REGIONAL Queenslanders like to say politicians barely look outside Brisbane.

But MPs only had to look across the road to build new government offices.

The first of 5000 Queensland public servants will move into their new offices at the $650 million One William Street building on Monday.

Across the road from Queensland Parliament House the massive new sky scraper, dubbed the Tower of Power, will house all government ministers and directors general.

Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning and Department of State Development staff will start in the new building on Monday.

Over the coming weeks staff from 20 CBD buildings will move into One William Street and three will be emptied entirely.

Over the next 15 years Queensland taxpayers will pay about $1.14 billion in rent for the use of the building.

Queensland Treasury project manager Paul Krautz said it was difficult to calculate savings to the taxpayer as the government had previously occupied buildings it owned.

"I don't know whether there is a comparator because government used to occupy their own buildings," he said.

"The first relocations start this weekend with about 900 people moving in. Then over the next six or seven weekends we'll be moving all the other government officials and departments into One William Street."

The move of the remaining 4100 government staff will be complete by the first week of December.

The existing Executive Building will be transferred to the developer of the Queen's Wharf casino precinct from January 1, 2017. It will eventually be demolished along with two other government buildings for the entertainment hub.

The former Newman government commissioned the building and committed to using it for public service offices. The current Labor government said it was forced to move in as the private sector would not pay the rent.

Mr Krautz said the government would pay $649.50 per square metre for 75,000sqm of floor space.

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