TIQ's business areas

Queensland Operations

TIQ’s Queensland Operations comprises three priority sector teams — Food and Agribusiness, Mining and Resources, and Urban Infrastructure and Knowledge Industries — along with a regional network of trade and investment officers.

Queensland Operations has a focus on Queensland businesses to increase their export potential and achieve outcomes in international markets. Support includes assistance with planning, information, introductions, inbound buyer and investor missions, and outbound trade and investment missions.

Queensland Operations works in partnership with other state and Australian government agencies to deliver government export and investment priorities.

The group has a role in whole-of-government investor facilitation, including preparing business cases, responding to enquiries, and organising meeting programs and site visits.

Queensland Operations also manages the contractual partnership between TIQ and the Australian Government (through Austrade) for the delivery of TradeStart services to help small and medium-sized regional exporters.

Through TradeStart, regional exporters can access the resources of both TIQ and Austrade.

International Operations

TIQ has 15 overseas offices in 12 markets. These overseas offices work with our Brisbane-based International Operations Directorate and International Market Support team to:

  • deliver primary liaison for market-based inquiries and promotions
  • maintain relations with Queensland-based bilateral chambers and consular corps
  • coordinate TIQ’s involvement with heads-of-mission visits by foreign governments
  • manage 27 state-level bilateral and international business-related agreements covering 11 countries, including Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, the USA, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates
  • manage human resources and assets across TIQ’s international offices.

TIQ also uses its international network to promote major Queensland Government policy announcements and events.

Also part of International Operations is Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ), which is responsible for nominating business and skilled migrants to the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

BSMQ supports economic growth by attracting successful international entrepreneurs to invest in Queensland and create new businesses and job opportunities through its business visa program. BSMQ’s skilled migration program identifies highly skilled and experienced professionals to fill skills gaps in the state’s key industries, especially in regional Queensland.

International Education and Training Unit

The International Education and Training Unit is responsible for delivering the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026 and is the lead agency for whole-of-government coordination to support growth of the international education and training sector.

The unit reports through TIQ to the Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training, the Honourable Kate Jones MP.

Mission Planning

TIQ’s Mission Planning team coordinates Minister-led trade and investment missions to promote Queensland as an investment destination and as a source of globally competitive and innovative products and services.

Corporate Communications

TIQ’s Corporate Communications team manages the Queensland Government and TIQ brands for TIQ, as well as TIQ’s sub-brands and reputation, and provides strategic advice and guidance to senior leadership and business units about marketing, communications, events and media management. The unit prepares speeches, speaking points and media releases for corporate and Ministerial use, and handles social media and other marketing and event management tasks. It also works with the Export Council of Australia on the delivery of the annual Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

Trade and Investment Strategy Implementation

The Trade and Investment Strategy Implementation team manages implementation plans for the Advancing Trade and Investment – Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 initiatives, and for driving whole-of-government collaboration towards their effective delivery.


TIQ’s Policy team is responsible for developing TIQ’s strategic policy; providing international market intelligence and advice on trade and investment business planning and policy direction; and trade policy coordination activities.

Corporate Services

TIQ’s Corporate Services team comprises the following units:

  • Finance, which is responsible for ensuring all statutory and regulatory obligations are observed within TIQ, including communicating internal reporting requirements, and working with Brisbane-based, regional and overseas staff
  • ICT and Logistics, which provides business tools, advice, delivery and maintenance of ICT systems and architecture for TIQ in Australia and in its 15 international offices
  • Corporate Planning and Reporting, which provides specialist support services to the TIQ Board, senior leadership and other internal and external stakeholders (services include providing the TIQ Board secretariat; economic research, analysis and policy; and corporate reporting)
  • Corporate Projects, which is responsible for delivering a number of business system improvements, including client relationship management, document management, corporate finance and other change management activities as required.

Human Resources

Human Resources drives positive change for employee performance, development and engagement; workplace health and safety; recruitment and selection; policy and processes; workplace culture; and human resources governance.