Talent Innovation & Education


A hot spring of innovation

Brisbane – home to the development of the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine – chooses to make innovation a cornerstone of its future. The Innovation Cities Global Index ranked Brisbane in the top 15 per cent of the 445 cities across the globe benchmarked for innovation in 2014 (Source: 2thinknow, Innovation Cities Global Index, 2014).

Combine this with the greatest number of patents in Australia and it is clear that Brisbane is not just poised on the edge of innovation, it is leading the charge. This outstanding performance is set against a background of Australia having a distinguished history of innovation. The nation has produced 15 Nobel Laureates, demonstrating how our prolific record of creativity and innovation has given the world inventions such as ultrasound, the black-box flight recorder, electronic pacemaker, and wireless networking technology. 

World-class thinking

Brisbane’s talent is young, skilled, and often multilingual. As the city continues to attract large numbers of international migrants, the talent pool grows in skill and diversity. Brisbane is emerging as a leader in innovative and knowledge-based industries including: 

Brisbane’s human capital measures up to the world’s best. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14 ranked Australia’s higher education and training 15th and its quality of research institutions 23rd highest out of 142 countries (Source: World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report, 2013-14). Brisbane also ranked third in the fDi Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future Labour Environment category (Source: fDi Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2013-14). Brisbane draws great strength from its tertiary education sector, boasting three world-class universities, each recognised for the quality of its graduates and its research and development initiatives.

Griffith University

Griffith University ranks in the top 5 per cent of universities in the world. Regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the Asia Pacific region’s most influential universities, Griffith University is renowned for its global perspective. Its world-class research centres are breaking new ground in drug discoveries, health, environment, and social sciences. 

Queensland University of Technology

With nearly 45,000 students and a reputation as “a university for the real world”, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a growing leader in innovative areas of research and development. QUT is ranked the second best university under 50 years old in Australia, second only to the University of Newcastle, and the 31st best university under 50 years old in the world (Times Higher Education, 100 Under 50, 2014).

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is consistently rated as one of the world’s top 100 universities. With a strong investment in research and development and state-of-the-art facilities, UQ ranks first among Australian universities for licence income, value of equity holdings and invention disclosures, new Australian patents, and active start-up companies. UQ is currently ranked 65th in the world for graduate employability (Times Higher Education, World University Rankings, 2014-15).