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Queenslanders’ vision for our regions

In 2044, our strong and diverse regional economies will support communities where people live, work and raise families. Our regions will balance and preserve liveability with robust, sustainable economic growth. They will be centred on towns and cities with growing populations that attract new residents to their enviable lifestyles and opportunities for growth. Reliable and accessible infrastructure will connect our regions with one another, the nation and the world. We will capitalise on the unique attractions of our regions and promote the growth of niche industries and local talents. Each of our regions will discover and develop their distinctive character, culture and heritage.

Why regions is a foundation

Our regional centres are the strongest in the nation and critical hubs for our growing industries. Read more on page 35 of The Queensland Plan (PDF, 4.19MB).

Spotlight on our regions

What Queenslanders want

The following goals highlight what Queenslanders said they wanted to be, do or achieve (in relation to this foundation). These goals are accompanied by the outcomes Queenslanders said they want to see. Read detailed descriptions of success factors in The Queensland Plan (PDF, 4.19MB).

Goal What does success look like?

Our regions are strong and prosperous.

Our regions are prosperous and liveable.
Centres of excellence attract highly skilled labour and drive innovation*.
Local decision-making drives regional development.
We capitalise on unique regional opportunities and assets.
Regions have strong, diverse economies.
Regional development and service delivery reflects the needs of that region.
Working together we will achieve more.
Regions collaborate productively.
We are the number one reliable and safe food bowl of Asia.
We value and invest in local businesses and workers.
We have a range of employment choices.

*A top 10 priority identified by delegates at the Brisbane Summit.

Achieving success

The following targets and measures will help focus our efforts towards achieving success. The baselines have been sourced from existing data sets as a starting point for future reporting. Download The Queensland Plan (PDF, 4.19MB) for a detailed explanation of what the measures show.

T7 Liveable regions

All Queenslanders are highly satisfied with the liveability* of their region.

T8 Growing regions

Double the regional population outside South East Queensland.

*Liveability includes dimensions of safety, prosperity, sense of community, opportunity and work–life balance.

Primary measure Starting point or baseline

Regional population

Estimated resident population by region.

Source: Queensland Treasury and Trade, unpublished estimates.

Source: ABS 3218.0 (2013), Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012-13.


4,742,677 Queensland population.

Baseline: Queensland’s estimated resident population, as at 30 June 2013. See Spotlight on our regions infographic for a population breakdown by region.

Population growth

Annual percentage growth in population by South East and regional Queensland.

Source: ABS 3218.0 (2014), Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012–13.


1.7% Regions outside SEQ
2.0% SEQ region

Baseline: Regional population growth rates over the year to 30 June 2012.

Regional liveability

Percentage of Queenslanders who are satisfied with the liveability of their region.

Source: State survey.


Baseline to be created for 2014–15 through state survey.

Industry diversification

Top five industries of employment by region.

Source: ABS, Census of Population and Housing (2011).


Industry or occupation Queenslanders employed
1. School education 101,766
2. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services 84,110
3. Hospitals 82,343
4. Supermarket and grocery stores 49,152
5. Architectural, engineering and technical services 40,665

Baseline: Queensland’s top five industries by total employment, 2011 and available by region.

Secondary measure Starting point or baseline

Regional economy

Average annual percentage growth in gross state product.

Source: Queensland Treasury and Trade (2014), Queensland State Accounts.


4.1% gross state product growth.

Baseline: Queensland gross state product over 12 months, 2012–13.

Housing stress

Proportion of occupied private dwellings in the bottom two income quintiles paying 30% or more of total household income in rent or mortgage.

Source: ABS, Census of Population and Housing (2011) unpublished data (Queensland Treasury and Trade derived).


18.0% households in bottom two income quintiles in mortgage/rental stress.

Baseline: All Queensland-occupied private dwellings in the bottom two income quintiles experiencing housing stress defined as where more than 30% of gross household income goes toward either rent or mortgage payments, 2011, available by region.

Community safety

Rate of reported person, property and other offences.

Source: Queensland Treasury and Trade (2014), unpublished data.


660.4 per 100,000 Offences against the person
5005.9 per 100,000 Offences against property
3910.2  per 100,000 Other offences

Baseline: Reported offences across Queensland per 100,000 person, 2012–13. Also available by region.

Cost of living

Spatial price index for towns/cities within regions.

Source: Queensland Treasury and Trade (2014), Index of Retail Prices in Queensland Regional Centres, 2013.


10 higher price centres
Overall prices were higher than Brisbane in 10 centres surveyed, with the highest overall prices in Weipa.
18 lower price centres
The ‘all’ items index was similar to Brisbane in Cairns, Rockhampton, Bowen, and Redland local government areas (LGAs) and lower in 18 centres, with the lowest overall prices in Gatton.

Baseline: Brisbane prices are taken as the base measure of 100. Prices are measured above or below this base.

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Get involved

There are many ways you can help achieve our vision. Visit our Get involved page to read a few suggestions related to each foundation area.

What Queenslanders said

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18 May, 2018

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