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City Deals

City Deals allows all levels of government to work together to plan and deliver transformative outcomes for Australian cities.

The 2016 memorandum of understanding between federal and state governments sets out how they will work together to establish City Deals in Queensland in partnership with local governments. It outlines agreed actions for City Deals that will focus on economic growth, jobs and housing, reduced travel times, and improved environmental outcomes. The aim is to deliver measurable improvements to people’s quality of life and standards of living.

Queensland is at the forefront of City Deals in Australia. Australia’s first City Deal was signed in December 2016 for Townsville. This was followed by Australia’s newest City Deal - for South East Queensland - which was signed in 2022.

South East Queensland City Deal

In February 2019, the Prime Minister committed to working in partnership with the Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ) to develop a City Deal for South East Queensland. This was followed by partners signing the SEQ City Deal Statement of Intent in March 2019.

The South East Queensland (SEQ) City Deal is a 20-year commitment signed by the Federal Government, Queensland Government and Council of Mayors (SEQ) on 21 March 2022.

The deal delivers a significant package of investments to support one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. Through the deal, partners will work together to catalyse South East Queensland’s transition to a more connected, prosperous and sustainable region.

Townsville City Deal

Townsville was Australia’s first City Deal. It was established in partnership between the Federal Government, Queensland Government, Townsville City Council and the local community. This City Deal delivers a prosperous economic future for Townsville and positions Townsville as a vibrant, liveable and innovative Queensland city.

The deal is a 15-year commitment and was signed by the three levels of government in December 2016. The Townsville City Deal was released in April 2017.

Further information

Further information on City Deals is available from the Federal Government’s City Deals website.

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Last updated: 24 May 2023