Regions outside of South East Queensland account for approximately one-third of the state’s total economic output and around 28 per cent of the population. They are critical to Queensland’s economy and future.

The State Government’s Queensland Plan—Queenslanders’ 30-year vision recognises that regions are ‘the engine rooms of our state’ and ‘offer a unique and competitive advantage’. It also highlights that our regions face significant challenges including population migration to metropolitan cities.

The Queensland Plan aims to create strong and prosperous regions with diverse economies over the next 30 years. It sets high-level targets for population growth, liveability, employment and industry attraction, retention and diversification for achieving these goals.

In addition to the Queensland Plan, the government has a range of programs and initiatives including Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities; Advancing Queensland’s Regions, and a range of economic and social policy initiatives that contribute to our regions.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess the Queensland Government’s effectiveness in progressing the goals for strong and prosperous regions in its Queensland Plan.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
  • Selected local councils.
Parliamentary Committee
Economics and Governance Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised