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Southerners crossing the border for a new life in Queensland will have to pay for the privilege, with a new charge expected to raise $17 million.

Treasurer Cameron Dick will announce a new driver’s licence transfer fee of $78.75 in next week’s budget, aimed at people who move to Queensland from interstate.

More than 61,000 people are expected to move to Queensland from interstate over the coming years.

More than 61,000 people are expected to move to Queensland from interstate over the coming years.Credit:Felicity Caldwell

It comes after a woman in her 40s travelled from Victoria to Queensland with her husband before the pair tested positive for COVID-19.

The sunshine state recorded its biggest influx of new residents in almost two decades in 2020, with more than 12,000 people from Victoria and 18,000 people from NSW flocking to sunny Queensland.



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