MIL-OSI Australia: Disaster Assistance for Communities Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Penny

Source: Government of Queensland

Disaster assistance is now available for communities in Far North Queensland impacted by the severe weather and flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Penny. 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and Queensland governments are committed to supporting the long-term recovery of affected communities.
“Financial assistance is now available for Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council to aid their community recovery,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“The assistance will help fund clean-up operations and restore public infrastructure damaged by the cyclone.”

Queensland’s Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Leeanne Enoch, said some areas received more than 800 millimetres of rain as a result of Tropical Cyclone Penny.
“The heavy rainfall caused flooding and road closures across the region, isolating several communities,” Ms Enoch said.

“This funding will help impacted councils with counter-disaster operations, including sand-bagging, tree clearing, and repairing damage to the roads.”
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Disaster Assistance for Communities Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Owen

Source: Government of Queensland

Disaster assistance has been made available for communities in North and Far North Queensland impacted by the severe weather and flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Owen. 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and Queensland governments are working together to support recovery efforts following the cyclone.
“Through the DRFA, we are able to offer assistance to Carpentaria Shire Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Townsville City Council to help their regions recover,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“The assistance will help impacted councils carry out counter disaster operations and restore damaged public assets, including roads and causeways in Carpentaria and Hinchinbrook.”
Queensland’s Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Leeanne Enoch, said Cyclone Owen had a major impact in North and Far North Queensland, with flooding affecting communities across the region.
“Some parts of the state received more than 680 millimetres of rain in 24 hours, causing damage to public infrastructure across the region,” Ms Enoch said.
“We are monitoring the situation as the cyclone season continues and will work closely with the Commonwealth to support other communities as required.”
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.

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MIL-OSI Australia: $8.4 million given back to Queenslanders

Source: Government of Queensland

Queenslanders received more than $8.4 million in refunds, repairs, replacements and other compensation with the help of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2018.
Attorney-General and Justice Minister Yvette D’Ath said the number of complaints saw a small increase to OFT from 15,700 in 2017 to 16,000.
“While it is disappointing that so many Queenslanders have found themselves dudded – whether it is by accident or otherwise – I’m pleased people are aware of their rights and are seeking help from the OFT,” she said.
“Unfortunately, the sector that generated the most complaints to the OFT was the personal and household goods industry, which includes products such as televisions, appliances and furniture. It was followed by personal and household services, then motor vehicle sales.
“Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), consumer goods must be of acceptable quality, match the description provided by the seller, and be fit for their intended purpose.”
Mrs D’Ath said while the ACL did provide a measure of protection, it was time for the Federal LNP Government to ramp up protection for Queenslanders when it came to areas such as:
providing purchasers of ‘lemon’ motor vehicles an automatic right to a refund or replacement within the first 30 days without needing to prove a major failure;
banning fees for paper bills; and
taking serious action against ticket scalpers.
“While the Palaszczuk Government is delivering important protection for Queenslanders who have bought a ‘lemon’, the Federal LNP Government also needs to take their foot off the brake, get into gear and do the same.”
Mrs D’Ath said consumer protection legislation gave the OFT the power to pursue some matters all the way to court, but the OFT could not make a judgment or order on consumer complaints – only a tribunal or court had the power to do this.
“In these cases, the OFT undertakes a conciliation process – a free informal service where OFT officers act as an intermediary between the consumer and the trader, explaining to both what their rights and responsibilities are under the legislation,” she said.
“Conciliation won back more than $5 million in redress for complainants in 2018, with results ranging from a $40,800 refund for a car for a consumer in Brisbane’s Bracken Ridge, to $1800 worth of replacement equipment for a Sunshine Coast DJ.”
The OFT also achieved more than $1.5 million in court-ordered compensation for consumers in 2018. The remaining redress was achieved through other OFT outcomes including Enforceable Undertakings and claims against the Agents Financial Administration Act 2014.
Mrs D’Ath said the first thing consumers should do if they had a problem with goods or services was talk to the trader directly.
“Usually, customer satisfaction is very important to businesses, and most will be happy to work with you to resolve your complaint,” she said.
“However, if you are unsuccessful in getting the trader to help you, you can lodge a formal complaint with the OFT.”
For more information on consumer rights, or to lodge a complaint, visit www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading.

OFT Region

Number of complaints finalised in 2018 for consumers of this region

Top five industries complained about by these consumers in 2018

Redress obtained by these OFT offices in 2018

Brisbane *

9873

Personal & household goods
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle sales
Real estate agents
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing

$3,817,942

Cairns

642

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle sales
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Real estate agents

$264,267

Mackay

322

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle sales
Real estate agents

$516,120

Rockhampton

418

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Motor vehicle sales
Personal & household services
Real estate agents

$514,323

Gold Coast

2067

1      Personal & household goods
2      Personal & household services
3      Motor vehicle sales
4      Real estate agents
5      Motor vehicle repairs, servicing

$854,413

Sunshine Coast

1191

1      Personal & household goods
2      Motor vehicle sales
3      Personal & household services
4      Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
5      Real estate agents

$952,312

Hervey Bay

586

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle sales
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Personal & household services
Real estate agents

$454,801

Toowoomba

510

Personal & household goods
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle sales
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Electricity & gas supply

$423,710

Townsville

454

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle sales
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Electricity & gas supply

$661,989

TOTAL

$8,459,880

 
*includes consumers who reside outside Qld or provided no address
**the redress figures provided are those obtained by each OFT region, they do not perfectly align with the individual complaint numbers as some matters may be handled by another OFT office for operational reasons and because some matters for which redress was obtained may have originated from information received rather than consumer complaints

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MIL-OSI Australia: Rockhampton Ring Road a certainty

Source: Government of Queensland

The billion-dollar Rockhampton Ring Road is certain to go ahead with a $200 million commitment by the Queensland Government and a federal funding guarantee.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the $800 million investment announced by federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, to be complemented by the state’s 20 per cent share.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road with the 780 jobs the project could support has been high on my Government’s priority list,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It will boost economic activity in the region, improve flood immunity and build an efficient and safe bypass around the city for heavy vehicles and through traffic.
“I thank Mr Shorten for this important announcement for the people of central Queensland, and I am delighted to confirm my Government’s share to give the project the green light.
“I also thank hard working Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke for his relentless advocacy.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Mr Shorten has shown he understands Queensland by putting dollars on the table for this and other projects.
“As with all major projects, we want a fair deal for infrastructure in Queensland and will work with whoever has the top job in Canberra to make that happen,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Bruce Highway provides the economic lifeblood for regional communities and the Rockhampton Ring Road is guaranteed no matter who wins the federal election.”
Mr O’Rourke said the region would benefit greatly from the Rockhampton Ring Road with planning work already underway.
“I thank the Premier for confirming the state’s investment and congratulate Mr Shorten for his commitment to this vital project,” Mr O’Rourke said.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael welcomed the funding announcements.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road will improve freight efficiency and safety as well as reduce congestion through Rockhampton City,” she said.
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Media Contact: Premier’s office – Shane Doherty 0439 624 473
Minister Bailey’s office – Toby Walker 0439 347 875

Source: Government of Queensland

The billion-dollar Rockhampton Ring Road is certain to go ahead with a $200 million commitment by the Queensland Government and a federal funding guarantee.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the $800 million investment announced by federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, to be complemented by the state’s 20 per cent share.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road with the 780 jobs the project could support has been high on my Government’s priority list,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It will boost economic activity in the region, improve flood immunity and build an efficient and safe bypass around the city for heavy vehicles and through traffic.
“I thank Mr Shorten for this important announcement for the people of central Queensland, and I am delighted to confirm my Government’s share to give the project the green light.
“I also thank hard working Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke for his relentless advocacy.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Mr Shorten has shown he understands Queensland by putting dollars on the table for this and other projects.
“As with all major projects, we want a fair deal for infrastructure in Queensland and will work with whoever has the top job in Canberra to make that happen,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Bruce Highway provides the economic lifeblood for regional communities and the Rockhampton Ring Road is guaranteed no matter who wins the federal election.”
Mr O’Rourke said the region would benefit greatly from the Rockhampton Ring Road with planning work already underway.
“I thank the Premier for confirming the state’s investment and congratulate Mr Shorten for his commitment to this vital project,” Mr O’Rourke said.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael welcomed the funding announcements.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road will improve freight efficiency and safety as well as reduce congestion through Rockhampton City,” she said.
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Media Contact: Premier’s office – Shane Doherty 0439 624 473
Minister Bailey’s office – Toby Walker 0439 347 875

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MIL-OSI Australia: New Calliope school gains momentum

Source: Government of Queensland

Construction has begun on Calliope’s new multi-million dollar high school with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Grace Grace and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher turning the first sod today.
The Premier said today was an important and exciting milestone for the community.
“This school has been a long time coming for the Calliope community and I am so pleased to be delivering on our commitment to build it,” the Premier said.
“The community here is well aware of the history and that the land was going to be sold under the former LNP government in 2013, so it’s a great day to stand here at the start of construction of a brand new school.
“We’re investing $66.6 million to build the school, which is keeping pace with the growing local community and which will also create 180 full time jobs over the course of the project.
“I’d particularly like to recognise Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher who has backed this community all the way and been instrumental in getting this school built.”
Mr Butcher said the school on Don Cameron Drive was being built by construction firm Paynters Pty Ltd with Stage One expected to open in January 2020.
“I look forward to seeing the inaugural students walk through the gates,” Mr Butcher said.
“The Calliope community has been crying out for a high school to service the township for years, and the Palaszczuk Government has listened.
“There are some 360 state secondary students living in Calliope and nearby areas who predominantly attend Gladstone or Toolooa State High Schools, with a small number of students attending Tannum Sands State High School or taking part in distance education.
“Establishing a high school in Calliope students’ own backyard is great news for them and their families.”
Minister Grace said the school would be built in stages, with 200 students in Years 7 and 8 to walk through the gates in 2020.
“Stage One is an investment of $42.46 million, consisting of an admin building, resource centre and hall,” Ms Grace said.
“Stage Two ($16.5 million) will be ready for the start of the 2022 school year, catering for an additional 240 students.
“The school will grow by approximately 100 students per year to approximately 800 students over the longer term.”
Ms Grace said the school is one of eight opening in Queensland in 2020.
“During 2019, the Palaszczuk Government is investing $470 million to build new schools in some of our most rapidly expanding communities across the state,” Ms Grace said.
“This includes an exciting state secondary college in Fortitude Valley; new secondary schools in Coomera, Mango Hill, Yarrabilba and Ripley Valley Providence; a new primary school in Ripley Valley Providence; and a new special school in Caboolture.
“These projects will drive Queensland communities by supporting almost 1400 jobs.”
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Minister Grace’s Office- Laura McKee 0451 997 920
 

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MIL-OSI Australia: Hydrogen powers Queensland’s future

Source: Government of Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Gladstone is set to be the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia with hydrogen emerging as our next LNG.
“Labor has always been the party of the future,” the Premier said.
“We backed and built the LNG pipeline which is now a $60 billion industry providing thousands of jobs to Gladstone.
“Now the world is looking to hydrogen I want them to get it from Queensland.”
Bill Shorten has committed the first of a $1 billion National Hydrogen Plan to Gladstone which is already well advanced in hydrogen research.
“My government attracted Northern Oil to Gladstone as part of our Advance Queensland Biofutures 10 year roadmap,” the Premier said.
“Northern Oil is planning to produce bio-hydrogen.”
“Queensland’s significant renewable resources of solar and wind energy, combined with our existing gas pipeline infrastructure and port facilities including Gladstone Port provide us with a competitive advantage in the future production and export of hydrogen.”
The hope is that Queensland solar farms can be used to produce and ship hydrogen to the world, literally exporting our sunshine.
“In Queensland we are aiming to have some of the world’s first renewable hydrogen power exports – with Queensland sunshine – helping to power the Tokyo Olympics next year,” the Premier said.
“This would place Queensland on the world stage as a leader in exporting renewable energy.”
The Premier said last year while in Korea she met with Hyundai who are ready to start delivering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for the Australian market later this year.
“These cars will not only run without any emissions they will also actively clean the air,” she said.
“Car manufacturers including Toyota and Hyundai are responding to the policies in Germany, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom to increase the uptake of zero emission vehicles.”
My Government’s hydrogen discussion paper has received strong interest from industry, universities and the community and we will be releasing a strategy this year which aligns with today’s announcement. (submissions from Siemens, Toyota, ITM Power, Aurecon, BOC, University of Queensland, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and Hydrogen Mobility Australia representing Hyundai, Caltex, BP, AustNet and Viva).
For Japan to meet their emissions reduction targets over the next thirty years there is demand for 125 gigawatts of hydrogen energy capacity from Queensland’s sunshine.
Hydrogen is needed to produce products for our resources sector, for metals refining, for our agriculture sector and for biofuels.
If hydrogen can be produced more cheaply and effectively that will support a lower cost of production for our mineral resources development, for our farmers and for the refining of biofuels in Queensland.
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Media contact:
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Source: Government of Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Gladstone is set to be the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia with hydrogen emerging as our next LNG.
“Labor has always been the party of the future,” the Premier said.
“We backed and built the LNG pipeline which is now a $60 billion industry providing thousands of jobs to Gladstone.
“Now the world is looking to hydrogen I want them to get it from Queensland.”
Bill Shorten has committed the first of a $1 billion National Hydrogen Plan to Gladstone which is already well advanced in hydrogen research.
“My government attracted Northern Oil to Gladstone as part of our Advance Queensland Biofutures 10 year roadmap,” the Premier said.
“Northern Oil is planning to produce bio-hydrogen.”
“Queensland’s significant renewable resources of solar and wind energy, combined with our existing gas pipeline infrastructure and port facilities including Gladstone Port provide us with a competitive advantage in the future production and export of hydrogen.”
The hope is that Queensland solar farms can be used to produce and ship hydrogen to the world, literally exporting our sunshine.
“In Queensland we are aiming to have some of the world’s first renewable hydrogen power exports – with Queensland sunshine – helping to power the Tokyo Olympics next year,” the Premier said.
“This would place Queensland on the world stage as a leader in exporting renewable energy.”
The Premier said last year while in Korea she met with Hyundai who are ready to start delivering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for the Australian market later this year.
“These cars will not only run without any emissions they will also actively clean the air,” she said.
“Car manufacturers including Toyota and Hyundai are responding to the policies in Germany, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom to increase the uptake of zero emission vehicles.”
My Government’s hydrogen discussion paper has received strong interest from industry, universities and the community and we will be releasing a strategy this year which aligns with today’s announcement. (submissions from Siemens, Toyota, ITM Power, Aurecon, BOC, University of Queensland, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and Hydrogen Mobility Australia representing Hyundai, Caltex, BP, AustNet and Viva).
For Japan to meet their emissions reduction targets over the next thirty years there is demand for 125 gigawatts of hydrogen energy capacity from Queensland’s sunshine.
Hydrogen is needed to produce products for our resources sector, for metals refining, for our agriculture sector and for biofuels.
If hydrogen can be produced more cheaply and effectively that will support a lower cost of production for our mineral resources development, for our farmers and for the refining of biofuels in Queensland.
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MIL-OSI Australia: Report shows Queensland making progress on child safety, youth justice

Source: Government of Queensland

Queensland is continuing to make headway in its efforts to address the needs of children, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2019 (RoGs).
Minister for Child Safety, Youth Justice and Women Di Farmer said the report showed that Queensland was making progress but there were still improvements to be made to make sure child safety and youth justice systems were as robust as they could be.
“12 new beds at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre and 16 new beds at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre will take the pressure off our corrective system”, Ms Farmer said.
“Through our Youth Justice Strategy we are looking to keep young people from reoffending.” 
For instance, RoGS highlighted the positive impact restorative justice, or youth justice conferencing, was having on young people and victims of crime in Queensland.
“While Queensland’s performance cannot be compared to previous years due to the transition of 17-year-olds into the Youth Justice system, the results for 2017-18 are positive with 95 per cent of victims satisfied with conference results.” Ms Farmer said.
“We are also seeing positive results in terms of community-based orders with 81 per cent of all orders successfully completed for 2017-18.
“The Palaszczuk Government is looking at evidence-based strategies that work like these to reduce reoffending.”
Regarding child protection, RoGS shows that more Queensland children and families at risk are receiving vital early intervention services than ever before.
Ms Farmer said the report showed a 7.5 percent increase from the previous year (2016-17) in the number of children who were receiving Intensive Family Support services.
“We know that early intervention is the key to keeping families and children becoming out of the child safety and youth justice system and our commitment to this is evident in these figures,” Ms Farmer said.
“Since 2015, 44 Intensive Family Support services have been established across the state to support families under stress to access the support they need as early as possible.
“We have also rolled out 33 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services to provide early intervention and support for Indigenous families.”
Ms Farmer said that demand on the child safety system increased with issues like the prevalence of ICE and other drugs continuing to impact families across Queensland.
“There has been a small increase in the number of child safety notifications when compared to last year, as the result of more reporting from mandatory notifiers,” Ms Farmer said.
“The increase in notifications means more demand for investigations and we have recognised this by substantially boosting frontline child safety staff to help cope with the demand.
“We are employing an additional 458 staff over three years from 2016-17, including 93 this financial year which continues to help drive caseloads for staff down.”
The RoGs report is available on the Productivity Commission website at www.pc.gov.au.
 
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MIL-OSI Australia: Centre Against Domestic Abuse to Support Women in Moreton

Source: Government of Queensland

The Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) will lead a new High Risk Team being established in the Moreton and Caboolture area as the Queensland Government continues its push to keep victims of domestic and family violence safe.
Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan said the new High Risk Team was on track to start operating in early 2019 and would undertake complex risk assessment and safety planning to keep local women and their children safe from serious or potentially lethal violence.
“CADA will receive $210,000 per annum in funding each year over three years to coordinate the work of the Moreton High Risk Team to help make sure women and children are kept safe,” he said.
“This service is extremely well placed to coordinate the Moreton High Risk Team with a strong understanding of domestic and family violence as well as local issues.
“They have experience in undertaking multi-agency risk assessments and safety planning in the region and have experience working with both the victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”
Mr Ryan said the new High Risk Team would consist of agencies, organisations and private practitioners all working better together.
“This means women and children who are impacted by domestic and family violence will receive quality, consistent support,” he said.
“We know that one agency on its own often will not have all the pieces of the puzzle needed to keep women and children safe and that’s why it’s crucial we work together.”
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said officers from key agencies including police, health, corrections, housing, child safety and a range of other non-government services who respond to domestic violence would make up the new team.
“By putting a range of different agencies together, we can get a much better view of what’s happening in any given situation, because each agency has a piece of the puzzle,” Ms Farmer said.
“When you put all those pieces together, the High Risk Team can see the big picture and more accurately assess the risk for victims, and that means when urgent support is needed the team can act swiftly to get women and children out of danger.
“We also need to make sure perpetrators are kept front and centre and are held to account for their actions.”
The new Moreton High Risk Team is the latest of eight domestic and family violence high risk teams being established in a trial of different locations across Queensland.
Ms Farmer said delivering on this service demonstrated the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to addressing domestic and family violence.
“The community will not stand for family violence any more, which is why we will continue to implement recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever report, and invest in critical services in our communities.”
Ms Farmer said high risk teams were currently operating in Logan-Beenleigh, Cherbourg, Mount Isa, Brisbane, Cairns and Ipswich. Mackay, along with Moreton Bay (Caboolture), is commencing operations in early 2019.
For more information on the Queensland Government’s actions to tackle domestic and family violence go to www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-and-family-violence
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MIL-OSI Australia: Queensland’s most popular baby names for 2018 revealed

Source: Government of Queensland

Charlotte and Oliver reign supreme for the fourth year running as the most popular baby names in Queensland. 
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the most popular baby names lodged through the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages had been remarkably consistent since 2015.
“In fact, while Charlotte has been the most popular girl’s name for the past four years, you would have to go back to 2011 for Oliver not to be top,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“Back then Jack was the most popular name for boys, before being replaced by Oliver.”
Mrs D’Ath said the top ten names had also been consistent with only one new girl’s name making the list, while there were two new boy’s names. 
“Willow was the new entry for girls, knocking Ivy out of the top ten,” she said.
“And Leo, Archer and Theodore joined the most popular ranks for boys, replacing Hudson, James and Hunter.”
Ava was the second most popular girl’s name, up from third last year, and William was again the second most popular boy’s name, a place it has held since 2013.
“It is interesting to see how the trends in baby names change over the years,” she said.
“People are often curious about what baby names are currently trending and I look forward to what 2019 will bring.”
 
Top Queensland baby names 2018
Girls:
Charlotte
Ava
Isla
Olivia
Amelia
Mia
Harper
Willow
Grace
Evelyn              
Boys:
Oliver
William
Jack
Noah
Henry
Harrison
Thomas
Leo
Archer
Theodore
 
Top Queensland baby names 2017
 Girls:
Charlotte
Olivia
Ava
Amelia
Mia
Isla
Harper
Grace
Ivy
Evelyn
 Boys:
Oliver
William
Noah
Jack
Harrison
Thomas
Hudson
Hunter
James
Henry
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MIL-OSI Australia: Love is in the air across Queensland

Source: Government of Queensland

More than 1300 same-sex couples have wed in Queensland since same-sex marriage ceremonies could legally be held just over one year ago on January 9, 2018.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said while same-sex marriage had been legal in Australia since December 9, 2017, couples had a 30-day waiting period before ceremonies could be held, unless they were granted an exemption.
“Since marriage changed to be more inclusive, 1330 same-sex marriages have been registered in Queensland one year on from January 9, 2018,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“Marriage celebrants from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages wed 199 couples, while other celebrants conducted 1074 ceremonies. On top of this, 47 couples were married at courthouses and 10 had church weddings.
“Registry data shows that the majority of same-sex marriages have occurred in larger population areas such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions, but there have been weddings across the state since the laws came into effect.
“Celebrants have 30 days to register a marriage after the event so there will be even more couples who have married over the past 12 months, but their registration application form is yet to be received by the registry.”
Queensland held Australia’s first same-sex marriage on December 15, 2017 as the couple was given an exemption from the waiting period due to their personal circumstances. Three other couples also received exemption from the waiting period.
 
Same-sex marriages regional breakdown (as at 9 January 2019)

LGA Council

Count

Brisbane City

460

Gold Coast City

159

Sunshine Coast Regional

123

Moreton Bay Regional Council

84

Cairns Regional Council

46

Noosa Shire Council

40

Townsville City

38

Douglas Shire Council

34

Ipswich City

32

Scenic Rim Regional Council

29

Logan City

29

Fraser Coast Regional

28

Mackay Regional Council

25

Toowoomba Regional Council

24

Redland City Council

23

Whitsunday Regional Council

20

Bundaberg Regional Council

17

Livingstone Shire Council

14

Rockhampton Regional Council

13

Lockyer Valley Regional

10

Southern Downs Regional

9

Gympie Regional

7

Tablelands Regional Council

5

Somerset Regional Council

5

Goondiwindi Regional Council

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