Ipswich City Council

Why Do Business in Ipswich?

Ipswich is the fastest growing city in Queensland - as confirmed in reports by the Queensland Goverment Statistican's Office (formerly OESR).

Ipswich is projected to grow by 4.6% or 360,400 people between 2011 and 2036.

The Ripley Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) located within the Ipswich LGA is projected to have the largest growth of any area in Queensland over the 2011 to 2036 period (up 109,100 persons).

Full details and reports on this and other data on the Ipswich area are able to be downloaded from this website.  

Queensland Regional Profiles

It is also possible to select your own "region of interest" (e.g. Ipswich) in Queensland at the Queensland Government Statistician's Office website.

The Queensland Regional Profiles are informative statistical reports on a range of Queensland community types (e.g. local government areas). These reports are generated automatically using the latest demographic, social and economic data available. Community regions can be selected individually, or easily combined to create customised regions or catchments for profiling. The smallest geographical region available for selection is Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) (broadly equivalent to suburb size in urban areas).

They can be accessed here and contain comprehensive and usable data that is used by a wide variety of researchers looking for information on the Ipswich region.

For the latest Western Corridor planning and growth information:

Economic Development Plan 2009-2031

Ipswich City Council has prepared an Economic Development Plan 2009-2031 which provides direction to key stakeholders and partners to support and build Ipswich's economic development for the next 20 years.

This plan focuses on a progam of actions under four themes that will achieve the city's vision for growth:       

  • City Leadership
  • Regional Leadership
  • City Growth
  • City Competitiveness

This plan is available for download in either the full version or the Executive Summary.

Economic Development Plan 2009 - 2031 Economic Development Plan 2009 - 2031 (PDF, 2.2 mb)
Economic Development Plan 2009-2031 Executive Summary Economic Development Plan 2009-2031 Executive Summary (PDF, 2.6 mb)

Skilling Ipswich Program 

The Skilling Ipswich Program is one of 15 lead projects to come from the Economic Development Plan, covering community skilling, industry sector skills strategies, Indigenous employment and expansion of the education and training sectors in the city.

Skilling Ipswich Program Skilling Ipswich Program (PDF, 604 kb)

InfoCity Plan  

The vision for the InfoCity Plan is that Ipswich City will be a leading digital community in Australia. The InfoCity Plan will create a digital innovation community that involves and benefits the wider community and provides the base for innovation and industry leadership in digital technology.

Infocity Plan Infocity Plan (PDF, 547 kb)

Rural Industries Plan 

The Rural Industries Plan supports the development of a vibrant, high value rural industries sector in Ipswich City that adds diversity to the economy, generates tourism and lifestyle benefits and protects and retains good quality agricultural land in the City.

Rural Industries Plan Rural Industries Plan (PDF, 649 kb)
Rural News 2011 Rural News 2011 (PDF, 1001 kb)

Ipswich is strategically positioned in South-East Queensland

  • Centrally located on national road networks
  • 45 minutes drive to downtown Brisbane
  • 60 minutes drive to domestic and international sea and airports
  • Access to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts via the Ipswich and Logan Motorways
  • Electric rail access to Brisbane and the Gold Coast
  • Easy access to capital city facilities

Industry opportunities

The strength of Ipswich's industry base is in its diversity, which provides extensive opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. Ipswich has a diverse economy led by professional services including finance, business, education, health and community providers. Industries well-established in Ipswich include:

  • Aerospace
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Food processing
  • Wine
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Motorsport

Extensive employment opportunities

There are many industrial/commercial parks to meet the demands of industry in creating new jobs. A number of these parks are still in the early stages of development and will provide a diverse range of opportunities for businesses.  

1.  Brookwater Office Park

2.  Carole Park Industrial Estate (Synergy Industrial Park)

3.  Citiswich Industrial Park

4.  Ebenezer Industrial Park

5. Parkside Business Precinct

6. Redbank Motorway Estate

7. Swanbank Enterprise Park

8. Springfield Technology Park

9. Goodna Technology Park

10. River Junction

Please ask the Office of Economic Development about the details and status of Westlink Business Park.  


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