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:

China Export Success workshop

Date: Thu 27 Oct 10:30 am
Location: Cairns Institute Room Building D3, James Cook University, McGregor Rd, Smithfield

Cost: $75 per person

Contact: ChAFTA Project Manager, James Scullin

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has now entered into force, providing Australian businesses with unprecedented access to the China market.Made possible by a generous grant from The Australian Government, the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), in collaboration with the Export Council of Australia (ECA), are going to all corners of Australia to provide regional Australian businesses with the technical, step-by-step curriculum-led training to help exporters navigate the nuances of the China market.If you are either looking to expand your business in China or need support in taking the first steps in exporting to Australia’s largest trading partner, this workshop is for you.The ChAFTA Training Program will open with a morning workshop hosted by the Export Council of Australia, focussing on the technical aspects of ChAFTA such as:Classifying your goods for exportHow your goods are treated under ChAFTAUnderstanding Rules of OriginCertifying your goods using Certificates of OriginChina export checklistTools and Resources: FTA Tool and FTA PortalACBC will lead the second session that will focus on the practical side of doing business with China, such as:The latest business trends and China market analysisCase Study experience of doing business with ChinaFinancing for exports and risk managementTargeted industry specific advice; andCultural nuances of doing business with China.This program includes lunch, opportunities for Q&A and networking.Cost: $75 per person (*ticket prices reflect the subsidy provided by the Australian Government through the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant Program that has reduced ticket costs by 50% for each attendee. The full value of the training is $150.) More

Last updated: 12 September 2016