South East Queensland is growing

Published Monday, 31 July, 2023 at 01:42 PM

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympic and Paralympic Games Infrastructure
The Honourable Dr Steven Miles

  • SEQ’s population will increase by almost 2.2 million to around 6 million by 2046, new figures show.
  • SEQ’s population is currently around 3.8 million.

Queensland’s population is growing, 6 million people will call South East Queensland home by 2046 - that’s 2.2 million more South East Queenslanders.

The population is growing, but it is also changing.

Over the next 25 years the number of older people aged 65 years or older will increase.

The number of one person households will increase substantially from 23.4 per cent in 2021 to 40.5 per cent in 2046.

These changes mean we need more smaller homes in the mix, to deliver more housing options.

The Growth projections have been confirmed ahead of the release of the State Government’s updated draft SEQ Regional Plan. Updating the plan was an outcome of the Housing Summit. 

Attribute to Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles:

“People are moving to Queensland in droves and who can blame them,” Mr Miles said.

“We are in our decade of opportunity. We have a strong economy. We have a 10-year pipeline of infrastructure projects in the lead up to and beyond Brisbane 2032. And we are creating good, secure jobs in the key industries that will help us decarbonise.

“Thanks to all of this, and our great Queensland lifestyle, we’ve seen record levels of net interstate migration and now increasing international immigration.

“Why live in Melbourne when you could live in SEQ?

“Because our population is growing, we need to get ready to build more of the Queensland we love.

“Investment in infrastructure is also vital to support growth. That’s why the Queensland Government has committed to a record $88.7 billion four-year state-wide building program, including the $20.3 billion Big Build capital investment announced in this year’s State Budget.

“Our population is also changing. More people are living alone.

“The number of one person households will increase from 23 to 45 per cent in 2046.

“So even without counting the massive population increase, we still need more homes to house the same number of people.

“To meet the needs of our growing Queensland and ensure we maintain our great lifestyle, we need more housing supply and a better mix of housing options.

“This means building more units, townhouses and terraces.

“My elderly neighbour shouldn’t have to clean a four-bedroom, two storey house. They should be able to downsize to a unit or terrace, without being forced to move away from their community.

“We’re intend on releasing the draft SEQ regional plan for feedback very soon.” 




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This statement replaces the statement which was posted at 11:30 Sunday 30th July 2023.