How Brisbane compares

Brisbane is on track to achieve its target of becoming a top 20 global city by 2031. The Benchmarking Brisbane report provides a comprehensive overview of our performance across a range of indicators including economic growth, lifestyle offerings, trade links and innovation capabilities.

Brisbane’s strengths

  • Recommended by 86% of locals as a great place to live
  • First in the Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future Foreign Direct Investment Strategy
  • Rated the best public transport network in Australia
  • The closest state capital city to Australia’s three largest export markets


  • Global top-60 city for innovation capabilities
  • Ninth for Human Capital and Research
  • 49% of Queensland’s economic output is produced in Brisbane


  • Sixteenth for Global Liveability
  • First for Australian city for public transport
  • Second for most liveable city for Asian expatriates
  • Tenth for Human Capital and Lifestyle
  • Fourth for Knowledge City Index

A place to visit

  • Six-hundred flights a day carrying more than 63,000 passengers
  • 6.9% annual growth of international passengers
  • 80% of locals think that Brisbane has a vibrant, rich culture and entertainment scene

More information

For more information on Brisbane’s global performance, download:

Last updated: 6 October 2020