Business & economic development


Cairns offers lucrative investment opportunities in tourism, international education, agribusiness, marine services, property and more. View our Investment Prospectus to find out more. 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

Business support

Cairns Regional Council is committed to supporting local businesses. When starting or expanding a business, information and advice at the early stages is critical. More

Strategic industry sectors

Valued at approximately $14 billion, the Cairns region's economy is driven by globally-competitive tourism, international education, agriculture, marine and aviation sectors. More

Data and eUpdates

Data, tools and news to help inform business and investment decisions. 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

Economic development strategies

Council has strategies for a strong, diversified and sustainable regional economy that supports new and existing industry, investment and business activities. More

TNQ Innovation Awards

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

Cairns Investment Prospectus

Download our Prospectus ( PDF, 3.39 MB ) or view the e-book below to discover the many investment opportunities on offer in Cairns.

Contact us to find out how we can help you take advantage of investment opportunities in Cairns.Email us today ( to find out how we can help you take advantage of investment opportunities in Cairns, or telephone us on +61 7 4044 3347.

Upcoming events for business:

Injury prevention workshop

Date: Thu 3 May
Time: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Brothers Leagues Club Cairns, 99-105 Anderson Street, Manunda

Cost: Free - includes lunch

Free session for businesses, covering injury prevention, return to work, rehabilitation and workers’ compensation. More

Japan trade deal info session

Date: Tue 8 May
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: BDO North Queensland, 15 Lake St, Cairns Queensland 4870

Cost: FREE

Free advice session for exporters on Japanese trade arrangements and market access. More

Cyber security for business

Date: Tue 8 May
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: TTNQ, Level 2/51 Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person

Learn about cyber security and protecting digital information in your small business. More

Visual merchandising workshop

Date: Tue 22 May
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: TTNQ, Level 2/51 Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person

Discover how to make your business stand out by creating a visually compelling commercial space. More

Innovate your business

Date: Fri 25 May
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: TheSPACE, U Block, TAFE, Eureka Street, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person

Learn about idea screening, opportunity development and the commercialisation runway. More

The Circular Economy & Becoming a Waste Wise Business

Date: Fri 25 May
Time: 11:45am - 2:00pm
Location: Hilton Hotel Cairns

Contact: Tony McInnes 0488014962

Understand what makes up a “Circular Economy” and learn how your business can achieve the status of becoming a waste-wise business. More

Small business masterclass: High Performing Teams

Date: Thu 31 May
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: MacDonnells Law, 19 Aplin Street, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person

Tips on crafting great teams, management compliance fundamentals and Single Touch Payroll basics. More

Small business masterclass: Building Better Business

Date: Thu 31 May
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Spirit of Babinda Hall - 51 Munro Street (behind the Taskforce Office).

Cost: $15 per person

Learn about business fundamentals to give you a competitive edge. More

Small business masterclass: Create leads & sales with Facebook

Date: Tue 5 Jun
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Cairns Regional Council Civic Reception Room, Ground Floor, 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person

Practical session on how to promote your business on Facebook. More

Small business masterclass: Reclaim time with simple business systems

Date: Thu 7 Jun
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: BDO North Qld - Level 1, 15 Lake Street, Cairns Corporate Tower, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person

Learn how business systems can help you work smarter by leveraging your time, effort and money. More

Last updated: 06 March 2018