It’s no secret, the Sunshine Coast has it all - the sandy beaches, the dreamy hinterlands, the warm weather, and incredible food. It’s a popular destination for holidaymakers, and a great place to live but often gets overlooked as a top destination for business and employment opportunities. If the Sunshine Coast is not on your radar for work and business, it should be. Here are 7 reasons why. 

Strong Economy

The Sunshine Coast region shows excellent indicators of economic growth. The region is now ranked as the second strongest performing economy in the state of Queensland, with some of the highest levels of business confidence in the state. The region is also one of the top 10 significant urban areas in Australia with an average economic growth rate of 4% (2001-2016), making it one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

Vibrant Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

The Sunshine Coast has a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem network of education programs, business incubators, co-working spaces, advocacy events and meetups which actively support and encourage innovation, new ideas, entrepreneurs and startups. 

Award Winning Reputation 

The region has been recognised on the world stage for exhibiting best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world. The Sunshine Coast has been recognised as one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2019, and has been listed as one of the Smart21 Intelligent Community for five of the last six years, and leadership city winner at the 2018 Australian Smart Cities Awards.'

Growing Opportunity 

Over the next 20 years, the Sunshine Cast is embarking on a strong and prosperous future with the implementation of the Regional Economic Development Strategy. The strategy provides a 20-year vision and blueprint for sustainable economic growth. It will help to ensure the region actively participates in the global economy and deliver the lifestyle and opportunities for local residents and businesses alike.

Regional business and industry leaders and council have created a bold plan and actions for a stronger economy for the region.

The plan will achieve four clear goals for the region over the next 20 years:

  • $33 billion economy. This is nearly triple what it is now
  • 100,000 new jobs in high-value industries
  • 20% of goods and services produced for export
  • household incomes that exceed the Queensland average.

High-value industries include health and well-being; education and research; professional services and knowledge industries; tourism, sport and leisure; agribusiness; clean technologies; and aviation and aerospace.

Focus on Innovation 

Sunshine Coast has an increasingly skilled and educated workforce, with a focus on innovation and sustainability spearheaded by the nearby University of the Sunshine Coast and the Innovation Centre. 

Commuting

Easy access north and south via Pacific Highway and to both the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane airports.

Strong digital culture, advocacy and collaboration 

The Sunshine Coast ecosystem also provides a supportive environment where entrepreneurs are encouraged, ideas are nurtured through industry collaboration and supported by regional leadership.