The Gold Coast has over 1,000 businesses engaged in the city’s creative industries. Industry sectors include:
- Film, Television and Entertainment
- Music Composition and Production
- Performing Arts
- Writing, Publishing and Print Media
- Architecture, Visual Arts and Design
- Advertising, Graphic Design and Marketing
Creative businesses are attracted to the Gold Coast for its low business costs and highly-skilled workforce. The city is home to numerous academies and training facilities specifically geared to creative industries. Griffith University incorporates the Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium and is the state’s largest provider of creative arts training.
The Gold Coast is a ‘learning city’. There are more than 400 education and training providers in the region that attract students from more than 100 countries. Facilities include:
- Four universities
- Several research centres
- Over 150 internationally recognised training organisations
The Gold Coast is also home to a variety of internationally acclaimed research facilities including the Institute of Glycomics, The Australian CRC in Sustainable Tourism as well as Australia’s first six-star carbon neutral sustainable building - the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development.
As Australia’s most biodiverse city, the Gold Coast has a responsibility to work towards innovative solutions for environmental sustainability. As one of the Gold Coast’s fastest growing industry sectors, more than 400 companies operate within the city’s environmental industry, focusing on various disciplines including construction, coastal and marine consulting, urban planning and design, water treatment technology, professional services in the carbon market and emissions trading.
The diverse landscapes and vast studio facilities located on the Gold Coast have made the region a film industry hot spot both in Australia and around the world. With numerous blockbuster movies and television programs already filmed and produced on the Gold Coast, the industry is only growing. Film makers are attracted by a dynamic pool of talent in all areas of filming and production, as well as numerous financial incentives. The Gold Coast is also home to Village Roadshow Studios - a world-class facility and one of the largest studios in the southern hemisphere.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The Gold Coast food and beverage industry employs over 14,162 full-time employees and is recognised as one of the most diverse production regions in Australia. The industry benefits from research and development facilities, numerous industry associations, TAFE capabilities in food processing, food and beverage operations and food safety and a counter-seasonal harvest to the northern hemisphere and southern states of Australia. The city’s food and beverage products include:
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Seafood and meat
- Dairy foods
HEALTH AND MEDICAL
The Gold Coast has a wealth of health and medical infrastructure with the industry contributing over $1.5 billion in annual revenue. The city is also home to leading specialists and researchers in fields such as Glycomics, Coronary and Cardiovascular specialties, Reconstructive surgery and Neuroradiology.
- Some of the world’s largest and most renowned research facilities
- Multiple training and education facilities
- Numerous large hospitals and medical institutes
- Vast pool of world-class scientists, engineers and technical staff
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The Gold Coast's dedication to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship has seen the city's technology sector flourish. The Gold Coast’s expanding digital infrastructure, progressive culture and networks helps to create digital-ready businesses and excellent opportunities in domestic and international markets.
The Gold Coast ‘innovation ecosystem’ provides an environment where entrepreneurs, co-working spaces, tech start-ups, incubators and investors are emerging, establishing the Gold Coast as a hot spot for innovation and a successful start-up community.
Australia’s premier marine boating capital, the Gold Coast is home to the nation’s largest recreational boat builders and refitters, and first-class stopover facilities for visiting super yachts and worldcruising vessels. Gold Coast marine businesses are numerous and diverse, with many operating in the fields of manufacturing, maintenance, sales and berthing. Many of the city’s marine businesses are united by their focus on developing innovative ‘industry-first’ solutions and products that are now exported around the world.
The Gold Coast’s location and natural environment are at the core of its success as a global sport city. The city has grown into a hub of sporting excellence across high-performance training, international sport events, education, sport science, specialised clinicians, coaching staff, sport management and product manufacturing. The Gold Coast has been awarded Best Newcomer in Sport Business International’s bi-annual Ultimate Sport Cities Rankings and is ranked the 18th top sporting city in the world on the Sportcal Global Sport Index.
The Gold Coast hosts local, national and international sporting events including: Castrol Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars, Australian PGA Championship, Australian Surf Life Saving Titles, Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Gold Coast Triathlon, Magic Millions Racing Carnival, Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Pan Pacific Masters Games, Quiksilver and Roxy Pro and Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.
With an enviable natural environment and diverse experiences, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations. Each year the city welcomes close to 13 million visitors from domestic and international markets including China, New Zealand, Japan, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
As a destination for travellers from all over the world, the Gold Coast's biggest edge is its stunning natural beauty. Visitors can experience 57 kilometres of coastline and 21,000 hectares of rainforest as well as outstanding food and wine, quality accommodation, world-class shopping and a full calendar of exciting events.