South East Queensland research report

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BCARR has released the ‘South East Queensland—Population, Housing, Jobs, Connectivity and Liveability’ research report. Key findings include:

  • The SEQ region has 3.8 million population as of 30 June 2020. By 2041, the region is expected to be home to 5.4 million, or an additional 1.6 million residents, which is a 44 per cent increase since 2020.
  • By 2041, the SEQ region is expected to need more than 800,000 new dwellings to accommodate the projected population increase.
  • 1.93 million employed persons live in SEQ, as of August 2021. Of these, 68 per cent (or 1.3 million) resided in Greater Brisbane, 19 per cent in the Gold Coast, 10 per cent in the Sunshine Coast and 4 per cent in Toowoomba.
  • Professionals (such as engineers, teachers and accountants) were the biggest occupational contributor to SEQ’s employment growth from 2016 to 2021, with an increase of 82,200 persons, which is 44 per cent of the total increase.
  • On average, residents could access 43 per cent of SEQ’s jobs within a 45-minute car commute in 2019.
  • Brisbane LGA scored the highest on all of the liveability indicators except for access to public open space. The most highly liveable areas are centred around Inner and Middle Brisbane.

The report is available in two parts with higher resolution charts and maps.

The report is also available by chapters: