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The North Queensland region encompasses five major regional centres: Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville. The region contributes over $16.5 billion annually to the Queensland economy and is home to nearly 240,000 people. The region has one of the most diverse economic bases in Australia and enjoys a stunning natural environment of reef, rain forest and outback, which, provide tourism growth opportunities and an attractive lifestyle for its residents.

The region is strategically positioned to provide goods and services via the extensive logistics network in the region for rail, road, sea and air. The network enables over $9 billion per annum of goods and services to be exported domestically and internationally.

Our North Queensland regional office (NQRO) is located in Townsville. It has two dedicated hubs, that are actively developing the manufacturing industry, defence supply, and service industry.


236,441 (2018) – expected to increase to 304,494 by 2036. (Qld Government SA4)


Data provided is a three-month moving average (Ref - ABS Data SA1 Report RM1 as at Sept 2019).



Reference: REMPLAN 19 industry sectors 2018 R2.

Top five output industries – total regional output $32.47 billion:

Top five employment industries – total regional employment 103,658 jobs:

Top five value add industries – total regional value add $15.56 billion:

Significant growth industries over last 3 years based on GRP (REMPLAN 45 industry sectors 2015 R1 vs 2018 R2):

Key projects

Local content activities

View all upcoming events and opportunities in the region including workshops and industry briefings that support businesses at all stages of project supply chains. You can also learn more about manufacturing hubs.

Further information

Find out more about this diverse region or contact our North Queensland regional office.