Knowledge industries and professional services
  • Last updated:
  • 17 May 2022

The Sunshine Coast is home to many innovative, knowledge-based businesses and is regarded as a national hub for entrepreneurs.

Knowledge and professional services businesses are well supported by a strong entrepreneurial, collaborative and increasingly digitally oriented ecosystem.

There is also substantial investment in co-working centres, maker spaces and business accelerators to drive the growth in new businesses and the professional services and knowledge industry across the region.

High-speed connection to Asia and the world

From 2020, the Sunshine Coast will deliver the fastest telecommunications connection to Asia from Australia’s east coast and the second fastest to the United States.

With future-proof capacity, the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network will increase data transmission speed, decrease risk and lead to reduced international communication costs for businesses and consumers. Sunshine Coast Council is the first local government in Australia to invest in an international submarine cable which will connect to the new Gigabit Maroochydore City Centre and provide Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global systems.

Growing innovation and business capacity

The Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Project Team (SCRIPT) is a unique collaboration of entrepreneurs, businesses, government stakeholders and the community to grow innovation and business capacity in the region.

SCRIPT supports collaborative activities that build capacity, showcase excellence, incubate and accelerate new solutions and support entrepreneurs and innovators to turn their ideas into commercial reality.

Download the Knowledge Industries and Professional Services industry brochure[2648KB].

Key knowledge industry and professional services enterprises on the Sunshine Coast include:

  • Youi Insurance
  • Auto and General
  • Stellar Asia Pacific
  • Poole Accounting
  • The Hive
  • Ambrose Building
  • 4 Ingredients
  • Retail Express
  • Typefi
  • EyeOnIT
  • ID Care
  • Alkira Software
  • Entag
  • Preventum Group
  • Huddle Insurance
  • WOTSO Workspace
  • Silicon Coast
  • BDO
  • Telstra
  • the urban institute
  • Point Duty
  • Office HQ

Case studies

“The Sunshine Coast is leading the way for local governments in Australia when it comes to attracting investment in technology driven communities. The Sunshine Coast’s technology focus aligns beautifully with our core mission as a brand. We envision a world where people feel safer through the power of technology, and we harness the power of our people and community to use that technology for good.”
Jason Wilby, Founder and Joint Chief Executive, Huddle Insurance[570KB]

“As a region with a strong commitment to the innovation and technology sector, the Sunshine Coast continues to offer an excellent base for Typefi, with organisations like Sunshine Coast Council and the Innovation Centre providing valuable support and a depth of professional expertise to rival that of any of Australia’s major cities.”
Shanna Bignell, Marketing Manager, Typefi[535KB]

“The Sunshine Coast is an innovative place for doing business, with an incredible depth of talent and a strong entrepreneurial community.”
Ray Guy, Chief Technology Officer, Alkira Software