Brisbane is the State capital and economic epicentre of South East Queensland. As a successful host of the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit, Brisbane has a growing global recognition as Australia’s New World City. Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax – it’s a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city, valued for its friendly and optimistic character and enjoyable lifestyle.
With more than 45 percent of Queensland’s population and an economy valued at $145 billion, Brisbane is an economic powerhouse and the tourism and business hub of Queensland.
Brisbane businesses are at the forefront of a number of industry sectors including aviation and aerospace, creative industries, food and agribusiness, human health and biotechnology, resources and energy and many more. These industries and innovators are supported by education facilities, infrastructure and a quality of life that develops, attracts and retains a highly skilled workforce.
The city has capitalised on the rapidly growing digital economy as it was the first in Australia to develop a digital strategy to nurture innovation and the second city in the world to appoint a Chief Digital Officer to drive the city’s digital transformation.
Brisbane’s proximity to Asia and a progressive and open business environment makes Brisbane a city of choice for doing business in the Asia Pacific region. Brisbane is the closest capital city on the eastern seaboard to Australia’s three largest export markets – China, Japan and South Korea. Brisbane also offers international networking opportunities with its sister cities to leverage business growth and economic development opportunities.
Conveniently located, the Brisbane Airport is less than 20 minutes and 12 kilometres from the city centre. The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s largest-growing container ports and Queensland’s largest general cargo port.
Brisbane is governed by the largest municipal government in Australia, which is a business-friendly Council that provides a customised service to business through a 24 hour Business Hotline 133 BNE (133 263). Brisbane City Council works together with its economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, to implement the Brisbane Economic Development Plan 2031, the Brisbane Long Term Infrastructure Plan and the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan.
Through its Annual Plan and Budget, Brisbane City Council works toward keeping Brisbane heading in the right direction through a five point plan:
- continuing to take action on traffic congestion
- delivering modern public and active transport systems
- a clean, green and sustainable city
- building our local economy and creating new jobs for the future
- increasing the leisure and lifestyle opportunities in our city
A major project for the City is the Brisbane Metro, which is a high-frequency public transport system that will cut travel times, reduce Central Business District (CBD) bus congestion and improve services to the suburbs.