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As part of the Queensland Government's commitment to diversify and strengthen our state's economy and create high-value, knowledge-based jobs, the Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 1.2 MB) sets out a $4 million program to support and attract biomedical enterprises.

Our vision

By 2027, Queensland will be a regionally integrated and globally competitive Asia-Pacific biomedical industry hub recognised for its excellence in biomedical innovation, highly skilled professional workforce, and world-leading translational biomedical research facilities.

The Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan is supporting and developing our state's growing biomedical sector through key strategies:

  • supporting Queensland start-ups to prosper and successfully scale up
  • supporting existing businesses to grow and attract new businesses to Queensland
  • promoting capabilities to attract investment and facilitate alliances.

The Biomedical Voucher Program supports the delivery of the roadmap and action plan.

Queensland's biomedical sector at a glance

  • A$1.86 billion estimated annual gross value added to the Queensland economy
  • 10 700 people employed (2019)
  • up to 40% growth forecast to 2027
  • global expertise in tropical medicine and infectious diseases
  • mature and emerging health and knowledge precincts
  • established networks of top-tier industry support services
  • expertise in e-health and telemedicine
  • two decades of state government investment in science and innovation
  • world-class research base, state-of-the-art translational research facilities and hospitals
  • home to two of Australia's leading biopharmaceutical contract manufacturers

Why invest in Queensland biomedical industry?

Pro industry

  • World-class biomedical ecosystem
  • Fast, pragmatic regulatory pathway with rapid ethics approval
  • Clinical data complies with top international standards
  • Superior scientific talent and excellent research and medical infrastructure


  • World-class training, teaching and research facilities
  • Highly skilled workforce with strong technical and academic collaboration
  • Brain gain: many Queenslanders have returned home with experience in international markets


  • Enviable, relaxed lifestyle and world-famous natural attractions
  • Lowest median house price in a capital city on the east coast
  • Average of 300 days of sunshine annually


  • Over 5 million residents with strong population growth and immigration from other states

Pro business

  • Very competitive business costs
  • Low payroll tax (4.75%), high exemption threshold (A$1.1 million)
  • Stable economic and political environment and the most decentralised of mainland Australian states
  • Over 27 years of economic growth in Queensland and Australia


  • Strategic location at the crossroads of the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region
  • Five international passenger airports with direct connectivity to global markets
  • Advantageous time zone within two hours of many major Asian capital cities

Queensland biomedical industry strengths

Queensland is home to a cluster of agile, innovative and entrepreneurial biomedical businesses. Our pre-clinical and early-phase clinical trial capabilities are underpinned by a world-class research base and state-of-the-art translational facilities.

Existing strengths and emerging capabilities include:

  • vaccine development and delivery
  • biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing
  • microbiome analysis and development
  • immunotherapies
  • generic pharmaceuticals
  • complementary medicines
  • nutraceuticals
  • medical devices and diagnostics
  • digital health technologies such as:
    • connected devices
    • remote monitoring technology and point-of-care diagnostics
    • wearable devices
    • telehealth.

Industry support

  • Our dedicated teams will assist you with a range of services, programs and incentives to successfully grow your company in Queensland. These include:

    • the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF) which is designed to attract businesses to relocate or to establish new, contestable projects in Queensland. The fund supports jobs creation, regional growth, increased innovation and the building of local supply chains assistance navigating the local biomedical industry by facilitating introductions across industry and government
    • providing business case information addressing project requirements, business costs, skills availability and other business investment drivers within Queensland
    • site selection and expansion assistance reflecting project requirements
    • personalised client management to actively connect you with relevant Queensland Government contacts and other service providers to allow businesses to effectively expand in the state, e.g. property groups, utilities, education and training organisations, research institutes, and raw material suppliers.
  • Queensland’s peak industry group, Life Sciences Queensland Limited (LSQ), has more than 170 member entities. It works closely with all levels of government providing leadership, growth and promotional opportunities for its member organisations.

Further information

Funding and support (PDF icon 5.7 MB) is available for biomedical businesses through the Australian and Queensland governments to help you develop your innovation and grow your business.

For more information email

Last updated: Thursday, Oct 1, 2020