- Last updated:
- 31 Aug 2021
The Sunshine Coast is targeting the development of seven high-value industries that offer the greatest potential to succeed as the regional economy grows.
These high-value industries offer local, domestic and global investors opportunities to expand an existing business, invest in a new venture and/or relocate or expand a business from elsewhere to the Sunshine Coast.
Health and wellbeing
The health and wellbeing industry is the Sunshine Coast's largest employer and one of the largest generators of economic activity in the region. The industry is predicted to double its share of the employment market by 2033.
Education and research
With a nationally awarded university, growing international education market, extensive vocational education and training facilities and a high performing school system, the education and research sector is predicted to become the region’s second largest employer by 2033.
Knowledge industries and professional services
The Sunshine Coast is home to a number of innovative, knowledge-based businesses and is rapidly growing a reputation for digital innovation, including being recognised as a Top7 Intelligent Community in 2019 and 2020.
Tourism, sport and leisure
The region’s natural assets, from coastal beaches to hinterland forests, coupled with designated tourism investment areas and national standard sporting facilities provide excellent opportunities for new tourism developments and investments in accommodation, sport and leisure.
Food and agribusiness
The Sunshine Coast agribusiness industry is characterised by a diverse range of sectors including horticulture, dairy and specialty dairy production, seafood, nurseries and value- add producers.
With one of the highest concentrations of clean technology businesses in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast has developed credentials in sustainability and clean technology innovation and is home to award-winning applications and research capabilities.
Aviation and aerospace
Expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport will deliver new infrastructure and facilities enabling enhanced domestic and international flight access to the region, facilitate new freight capabilities and more direct access to global markets.