Location of the Moreton Bay Region

The Moreton Bay Region has strategic location with access to the world.

The Moreton Bay Region sits just north of Brisbane in booming South East Queensland. With easy access to major transport routes, the region is the perfect base from which to expand your business across Australia and the globe.


The Moreton Bay Region is located just 20 minutes from Brisbane Airport, which saw 21 million passengers in 2011-12 and has almost 2,000 flights per week to destinations across Australia and the world.


The six-lane Bruce Highway M1 motorway, which is part of the east coast national highway network, provides the major transport spine through the region.


The Moreton Bay Region provides comprehensive access to broadband infrastructure, which will be significantly enhanced as the region is one of the first in Australia to benefit from the roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) from 2013 - ensuring that your business is globally connected.


The Moreton Bay Region has excellent access to the Port of Brisbane, which is the third largest container port in Australia and one of the country's fastest growing.


Queensland Rail operates a full timetable of passenger and freight rail connections within and beyond the region and a $1.15 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link is currently underway, which will transform access to and from the Brisbane CBD (due to be completed by late 2016).


We have room for growing businesses.

There are more than 1,800 hectares of competitively priced available land for a wide variety of commercial and industrial uses. Moreton Bay Region is home to a variety of business precincts that can cater for high-tech companies, logistics operations, light industrial uses and large, campus style commercial offices, as well as, a range of retail uses.

Competitive Land Prices

AreaAvg Industrial
Land Costs
Savings in
Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay Region$220 
Brisbane (Australia
Trade Coast)

Source: AECgroup, Savills

Competitive Commercial Rents

Rent ($/sqm)
Savings in
Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay Region$367 


We have a large, highly skilled and accessible workforce.

Our region has a significant labour pool of 185,000 workers. Our region offers value as well with very competitive wages.

The region is close to many major research and development centres in South East Queensland, including the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University, Australian Catholic University and Sunshine Coast University, as well as, Trade Training Centres and an Aquaculture Research Centre, all to support your business and your workforce needs.

Skilled Workforce

High School Diploma110,929
University Degree49,670
Non-school Qualification97,732

Source: ABS (2012)

Average Wages

AreaAverage Wage/week
Moreton Bay Region$723

Source: ABS (2012)


We've got a strong business environment that provides real value to our companies.

There are numerous business advantages that our region can provide, including:

  • Low business tax (lowest payroll tax rate in Australia)
  • Low worker's compensation premiums
  • Competitive wage costs
  • Competitive land costs and commercial rents
  • Competitive utility costs

The proof of our pro-business environment is demonstrated in the growth and success of our economy, which has grown 23% over the last six years. Our key sectors for growth include:

  • Logistics
  • High tech manufacturing
  • IT and professional services

The table below highlights an example of the competitive business environment that the Moreton Bay Region provides. The table highlights savings in labour, payroll tax and workcover for a Medical and Surgical Equipment Manufacturing operation, employing 50 people.

Moreton Bay's Competitive Cost Savings

 BrisbaneSydneyMelbourneMoreton Bay
Payroll Tax$79,398$119,379$111,357$64,253
Savings in Moreton Bay Region ($)336,765513,414411,961NA
Savings in Moreton Bay Region (%)121714NA

Source: AECgroup, ABS Census (2012), ABS Wage Price Index (2013), Office of State Revenue, QLD (2013), Office of State Revenue NSW (2013), Office of State Revenue Vic (2013), Workcover QLD (2013), Workcover VIC (2013), Workcover NSW (2013)


We have life style. The Moreton Bay Region offers a lifestyle that is second-to-none with magnificent seaside suburbs and a rolling green hinterland.

Our lifestyle is best characterised as a relaxed and safe community that values leisure and recreation. Whether it is a day at a patrolled

beach, a spot of whale watching, a scenic drive in the D'Aguilar Mountain Range, a picnic by Pumicestone Passage, surfing at Bribie Island, boating and fishing on Moreton Bay, or a visit to one of the quaint country townships, we really do have it all in terms of supporting a great quality of life.


Offering capital city convenience without capital city costs, housing in the Moreton Bay Region is more affordable than in Brisbane. Characterised by family homes, often with backyard swimming pools, the region also offers unit living closer to public transport and shops, as well as, rural acreage living.

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