Queensland Law Society

Queensland State Budget 2018: Key highlights for lawyers

Below is a summary of the key announcements for the legal profession from the 2018/19 Queensland State Budget, handed down on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

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Criminal justice

  • Funding for 400 additional police officers across the State and 85 counter terrorism specialists
  • $5M for 30 staff in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • $41M additional funding for work at the Capricornia Correctional Centre to provide a further 84 cells
  • $9.4M over two years for the expansion of parole and probation services
  • $6.9M over four years to continue the work of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
  • Increased financial support to the victims of crime ($11.4M over two years)
  • $9.1M over four years to support the continued delivery of the Murri Court and to extend Court Link to Southport, Mount Isa and Ipswich
  • $3.9M for the expansion of the Supreme Court bail application service to male prisoners
  • $2.8M to improve service delivery for prisoners with a disability or mental illness

Child safety

  • $4.6M for 44 additional staff at the Director of Child Protection Litigation
  • $7.2M over three years to implement an online Blue Card application system
  • $20M over two years to support children and young people in care with complex behaviours
  • $3.3M for additional staff in the Office of the Child and Family Solicitor to provide advice to child safety workers on child protection matters

Youth justice

  • $11.7M over three years for services and initiatives to reduce the remand of children and young people in custody
  • $10.6M over two years for additional positions at Queensland’s two youth detention centres
  • Funding to add 12 new beds at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre and existing work to provide 16 new beds at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre
  • $6.9M funding for recommissioning of the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre

Domestic violence

  • $8.1M for extending the Townsville Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court to Mount Isa and Palm Island and dealing with both criminal and civil DV matters
  • $2.9M allocated for behavioural programs for domestic violence perpetrators

Courts administration

  • $14M over three years for the delivery of recording and transcription services in the Queensland Courts
  • $10M to respond to increased workload in the administration of the Queensland Courts
  • $2.5M for the Office of the Public Guardian and QCAT to meet increased workload associated with the NDIS rollout

Legal system

  • $2.3M over four years for the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to support the operation and administration of the Human Rights Act for Queensland
  • Establishment of a Queensland artificial intelligence hub at the Precinct in Fortitude Valley to develop skills and encourage the use of AI in business
  • $2.5M over four years for additional review officers at the Office of the Information Commissioner
  • $1M over three years to engage with the community on how traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices can be recognised in law


  • An extension of the 50% payroll tax rebate to June 2019 for apprentice and trainee wages
  • Land tax to increase 0.5% for landholdings with a taxable value above $10M
  • Foreign Acquirer Duty to increase to 7% for land acquisitions
  • Motor vehicle duty increasing by 2% on vehicle transfers above $100,000

For more information on these and other measures announced by the Palaszczuk Government in the 2018/19 Queensland State Budget, visit https://budget.qld.gov.au

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