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Queensland (Aus)-State Administrative Structure (Links)


*Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning

*Minister for Public Works, Housing and Information and Communication Technology.

*Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport


*Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts.

*Minister for Health.

*Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations.

*Minister for Main Roads and Local Government.

*Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Women.

*Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry.

*Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries.

*Minister for Mines and Energy.

*Minister for Natural Resources and Water and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland.

*Minister for Communities, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Youth.

*Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland.

*Minister for Emergency Services

*Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation.


Queensland (Aus)-State Administrative Structure (The Cabinet or Ministry)

Queensland has 18 Cabinet Ministers. Each Minister has a portfolio through which the various State Government departments and statutory authorities are administered.

Cabinet meets to determine government policy. All Ministers must take collective responsibility for, and must publicly support decisions made by Cabinet, regardless of their own opinions. Cabinet decisions requiring executive action must be approved by the Governor in Council to give them effect.


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Queensland (Aus)- State Administrative structure (The Legislative Assembly)

The Legislative Assembly – also known as ‘the House’ – has 89 elected members one for each electorate throughout the State. Members are referred to as MPs (Members of the Legislative Assembly).

The Legislative Assembly must meet in session at least once a year and a general election must be held at least every three years.

Federal representation:
House seats    28
Senate seats   12


Queensland (Aus)- State Administrative structure (The Governor)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on August 14, 2008

The Governor is the Sovereign’s personal representative and is an integral part   of the parliamentary system of government.

The Governor summons and dissolves Parliament, grants Royal Assent to Bills (proposed laws) passed by the Legislative Assembly and issues ‘writs’ for

State elections

Under the Westminster system, most Royal powers are only exercised on the advice of Ministers. The Executive Council, which comprises members of the Ministry, is the formal means for Ministers to give this advice to the Governor. When the Governor acts on the advice of Executive Council, the Governor acts

as the ‘Governor in Council’. The Governor in Council gives effect to the

decisions of the Ministry.

Following each State election, the Governor calls on the leader of the political party which has the support of a majority of Members of the Legislative

Assembly (that is, the party with the most seats in Parliament) to form a ‘Government’ to take responsibility for governing the State.

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Queensland (Aus)- State Administrative structure (The Parliament)

The Queensland Parliament consists of the Queen of Australia (the Sovereign) and the Legislative Assembly. Queensland is the only Australian State to have a unicameral (or single chamber) Parliament. Other States, along with the Federal Parliament, have two chambers of Parliament, commonly referred to as the Upper and Lower Houses.

Queensland did have an Upper House – the Legislative Council – until 1922 when it was abolished.

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Queensland (Aus) – Population and Regions

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on July 25, 2008

Queensland’s current population of over 4 million.

A smaller proportion of Queensland’s population lives in the capital city than any other mainland state. At 30  june 2004 the capital city represented 45.7% of the population; for the whole country, capital cities represented 63.8% of the total population.

The population is concentrated in the south-east corner, which includes the capital Brisbane, Logan city, Ispswich, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. Other major regional centres include Caims, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundamberg, Hervey Bbay and Mount Isa.

Regions of Queesland:

  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg,Coral Coast and Country
  • Capricorn
  • Wide Bay / Burnett
  • Gladstone
  • Gold Coast
  • Mackay
  • Outback Queesland
  • South East Queesland
  • Southern Downs
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba and the Darling Downs
  • Torres Strait Islands
  • Townsville
  • Far North Queensland
  • Whitsunday

Queensland (Aus) – Education

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on July 23, 2008

The Department of Queensland Education is responsible for 1250 schools staffed by more than 36 000 teachers and attended by almost 480 000 students. All state schools are coeducational. From 2007 a full-time Preparatory Year replaces Preschool.

The school year usually runs from late January to mid December. It is divided into two semesters, with two terms in each and vacation breaks for Easter, winter, spring and summer.

Queensland has nine of Australia’s 37 universities, including some of the largest universities, the newest university, metropolitan universities and strongly regional ones. All are engaged in both teaching and research and offer undergraduate and postgraduate studies to doctoral level, in a wide variety of fields of study.

Queensland Universities

Queensland (Aus) – Economy

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on July 23, 2008

Queensland’s economy has enjoyed a boom in the tourism and mining  industries over the last twenty years. A sizeable influx of interstate and overseas migrants, large amounts of federal government investment, increased mining of vast mineral deposits and an ever expanding aerospace sector ensure that the state will remain Australia’s fastest growing economy in the foreseeable future.

Between 1992 and 2002, the growth in the Gross State Product of Queensland outperformed that of all the other states and territories. In that period Queensland’s GSP grew 5.0% each year, while growth in Australia’s GDP rose on average 3.9% each year.

Queensland’s contribution to the Australian GDP also increased (by 10.4%) in that period, one of only three states to do so.

In 2003 Brisbane city had the lowest cost of living of all Australia’s capital cities. As of late 2005 Brisbane is the third most expensive capital for housing after Sydney and Canberra and just ahead of Melbourne by $15,000.Primary industries include: bananas, pineapples, peanuts, a wide variety of other tropical and temperate fruit and vegetables, grain crops,wineries, cattle raising, cotton, sugar cane, wool and a mining industry including, silver, lead, zinc, gold.

Secondary industries are mostly further processing of the above-mentioned primary produce: bauxite from weipa is converted to alumina at Glastone. There are also copper refining and the refining of sugar cane to sugar. Major tertiary industries are the reatail trade  and tourism.

Queensland (Aus)- State Administrative structure

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on July 23, 2008

There are three levels of government in Australia – local, state and federal. Each level of government is responsible for making decisions and providing services to the people to whom it is responsible.

Local governments: throughout the state are responsible for making decisions on local, town or city matters. Grass roots issues like street signs and traffic control, libraries and rubbish collection are the province of local government. While local governments collect taxes in the form of rates, fees and fines to pay for the services they provide, they also receive money from both the State and Federal Government.

At the State level, Queensland has a parliamentary system of government, based on a representative democracy. The people, exercising their democratic right to vote, elect Members to represent them in the Legislative Assembly, the only chamber of the Queensland Parliament. (Other Parliaments, such as the Australian Parliament, may have two chambers.)

Queensland (Aus) – Map

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on July 23, 2008 Queensland is a state of

Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent. It is bordered by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the South-west and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea  and Pacific Ocean. The state is Australia’s second largest by area, following Western Australia, and the country’s third most populous after new South Wales and Victoria.