Queensland – A Snapshot

Queensland is Australia’s second largest state, covering 1, 722 000 km2 and the third most populous with more than 4.5 million inhabitants. It occupies 22.5 percent of the continent in the north-east and has boundaries with New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory. It is bounded by the Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait and the Coral Sea in the north, and the South Pacific Ocean in the east. The total coastline is 7400 km with the corals of the Great Barrier Reef fringing the eastern coastline for more than 2000 kilometres. Brisbane, the capital, is located in the south-eastern corner of the State.

The people of Queensland enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with world class beaches and waterways, national parks, rainforests and tropical reefs. The pleasant climate (average summer temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, average winter temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius) means that Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most other Australian states.

With up-to-date technology and services, the lowest taxes in Australia and plenty of space to develop and expand, Queensland is the preferred location for many new businesses each year.

Queensland’s enviable lifestyle ensures that its current population of over 4.5 million continues to grow and prosper.

The estimated resident population of Queensland at 30 September 2016was 4,860,400 people. Queensland had an average annual growth rate of 1.4%, a similar rate to New South Wales. The fastest growing state was Victoria with a growth rate of 2.1%.

The estimated population density of Queensland is 2.6 persons per square kilometre although the majority of the population (60%) is resident in the major cities on the east coast of the state. Roughly 81% were Australian-born with the majority of overseas-born residents from the United Kingdom or Europe, followed by other Oceania countries such as New Zealand and in smaller numbers from the rest of the world.

Queensland Employment

Queensland’s unemployment rate at June 30, 2010, was 5.7% an increase of 1.3% from the previous year. For those earning a wage or salary, almost 52% are males and 48% are females. More than 65% of the workforce is between the age of 25 and 55 years. Only 2% are 65 years or over

10 benefits of living in Queensland

Every day, the Queensland lifestyle entices people to visit, work and settle from all over the world. Known as Australia’s ‘Sunshine State,’ Queensland towns and cities are some of the most liveable in the world. The state offers a high standard of living with:

  • a stable economy
  • affordable housing
  • world-class education system and advanced health services
  • modern infrastructure of roads and public transport
  • a safe place for you and your family to live
  • the only state in Australia with 6 international airports
  • perfect beaches, national parks, and the ‘outback’
  • a subtropical and tropical climate
  • a vibrant cosmopolitan, arts and cultural scene
  • and an eclectic mix of differently friendly cultures ready to make you feel at home.
Source: www.migration.qld.gov.au

Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

The Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) reflect the current labour demand for positions throughout Queensland. Check the category applicable to your current situation to see if your profession is in demand in Queensland and ensure that you meet any specialisations and work experience requirements.

There are additional requirements against particular occupations on our lists, which may include a job offer, registration and work experience in specialised fields. Please do not submit an EOI if you do not meet the additional requirements (if applicable) as specified against your occupation.

Helpful Links

Finding a Migration Agent

Queensland Settlement Information

Welcome to Queensland – Official Migrant Information Help Page

Living in Queensland



MIGRANT NINJA TIP – You must obtain a valid Skills Assessment (mandatory) and registration (where applicable) prior to lodging your EOI. Visit homeaffairs.gov.au for more information.