Our smart, prosperous city
In 2031, Brisbane will offer a business-friendly environment and its business culture will be highly regarded for its positive, collaborative approach.
Brisbane's high performing economy will be known for its strong business and cultural links with Asia and will be the leading Australian hub for global companies servicing the Asia Pacific region.
Brisbane's highly-skilled workers will be a major competitive advantage for local businesses and attract new businesses to the city.
- the standard of living of Brisbane's residents will increase to $75,000 per capita (measured in gross regional product)
- Greater Brisbane's economy will grow in value to $217 billion by 2031. It will generate 343,000 additional jobs by 2021 and a further 100,000 jobs by 2031
- the digital economy in Brisbane will continue to grow from 2013 levels
- 90% of Brisbane's businesses will be satisfied with their dealings with Council on business-related issues
- Brisbane will be a major Australian study destination for international students.
What you can do
- find out the information you will need to set up and operate a business in Brisbane
- attend a Lord Mayor's Business Forum
- read Brisbane's Key Economic Facts.
What Council is doing
Brisbane City Council's plans and strategies, projects, programs and initiatives include:
- Brisbane Economic Development Plan 2012-2031
- online information for businesses in Brisbane
- one-stop shop for filming enquiries to promote and assist the local film and television industry
- library learning programs - computer and internet training, learning lounges
- library learning support - the Answers Now program (available within the library) and a vast range of research databases
- supporting international education and training.
Council's achievements since 2006:
- worked with businesses all over Brisbane to develop the Brisbane's Unique Windows of Opportunity Report. The report formed the basis of the current Brisbane Economic Development Plan
- Brisbane was only the second city in the world to appoint a Chief Digital Officer who worked with the business community to form Brisbane's first digital strategy. The bold strategy, which aims to drive digital uptake and use in Brisbane, will be implemented over five years
- as part of our focus on growing small and medium businesses, launched a series of Lord Mayor's business forums. The forums feature some of Brisbane's most talented business mentors
- established the Brisbane Business Hotline 133 BNE in 2012, as part of the implementation of Brisbane's Unique Windows of Opportunity Report. This hotline provides a single point of contact for businesses dealing with Council. To date, the hotline has managed 36,418 queries
- improved satisfaction amongst businesses dealing with Council on business-related issues, with 92% indicating they are very satisfied with the process
- developed and implemented a strategy to deliver more four and five star hotels to Brisbane
- delivered the capacity to accommodate 60% of the proposed development growth and commercial floor space for Brisbane, through our land use planning
- developed and commenced implementation of the Brisbane Long Term Infrastructure Plan 2012-2031
- delivered foreign language way-finding signage at over 30 locations in the CBD to make it easier for residents and tourists to navigate around the city
- worked with education providers all over Brisbane to grow Brisbane's exports in international education
- delivered children's literacy programs at libraries, attended by more than 100,000 parents and children annually
- provided free WiFi to 22 parks and all Council libraries.