The State Development Group is tasked with championing the interests of business and industry in Queensland and removing regulatory bottlenecks and impediments to investment. State Development is made up of:
Economic and Regional Development
Playing a pivotal role in the development of economic policy and strategies for Queensland, this area assists in enhancing the state’s economy by:
- gathering state, regional and global economic intelligence
- providing economic analysis to support statutory regional plans and aid investment decisions
- analysing the economic impact of major industry and infrastructure projects
- delivering the Royalties for the Regions program to help local government and communities manage the impacts of rapid growth in the resource sector
- developing economic and infrastructure frameworks to underpin statutory regional plans
- providing technical advice and support to government to inform work of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)
- strategic management of Regional Development Australia.
Leading infrastructure policy development for the state, this area’s responsibilities include:
- developing an infrastructure prioritisation framework for Queensland and priority regions
- developing infrastructure co-ordination plans for the Galilee Basin and other priority regions
- establishing and servicing Infrastructure Queensland
- providing technical advice to government to support the work of COAG and the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure
- preparing the regional infrastructure statement and plan.
Providing support to ensure industrial development in the state is unhindered, this area:
- prepares suppliers to compete for work on major infrastructure and resources projects and government business
- identifies facilities contributing to strategic industry development, e.g. common user arrangements
- facilitates logistics solutions to support growth in supply chains
- promotes Queensland as a location to mobile investors
- works with investors to identify sites, secure approvals and workforce solutions
- provides aftercare services to existing clients.
Resource Sector Facilitation
- acts as a case manager for major resource projects to assist with their efficient assessment, approval and development;
- builds on day to day experience with major resource projects to identify policy options and recommend solutions to make assessment of resource sector developments more efficient;
- supports resource sector proponents to engage local businesses to maximise local supply;
- supports the resources sector with engagement of communities, local governments and landholders across Queensland;
- identifies economic development opportunities in the resources sector to encourage investment in Queensland;
- assists with Native Title, Cultural Heritage and Indigenous services for high priority projects.
Resource Sector Facilitation also provides secretariat support for the Queensland Government’s Resources Cabinet Committee to deliver regulatory reforms for the resources sector.