Douglas Shire Economic Profile

Douglas Shire Council’s Gross Regional Product was $919m as of the 30th June 2016
— National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016 Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

Douglas Shire Council's economic profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths.

The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, NIEIR industry structure and industry sector profiles use a National Accounts regional econometric model developed by National Economics (NIEIR).


Douglas Shire Economic Development 

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Douglas Shire Council, comprising 16.0% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.1% in Queensland.
— Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register

In Douglas Shire Council, Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer, generating 1,298 local jobs in 2015/16.
— National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

In 2015/16 , the total tourism and hospitality sales in Douglas Shire Council was $465.4m, the total value added was $212.2m
— National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

The four year Douglas Shire Council Strategy has been designed to lay the foundations to achieve important medium to long term economic goals for the Shire. The strategic document which will help guide our region to a sustainable, innovative and prosperous future.

Advance Cairns is the peak regional economic development organisation for Tropical North Queensland.

Working collaboratively with all levels of governments and industry, Advance Cairns advocates for catalytic economic infrastructure and policy priorities and is the coordinating body to deliver the Tropical North Queensland Region’s long term economic vision.

The TTNQ Strategic Marketing Plan outlines the strategic direction for 2015 – 2020.  TTNQ is following the modelling developed by Tourism Australia (by Access Economics and Marketing Strategists BDA 2010). This focuses on Australia’s potential to capture a larger share of domestic and outbound international markets for those countries seen as the most profitable prospects.

TTNQ has reviewed its current market share of international and domestic visitors to Australia (leisure, business events and sports tourism), reviewed history of the past five years and made assumptions on market by market potential including a critical aviation analysis in collaboration with Cairns Airport.


Small Business Support

Business Queensland

a one stop shop for business market research, resources to establish, nurture and manage your business effectively

Douglas Shire Council Business Resources

Including resources for economic development, local laws, business compliance, and business resources including funding opportunities.

Australian Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland

Run by employers for employers, we represent more than 400,000 small and medium businesses across Queensland. Join CCIQ today for essential advice, services and tools to power your business potential.

Cairns Chamber


Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20

The Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy is creating an environment in which Queensland is the place for small business to start, grow and employ. This strategy focuses on stronger advocacy for small business, simplified and coordinated service delivery, connecting small business to opportunity and empowering small business to grow and employ.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. We’re a not-for-profit, private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industry.

We work in partnership with government agencies and industry bodies at a local, state and national level, to strengthen the voice of tourism in all relevant policy forums. Our membership comprises more than 3,000 regional members (individual and corporate) alongside 13 Regional Tourism Organisation (RTOs) and 18 industry sector associations. Our efforts are aimed squarely at helping this strong tourism industry drive sustainable business and product development, stimulate business attraction and investment, develop workforce skills and support tourism jobs and business. 

QTIC operates and hosts the annual Queensland Tourism Awards, the state’s premier industry recognition program for outstanding contribution by organisations and individuals within our tourism sector.

NQ Tourism Small Business Development Program

Businesses and new startups in the tourism industry (or a related industry) located in Cairns, Yarrabah, the Cassowary Coast, Port Douglas, and the Daintree are invited to participate in the TNQ Tourism Small Business Development Program.

The program is delivered in partnership with our Business Leaders Panel through workshops, webinars and one-on-one mentoring.

The topics are designed to assist new startups (‘business intenders’) and existing businesses that interact with the three million tourists visiting Tropical North Queensland every year.

TTNQ members and non-members are welcome to participate.

The workshops and mentoring cover six areas: Funding Avenues and Financial Analysis, Building Your Business, Making the Most of Your Talent & Team, Management Capabilities, Digital Engagement & Implementation, Tourism Ready.

Tourism Tribe

Tourism Tribe is an online community that connects tourism operators, industry and digital experts in a supported learning environment.

Tourism and Events Queensland

Marketing is a key focus of Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ). To learn more about their current and upcoming marketing campaigns and advertising opportunities, the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) and brand Queensland, follow the link above.

Business Event Support

Finding the perfect location for your next Tropical North Queensland event is easy with Business Events Port Douglas. From small meetings to large conferences, motivational team building sessions to aspirational incentive programs, our award winning event specialists have the expertise to cater to business tourism unlike any other tropical destination.

An analysis of the valued added by industry sectors in Douglas Shire Council in 2015/16 shows the three largest industries were:

Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($112 million or 13.7%)
Accommodation and Food Services ($82 million or 10.0%)
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($61 million or 7.5%)
— National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series