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 46% 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


  • 10,981 dwellings approved in the 12 months ending December 2017
  • 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 to provide a new riverside parkland and commercial development
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Infrastructure projects

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


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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 opening in the Brisbane Central Business District (2018)
  • Scottish craft beer pioneer BrewDog planning to build 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 7,000m2 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:24 April 2019