With its strategic Asia-Pacific location, efficient processing and reliable supply chains, Queensland is a world leader in food and agribusiness production and is now emerging as a leader in agriculture and food technology.

Queensland is known across the globe for its quality agricultural produce and processes that are clean, green, reliable and secure.

Clean, green and reliable

With a clean environment, climatic diversity and abundance of agricultural land, Queensland offers high-quality, fresh, sustainably produced meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables.

Queensland is:

  • a global leader in tropical and subtropical agriculture
  • Australia’s largest producer and exporter of beef
  • a gourmet food bowl for Asia.

Secure and sustainable

With best-practice management, smart regulation and ongoing agricultural innovation, Queensland maintains the highest standards in food quality, security and sustainability.

Strict biosecurity measures protect the beef industry from serious cattle pests and diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (‘mad cow disease’).

Food supply chain

Queensland’s food supply chain is made up of companies with skills and expertise in all aspects of the food industry, from production to marketing.

Food and agricultural industries include:

  • field crops
  • horticulture
  • forestry
  • processed food
  • seafood and aquaculture
  • other animal industries, including dairy, livestock and livestock products.

Leading global supplier

Queensland is Australia’s largest producer and exporter of beef, generates one-quarter of the nation’s primary produce, and grows one-third of its horticultural produce.

Cairns in Queensland’s north is a global leader in tropical agriculture, with products, processes, insights and innovations that are leading the way for tropical economies.

A leader in agriculture and food technology

Queensland is a world-class provider of tropical and subtropical livestock technologies and services, including:

  • genetics
  • nutrition
  • pasture management
  • food safety and integrity
  • livestock tracing systems
  • environmental management
  • specialist infrastructure and equipment
  • technical training
  • animal health and welfare.

Biofuels and clean technology

Queensland’s cleantech sector also features companies with expertise in water management, biomass and waste mitigation, controlled environment agriculture, renewable fuels and carbon trading.

Queensland is one of very few developed economies located in the tropics, providing ideal conditions to transform high-quality, high-yield feedstocks into bioproducts.

By 2035 it is projected that the Queensland industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, which includes biofuels, could contribute as much as $1.8 billion to annual gross state product and support 6,640 full-time jobs in Queensland.1

Research and development

Queensland is known as a global innovation hot spot.

Its investment in high-end research capacity has seen some of the world’s best scientists and researchers attracted to Queensland.

Investors can access a range of support services for research, development and innovation activities.

Key areas of research and capability include food technology, crop breeding programs, plant biotechnology, animal nutrition and livestock technology, sustainable farming systems, tropical crops and biocommodities, robotics, drone and sensor technology and aquaculture.

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

The Queensland Government developed the Health and Food Sciences Precinct and Ecosciences Precinct and partnered with the University of Queensland to establish the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).

QAAFI aims to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and subtropical food, fibre, and agribusiness industries. QAAFI conducts research on food technology, crop breeding and genomics, plant biotechnology, sustainable farming systems and food safety systems.

Getting started

Queensland offers forward-looking investors opportunities to partner with innovative, secure supply chains to deliver fresh, safe food to Australian and international markets.

TIQ helps investors and trade partners harness opportunities by opening doors to local industry, economic development organisatons, and local and state government agencies.

To explore opportunities to invest in Queensland food and agriculture projects, contact us today.


1Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, July 2016, ‘Queensland Biofutures 10 Year Roadmap and Action Plan’, https://www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/resources/plan/biofutures/biofutures-10yr-roadmap-actionplan.pdf, accessed July 2020