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Land supply and growth challenges in South East Queensland

ShapingSEQ’s 50-year vision will place South East Queensland as a globally recognised region where people love to live, learn, work, invest and visit. The region is expected to grow by 1.5 million people by 2041. ShapingSEQ maps out how the state will sustainably and responsibly accommodate a growing population.

The majority of new growth in SEQ will be accommodated in existing urban areas. It will be delivered by well-designed communities that provide a diversity of housing choices, focused in and around centres, employment areas and along reliable high-frequency public transport corridors that connect them.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some disruption to SEQ’s growth in the short term, however in the long term we expect the region’s growth to bounce back.

The HomeBuilder stimulus program and low interest rates, along with strong net interstate migration, have created an unprecedented demand for housing in SEQ. This is placing pressure on approvals, rollout and funding of infrastructure, and the capacity of industry to deliver.

The migration north from the southern states continues and is influenced by Queensland’s success in responding to the impacts of COVID-19. The Brisbane Greater Capital City Area continues to draw people from interstate and recorded the strongest capital city growth nationally in the September 2020 quarter (3000 people), following strong growth in the June 2020 quarter (2300 people).

Overseas migration, which was the major component of growth in the state, has diminished as a result of the pandemic. This is expected to be the case until at least the end of 2022.

The Growth Areas Team was announced on 3 March 2021 by the Deputy Premier. This is a key initiative to address the current pressure on land supply and provide a mechanism for government, councils, developers and the industry to keep up with the increase in demand for land, housing and the supporting infrastructure that comes with it.

Last updated: Thursday, Mar 25, 2021