The Gold Coast is a city in transformation. Growing from an economy built on construction and tourism, the Gold Coast is diversifying into a knowledge-based economic environment with strengths in health and medical, education, food, marine and sport. With a gross regional product of $35 billion and a population of 577,000, one in ten Queenslanders call the Gold Coast home, with more than a million international tourists visiting the city each year.
Health and Medical – Health and medical, the Gold Coast's largest sector, employs over 40,800 highly skilled workers and contributes over $2 billion to the economy.
Education - The Gold Coast attracts students from more than 100 countries.
Sport - A sporting excellence hub offers high- performance training, international sporting events, education, sport science, specialised clinicians, coaching staff, sport management and innovative manufacturing.
Marine – The Gold Coast is headquarters for internationally recognised marine manufacturing brands.
Film - Home to a ﬁlm-making hub which boasts the largest sound stage in the southern hemisphere, the region has a diverse range of locations and world-class production facilities.
Tourism - With an enviable natural environment and diverse experiences, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier tourism destinations. Recent developments include the Gold Coast International Airport, Light Rail, Paciﬁc Fair Shopping Centre and The Star Gold Coast.
Food and Beverage – The Gold Coast is recognised for innovative development across functional foods, fresh produce and processing, and manufacturing.
The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a unique global business location for high-tech industry development, research collaboration and jobs of the future.
Supported by $5 billion in infrastructure, including a world-class university and two major hospitals, the precinct is also active in clinical trials with global partners.
The region has leveraged Queensland's fresh and abundant food offering by building a niche food and beverage industry through the export of value-added Queensland products.
The Gold Coast will be the location of a
$60 million manufacturing facility for NevHouse, innovative builders of low-cost homes using recycled plastic waste.
Gilmour Space Technologies is developing new hybrid-engine rockets for delivery of low-cost space launch vehicles. This provides the Gold Coast with an opportunity to leverage on the demand for low-cost space orbit vehicles.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) provides a once-in-a-decade opportunity to generate wide economic beneﬁts for the Gold Coast. The Games will shine a spotlight on the region to an audience of 1.5 billion people.
The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, which includes the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University, will also incorporate the new $550 million Commonwealth Games Village. Following GC2018, the village and its supporting infrastructure will be transformed into a
mixed-use residential development enhancing the entire precinct and promoting further investment.
Other investment opportunities exist in health, advanced design and manufacturing, co-working, retail, hospitality and professional services.
The food and agribusiness sectors offer investment opportunities in intelligent automation, agricultural technology, native Australian biological solutions, plant and animal breeding capabilities, biosecurity solutions, biofutures and farm management solutions.
Education and training opportunities include the co-delivery of programs in areas such as health and medical, tropical medicine, sport, environment, food and agriculture. Sport research partnerships exist with leading Gold Coast institutions, and the marine sector offers a range of investment opportunities in manufacturing and reﬁts.