South East Queensland snapshot

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South East Queensland includes the major population centres of Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane – the closest capital city to Asia on Australia’s east coast.

  • Key towns and cities – Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast
  • Home to 1 in 7 Australians, with Ipswich the fastest growing city in Queensland
  • A$19 billion infrastructure pipeline in Brisbane, with a A$239 billion economy anticipated by 2041
  • Nationally significant innovation precincts aligned with world-class education and R&D facilities
  • Australia’s fastest growing region in the technology sector
  • Home to the Australian Defence Force’s largest operational air base 
  • Established industries – 
    • Advanced manufacturing
    • Agriculture
    • Biomedical + health
    • International education + training
    • Urban development + infrastructure
  • Growth industries – 
    • Aerospace
    • Defence Manufacturing
    • Mining equipment, technology + services
    • Resource recovery
    • Screen + gaming

The Greater Brisbane region includes Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, as well as the surrounding areas of Redland City, Moreton Bay, and Logan City.

  • Closest Australian eastern capital city to Asia –
    • One of Australia’s busiest international airports
    • Major warehousing facilities
    • Port of Brisbane, which handled almost A$50 billion in trade in 2019–20
  • Australia’s third most populated city –
    • Australia’s fastest growing city (2.1% in 2020)
    • Diverse local economy of $172.55 billion
    • Cosmopolitan subtropical city occupying around 1,342.7km² (518mi²)
  • Home to Brisbane Airport, with international and domestic terminals
  • Globally connected centre and one of Australia’s most popular destinations for innovation and tech start-ups –
    • 8 universities
    • 98 health and medical institutions
    • 105 life sciences institutions
  • Multicultural and linguistically diverse population –
    • Nearly one-third of residents born overseas
    • 18% of residents speak a language other than English at home
    • World Heritage-listed beaches, islands, rainforests and national parks within 2 hours’ drive
  • Moreton Bay to the north –
    • One of Australia’s fastest-growing urban centres and a hub for industry, innovation, manufacturing, and sustainability

Strategically located under an hour from Brisbane, the Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city. The Gold Coast hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

  • World-famous beaches, reserves and wildlife – Home to a vibrant tourism and events industry
  • Australia’s sixth-largest city –
    • Robust A$37.24 billion economy
    • Competitive economic environment
    • Unrivalled coastal lifestyle
    • Under 1 hour from Brisbane
  • Enviable film location – Diverse and easily accessible locations, world-class crew and location of Village Roadshow Studios – one of the largest lots in the southern hemisphere, featuring nine sound stages and three water tanks
  • Gold Coast Marine Precinct – Dedicated to the manufacture, servicing, repair, and refit of recreational boats
  • Strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially in food, fashion, health and, advanced manufacturing
  • Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct – Australia’s most comprehensive environment for clinical research innovation, including:
    • Gold Coast University Hospital
    • Griffith University
    • Gold Coast Private Hospital

The Ipswich region comprises of four regions, Ipswich, The Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley.

  • Key towns and cities – Ipswich, Springfield, Beaudesert, Gatton and Esk.
  • The region is predicted to increase in population to over 600,000 by 2032
  • City and surrounding areas cover around 13,000km² (5,020mi²)
  • Ipswich is the fastest growing city in Queensland with Springfield being the largest master planned city in Australia
  • Defence strengths in the Ipswich region includes Rheinmetall MILVEHCOE and the expansion of the RAAF Base Amberley to be Australia’s largest defence logistics hub
  • Lockyer Valley, Australia’s most important food bowl – known as the salad bowl of Australia and home to some of Australia’s largest horticulture producers.
  • Scenic Rim’s strengths predominately in eco tourism and agriculture and was named in the top 10 destinations by Lonely Planet in 2022.
  • Somerset region is an important contributor of meat producers and proccesors and home of the key water catchments for South East Queensland.

Just 100km from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast offers beautiful beaches and lush landscapes, along with a strong economy, accessibility to markets, and a quality lifestyle.
  • Key towns – Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, and Caloundra
  • Strategically located under 2 hours from Brisbane
  • Diverse subtropical region, with world-famous beaches and reserves, alongside major strengths in tourism and hospitality
  • Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, including Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network (international high-speed submarine fibre-optic cable)
  • Significant fresh seafood industry, including export-quality fish, prawns, scallops, and spanner crabs
  • Sunshine Coast Health Precinct – One of the largest concentrations of healthcare related capital expenditure in Australia, including:
    • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
    • Sunshine Coast Health Institute
    • South Coast University Private Hospital, and adjacent Health Hub

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