Business and economic development

Business support

Information and assistance to help businesses start up and expand. More

Industry support

Information and assistance to access leading agencies and industries in the region, providing key resources in economic, tourism, aviation, marine, education and agricultural sectors. More

Data and eUpdates

Economic data, tools and news to help inform business and investment decisions. More

Investors and delegations

The Cairns region offers competitive advantages for investors. More


Information about the Cairns region written in simplified Chinese. More


Cairns is an ideal location for filming, photography, documentaries, television programs and commercials. More

TNQ Innovation Awards

The Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards recognise and reward progressive businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the region. More

Economic development strategy

One of Council's key goals is to shape a strong, diversified and sustainable regional economy that supports new and existing industry and business activities. More

Upcoming events for business:

Small Business Masterclass: Marketing Must Dos

Date: Wed 29 Mar 10:00 am
Location: MacDonnells Law, Cnr Shields & Grafton Streets, Cairns

Cost: $15 registration fee includes refreshments and materials.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is working with Cairns Regional Council to ensure all Cairns small and medium businesses have access to the best advice to boost their enterprise. All sessions in the series will ensure participants can access easy-to-implement practical tips and real-life local business stories.Join us for Masterclass 3 Marketing Must-Dos: Have you got your foundations right? It’s never too late.It's often hard to allocate resources to marketing without having a guarantee of return on investment. So how do you know what will work and what won't? Attend this Masterclass and our local experts will provide you with practical ways to build the foundations for marketing solutions of value to your business.Cost: $15 registration fee includes refreshments and materials.There will also be a networking opportunity immediately following each masterclass.To find out more, download the full Small Business Masterclass Series Three program ( PDF, 0.6 MB ). More

Doing business with Lae info session

Date: Thu 30 Mar 03:00 pm
Location: Civic Reception Room, Ground Floor, Cairns Regional Council, 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns

Cost: FREE

Contact: Deb Maguire, Facilitator 0405 928 430

Tradelinked Cairns & PNG invites businesses who have considered Lae as a potential market to come along and hear first hand on how you can do business with or through Lae.Meet the newly appointed Consul-General Lae, Mr Paul Murphy. Based in Lae, Paul will provide an overview of his role and its new focus on business development.Learn about the Sister City relationship between Cairns & Lae and how this may open doors for your business.Hear the ‘on the ground’ story from a Cairns local who has been operating a business from Lae for a number of years.Lae, capital of Morobe Province, is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea. It has the largest cargo port and is recognised as the industrial hub of PNG. The city is also known as the Garden City and home of the University of Technology.This free information session will include a networking opportunity.Proudly supported and sponsored by Cairns Regional Council, Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Savcor ART Advanced Rehabilitation Technology and McLeod Training Organisation Pty Ltd. More

Developing Northern Australia Conference

Date: Mon 19 Jun
Location: Pullman Cairns International

Cost: Day registration from $500

Following the highly successful conferences in Townsville in 2015 and Darwin in 2016 and the implementation of the government White Paper, the focus of the 2017 Developing Northern Australia Conference will be on initiatives to drive progress, growth and investment in the development of northern Australia.Topics to be presented and discussed includeland and water;food and agribusiness;forestry;resources and energy;tourism and hospitality;international education;healthcare and medical research;infrastructure;workforce opportunities;Indigenous-led northern development; anddeveloping strategic links as the Gateway to Asia.With a program including feature speakers discussing the key issues, session presentations from industry leaders on specialist topic areas, thought provoking forums, sector exhibitions and networking events, this is a must attend conference.Full registration includes all conference sessions and keynotes, morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas, welcome function, conference materials including handbook and the on-line book of abstracts as well as access to the book of proceedings and presenter podcasts, post conference.Early Bird Registrations close Friday 12 May 2017Cairns Regional Council is proud to be Gold Sponsor of the Developing Northern Australia Conference. More

Last updated: 12 September 2016