Brisbane's Economic Development Plan

In 2012, Brisbane City Council launched Brisbane’s Economic Development Plan 2031 to ensure Brisbane is prepared for future growth in the city’s economy and infrastructure.  The plan won the 2012 Strategic Planning Regional Category of the Economic Development Australia Awards.

Council continues to work together with its Economic Development Board, Brisbane Marketing, to deliver on this award-winning plan to strengthen Brisbane’s economy to secure long term success and economic prosperity.

Delivering the Key Priorities

Council is delivering the five key priorities of Brisbane’s Economic Development Plan 2031.

Building Brisbane’s Global Reputation to strengthen Brisbane’s profile as a tourism and investment destination

  • Airline routes and connections delivering 21% growth in international flights, and 18% growth in international seat capacity in the last three years
  • Major Events Strategy growing the city’s major events from $100 million in 2014/15 to $166 million in 2018/19
  • The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant encouraging the city’s early career professionals and researchers to attract valuable conferences to Brisbane.

Growing a Productive Economy to nurture local business growth and attract new business

  • Asia-Pacific Cities Summit and Mayor’s Forum held biennially to encourage connection and collaboration with key influencers of cities
  • The Capital start-up hub opened in 2016 and has onboarded more than 350 businesses
  • Council as purchaser is committed to buying more from local businesses.

Attracting Talent and Connecting Globally to offer diverse and growing employment opportunities

  • International student attraction has increased from 57,000 student enrolments in 2012 to 95,000 student enrolments in 2018
  • City Welcome Festival and Lord Mayor’s International Friendship Ceremonies welcome in excess of 5,000 international students each year
  • Brisbane International Student Ambassadors advocate for Brisbane locally and internationally.

Enriching Brisbane’s Lifestyle to create more to see and do

  • River Access Network increasing commercial, recreation and tourism opportunities focusing on the Brisbane River
  • Brisbane Greeters program offers free orientation tours to tourists and visitors, available in over 13 languages
  • Foreign Language Wayfinding making it easier for international visitors and tourists to get around the CBD.

Leading and Engaging to deliver on the economic priorities for Brisbane

Download Economic Plan documents

To find out more about Brisbane's Economic Development Plan 2031, download:

Last updated:13 December 2019