Queensland's reliable infrastructure
In this guide:
- Benefits of doing business in Queensland
- Queensland's pro-business economy
- Queensland Government support for business
- Low business costs in Queensland
- Queensland's highly skilled workforce
- Queensland's reliable infrastructure
- Innovation, research and development in Queensland
- Queensland's idyllic lifestyle
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Queensland's sophisticated, reliable and highly efficient infrastructure compares favourably against other high-growth destinations worldwide.
The Queensland Government is continuously upgrading hard infrastructure (including roads and energy networks) while also supporting soft infrastructure development (e.g. research and development, and innovation) - the key to growing a knowledge-based economy.
Queensland's commitment to strong and up-to-date infrastructure offers your business or investment many benefits, including:
- a stable environment that caters for Queensland's growing population
- opportunities to tender for a range of infrastructure projects.
As of March 2012, the total value of major private investment projects under construction was around $103 billion, while a further $59 billion worth of investment projects were either committed to or under consideration (March Investment Monitor, Deloitte Access Economics).
Government spending on infrastructure by mainland state ($ billion)
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Source: Australian State and Territory Budget Papers
The Queensland Government remains committed to delivering key infrastructure and rural economic development initiatives to ensure regional Queensland remains sustainable, livable and prosperous. This commitment is reflected in the 2011-12 budget, where more than 58% of capital expenditure was outside the greater Brisbane area.
Learn more about economic development in regional Queensland.
In 2011-12, the Queensland Government provided $5.448 billion for roads and other transport infrastructure, including:
- $3.931 billion for critical investment in the road network and public transport infrastructure
- $1.438 billion for rail and ports.
Queensland has 5 international airports located in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton with daily services to many destinations. Major regional airports include Mackay, Maroochydore, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Kingaroy.
Brisbane is a major hub for international air services, with more than 200 international flights servicing 21 countries and an increasing list of destinations each week. The Brisbane Airport:
- is Australia's best-performing airport according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
- offers passengers direct connections to 31 international and 44 domestic destinations.
Queensland has 15 trading ports, 2 commodity ports and 3 gazetted ports. The Port of Brisbane is Queensland's largest trading port and Australia's fastest-growing container port.
Queensland's port authorities provide a broad range of facilities that cater for the diverse land/sea interface requirements for their trade catchment areas.
Access to state-of-the-art information technology and communications (ICT) infrastructure gives Queensland businesses and industry the opportunity to compete in the global marketplace.
Read more about investing in Queensland's ICT industry.
Queensland has a modern, reliable and secure energy network.
Powerlink Queensland, a government-owned corporation, has the largest capital works program in the electricity transmission sector in Australia, investing more than $2.9 billion in capital projects over the 5-year period from 2009-10 to 2013-14.
Queensland Government capital expenditure on energy infrastructure for the period 2011-14 will include:
- $3.52 billion for government-owned energy corporations
- $423 million for overhaul, upgrade and major maintenance.
Queensland supports a clean energy future with government strategies and funding that encourages continued investment in the renewable energy industry, and manages the growth in electricity demand.
The Queensland Government continues its significant investment in health infrastructure with a $1.82 billion capital program. The focus for 2011-12 included investment in:
- new hospitals, hospital redevelopments and expansions
- development of community health infrastructure
- research and scientific services
- mental health services
- information and health technology.
- Learn more about Queensland's infrastructure capabilities from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning or contact the Invest Queensland team on +61 7 3405 4174.
- Find out about investing in Queensland's industries.
- Learn about the business advantages of Queensland's regional locations.
- Last updated
- 10 April 2013
Investment enquiries call +61 7 3405 4174