Queensland Government
Overview
Established10 December 1859 (1859-12-10)
StateQueensland
CountryAustralia
LeaderPremier
Steven Miles
Appointed byGovernor
Jeannette Young
Main organCabinet
Responsible toParliament of Queensland
HeadquartersBrisbane
Websiteqld.gov.au

The Queensland Government is formed by the party or group of parties that has a majority in the Queensland Legislative Assembly and has been appointed by the governor to form a government.[1] They govern the parliamentary constitutional monarchy of the Australian state of Queensland through passing laws in the Legislative Assembly and through executive actions taken as ministers. The first government of Queensland was formed in 1859 when Queensland separated from New South Wales under a new Constitution, which has now been amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Queensland has been a state of Australia, with the Constitution of Australia regulating the relationships between all state and territory governments and the Australian Government. Under the Australian Constitution, all states (including Queensland) ceded powers relating to certain matters to the federal government.

Queensland's system of government is influenced by the Westminster system and Australia's federal system of government. The Governor of Queensland, as the representative of Charles III, King of Australia, holds nominal executive power, although in practice only performs ceremonial duties, with de facto executive power lying with the Premier and Cabinet. The Cabinet of Queensland is the government's chief policy-making organ, and consists of the Premier and all ministers.

Headquarters of all government agencies are located throughout the capital city of Brisbane, with most at 1 William Street, a purpose-built skyscraper leased by the government in the Brisbane CBD.

Executive and judicial powers

Further information: Politics of Queensland

Queensland is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of Queensland, which consists of the King, represented by the Governor of Queensland, and the one House, the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers.

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of Queensland and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of Queensland and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.

Current Ministry

Main articles: Miles ministry and Opposition (Queensland)

Portrait Minister Portfolio Took office Left office Duration of tenure Party Electorate
Cabinet Ministers
Steven Miles 15 December 2023 Incumbent 40 days Labor Murrumba
Cameron Dick
15 December 2023 Incumbent 40 days Labor Woodridge
Grace Grace
  • Minister for State Development and Infrastructure
  • Minister for Industrial Relations
  • Minister for Racing
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor McConnel
Shannon Fentiman 18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Waterford
Yvette D'Ath
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Redcliffe
Mick de Brenni
  • Minister for Energy and Clean Economy Jobs
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Springwood
Meaghan Scanlon
  • Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning
  • Minister for Public Works
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Gaven
Mark Ryan
  • Minister for Police and Community Safety
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Morayfield
Leeanne Enoch
  • Minister for Treaty
  • Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Minister for Communities
  • Minister for the Arts
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Algester
Di Farmer
  • Minister for Education
  • Minister for Youth Justice
18 May 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Bulimba
Mark Furner
  • Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
  • Minister for Rural Communities
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Ferny Grove
Glenn Butcher
  • Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing
  • Minister for Water
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Gladstone
Scott Stewart
  • Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Townsville
Leanne Linard
  • Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Minister for Science and Innovation
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Nudgee
Nikki Boyd
  • Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery
  • Minister for Corrective Services
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Pine Rivers
Bart Mellish
  • Minister for Transport and Main Roads
  • Minister for Digital Services
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Aspley
Lance McCallum
  • Minister for Employment and Small Business
  • Minister for Training and Skills Development
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Bundamba
Charis Mullen
  • Minister for Child Safety
  • Minister for Seniors and Disability Services
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Jordan
Michael Healy
  • Minister for Tourism and Sport
21 December 2023 Incumbent 34 days Labor Cairns
Assistant Ministers[2][3]
Bruce Saunders
  • Assistant Minister for Train Manufacturing, Regional Development and Jobs
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Maryborough
Julieanne Gilbert
  • Assistant Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Industrial Relations and Racing
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Mackay
Brittany Lauga
  • Assistant Minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Keppel
Ali King
  • Assistant Minister for Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Pumicestone
Jennifer Howard
  • Assistant Minister for Treasury, Trade and Investment
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Ipswich
Shane King
  • Assistant Minister for Clean Economy Jobs
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Kurwongbah
Corrine McMillan
  • Assistant Minister for Education and Youth Justice
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Mansfield
Jimmy Sullivan
  • Assistant Minister for Justice and Veterans' Affairs
18 December 2023 Incumbent 37 days Labor Stafford
Portfolio Shadow Minister State Electorate Year Elected Years in Parliament Image
Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Tourism
Shadow Minister for Olympics and Paralympics

State Member for Broadwater (2017–)

David Crisafulli MP Broadwater 2017 5
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
Shadow Minister for Olympic and Paralympic Infrastructure and Jobs
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations

State Member for Kawana (2009–)

Jarrod Bleijie MP Kawana 2009 13
Shadow Minister for Finance and Better Regulation
Shadow Minister for Integrity in Government

State Member for Maroochydore (1992–)

Fiona Simpson MP Maroochydore 1992 30
Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade

State Member for Toowoomba South (2016–)

David Janetzki MP Toowoomba South 2016 6
Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
Shadow Minister for Medical Research
Shadow Minister for Women

State Member for Mudgeeraba (2009–)

Ros Bates MP Mudgeeraba 2009 13
Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services
Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Affairs

State Member for Burdekin (2015–)

Dale Last MP Burdekin 2015 7
Shadow Minister for Customer Service
Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads

State Member for Chatsworth (2012–)

Steve Minnikin MP Chatsworth 2012 10
Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Minister for Justice
Shadow Minister for CBD Activation

State Member for Clayfield (2006–)

Tim Nicholls MP Clayfield 2006 16
Shadow Minister for Education
Shadow Minister for the Arts

State Member for Moggill (2015–)

Dr Christian Rowan MP Moggill 2015 7
Shadow Minister for Water and the Construction of Dams
Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing

State Member for Nanango (2009–)

Deb Frecklington MP Nanango 2009 13
Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

State Member for Condamine (2015–)

Pat Weir MP Condamine 2015 7
Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works
Shadow Minister for Sport and Racing
Shadow Minister for Olympic and Paralympic Sport and Regional Engagement

State Member for Everton (2009–)

Tim Mander MP Everton 2009 13
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

State Member for Gympie (2015–)

Tony Perrett MP Gympie 2015 7
Shadow Minister for Local Government
Shadow Minister for Disaster Recovery
Shadow Minister for Volunteers

State Member for Warrego (2015–)

Ann Leahy MP Warrego 2015 7
Shadow Minister for Seniors, Communities and Disability Services
Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

State Member for Surfers Paradise (2004–)

John-Paul Langbroek MP Surfers Paradise 2004 18
Shadow Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef
Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation
Shadow Minister for Youth

State Member for Bonney (2017–)

Sam O'Connor MP Bonney 2017 5
Shadow Minister for Employment and Training
Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business
Shadow Minister for Open Data

State Member for Buderim (2017–)

Brent Mickelberg MP Buderim 2017 5
Shadow Minister for Child Protection
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence
Shadow Minister for Women's Economic Security

State Member for Whitsunday (2020–)

Amanda Camm MP Whitsunday 2020 2
Shadow Assistant Ministers
Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Assistant Minister for Western Queensland
Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade

State Member for Gregory (2015–)

Lachlan Millar MP Gregory 2015 7
Shadow Assistant Minister for COVID Economic Recovery

State Member for Ninderry (2017–)

Dan Purdie MP Ninderry 2017 5
Shadow Assistant Minister for Justice
Shadow Assistant Minister for Youth
Shadow Assistant Minister for the Night-time Economy
Shadow Assistant Minister for Cultural Development

State Member for Currumbin (2020–)

Laura Gerber MP Currumbin 2020 2
Shadow Assistant Minister for Higher Education
Shadow Assistant Minister for Research
Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry
Shadow Assistant Minister for Veterans

State Member for Southern Downs (2017–)

James Lister MP Southern Downs 2017 5
Shadow Assistant Minister for State Development
Shadow Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines

State Member for Lockyer (2017–)

Jim McDonald MP Lockyer 2017 5
Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health
Shadow Assistant Minister for Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Shadow Assistant Minister for Families
Shadow Assistant Minister for Seniors

State Member for Southport (2012–)

Rob Molhoek MP Southport 2012 10
Shadow Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development

State Member for Burnett (2012–)

Stephen Bennett MP Burnett 2012 10
Shadow Assistant Minister for Finance

State Member for Theodore (2012–)

Michael Crandon MP Theodore 2012 10
Shadow Assistant Minister for Multicultural Communities and International Student Attraction

State Member for Oodgeroo (2009–)

Dr Mark Robinson MP Oodgeroo 2009 13
Shadow Parliamentary Roles
Manager of Opposition Business

State Member for Glass House (2009–)

Andrew Powell MP Glass House 2009 13
Shadow Cabinet Secretary

State Member for Toowoomba North (2012–)

Trevor Watts MP Toowoomba North 2012 10
Whip

State Member for Coomera (2009–)

Mark Boothman MP Coomera 2009 13
Deputy Whip Laura Gerber MP

Queensland Government departments

Parliament House in Brisbane; the meeting place of the Parliament of Queensland
1 William Street, the main building of the government

Main article: List of Queensland Government departments

The Queensland Government delivers services, determines policy and regulations, including legal interpretation, by a number of agencies grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each portfolio is led by a government minister who is a member of the Parliament. As of December 2019 there were 23 lead agencies, called government departments, that consist of:[4]

A range of other agencies support the functions of these departments.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Premier of Queensland" (PDF). Everyone's Parliament. Queensland Parliament. November 2022.
  2. ^ McCormack, Madura (19 May 2023). "Revealed: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's other quiet reshuffle". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  3. ^ Messenger, Andrew (15 December 2023). "Steven Miles unveils five new cabinet ministers as he's sworn in as Queensland premier". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Queensland Government Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 2) 2019 - Made by the Governor in Council on 12 December 2019" (PDF). The State of Queensland. Retrieved 30 December 2019.