Queensland has boundless natural beauty and a lifestyle that’s the envy of the world. It boasts a robust, competitive and diverse economy.
Queensland has several distinct regions, each with its own character and offering something unique. Each region has advantages in key industries with significant potential to attract new investment, expand business and drive their economies forward.
Strong business and employment opportunities are present in many relatively large and economically diversified regional centres across Queensland. It’s the most populous state in Australia; in fact, Queensland is the most decentralised of all the mainland states, with 49% of the population living in the capital city, compared with 68% in other states.
We have a network of 11 regional offices that provide strategic support and regional development services throughout Queensland. Their work is focused on three key objectives: expanding businesses, growing industry and developing our regions.
- providing targeted local support to create jobs, investment and a pipeline of regional projects and services to enable delivery of the government’s priority sector roadmaps and strategies
- working closely with business, local governments and regional economic development organisations to identify distinct opportunities and advantages for industries with significant potential to attract new investment, expand business and drive local economies forward.
We aim to support businesses by growing their capabilities to increase participation by Queensland businesses in major project supply chains. We do this by:
- delivering industry capability services and programs and tailored support to develop growth plans and improving business efficiency
- maximising local procurement on major projects and helping major project proponents meet and exceed local purchasing targets/requirements
- hosting and promoting forums and supply opportunities to regional stakeholders, networks and businesses.
Our regional office network delivers objectives and activities in line with the government’s priority sector roadmaps and strategies. Opportunities associated with Australian Government activities are also identified and promoted to key industries and local governments.
- facilitating links between government funding and private investors, with the aim of increasing investment, jobs and regional growth.
- increasing knowledge, capability and competitiveness of high-growth businesses and councils.
- providing targeted support to ensure reliable supply and limited disruption of essential goods and services.
Developing our regions
Our regional office network works collaboratively with local stakeholders to identify and address regional issues and deliver the Queensland Government’s ‘Unite and Recover’ Regional Economic Recovery Plans. This includes:
- coordinating rapid response activities under the Worker Transition Scheme, providing information and support services to workers impacted by business closures or redundancy programs
- leading on-the-ground economic recovery work following natural disasters and major disruptions to business operations
- supporting Remote Area Boards to undertake economic projects, services and activities.
To find out more about regional Queensland, local opportunities and the wide range of assistance available select your region of interest below:
Last updated: 18 Jan 2022