Queensland considers fast-tracked regional visas
The premier of the Queensland government, Campbell Newman, has discussed a proposal to introduce a fast-tracked visa process for immigrants who choose to live in regional areas of Queensland.
The long term result of this plan would be to see half of Queensland’s population living outside the state’s south east by 2043.
Effectively, immigrants who agree to settle in regional areas could jump the queue to come to Australia.
Queensland’s migration intake could also increase under the plan. The premier has promised to focus on infrastructure projects in the regions to help support his growth plans.
Around 100,000 overseas migrants move to Queensland each year. At the moment, around 65% live in the south east, taking in Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
With Queensland’s population expected to almost double to about eight million in the next thirty years, Premier Newman says it’s a ‘no brainer’ to start looking to the regions to accommodate the expected growth.