Why choose Brisbane for business

Brisbane is a city of choice for doing business in the Asia Pacific Region. Find out the population growth, development activity, infrastructure projects and talented people driving opportunity in Brisbane. Read about businesses who have already taken the opportunity to locate in Brisbane.

Central and accessible

  • Closest capital city on eastern seaboard to Australia’s three largest export markets -  China, Japan and South Korea
  • Brisbane Airport less than 20 minutes and 12 kilometres from the city centre
  • Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s largest-growing container ports and Queensland’s largest general cargo port


  • Vibrant
  • Growing
  • Subtropical
  • Innovative
  • Friendly
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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • Expected to grow at more than 1% per year
  • Almost 47% of working age population under the age of 35
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • 7603 dwellings approved in the 12 months ending December 2019
  • Queen’s Wharf $3 billion Integrated Resort Development including five hotels, three residential towers, a new department store, 40 new restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation Project has provided a new riverside parkland and commercial development
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Infrastructure projects

New roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects create opportunities for business

  • Victoria Park will provide more greenspace with new places to relax and enjoy Brisbane's beautiful climate
  • Brisbane Metro will reduce CBD bus congestion and improve services to the suburbs
  • Cross River Rail project will allow more trains to run more often and enable a turn-up-and-go transport system
  • $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River
  • Brisbane Airport Second Runway in progress and on track to commence operations in mid-July 2020
  • Proposed ‘Brisbane Live’ $2 billion Stadium and Entertainment Precinct, Roma Street
  • Five new green bridges to be built across Brisbane. The new bridges will link Kangaroo Point to the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD), Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, as well as new crossings at Breakfast Creek and Bellbowrie
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 32% with bachelor degree level of education

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Queensland’s first Westin Hotel opened in the Brisbane Central Business District (2018)
  • Scottish craft beer pioneer BrewDog built a brewing facility at Murarrie (2018)
  • Finnish renewable materials company, Stora Enso, chose Lytton as its new Queensland base (2017)
  • Appliance company, Miele, set up a 7000m2 Queensland headquarters at the Brisbane Airport precinct (2017)
  • Japanese retailer, Uniqlo, chose the Queen Street Mall for its flagship Queensland store (2016)

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Last updated: 6 October 2020

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