QLD population to hit 5 million as Govt rolls out welcome mat

Queensland’s population is expected to reach 5 million by the end of 2017 – with 110,000 people moving from other parts of the country to the sunshine state in the last 10 years alone.

The forecast comes as Queensland’s Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, rolled out a new campaign encouraging more people from southern parts of Australia to “Move up in the world”.

“Queensland is much more than mining, tourism and agriculture — we are nation-leaders in a diverse range of fields, have the country’s most innovative and dynamic trading economy, and are open for business,” Mr Pitt said.


“We can even tolerate you continuing to support NSW in future State of Origins – although be warned it may not be too popular with your new neighbours.”

Mr Pitt added that the campaign would focus on more than Brisbane and highlight the state’s heavily decentralised nature with great opportunities to live, work, and invest.

“Population growth has played an important role in Queensland’s long-term economic success, and we want more people to move up to Queensland and be part of its growth and future,” he said.

The Queensland – Move Up in the World campaign will highlight the state’s diverse and growing economy, career and investment opportunities in existing and new industries, more affordable housing, cost of living, business incentives, and quality of life.

The campaign begins today with online advertising and a dedicated website and will be followed by more initiatives in the months ahead.