Hi Alex, what are your thoughts on this State Government plan?http://www.towardq2.qld.gov.au/tomorrow/index.aspx
The Queensland Government has set five goals that address current and future challenges for Queensland.
Within each of these areas, we've set long-term targets that clearly identify what we want to achieve by 2020.Strong Queensland
Target 1: Queensland is Australia's strongest economy, with infrastructure that anticipates growth
Target 2: 50% increase in proportion of Queensland businesses that undertake research and development or innovationGreen Queensland
Target 1: Cut Queenslanders' carbon footprint by a third with reduced car and electricity use
Target 2: Protect 50% more land for nature conservation and public recreationSmart Queensland
Target 1: All children have access to a quality early childhood education
Target 2: Three out of four Queenslanders will hold trade, training or tertiary qualificationsHealthy Queensland
Target 1: Shortest public hospital waiting times in Australia
Target 2: Cut obesity, smoking, heavy drinking and unsafe sun exposure by a thirdFair Queensland
Target 1: Halve the proportion of Queensland children living in households without a working parent
Target 2: Increase the proportion of Queenslanders involved in their communities as volunteers by 50%
Many of the targets go to the heart of some of the most pressing issues of our generation, like climate change, and rising levels of obesity.
These are the areas we must make real and lasting changes in now if we want to shape a better future for ourselves and our children.
They will tell us where we are doing well and where we need to improve.
The targets don't attempt to cover every area of government activity or community need.
Many important issues, such as Indigenous disadvantage, housing and disability services, are already being addressed through reforms at both a state and national level. This work will continue.Reaching the 2020 targets
To achieve the 2020 targets, the Queensland Government is establishing the following new measures to drive its performance across all departments.
1. Agency agreements
Each agency responsible for contributing towards achieving a target will sign an agreement that:
* identifies the objectives they must meet
* states what the agency must do to meet the objectives
Each target will have a lead agency, which will be responsible for coordinating the government's efforts in that area. State Cabinet will approve each agreement. Agencies will need to show what actions they are taking to meet each target.
2. Ministerial responsibility
The Premier will outline to ministers her expectation that they will ensure their departments are taking action to meet the targets.
3. CEO accountability
CEOs (Directors-General) will be accountable for their department's progress towards the targets. This will be written into their performance agreements with the Premier.
Initiatives and programs that contribute to meeting targets will be given priority in decisions about allocating new and existing funds.
Updates on the progress towards each target will be published on this website. The government will also publish an annual progress report on the targets. This report will also outline what needs to be done in the coming 12 months to work towards meeting each target.