The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) brings together specialist knowledge, networks and services to work with significant businesses and industry sectors. In this way it will help deliver an economy and way of life to benefit all Queenslanders.
Improving job opportunities for individuals is a DEEDI priority, as is assisting businesses to start-up, expand and respond to challenges like climate change and carbon trading.
DEEDI is marketing Queensland to the world as great place to do business and the ultimate holiday destination. It is helping to take Queensland products to new markets while continuing to expand traditional markets.
The Department is collaborating with local, Federal and State agencies to address major obstacles in areas such as land use, infrastructure and complex legislation; while meeting community expectations to protect individual rights and the environment.
The Department is also tasked with increasing by 50 per cent the proportion of Queensland businesses undertaking research and development, and halving the number of Queensland children living in a household without a working parent.
These are ambitious targets in a volatile time. DEEDI is tackling the challenge using market research, engagement with regional Queensland and the business community, and customer feedback.
With more than 5000 staff, DEEDI offers a range of services to individuals and businesses in all regions across the State. These include:
- Job opportunities and training
- Business capability development, investment and trade
- Technical support and innovative solutions for the entire supply chain
- Marketing and promotional opportunities
- Assistance in gaining access to resources and markets
- Licences, permits and certification
- Access to applied research and development
- Access to skilled labour
- Help with compliance to standards, codes and regulations
- Responses to animal and plant pests and diseases
The Department reports to the Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade, Andrew Fraser; the Minister for Energy and Water Utilities, Stephen Robertson; the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies, Tim Mulherin; the Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business, Jan Jarratt; The Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure, Craig Wallace; and the Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining, Stirling Hinchliffe.