Economically, Gold Coast City is now considered Australia's growth hot-spot, with population growth rates outstripping those of all Australian capital cities. In the year to July 2007 the population grew by more than 16,500 people.1 Our city is also a leading tourism destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors each year.2

Low Business Costs
Our economy has diversified and moved past the role of a regional service economy to that of a globally-focused exporter. Our city compares more favourably than Sydney and Melbourne when the most important business costs including property, leasing, salary, fuel, ports and tax are analysed.

Large and Diverse Workforce
Our workforce offers the knowledge and skills base to support a wide range of industries, with particular depth of skills across the property development, construction and marine industries. The rate of growth in the city's tertiary qualified workforce has far outstripped population growth, with a 125% increase in those with university qualifications over the last decade, compared with 35% population growth over the same period. New medical, dental and health science schools are providing for an increasing skills base in general health and emerging biotechnology industries.

Solid Infrastructure
The city is connected to the major trading capitals of Australia by the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast Airport, the fastest growing airport in Australia. Freight can be imported and exported directly via the Gold Coast Airport, which is a full international customs port. Freight access is also gained through the Port of Brisbane, Queensland's largest general cargo port. The nearby Brisbane International Airport serves our exporters as an international gateway and transport hub.

Supportive Business Environment
Gold Coast City hosts a number of organisations committed to assisting businesses in re-location and expansion efforts. BusinessGC's team of industry development officers provide practical support including information on relevant government programs, assistance streamlining applications, and introductions to local industry networks and key players.

Quality Lifestyle
Our residents enjoy a standard of living which is arguably one of the best in the world. A stable political and social climate, prosperous economic environment and quality public services combine with our pristine natural environment to create a city with immense global appeal.

Gold Coast City is also one of the most cost effective places to live, with the cost of items such as housing and transport below that of Australia's other major cities. Whilst known worldwide for its 55km of spectacular surf beaches, our city also offers a variety of shopping, theatres, galleries, casino, nightlife, restaurants, and cafes.

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1Australian Bureau of Statistics, Profile ID
2PRD Nationwide Gold Coast Property Watch, November 2007


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