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 and one of only two university teaching hospitals in Australia 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 industry is widely supported by the Gold Coast City Council that has more than 40 environmental policies and procedures.
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.
The film industry on the Gold Coast accounts for 76 percent of Queensland’s film production.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The Gold Coast food and beverage industry employs over 2,500 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
The Gold Coast is also home to the nation’s newest and most advanced school of dentistry and oral health. By the end of 2013 The Gold Coast University Hospital will commence health service operations and deliver five new services to the Gold Coast - radiotherapy, neuroscience, neonatal intensive care, trauma response, cardiac surgery and nuclear medicine.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The Gold Coast Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry comprises everything from small to medium enterprises, to large national and multinational companies. Fed by lower industry, leasing and labour costs and sophisticated infrastructure, the industry continues to grow. The Gold Coast hosts numerous local, national and international industry events every year. The city’s four universities have responded to growth in the sector by delivering a pool of talented ICT and business students in fields including, software engineering, artificial intelligence, enterprise architecture, multimedia, computer game development and information systems. The Gold Coast’s unbeatable lifestyle is also proving to be a draw card with companies like IBM, Austar and Roamfree now located in the city.
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.
Recently named as the host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast is a world leader in the sports industry. The destination offers over 33 first-class training and competition standard facilities plus a range of auxiliary and support services for international sporting teams and associations. Largely composed of 43% sporting clubs and 26.7% coaching and instruction services, the industry contributes an estimated $582 million in annual revenue. The city continues to attract high performance training camps and is host to international sporting competitions and events such as Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, The ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, The Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Magic Millions Carnival and The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. In addition, a number of Australian sporting teams are located in the city including the Gold Coast Suns AFL and Titans NRL sides.
The Gold Coast is also home to the recently redeveloped Metricon Stadium; a multipurpose facility that seats 25,000 spectators and offers extensive corporate entertaining facilities as well as world-class playing and training facilities. Metricon also features an oval that is capable of holding ICC cricket matches, concerts, festivals, IAAF athletics events and FIFA World Cup soccer matches.
More than 11.4 million visitors flock to the Gold Coast on an annual basis, spending an estimated $4.7 billion. Widely recognised as being Australia’s favourite playground, the city attracts visitors through its sheer diversity. Able to offer diverse landscapes, vast attractions and experiences, a lively event calendar, world-class entertainment and a thriving food and dining culture, the Gold Coast has the ability to deliver every holiday experience in one location. The Gold Coast tourism industry employs 36,000 people and is heavily supported by organisations such as Gold Coast Tourism Corporation.
Recognising that tourism is the life-blood of our city the Gold Coast City Council continues to invest in natural and built attractions like Southport Broadwater Parklands and the Surfers Paradise Foreshore Development.