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 June quarter 2013, the total value of known major investment projects under construction was around $102 billion, while a further $76 billion worth of investment projects were either committed to or under consideration (June quarter 2013 Investment Monitor, Deloitte Access Economics).
Government spending on infrastructure by mainland state ($ billion)
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Source: ABS 5512.0 government finance statistics, various Australian state and territory budget papers and annual reports
The Queensland Government remains committed to delivering key infrastructure and rural economic development initiatives to ensure regional Queensland remains sustainable, livable and prosperous.
Learn more about regional development.
Road and public transport infrastructure
Investment in transport infrastructure will represent 45% of the Queensland Government's total capital purchases in 2013-14. Of this, $4.369 billion on transport and main roads will include spending of:
- $178.8 million to continue construction of the Gold Coast Rapid Transport System, a light rail project from Southport to Broadbeach, at a total cost of $1.296 billion
- $170.6 million to continue the construction of the Moreton Bay Rail Link, a dual-track passenger rail line from Petrie to Kippa-Ring, at a total estimated cost of $1.147 billion, which is jointly funded by Australian, Queensland and local governments
- $65 million towards the duplication of the Bruce Highway from Cooroy Southern Interchange to Sankeys Road. The Queensland Government contribution towards the $790 million upgrade of the Cooroy to Curra section of the Bruce Highway is the first project to be funded under the $1 billion Bruce Highway state election commitment.
Rail and ports infrastructure
In 2013-14, the rail and ports capital program includes total purchases of $997 million. This includes $797.6 million towards Queensland Rail, as well as significant amounts to improve the state's port infrastructure.
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.
In 2011–12, Brisbane airport had more than 21 million passengers through its terminals. Over the next decade, over $2.5 billion worth of infrastructure improvements are planned to meet growing demand. This includes a new parallel runway, new multi-level car park and walkway facilities, road terminal expansions, road upgrades and a number of new commercial buildings.
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.
In 2013-14, energy infrastructure will represent 25% of Queensland Government's capital purchases. Budgeted capital expenditure in 2013-14 of $2.649 billion will continue the provision of a reliable transmission and distribution network.
Meanwhile, roof top solar generation capacity, currently estimated to be in excess of 500 megawatts, is also reducing demand for on-grid energy and suppressing price peaks on hot sunny days.
The Queensland Government continues its significant investment in health infrastructure with a $1.75 billion capital program in 2013-14. Just some of the planned health investments for 2013–14 include:
- $151.7 million to complete the construction of the $1.762 billion Gold Coast University Hospital
- $330 million to continue the development of the Queensland Children's Hospital
- $104 million to continue the $446.3 million Cairns Base Hospital Redevelopment
- $89.3 million to continue the $334 million Queensland and Australian Government funded Townsville Hospital Expansion.
- Learn more about Queensland's infrastructure capabilities from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.
- Find out about investing in Queensland's industries.
- Learn about the business advantages of Queensland's regional locations.
- Last reviewed
- November 4, 2013