Publications & reports

Annual reports

Annual reports and financial statements, and community annual reports, from Cairns Regional Council (2008 to current). More

Budget 2015-2016

Council's 2015-2016 budget is a balanced budget with total operating expenditure and total operating revenue of $283 million. The budget features a $142.7 million capital works program and expenditure of $228 million on materials and services (including support for tourism marketing, major events and economic development). More

Corporate plan

The Cairns Regional Council Corporate Plan 2013-2018 is the guiding document by which Council operates during these five years. It provides clear objectives that can be incorporated into all areas of Council’s operations. More

Financial and planning documents

Council is required to make relevant financial and planning documents available to the public. These documents include annual budget, general purpose financial statement, revenue statement, annual report, financial plans, operational plan, corporate plan, community grants policy, procurement policy and community engagement plan. More


Keep in touch with what's happening around Cairns. Our monthly e-newsletter, Living in Cairns, is full of events, activities and news. You can also sign up for specific newsletters about planning, sport and recreation, and library activities. More

Operational plans

Council's Operational Plans are produced on a financial year basis and contain the annual budget and capital works program. Operational Plan content is based on direction provided by the Corporate Plan. More

Progress & Achievement reports

The quarterly progress reports present the achievements of Council's six departments. More

Long term population forecast

Since estimated residential population figures began being produced in 1976, Cairns and its region, along with the Bundaberg/Hervey Bay (Wide Bay) Burnett region, has recorded by far the largest increases in population outside the south-east corner of Queensland. More

Other publications:

Living in Cairns (Residents Guide)

Council has produced a handy guide to living, working and playing in Cairns.  You can view an e-book version of the Living in Cairns publication online or download the Living in Cairns guide booklet ( PDF, 3 MB ).  Hard copies are available from Council's Customer Service Centre in Cairns and at all Cairns Library branches. You may also request a hard copy by phoning Council on (07) 4044 3044 or email

Guide for international students 

Cairns welcomes international students from all over the world. Council's Guide to Studying and Living in Cairns provides potential students with practical information about moving to and living in Cairns.

Contracts valued at $200,000 or more

In compliance with section 237 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Council publishes details of all contracts valued $200,000 or more - see Related Documents at right for the latest list. Information documented includes:

  • The person with whom Council has entered into the contract.
  • The value of the contract.
  • The purpose of the contract

Community Plan

The community plan was developed during 2010-2011 as a requirement of the Local Government Act at that time.  Extensive community consultation and engagement was conducted throughout the region.  More than 2500 pieces of public feedback - received through workshops, online surveys and forums, postcards, letters and other forms - helped shape the plan.

In 2012, the Queensland Government amended the Local Government Act and repealed the requirement for a community plan. Whilst it is no longer a statutory document, Council's community plan continues to serves as a reference point for information on the community's values and aspirations.

Last updated: 24 November 2015