Key growth industries in Brisbane are: business services; construction; education; finance; government; health; manufacturing; mining; retail; and transport.
Construction, education, government, health and retail account for more than half of total employment in Brisbane. These industries are labour intensive and their growth is largely driven by strong population growth across South-East Queensland.
Business services account for more than one-quarter or $13.4 billion (AUD) of the Brisbane economy. It’s the largest employing sector in Brisbane with more than 100,000 jobs in 2006, and it includes a large proportion of the highly skilled professional workers located in commercial offices in inner Brisbane.
This sector includes a wide range of high value knowledge-intensive services provided to other business clients – including architecture, consultancy, design, engineering, legal and other professional services delivered to manufacturing, mining and other businesses throughout the economy.
Business services has been the fastest-expanding sector of the Australian economy in recent decades and is a significant generator of intangible exports.
Brisbane is proactively involved in attracting companies in the following key industry sectors:
• Clean technologies
• Digital industries;
• Food and beverage
• Innovative manufacturing
• Life sciences;
• Logistics and distribution
• Mining technology and services