Imagine waking up in the morning to experience golden sandy beaches, tropical rainforests or the wide open spaces of the Australian outback. This could be reality if you worked and lived in Queensland.
A place of great natural beauty, Queensland has also established itself as the place for business growth and investment. That’s why Queenslanders share a quality of life that rates among the best in the world.
With its unique combination of remarkable landscapes, progressive career and business opportunities, and fantastic outdoor lifestyle – it is really no wonder more Australians are moving to Queensland than any other Australian state.
You will also find that a large number of Queenslanders are born overseas, bringing diversity to the State’s multicultural community. Australians have created a lifestyle that is a fusion of the best of all its influences from around the globe.
Queensland has several distinct regions, each with its own character, offering diverse lifestyle opportunities. Many regions have large regional centres as well as smaller communities. You can live in a vibrant city or in a relaxed town, where you are an important member of the community.
More than half of the state’s population of just over 4 million people live in regional areas well outside the capital city, Brisbane. As Australia’s most decentralised state, there are excellent infrastructure, health care and education facilities available across Queensland. Wherever you choose to live you will also enjoy a high degree of personal safety.
Diverse and innovative industry base
Queensland’s economy is supported by competitive advantages from its high-quality natural resources. The mining, agriculture and tourism industries all capitalise on these resources.
Queensland’s industry base continues to diversify, with key industries including mining, manufacturing, construction, transport, storage and warehousing, financial and insurance services and retail trade.
The state’s growth industries include professional, scientific and technical services, information, media and telecommunications, transport, storage and warehousing and arts and recreation services.
Queensland leads the nation for business innovation, particularly in the areas of goods and services, operational and managerial processes and marketing.
As one of the most sought-after locations to conduct business in the Asia Pacific region, Queensland has experienced a large population increase. This surge in Queensland’s population growth and the demand for its resources is further encouraging investment in the state’s diverse economy.
To provide the necessary infrastructure to support Queensland’s growing population, the State Government is investing in one of the largest capital works programs in the country.
The Queensland Government places great emphasis on providing and maintaining efficient transport, telecommunications and export infrastructure. In addition, Queensland has the largest rail network in Australia, three international airports and more deep water ports than any other state.
On the doorstep to the Asia Pacific region, Queensland is ideally located for business and investment. Business opportunities exist in Queensland’s industries such as information and communication technology and biotechnology, as well as the fibre composites, higher value light metals, food, wine, marine and aerospace industries.
Opportunities are also readily available in Queensland’s traditional mining and minerals processing industries, and in the state’s increasingly diversified agribusiness and manufacturing industries. A strong education and research base provides a highly educated workforce for Queensland businesses.
The State Government offers a variety of programs and services designed to support the establishment and operation of businesses in Queensland.
Queensland’s diverse economy has created opportunities for people with skills in demand. This environment, coupled with excellent working conditions, makes Queensland a great place to work. There are employment opportunities for skilled people in key areas of demand, such as health and engineering.
Queensland has a world-class education system. The Government-funded public and private schools challenge students to think creatively in positive learning environments – they also provide access to all the latest tools and technologies.
Queensland’s tertiary institutions are renowned for leading research and high quality graduates. The state is home to 13 technical and further education institutes (TAFE), as well as nine major universities which offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of disciplines.
Migration to Queensland
The Queensland Government can provide state sponsorship under certain visa classes for eligible migrants:
- Business migrants who are experienced business owners and investors
- Skilled migrants who have work experience and a skill in demand
- Retiree migrants who are financially self-sufficient, have significant assets, and are willing to invest.
The Government website www.workliveplay.qld.gov.au provides information to migrants on living and working in the state, as well as Queensland Government sponsorship requirements and visa options.
The following services are available to migrants through the Skilled and Business Migration unit in the Queensland Government:
- Pre-application assistance
- Assessment of sponsorship applications
- Aftercare services.
If you are interested in migrating to Queensland contact:
Skilled and Business Migration
Tel: +61 7 3405 6512
Fax: +61 7 3404 3692