The Gold Coast is strategically located on the east coast of Australia, less than an hour drive south from Brisbane.

Australia’s sixth largest city and one of its most bio-diverse, the Gold Coast offers a competitive economic environment combined with a coastal lifestyle unrivaled in most capital cities.

The international spotlight will be on the Gold Coast in 2018, when the city hosts one of the largest multi-sport events in the world – the Commonwealth Games.

In preparation for the Games, the Gold Coast is embracing transformative civic projects, with close to $13 billion in major projects that will build upon its existing strengths and create new business and investment opportunities.

Economy

The Gold Coast has a robust economy valued at $25.5 billion, and an ambitious strategy that encourages sustainable growth.

The city has diversified from a platform of tourism and construction into knowledge-based industries including health, information communication technology (ICT), advanced manufacturing, education and professional services.

New infrastructure and investment in the ICT, health, education and advanced manufacturing sectors are redefining the economic profile and creating new opportunities.

Major Projects

  • Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct – including Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, private hospital and opportunities for health related enterprise
  • Gold Coast Culture Precinct
  • G:Link Light Rail
  • Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM infrastructure – including Aquatic Centre, Games Village and Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Carrara Sports Precinct
  • Gold Coast CBD revitalisation
  • Gold Coast Chinatown
  • Broadwater Parklands
  • Gold Coast Airport terminal extension
  • Pacific Fair redevelopment
  • Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino redevelopment
  • Coomera Town Centre

Gold Coast

Regional Strengths

Health and Medical

The Gold Coast health and medical industry continues to grow and is now the number one employer.

The emerging Gold Coast Health and Knowledge provides Australia’s newest and most comprehensive environment for clinical research innovation. Already home to the Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Gold Coast Private Hospital and the Games Village (under construction), the 200 hectare precinct is creating new opportunities for health, knowledge and commercial activities.

Information Communication Technology

The Gold Coast has a varied ICT industry partly driven by entrepreneurial individuals that created their own opportunity to prosper in an idyllic lifestyle location.

The city’s expanding digital infrastructure, progressive culture and networks help to create an environment where ICT businesses have flourished.

The lifestyle combined with relative affordability has seen many tech start-ups establish a presence within the city. The Gold Coast has over 60 startups that have secured over $69 million in digital funding. Notable startups include Guvera and Nimble.

Tourism

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations. Each year the city welcomes close to 12 million visitors from intrastate, interstate and international markets.

The largest sources markets are China, New Zealand and Japan. From 2011 to 2013, Chinese visitors grew by 24 per cent – outstripping the growth of other capital cities.

To accommodate the growth, Chinese are investing in new tourism infrastructure such as the $1 billion Jewel project – a partnership between RDG and Wanda Group (one of China’s richest men).

Education

With three universities – Griffith, Bond and Southern Cross – private colleges, registered training organisations and leading private and public schools, the Gold Coast offers excellent education choices.

The last decade has seen substantial growth in international student numbers to more than 10,000 from 100 countries.

With the rapid growth of the city’s universities, the Gold Coast is building a reputation for cutting edge research and innovation – from drug discovery tackling global health issues; and probing solutions for climate change adaptation; to leading an extensive program of research through Australia’s largest-ever sport science research grant.

Sport

Building on the city’s natural amenity and tourism infrastructure, the Gold Coast has established a reputation as a place for high-performance sport – from permanent training facilities, to international training camps, local sporting codes and major sport events.

The Gold Coast offers a combination of high quality training and playing facilities; cutting-edge research and expertise in sport science; and an innovative sport industry.

Over a two year period the Gold Coast welcomed over 27 professional training camps generating $2.4 million for the local economy.

Marine

The Gold Coast is a premier location for recreational boat building, maintenance and refits.

The city has nine marinas, with capabilities to service super yachts, as well as one of the most advanced marine industry cluster developments in the southern hemisphere.

Each year, international buyers come from across the globe to attend the annual Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and Marine Export Conference that showcases local innovation.

Film

The Gold Coast has a strong film and television industry. The close proximity of diverse locations, world class Village Roadshow Studios combined with the high calibre of experienced crew attracts production companies from across the world to produce feature films, commercials, television series and video clips.

The Gold Coast has attracted a combined production budget of US$1.7 billion from large-scale US productions including Pirates of the Caribbean, San Andreas, Unbroken and Railway Men.

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