The smart place for business

The Sunshine Coast is a tech-savvy region with a reputation for innovation. The region is home to a wide range of knowledge-based businesses and is regarded as a national hub for entrepreneurs.

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

Why the Sunshine Coast?

The Sunshine Coast is being positioned as a leading location for innovation, entrepreneurialism and creativity, underpinned by its connectivity with the global economy and supported by a community which can experience an array of opportunities locally.

The knowledge sector currently provides approximately 21,400 jobs, with employment growth in managerial and professional services expected to exceed 135% over the next 20 years.

Investment in co-working centres, maker spaces and business accelerators drives growth across the region.

Award-winning intelligent community

The Sunshine Coast has been recognised as one of the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities in 2019, 2020 and 2022, and a Smart21 Intelligent Community in eight out of the past nine years.

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The region is home to a wide range of businesses which are leaders in their field.

Youi, one of the fastest growing general insurance companies in Australia, has its global headquarters on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network is already acting as a catalyst for technology businesses and associated high value jobs.

Sunshine Coast Council has been delivering a Smart City Program since 2016 to improve quality of life, stimulate economic growth and ensure environmental sustainability. Smart city technologies provide real opportunities to build a stronger economy, develop a resilient and safer community and to improve service delivery to residents, businesses and visitors.

Image: Youi's Sunshine Coast headquarters

High-speed connection to Asia and the world

Sunshine Coast Council is the first local government in Australia to invest in an international submarine cable, connecting to the new Gigabit Maroochydore City Centre and providing Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global systems.

This means businesses in Queensland have the capacity and speed to connect to billions of people through the direct cable paths to Hong Kong, Japan and Los Angeles, truly connecting the Sunshine Coast to the world. 

Benefits for knowledge industries and professional services:

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