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Education and research
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Dec 2019

The education and research industry supports the broader economy and will continue to assist in the ongoing evolution to higher value, more knowledge intensive and more sophisticated economic activities.

In 2018, the education and training sector provided over 12,580 jobs and contributed A$1 billion to the Sunshine Coast’s economy (AEC Group, 2018). The industry is predicted to become the region’s second largest employer by 2033.

 150 Registered Training Organisations 80+ Public and private schools 5000+ Apprenticeships and traineeships 13,000+ Students graduate with vocational degrees each year

The education and research industry is engaged in a range of collaborative activities, including the branding and external marketing. Industry and government stakeholders have launched the Study Sunshine Coast campaign which promotes the region’s education offerings to both overseas and domestic students as well as lifestyle, work and career opportunities that are available in a safe, natural and inclusive environment. 

Industry participants are also developing research capabilities and linkages with business, including specific assistance programs through the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Key education and research industry

  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast
  • Sunshine Coast Health Institute
  • Lexis English
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast
  • Flight Training
  • Look Now Training
  • Australian Industry Trade College
  • Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre
  • STEPS Education and Training
  • Community Solutions
  • Demi International
  • CQUniversity
  • Griffith University
  • John Pearson Consulting
  • Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute

Why invest in education and research on the Sunshine Coast?

  • The region is home to two universities and some of Queensland’s highest performing private schools.
  • Demand for educational services by Sunshine Coast residents will increase by more than 50% by 2033, with approximately 30,000 additional education and training places needed across all educational institutions.
  • 83,500 students (ABS 2016 Census) are studying at local schools, university or one of the region’s 150 Registered Training Organisations. 
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast has three campus locations across the Sunshine Coast. 
  • The A$60.8 million Sunshine Coast Health Institute assists students to transition from studying healthcare into the workforce and provide a strong research link between the university and healthcare industry. 
  • The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast is Australia’s longest running business incubator and accelerator and works with technology-based businesses to be a catalyst for its commercial success. 
  • Major capital investments in projects like the Sunshine Coast Airport, Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network and Maroochydore City Centre will drive demand for a highly skilled and educated workforce across all the high-value industries.

For more information about the industry, please download the Education and Research brochure.[809KB]

Case studies

The University of the Sunshine Coast[369KB]

The University of the Sunshine Coast is a proud partner in the development and future growth of our region. The university’s student population is growing faster than any other Queensland university and we have some of the most advanced teaching, learning and research spaces in the country. We are firmly focused on the future with a clear vision for 2020, a growing research agenda and a strong record of engagement with business.

Professor Greg Hill | Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast

Innovation Centre[346KB]

The Sunshine Coast is a place where innovative businesses can grow and flourish by tapping into local talent, business mentors, funding and excellent research facilities.

Mark Paddenburg | CEO, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast