Miles Budget Builds Stronger, Supported Communities

JOINT STATEMENT
  • $2.3 billion plus to help Queenslanders with cost-of-living pressures and support for families
  • More than $100 million over four years to boost the state’s screen industry and invest in the state’s cultural institutions, infrastructure and programming
  • $23 million over four years to improving life outcomes for First Nations Queenslanders and supporting truth-telling

The 2024-25 State Budget delivers record cost-of-living supports, including $2.3 billion in energy rebates benefiting every household and $20 million over four years to ease cost of living pressures and support vulnerable families.

With Queenslanders facing financial hardship, the Miles Government is helping families through $3.3 million for emergency relief providers and $2.2 million for the continuation of financial resilience support services, delivered in partnership with community‑based organisations.

More than $5.4 million over two years will help combat the effects of isolation and loneliness, including a Social Prescribing trial in partnership with selected Neighbourhood Centres.

Veterans and their families will continue to be supported, with $4.9 million over four years and $1.2 million per annum ongoing so that the Queensland Veterans’ Council can advise the Queensland Government on matters important to veterans.

More than $23 million will support First Nations Queenslanders, through Closing the Gap initiatives, wellbeing and community safety programs, and includes support to take further steps on the truth-telling and healing journey.

This includes $11.2 million over four years to support locally led wellbeing and community safety programs for First Nations communities, sector strengthening initiatives and continued work through the Doomadgee Place Based Partnership and related programs.

As part of this support for First Nations Queenslanders, the State Budget also includes $6.3 million to help community members to tell their stories to the Truth-telling and Healing Inquiry and provide for staff wellbeing. As well, $5.5 million over the three years of the Inquiry will provide easier access to government records held by the Queensland State Archives.

New investment of $46 million over three years through the State Budget will work to future proof Queensland’s leading cultural infrastructure, including supporting critical asset and safety management work across the heritage-listed Queensland Cultural Centre and project management and technical advice for the new theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Nearly $8.2 million over two years will support the construction of the Coen Art Centre, as a place for community and storytelling, where skills can be developed, and cultural maintenance is supported. Almost $5 million over three years will deliver critical asset renewal work at Queensland Museum’s Cobb + Co in Toowoomba and the Queensland Museum Rail Workshops in Ipswich.

New investment of $38 million this budget will continue to strengthen the state’s screen industry and support critical incentives including the Production Attract Strategy; Post and Digital Effects; and Digital Games Program. These incentives will deliver a pipeline of productions and projects for Queensland and will cement our state as a destination of choice for screen production.

As stated by Premier Steven Miles:

“I am doing what matters for Queenslanders, which is why today’s budget has delivered record cost-of-living relief for our communities.

“Making sure everyone has a safe place to call home, can keep the lights and put food on the table is a key priority for me.

“Additionally, my first budget as Premier is ensuring we continue to work in partnership with First Nations communities to improve life outcomes. That will be done by bolstering Closing the Gaps initiatives, community and safety programs and more support for Queensland’s First Nations communities.”

As stated by Treasurer Cameron Dick:

“We know increased cost of living is hitting across Australia, this is why the Miles Government has invested significantly in areas that will provide direct relief for Queenslanders across the State.

“We are also investing in drivers of economic and social opportunity, from honouring the rich and cultural history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to leveraging a compelling screen industry.

As stated by Minister Leeanne Enoch:

“The Miles Government is committed to supporting all Queenslanders through cost-of-living relief and investment in creating a better future for all.”

“We’ve continued investment in community services such as the School and Community Food Relief Program to provide education about affordable, nutritious and healthy food options for families with school-aged children, to help create happier children who can focus on their schoolwork and sporting and creative activities.”

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