$10 million funding boost to support Queensland veterans

October 25, 2020

Queensland’s veterans and services organisations will get more employment assistance, infrastructure funding, legal help, homelessness support and other services with a $10 million package under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Labor places the highest value on the contribution of the men and women of Australia’s military.

“Queensland has always had a debt of gratitude to those who’ve served,” the Premier said.

“And now as we continue to implement Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, we don’t want to leave anyone behind, especially our veterans.”

The veterans funding will include:
- Up to $4 million in capital works grants and to fund commemorative events and memorials for ex-services organisations, councils and other groups helping veterans;
- $1.8 million for a specialist service to support homeless veterans;
- $1.1 million training package to help veterans into civilian employment;
- $1 million for the Anzac Day Trust Fund to financially support veterans affected by COVID-19;
- $1 million for the Oasis wellbeing centre in Townsville;
- $600,000 for legal assistance; and
- $500,000 for health and wellbeing research.

“Some veterans are doing it tough, and we have a responsibility to give them the opportunities every Queenslander should enjoy,” the Premier said.

“They gave Australia their best, and they deserve our best support, whether it is health, employment or a safe place to live.”

“It is also important that we remember the special place our veterans hold in our past, present and future.”

“Funding capital works, memorials and commemorative events provides more Queenslanders the opportunity to remember and participate with our veteran community.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the local defence community is highly respected in North Queensland.

“We owe a deep gratitude to our veterans not only for their service to our nation, but in our own front yard,” Mr Stewart said.

“Defence force personnel have come to our aid many times in floods and other  emergencies.

“I’m delighted that we can continue to show our thanks with this new funding package, in particular another $1 million for Oasis Townsville.”

The $10 million package builds on the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s record of standing up for veterans, including:
- $1.5 million for support services and the Veterans Memorial Grants Program;
- $4.3 million for construction of the Oasis in Townsville;
- Establishing the Office for Veterans, located in Ipswich;
- More than 600 veterans placed in the Queensland Public Service over the last two years;
- Introduction of a 50 per cent veterans discount for Translink and qConnect public transport services;
- A special $1 million COVID-19 grant to Legacy; and
- Over 300 veterans supported by Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects.

“Supporting the veterans who served us is a shared responsibility across governments and the wider community,” the Premier said.

“We are honoured to continue playing our part.”