In the centre of Queensland, Australia lies the Central Highlands: one of the State’s key agricultural producers, generating over $740 million per annum in economic value.

Extensive beef production and broadacre cropping (cereal and pulses) are the key drivers of value. The region is also an important cotton producer and boasts thriving citrus and table grape sectors. Niche and emerging crops include macadamias, melons, lychees, figs and potatoes.

Not only is the Central Highlands agricultural industry productive and diverse, it is growing. From 2011 to 2016, the region has seen a cumulative growth in average value produced per hectare of 12%, well surpassing the national average of 6%.

What’s New

We are seizing the opportunity to better connect with local producers and the community with our new Grown in the Central Highlands survey. Tell us how, when, where and why you’d like to buy local produce and go into the running to win one of five family passes or equivalent to the Emerald, Blackwater or Capella cinemas. Click here to read more.

Key Resources

The inaugural Central Highlands Agribusiness Capability Statement and accompanying booklet CHAA Strategic Partnerships & Activities 2018 were launched in early 2018.  In partnership with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries and Central Highlands Regional Council, these two key documents demonstrate the breadth and depth of agricultural excellence across the region and outline the priority initiatives that will carry the industry forward.

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Download a copy of the 2015-16 ACIL Allen Regional Agribusiness Snapshot. Delivered in late 2017 in partnership with ACIL Allen, this briefing document from the confidential stocktake presents a snapshot of the Central Highlands’ agribusiness sector, showcases the opportunities in the Central Highlands and can inform future analysis and policy development.








Boasting 1.37 million head of cattle, or 5.5% of the national herd, the Central Highlands are the largest herd size by local government area and produces more than $540 million in value.  Reliable water, state-of-the-art facilities, experienced livestock agents, best-practice systems and connected supply chains mean that the Central Highlands is truly the Beef Powerhouse of Australia. Download our beef fact sheet or read more by clicking here.







Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) Initiative 

In 2016, the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and the Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) established the Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) initiative to grow, promote and realise the value and opportunities for all businesses producing agricultural and food products, processing and providing other value-adding services in the Central Highlands.  Click here to read more about the initiative and the Strategic Advisory Group.

Agribusiness Events

We are committed to building capacity, promoting the region and providing opportunities for businesses to grow. Check back here regularly for the latest events.

27 June: Digital Skills workshop for Agribusiness: Delivered by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI), CHDC is proud to work in partnership to deliver a targeted digital skills workshop.

29 April – 2 May 2018: Paddock to Port Tour: Thanks to those who attended our recent successful Paddock to Port Tour.  Resources are on their way, so check back soon!


Want to know more?  Contact our dedicated Agribusiness Development Coordinator, Liz Alexander, by clicking here or calling 0429 471 511.






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