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South East Queensland regional plan

The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017, also known as ShapingSEQ, is the regional plan for the South East Queensland (SEQ) region.

The growth monitoring program supports ShapingSEQ through its housing supply expert panel, measures that matter report and the land supply and development monitoring online report.

Region at a glance

  • 3.8 million people

  • 1.6 million dwellings

  • 1.93 million jobs

The region includes the local government areas of:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • City of Gold Coast Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council (urban extent only).

ShapingSEQ Review

South East Queensland is growing and changing and it’s important that ShapingSEQ provides a framework that responds and seeks to manage this growth.

At the Queensland Housing Summit in October 2022, a commitment was made to review ShapingSEQ to directly respond to the immediate housing and growth management needs of the region.

The review will be a targeted amendment of the existing ShapingSEQ that will reflect updated population and dwelling growth assumptions and will include a more robust approach to data and monitoring of supply to address specific areas of housing supply pressure.

While the fundamentals of the plan will remain unchanged, the review will focus on strengthening the narrative and policy. It will ensure ShapingSEQ’s benchmarks and expectations for dwelling growth and critically, housing choice and diversity, are updated to reflect real housing need.

The review will also involve a more refined and improved implementation framework that ensures the updated policy directions can be delivered with sufficient transparency, accountability, and resources to provide certainty to stakeholders.

Local governments, industry and the broader community will be involved during the review process and public notification of the draft plan will provide the opportunity for everyone to have their say. A 30-business day public notification period will allow anyone to make a submission on the draft plan.

ShapingSEQ provides a regional framework for growth management, and sets planning direction for sustainable growth, global economic competitiveness and high-quality living by:

  • identifying a long-term sustainable pattern of development which focuses more growth in existing urban areas
  • harnessing regional economic strengths and clusters to compete globally
  • ensuring land use and infrastructure planning are integrated
  • valuing and protecting the natural environment, productive land, resources, landscapes and cultural  heritage
  • promoting more choice of housing and lifestyle options
  • locating people and jobs closer together, and moving people and goods more efficiently and reliably
  • promoting vibrant, fair, healthy and affordable living and housing to meet all of the community's needs
  • valuing design and embracing the climate to create high-quality living environments
  • maximising the use of existing infrastructure and planning for smarter solutions for new infrastructure
  • supporting strong rural communities and economic diversification.

The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring ShapingSEQ and its 36 implementation actions are successfully implemented. An annual report provides greater transparency on the progress of each implementation action.

Growth Monitoring Program

The Growth Monitoring Program (GMP) was established in 2018 to provide clear evidence to inform planning and infrastructure decision- making in South East Queensland (SEQ).

Since 2020 the dynamic nature of land supply and development activity across SEQ has been highlighted through disrupted migration flows and increased demand for houses as a result of COVID-19 and government stimulus and investment.

It is important we continue to monitor the SEQ region’s land supply and development activity to ensure we have adequate land in the right locations to maintain SEQ’s enviable lifestyle and unique characteristics. This will ensure we have the right infrastructure, housing and jobs in the right location in the years ahead and for current and future generations.

The Growth Monitoring Program consists of three core deliverables:

Last updated: 29 Mar 2023