New bill means council must plan according to Govt guideline

PUBLIC authorities will be required to ensure their policies, programs and the services they deliver fit with the State Government's strategic direction drawn from the Queensland Plan.

Premier Campbell Newman also told Queensland Parliament that councils must consider the government's strategic direction in preparing their corporate plans and must list actions in their annual reports.

He said there would be a whole-of-state annual progress report tabled in the Legislative Assembly by November 30 each year.

"It is only by working together that the shared vision, supported by 35 goals and 20 measurable targets, will be achieved," he said.

"The bill provides for the development, reporting and updating of a plan, known as The Queensland Plan, and gives guidance about the plan's purpose and principles.

"The principles that underpin the plan include that it is: long-term, visionary, strategic, community-drive, bipartisan, measurable and based on joint implementation."

Mr Newman said the plan provided a framework for the government to formally respond to the Queensland Plan but did not reveal when that would be.

The response is expected to be delivered in coming weeks and months.

The bill was referred to the Administration and Finance Committee for consideration. - APN NEWSDESK