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Agrifood in Queensland

Queensland’s aagriculture, fisheries, and forestry industries, including first stage processing, employs 348,000 people, and generates over A$25 billion in value. 80% of Queensland’s land is used for agricultural production.

Queensland offers:

  • ideal growing conditions that are counter-seasonal to the northern hemisphere, catering to international demand.
  • globally respected research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, agrifood education, research and development.
  • climate diversity from tropical to temperate, so that a range of agricultural products can be grown year-round.
  • rigorous biosecurity systems and an advanced biosecurity plan to keep products disease and pest free.
  • competitive logistics systems for rapid delivery of products to an international market.

Queensland is also home to many research centres, testing facilities, innovation hubs, networks, clusters and precincts, including:

Incentives, grants and support

Funding, grants and assistance for agricultural industries is available for existing businesses or start ups. You may be able to access loans, one-off grants and partnerships. This includes the Ignite Ideas Fund, which supports start-ups and small-to-medium businesses to develop and commercialise innovative products, processes and services.

There is a One stop service for agricultural development and investment and further support through AgTech.

As Australia’s second-largest state, Queensland boasts many thriving regional centres. To grow manufacturing in these key areas, the state government launched a $30 million Regional Manufacturing Hubs program.

Hubs have been established in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Gladstone, with 2 more under development in Mackay and the Gold Coast. Each hub is a wealth of support and information for local businesses, offering:

  • business development programs
  • skills development and training programs
  • awareness of advanced manufacturing.

The Biofutures program.

The new Industry Partnership Program will invest A$350 million over four years to continue to grow and create jobs across a number of priority industry sectors including advanced manufacturing and biofutures. This is in addition to a range of support and services available to support small businesses, and assist employers to train and upskill their employees.

Businesses of all sizes can access a variety of state government resources to support trade and investment in the agrifood sector, including growth stage capital through the Backing Queensland Business Investment Fund

Trade and Investment Queensland will also help international investors harness opportunities by opening doors to local industry, economic development organisations, and local and state government agencies.