Economic activity and employment forecasts: Brisbane long term infrastructure plan

In Brisbane, NIEIR’s modelling has been used to inform Brisbane’s long term infrastructure plan (BLTIP). The intention of the project was that Council would have available to it economic activity and employment forecasting at the local level for the Brisbane metropolitan area. The forecasting was to provide comprehensive data sets suitable for estimating the requirements for infrastructure servicing that would support Brisbane’s future economic prosperity and a desirable lifestyle and standard of living for its population.

Brisbane City Council had identified that there were gaps and deficiencies in the information available for the BLTIP which need to be addressed. Therefore, it was intended that the work completed by NIEIR would supplement and build upon the work done by various parties prior to that time and create a more comprehensive and stable framework for the task of comprehensive infrastructure planning.

Benefit to client

NIEIR’s work has been of significant benefit to Brisbane City Council, informing, for example, infrastructure needs, traffic and transport modelling for major project planning, preparation of the Brisbane Economic Development Plan, and preparation of Brisbane’s Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS).

The Brisbane project was subsequently expanded to South East Queensland (SEQ). The Council of Mayors (SEQ) believes that the SEQ-wide project will be similarly beneficial to planning across all SEQ councils.

The projects completed by NIEIR in SEQ provided a common set of population (involvement from PIFU), dwelling, demographic, employment, and economic activity forecasts at the sub-LGA level for all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in South East Queensland (SEQ). This information was used for a variety of planning purposes and provide the Council of Mayors (SEQ) with economic activity and employment forecasts at the local level (LGA, SLA and Transport Model Zone (TMZ)) for the SEQ Region.