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About Brisbane

Warm and welcoming, Brisbane offers the perfect climate for business and leisure and a balance of lifestyle and opportunity. Modern and sophisticated with a growing economy, Brisbane is a city where opportunity and lifestyle go hand-in-hand.

An appetite for innovation, a reputation for collaboration, world-class industry capabilities, and a wave of new infrastructure positions Brisbane as one of Australia’s most progressive and business-friendly cities. To find out more about doing business in Brisbane, click here.

With a relaxed and welcoming vibe, Brisbane is an urban metropolis with stunning natural assets, clear blue skies all year round and a subtropical alfresco lifestyle. With the river at the city’s heart and a backyard of mountain peaks, World Heritage rainforests, pristine bays, idyllic islands and incredible wildlife, Brisbane embodies the very best of Australia. To explore all you can see and do in Brisbane, click here. 

Environment 

As one of the most biodiverse capital cities in Australia, Brisbane City Council is committed to protecting its natural environment for the future prosperity of the city and to achieve council's long-term vision for our clean, green city.

Parklands are an essential component of Brisbane’s appeal. Brisbane has an extensive and expanding network of over 2000 parks, currently covering more than 6000 hectares in urban parks and more than 8000 hectares in conservation reserves.

Key green spaces across the city include: 

  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha 
  • City Botanic Gardens 
  • Roma Street Parkland 
  • South Bank Parklands

Geography

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland – Australia’s second largest state by area. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Brisbane is geographically the largest of Australia’s capital cities and the third largest in the world, occupying some 1140sq km.

Transportation

Brisbane is a compact, intuitively planned city which makes it simple for locals and visitors to navigate on foot. Getting to, from and around Brisbane is made easy with public transport options including road, river and rail travel.

Spanning the South East Queensland corner, the TransLink system represents one of the largest public transport networks in the world. For further information, visit the Translink website.

For inner-city travel, Brisbane’s free Loop bus services are quick and convenient.

Universities

Brisbane is home to three world-class universities, each recognised for the quality of its graduates and research and development initiatives.

Griffith University is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions – the first to offer degrees in Asian studies and environmental studies.

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a top Australian university with global connections and a reputation for quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is the oldest university in Queensland. UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight, a leading group of Australian universities that conducts a significant portion of all university research in Australia, as well as one of only three Australian universities to be a member of the global Universitas 21, an alliance allowing UQ to offer students unique opportunities to participate in student exchanges and events throughout the world.

There are also several other universities operating in niche fields in and around Brisbane, including:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • CQUniversity
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

TAFE network

The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) network in Queensland trains in trades and technical skills including engineering, electrics, plumbing, information technology and hospitality.

Demographics

Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing capital cities in Australia in terms of population and employment. Our residents are young and skilled, highly educated and culturally diverse.

Population and growth

South East Queensland is one of Australia’s largest metropolitan regions. The Greater Brisbane population has grown rapidly over the past decade, now totalling more than 2 million people.

Business and skilled migration

Australia is committed to encouraging business and skilled migration. The Federal Government controls immigration to Australia, with support from specific State Government agencies as appropriate.

For further information on visas and permits visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.