The need for a university
Bernard Salt, one of Australia's leading experts on demographics
said: "the Moreton Bay Regional Council area is in my view the best
location for a new university campus in Australia based on current
and future demographics. A local, major higher-education campus
will unlock job opportunities and supercharge this region's
economic development and prosperity."
With around 613,000 residents in the Greater Moreton Bay Region,
it could sustain around 67,000 university students 18-24 year olds
in the Moreton Bay Region by 2031.
Mr Salt made the case for a major new university in our region,
saying such a campus could generate:
- 10,000 university students by 2033 and 20,000 students at
- Create over 2,200 ongoing jobs for the Greater Moreton Bay
Region by 2031
- 100 direct construction jobs each year from 2016-30
- 250 additional ongoing jobs in the local education and health
sector from 2031
- $950 million of economic benefit for the
View the Demographic Case for a University in the Greater Moreton Region [PDF 6.6MB] by Bernard Salt
Appointing a partner
Council appointed independent firm KPMG to undertake an
Expression of Interest process with suitably qualified
higher-education providers to establish a university campus at the
former Petrie Paper Mill site. The process is complete and
the University of the Sunshine Coast has been appointed as the preferred provider for an
exciting new university campus in the Moreton Bay
USC is a Queensland-based university and is ranked as one of
Australia's top universities for teaching quality.
For 11 consecutive years, USC has received a five-star
rating for teaching quality from the independently published Good
USC has also achieved higher than average participation rates
for low socio-economic status students, proving to be a highly
inclusive university provider.
Size of the campus
USC will develop a major new university campus at Petrie which
will be in equal status to its campus at Sippy Downs. The new
campus will be called USC Moreton Bay.
USC Moreton Bay is expected to cater for up to 10,000 students
within the first 10 years, starting from the year 2020.
USC Moreton Bay will have a comprehensive offering of courses including law, business, science, engineering and many specialty courses such as mechatronics.
It is expected this course offering will grow to more than 100 courses within 10 years of the campus' operation.
USC has a broad range of preparatory classes to assist people transition into university study including those people who may not finish Year 12, or have been in the workforce for some time and are returning to study.