preparation of the draft Coastal Protection State Planning Regulatory Provision.
- Identifying state planning powers to be transferred to local government to empower local communities; transferring responsibility for South Bank and Roma St Parklands to Brisbane City Council.
- Beginning the statutory regional planning process for the Darling Downs, Central Queensland and Cape York to balance the interests of mining, resource development and other industries such as agriculture.
- Delivering a rail solution for the Galilee Basin which minimises impacts on landholders.
- Appointing a facilitator for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port and calling for expressions of interest for the first stage.
- Establishing the GasFields Commission to better oversee the relationship between landholders, regional communities and the coal seam gas industry in Queensland.
- Establishing 'Infrastructure Queensland' to advise the state government on long-term infrastructure planning, prioritisation and ongoing management and maintenance.
- Restoring the Coordinator-General's power and authority to properly coordinate and facilitate major projects important to the state's development by streamlining assessment and approval processes.
- Delivering a 10-year strategy to upgrade the Bruce Highway.
- Providing support to the Resources Cabinet Committee to identify impediments to efficient resource development.
- Providing support to Assistant Minister for Planning Reform as the 'go to' person for the property and construction industry.
Read our strategic plan for more detailed information.