Why choose Brisbane for business | Brisbane City Council

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

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

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

Infrastructure projects

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

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)

More information

08 November 2018