A City for Everyone: Inclusive Brisbane Plan 2019-2029 - Our changing city

Our city is growing, our population is ageing, our needs are diversifying and more people from other countries are discovering Brisbane’s unique lifestyle.

By 2029, an estimated 1.4 million people will call Brisbane home¹, creating more opportunities for more diversity in the community.

An estimated 20% of Brisbane residents will be aged over 60² by the year 2029. As life expectancy increases, older residents will continue to greatly contribute to our communities.

Disability and mental health issues will become more common. This includes instances of intellectual, cognitive, sight, hearing and mobility impairment³.

Brisbane residents will represent more diverse countries of origin. In 2016, one-in-three residents were born overseas³, bringing new perspectives, ideas and cultural traditions.


1. Queensland Treasury, Queensland Government population projections, Queensland Treasury, Brisbane, 2016, viewed 27 July 2019, https://www.qgso.qld.gov.au.au

2. Queensland Treasury, Projected population (medium series), by five-year age group and sex, by local government area, Queensland, 2011 to 2036, Queensland Treasury, Brisbane, 2016, viewed 27 July 2019, https://www.qgso.qld.gov.au

3. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, cat. no. 2003.0, ABS, Canberra, 2016

Last updated:27 March 2020