Economic development

Brisbane City Council’s Economic Development program enhances Brisbane’s capacity to support long-term economic growth. It coordinates and implements projects to attract investment and jobs, promote business expansion in Brisbane and build Brisbane's international reputation as a place to visit, study, work and do business.

Brisbane's key economic facts

Key economic facts Brisbane Local Government Area # Greater Brisbane ^
Value of the economy (June 2012) N/A $135 billion*
Estimated residential population
(June 2013)
1,131,191 2,171,314
Employment (April 2014) 811,600 1,141,600
Unemployment rate (April 2014) 5.1% 5.9%
Number of businesses (June 2012) 115,472 189,244

#  term refers to the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area
^  refers to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Greater Capital City area, including Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council, Redland City Council, Ipswich City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council
* Source: Brisbane City Council estimate

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Doing Business in Brisbane

Council is supporting Brisbane's economic development through efficient service delivery to the city's businesses. Find all the information you will need to set up and operate a business in Brisbane, apply and view current and awarded tenders and business opportunities. You can also find out about Council's Business Forums and watch videos of previous speakers.
Cityscape for economic development

Economic Development Program

Download the Brisbane Economic Development Plan 2012-2031, key economic facts and the Lord Mayor's Brisbane Economic Snapshots.
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Brisbane community profiles

Download detailed demographic, social and economic information for all areas of Brisbane. Generate three new profile reports - resident, work force and time series.

Open Data

The aim of the Open Data initiative is to provide an easy way to find, access and reuse Council's public datasets. Find out about the Datastore Website and hack::Brisbane.
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International Relations Program

Brisbane - Australia's new world city develops strategic international alliances and partnerships. You can also read about the Asia Pacific Cities Summit.

Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table

Read about the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table.
Lord Mayor's Business Award winners 2012

Lord Mayor's Business Award

The Lord Mayor's Business Awards acknowledge the enormous contribution of businesses and individuals to Brisbane's economy and our profile as a vibrant centre of innovation and enterprise.

Digital Brisbane Hub

Digital Brisbane is a hub to seed and nurture a thriving digital economy in Brisbane, identifying profitable business opportunities and helping to create a better lifestyle for locals.

G20 Leaders Summit

In November 2014, Brisbane will host the G20 Leaders Summit, the principal forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making.

Hotel investment in Brisbane

Brisbane continues to grow as the destination of choice for many businesses and tourists. Find out how hotels play a vital role in this growth and read the guide to hotel investment in Brisbane.

Moreton Bay and Islands Tourism Awards

Congratulations to all winners of the Moreton Bay and Islands Tourism Awards. Award winners were announced on 19 July 2013 at a gala presentation evening, recognising excellence in tourism service delivery across the local government areas of Brisbane City Council, Redland City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council.