Publications & reports

Annual reports

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

Budget 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 Budget is Cairns Regional Council's fourth consecutive balanced Budget. It features total operating expenditure and total operating revenue of $287 million, and a record Capital Works program of $178.5 million. For the third year in a row, the Budget delivers a modest 1.5 per cent rates increase for the majority of ratepayers. 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

e-news and social media

Keep in touch with what's happening around Cairns. Sign up to Council's e-newsletters and follow us on social media. 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

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

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Contracts valued at $200,000 or more

In compliance with section 237 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Council publishes a monthly listing of all contracts valued $200,000 or more ( PDF, 0.02 MB ).  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.  More than 2500 pieces of public feedback - received through workshops, online surveys and forums, postcards, letters and other forms - helped shape the plan.  The plan is no longer a State Government requirement.

Living in Cairns (Residents Guide)

Council has produced a handy guide to living, working and playing in Cairns.  

Hard copies are available on request from Council's Customer Service Centre in Cairns and at Cairns Library branches. You may also request a hard copy by phoning Council on (07) 4044 3044 or emailing

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. (The PDF version is located in the 'For download' section at the bottom of the page.)

A guide for international students provides potential students with practical information about moving to and living in Cairns. A PDF version is located in related documents.

Last updated: 18 October 2016