- Last updated:
- 10 Aug 2018
The Sunshine Coast's low business costs make the region a highly cost-effective place to operate. The region boasts Australia's lowest payroll tax environment as well as numerous operating costs that are lower than state averages in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Queensland has the lowest payroll tax rate of any state or territory in Australia which affords a competitive advantage to investing in a business on the Sunshine Coast. Additionally, Queensland has one of the highest payroll tax thresholds at A$1.1 million, which means that no payroll tax is due for wages and salaries below this level.
In 2016-17, it was estimated that an overall taxation in Queensland was A$766 per person less than the average of all other Australia states and territories. (Queensland Government, June 2016).
|State or Territory||Basic Flat Tax Rate (%)||Exemption Threshold|
(including Sunshine Coast)
|New South Wales||5.45||A$750,000|
|Australian Capital Territory||6.85||A$1,185,000|
|Difference to Sunshine Coast||0.74|
Notes: For annual payroll thresholds between A$600,000 and A$1.5 million, South Australian payroll tax rates are variable between 2.5% and 4.95%
Source: Payroll Tax Australia (2018)
Indicative Industrial Land Values (3,000 - 5,000m2)
Industrial land costs per square metre on the Sunshine Coast are, on average, 51% lower than Brisbane, 71% lower than Sydney and 61% lower than Melbourne.
Source: Savills, September 2016
* Median price for CBD and outer suburbs
Commercial Office Rental (A Grade Costs)
Office rent costs on the Sunshine Coast on average, are almost 40% lower than Brisbane CBD costs, 62% lower than Sydney and 42% lower than Melbourne.
Source: Savills, 2016
The Sunshine Coast offers businesses lower operating costs against many competing locations. Additionally, work compensation insurance premiums are lower in Queensland than other states such as New South Wales and Victoria, providing additional cost savings.
|Workcover Premium Cost
Per $100 in Wages