International business

Brisbane City Council is committed to advancing Brisbane’s place in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Council’s international business programs aim to improve the economic benefits and opportunities for Brisbane-based businesses by:

  • strengthening Sister City relationships throughout the Asia Pacific and the Middle East
  • facilitating business and trade connections with international markets
  • supporting local businesses to achieve successful outcomes through our Sister city relationships
  • co-ordinating inbound international delegations and business outbound missions to overseas markets.

Council's International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit facilitate and manage these programs and act as a referral service for businesses who aspire to connect with the Asia Pacific and the world. Contact the team to find out how they can help you and your business.

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Lord Mayor's message 

Brisbane is home to many cultures from all over the world. Nearly a third of our residents were born overseas and more than 22 per cent of households speak a language other than English.

Our multiculturalism is one of our city’s greatest strengths and, as Lord Mayor, I want to reaffirm Brisbane City Council’s commitment to work with our multicultural businesses, residents and local communities as we rebuild and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Council is investing in our city’s growth and last week I handed down the 2020-21 Budget that looks toward the future and outlines a strong plan to create jobs and ensure Brisbane thrives once again.

This Budget is about getting residents back on their feet and Brisbane open for business, including:

  • A six-month rates freeze
  • Millions in business fee relief
  • $9.2 million to breathe new life into suburban shopping precincts
  • $250 owner-occupier rates rebate for JobSeeker recipients
  • Direct assistance for community clubs
  • Fast-tracking the upgrades in the suburbs
  • Seven new double-decker CityCats
  • Progressing Brisbane Metro, creating up to 2600 jobs
  • Fast-tracking the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges, creating up to 500 jobs
  • Suburban road upgrades
  • Up to 40 per cent pensioner rates rebate
  • Off-peak travel for seniors on buses, ferries and CityCats
  • Supporting local businesses with our local buy procurement policy.

I’m so proud of the way Brisbane residents have been responding to the challenges presented by coronavirus and, together, we’re rebuilding our local economy to ensure that Brisbane has a better, brighter future.


Adrian Schrinner

Additional information

Updates on coronavirus are available on the Coronavirus: Council Updates and Impacts page. 

Council’s entire website can be translated into 100+ languages for members of our multicultural communities. You may select your preferred language from the “Select language” dropdown in the footer if you would like to use the translation feature.

If you wish to speak to Brisbane City Council and need an interpreter, please visit the Translating and Interpreting Service page.

Lord Mayor's International Business Forums

The Lord Mayor’s International Business Forums provide insights on how to expand your business operations globally, with a particular focus on Brisbane’s Sister Cities. Due to coronavirus, these forums have been postponed until further notice.

Bring your delegation to Brisbane

Brisbane regularly welcomes visiting international delegations consisting of business people, academics and government officials. This program provides a unique opportunity for visiting delegations to access specialised information and best-practice through presentations, roundtable discussions, networking events and individual meetings.

International visitors who would like to meet with officials from Brisbane City Council and Brisbane's institutions should complete the online form or contact the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit.

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Last updated:24 June 2020