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Addressing land supply and growth challenges in South East Queensland

South East Queensland continues to experience significant population growth, and the way we live and work is changing rapidly.

It’s not hard to see why. Queensland has an incredible lifestyle and a strong economy that supports plenty of jobs and business opportunities.

The influx of new residents is not slowing down. By 2036, our population is expected to climb by 20 per cent. That’s more than one million new Queenslanders.

To make the most of the opportunities that growth provides, and to ensure there is enough housing – and the right housing – for everyone, it is critical that we plan for it in the right way. We must lay strong foundations for economic development and liveable communities that will meet the future needs of our growing and changing population.

South East Queensland Regional Plan review

The South East Queensland Regional Plan, also known as ShapingSEQ, was released in 2017 and provides a framework for growth management, and sets planning direction for sustainable growth, global economic competitiveness and high-quality living. It was prepared in collaboration with the community and its purpose, themes and objectives are still sound.

However, there is no doubt that some of its benchmarks and assumptions, especially in relation to housing supply and population, need to be updated to address the housing challenges currently facing the region.

This is why a review of ShapingSEQ was announced as an outcome of the 2022 Queensland Housing Summit. The review will be focused on ensuring that ShapingSEQ provides the right framework to enable sufficient housing supply (and choice) across the region.

In addition, an infrastructure assessment will be undertaken in support of the ShapingSEQreview, recognising the importance of alignment between land use planning and infrastructure planning. It will ensure that recent infrastructure planning is reflected in the updated regional planning framework and will be released as a supplement to the plan.

Find out more about the ShapingSEQ review.

Last updated: 13 Mar 2023