Cabinet of Queensland

The Cabinet of Queensland is the chief policy-making organ of the Government of Queensland.


The Cabinet has the same membership as the Executive Council: the Premier and ministers (including the Deputy Premier and Attorney-General). Assistant ministers, formerly called parliamentary secretaries,[n 1] are not members.

Current members

Portfolio Minister
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Jackie Trad
  • Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Minister for Manufacturing
Cameron Dick
  • Minister for Innovation
  • Minister for Tourism Industry Development
  • Minister for the Commonwealth Games
Kate Jones
Yvette D'Ath
  • Minister for Police
  • Minister for Corrective Services
Mark Ryan
  • Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
Mark Furner
  • Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Anthony Lynham
  • Minister for Transport and Main Roads
Mark Bailey
  • Minister for Health
  • Minister for Ambulance Services
Steven Miles
  • Minister for Education
  • Minister for Industrial Affairs
Grace Grace
  • Minister for Disability Services
  • Minister for Seniors
  • Minister for Communities
Coralee O'Rourke
  • Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Minister for Science
  • Minister for the Arts
Leeanne Enoch
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister for Training and Skills Development
  • Minister for Small Business
Shannon Fentiman
  • Minister for Housing and Public Works
  • Minister for Sport
  • Minister for Digital Technology
Mick de Brenni
  • Minister for Local Government
  • Minister for Racing
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Stirling Hinchliffe
  • Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
Craig Crawford
  • Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Di Farmer
Assistant Ministers
  • Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier
  • Assistant Minister for Veteran Affairs
Jennifer Howard
  • Assistant Minister for Treasury
Glenn Butcher
  • Assistant Minister for State Development
Julieanne Gilbert
  • Assistant Minister for Education
Brittany Lauga
  • Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development
Meaghan Scanlon


Unlike the Executive Council, which is a mechanism for advising the Governor, the Cabinet meets without the Governor and is responsible for formulating and coordinating policy. In effect, the Executive Council is a vehicle for implementing decisions made in Cabinet.[3] Individual ministers are collectively responsible for the decisions made by Cabinet, so if a minister is unwilling to publicly support a collective decision of Cabinet, he or she is expected to resign.[4]


Meetings of the Cabinet are usually held on 10:00 a.m. on Mondays in the Executive Building's Cabinet Room. The Premier (or Deputy Premier in her or his absence)[4] chairs its meetings[5] and establishes its agenda.[6] All members are expected to be present at all meetings unless excused by the Premier.[5]

See also


  1. In establishing his ministry, Campbell Newman renamed them assistant ministers as he believed the term more easily understood.[1] The Constitution of Queensland Act 2001 and other statutes still use the name parliamentary secretaries.[2]


  1. "Newman appoints familiar faces". Brisbane Times. 27 March 2012.
  2. Constitution of Queensland Act 2001, section 24.
  3. "6.3 Approval Process". Executive Council Handbook. Department of Premier and Cabinet. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. "1.2 The Cabinet and collective responsibility". Cabinet Handbook. Department of Premier and Cabinet. 3 April 2012.
  5. "1.3 Ministers". Cabinet Handbook. Department of Premier and Cabinet. 3 April 2012.
  6. "4.3 Determination of the business list for Cabinet meetings". Cabinet Handbook. Department of Premier and Cabinet. 3 April 2012.
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