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:

Business Continuity Workshop

Date: Wed 17 May 09:00 am
Location: Bolands Centre, corner Lake and Spence streets Cairns

Contact: Sioux Campbell 4044 3571

Would you still be in business today if Tropical Cyclone Debbie had hit Cairns? Are your business continuity plans sufficient for your business to survive if the building had not? And do your continuity plans cover all the potential challenges your business might face? It’s a good time to find out.Join Cairns Regional Council and business continuity expert Graham Nisbet for a free opportunity to strengthen your business, develop your continuity planning and gather supporting resources relevant to local circumstances.Morning tea will be provided.Drop-in sessionsIf you can't make the morning workshop, you can drop in for hourly briefings starting at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. 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