BRISBANE, AAP – HIGHLIGHTS OF QUEENSLAND’S 2021/22 BUDGET
What the Queensland government will be spending money on, by sector, in the next financial year.
* $20.8 billion for Queensland Health operations
* Including $482 million to relieve pressures in emergency department capacity, elective surgery waitlists and for the Nambour Hospital Redevelopment
* $2 billion for a Hospital Building Fund with annual interest earnings to be spent on new hospital and health infrastructure.
* $480 million to continue the COVID-19 response including fever clinics, contact tracing, testing capability, vaccination rollout, compliance activities, facilitation of quarantine
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
* $1.5 billion, on top of an existing $500 million, for a new Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund with interest to be used by government firms to set up projects.
* $500 million for the Carbon Reduction Investment Fund with earnings to the used for land restoration
* $270 million over five years to maintain Great Barrier Reef quality
* $16.8 billion for Education Queensland operations
* $913.7 million for 10 new state schools to open across 2023 and 2024.
* $508.3 million for new and upgraded infrastructure in existing state schools
* $22 million for the continued provision of universal access to kindergarten
PUBLIC WORKS AND HOUSING
* $14.668 billion for capital works and projects
* $30 million to fast-track social housing projects and initiatives
* $23.7 million to support the housing and homelessness services
* $1 billion for new Housing Investment Fund, with interest earnings to be used for projects
* $80 million for training workers or helping them earn qualifications
* $100 million for a Business Investment Fund to help small and medium-sized firms innovate and restructure.
- * $73 million over four years to attract film production to Queensland.