Report No. 5, 57th Parliament - Cheaper Power (Supplementary Appropriation) Bill 2024

Committee's report

The committee tabled Report No. 5, 57th Parliament - Cheaper Power (Supplementary Appropriation) Bill 2024 on Friday 17 May 2024. The Bill was PASSED in the Legislative Assembly on 22 May 2024 without amendment.

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About the Bill 

On 2 May 2024 the Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade, and Investment Hon Cameron Dick, introduced the Cheaper Power (Supplementary Appropriation) Bill 2024 into the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill was referred to the Cost of Living and Economics Committee for detailed consideration.   

View: Explanatory speech 
View: Bill
View: Explanatory Notes
View: Statement of compatibility

purpose of the Bill 

Queensland families are experiencing a higher cost of living due to global pressures. 

The Government has resolved to provide urgent cost of living relief through rebates applying to power bills. The Government has decided to make these payments within the 2023-24 financial year as unforeseen expenditure to provide urgent relief and ensure that the rebates cannot be revoked or reduced by a future government. 

Payments from the Consolidated Fund, including unforeseen expenditure, must be formally authorised under an Act of Parliament in accordance with section 66 of the Constitution of Queensland 2001. 

The Appropriation Act 2023 (assented to on 1 September 2023) appropriated the amount of $78,411,379,000 from the Consolidated Fund for departments for the financial year starting 1 July 2023. 

Additional decisions can be made through the year that give rise to additional funding being required from Consolidated Fund. Pursuant to section 35 of the Financial Accountability Act 2009, these additional payments comprise Unforeseen Expenditure, which then needs to be appropriated via legislation.

Further information

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, response to submissions, transcripts and answers to questions taken on notice are available under the Related Publications tab.

Call for submissions

The closing date for written submissions was 12:00pm Wednesday 8 May 2024. 

Submissions made by email or post   

Committee Secretary
Cost of Living and Economics Committee
Parliament House
George Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

Submissions must include:

  • the author’s name
  • if the submission is made on behalf of an organisation, the level of approval (e.g. a local branch, executive committee or national organisation), and
  • at least two of the following:
  • email address
  • mailing address, and
  • daytime telephone number.

Please ensure your submission includes the above or it may not be considered by the committee.

Please note: Your name and submission may be published on the committee’s inquiry webpage, which will mean it can be viewed on the internet. You can request for your name to be withheld from your published submission, or for both your name and your submission to be kept confidential (i.e. not published). Decisions about whether and how submissions are published are at the discretion of the committee.


The committee has held a public briefing on the Bill by officers of Queensland Treasury on Thursday 9 May 2024.

Committee’s report

The committee is due to table its report on 17 May 2024. The report will be published here on the committee’s webpage.

Once the committee’s report has been tabled, the Government has three months to respond to the report’s recommendations (if any). At that time, the Government Response will be published here.


Submissions close:      12:00pm Wednesday 8 May 2024
Public Briefing:       10:15am Thursday 9 May 2024 - program - transcript -broadcast
Report due date:     Friday 17 May 2024 - report
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