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Brisbane | Australia’s new world City

Updated Highlights September 2017

  • Massive Population Growth of another 662,000 new residents in Greater Brisbane by the year 2031
    • Equivalent of adding the current population of Sunshine Coast + Gold Coast to the city
  • Requiring another 280,100 new dwellings
    • Meaning 20,000 new dwellings per annum
    • 10 years later this number will rise to 495,300 new dwellings
  • 35% of Brisbane residents are Renters
    • Highest percentage in Australia
  • Today 195,000 residents make use of rail services rising to 434,000 by year 2031
  • Today 350,000 residents make use of bus services rising to double that in 2041
  • 150,000 residents will make use of the new Metro service in 2041
  • 50 million passengers are expected to pass through Brisbane Airport in 2037
    • More than double current figures
  • 1,250 new Doctors will be required 15 years from now
  • 361k jobs required in the Employment Industry by 2031
  • Health Care industry will employ 230,000 in 2031 being the largest employment sector
  • Brisbane Economy is expected to grow to $250 billion in 2031 up from $150bn today
  • The fastest growing economic area outside of Brisbane CBD over the next 15 years is the Eagle Farm – Pinkenba area
  • 42 new Shopping Centres are expected to be built by 2031

“The above equates to your Investment Opportunity; supply is struggling to keep up with increasing demand in most locations.”




Billions of dollars’ worth of major infrastructure projects, either under construction or in the planning stage, are rapidly changing the face of Brisbane and Queensland. Bringing together public and private sector expertise in successful partnerships, the city and the state’s myriad transport, energy, health and education infrastructure projects present a wealth of opportunity for investors to tap into this critical sector of Brisbane’s growing economy.

Brian Haratsis a Queensland Town Planner of over 30 years understands that Brisbane will grow to the same size Melbourne is at today with an expected population of 3.6 million by the year 2040

Right now Brisbane has a population growth of  a little under 100,000 new residents per year, equating to 1,900 new residents per week who require 800 – 1000 new dwellings to house them. Demand is putting massive pressure on supply forcing rental yields to increase which in turn will improve capital growth in the coming years

Brisbane projected to outgrow mature world cities in order such as : Singapore, Austin, Hong Kong, Salt Lake City, Orlando, Perth according to Jones Lang Lasalle 2012 Report.


  • Fastest growing city in Australia
    • Greater Brisbane Population Growth by 2036 : 18%
    • Brisbane CBD by 34%
  • Second largest metropolis on the planet
  • One of the fastest growing cities in the world in the top 8
  • Investment Attraction
    • Queensland’s real GDP growth outperforms global competitors – UK, USA, Japan
    • Home to the largest public infrastructure spending program in Australia’s History
    • Australia’s fastest-growing consumer market
    • Airport, 2nd Highest number of international arrivals into Australia
    • Airport Upgrade $1.83 billion dollars (upgrade to Runway and both International & Domestic Terminals)
    • Port, Australia Trade Coast – connecting Brisbane to national and global markets
    • Home to 127,000 Businesses
    • The closest major Australian capital to the Asia Pacific
    • Growth powerhouse of the Australian Economy
    • Ranked by KPMG as one of the world’s most cost-competitive locations
    • Young professional demographic
    • World class education infrastructure
    • Hosts one of the world’s top 3 convention centers
    • Brilliant beaches 30 minutes from downtown Brisbane
    • International Head offices
    • International Sporting Events
    • Cultural City with Australia’s largest gallery of modern art
    • One administration / city council means faster decision making processes


“Brisbane’s strong economy, efficient and proactive government, strong job market and appealing lifestyle will ensure strong Rental Yields and Capital Growth.”


Visit; Play; Invest; Study; Meet; Grow; Enjoy – Live in Brisbane!!

Brisbane’s inner city is forecast to be the most undersupplied residential rental market across Queensland, reaching record low vacancy rates (nearing 1%) between 2012 and 2013.

Strong rental growth is forecast for both 1 bedroom apartments (median rents to top $400 per week) and 2 bedroom apartments (median rents to top $560 per week) in the coming 5 years.

There is a large volume of investment and development under way in the South Brisbane area – which will inevitably have a highly stimulatory effect on resident demand, employment and underlying price growth for residential dwellings in the medium and long term

Employment Opportunities

Some of the largest employment nodes within inner Brisbane – such as the Mater Hospital and Queensland Cultural precincts – are located in South Brisbane, all within walking distance or easily accessible via public transport. These significant employment nodes combined with the close proximity to Brisbane CBD underpin demand for residential accommodation within South Brisbane.

Choose from an All-star Cast of Education Facilities

South Brisbane is also strategically located within close proximity to Brisbane’s premier Tertiary and Secondary Education Institutions, including:

  • QUT Gardens Point
  • Griffith University’s Conservatorium of Music and Collage of Art Campuses
  • South Bank Institute of Technology
  • Easy access to the University of Queensland across the river at St Lucia Brisbane State High School, Brisbane Boys Grammar School, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Somerville House and St Laurence’s College.

Brisbane’s Big Picture

  • There is an excellent degree of lifestyle amenity in South Brisbane – kilometers of walkways, paths and cycle ways as well as numerous parks including Kurilpa Point Park, Musgrave Park, Davies Park and South Brisbane Riverside Lands Park.
  • Inner Brisbane’s premier cultural, entertainment, lifestyle and recreation precinct – South Bank is located along the riverfront at South Brisbane. South Bank attracts in excess of 11 million people annually making it Brisbane’s number one tourist destination and a large contributor to the local economy

A Full House with Low Vacancies and a High Demand

Brisbane’s inner city is forecast to be the most undersupplied residential rental market across Queensland reaching record low vacancy rates (nearing 1%) between 2012 and 2013.

Strong growth is forecast for both 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the coming 5 years:

  • 1 bedroom median rent to tip over $400 per week
  • 2 bedroom median rents to reach over $560

Standing Out above other major Australian Cities

  • Over the past year South Brisbane has recorded an impressive increase in median price of 11.2%.
  • South Brisbane has consistently achieved a premium in median apartment price over the Broader Brisbane LGA over the past ten years with an average of 19% (refer to graph).
  • South Brisbane has recently and will continue to undergo a large volume of investment and development within the area – which will inevitably have a highly stimulatory effect on resident demand, employment and underlying price growth of residential dwellings in the medium and long term.
  • Currently the inner south accounts for only 15% of the total market share of new residential apartments due for market entry over the next three years, indicating the suburb could have an undersupply of apartments compared to other areas of inner Brisbane. Matusik Property Insights

Investment Opportunities in Brisbane and surrounds include :

  • Brisbane here

  • Brisbane inner suburbs

  • Western Growth Corridor

  • Ipswich here

  • Spring Field Lakes here

  • Toowoomba here

  • Sunshine Coast here

  • Transport Infrastructure Fact Sheet here


Types of dwellings : House and Land, Townhouses, Dual Occupancy, Duplex and Apartments (1, 2 or 3 beds)


Queensland capital Growth State 2015 read here

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