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%.

Key Resources

The 2018 Central Highlands Abattoir Feasibility Statement is an important milestone for the region’s cattle producers. ACIL Allen Consulting was commissioned by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) to conduct the research which found using published data, the total capital cost of an abattoir would be just over $100 million, $23.5 million per annum to operate, and could expect to return an income of over $204 million per annum.

A summary can also soon be found at here; a full copy of the comprehensive report is available on request from CHDC.

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.  Download here.

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.

Partner With Us

It’s an exciting time for events across the Central Highlands, with more than 10 events, workshops and activities planned over the next twelve months. Raise your profile within the industry, within the region and add value to your brand by showing support for these important events on the agribusiness calendar by partnering with CHDC.  Packages range from just $500 and can be custom-tailored for your business to maximise exposure. 100% of cash and in-kind sponsors rated our recent Paddock to Ports Tour as good value for money (60% said it was excellent!).

Click here to check out our Events & Activities Partnership Prospectus.

Click here to download and complete the Partnership Application Form.

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.

AgFrontier: Regional Agtech Incubator 2019

Combining X-Labs’ startup network and tech ecosystem with CHDC’s agribusiness expertise, the AgFrontier Agtech Incubator will provide regionally-based startups the opportunity to work and grow in a dedicated program designed specifically for rural businesses and individuals who have practical understanding of agriculture.


14 August 2018: Farm To Fine Dining Regional Produce Dinner: On Ekka Eve, we held the third annual Farm To Fine Dining Regional Produce Dinner in Brisbane at the Rydges in Fortitude Valley.  The impressive menu featured producers and suppliers from across the Central Highlands, served to leaders and strategic stakeholders from agribusiness, government, peak industry bodies, tourism and investment sectors.  Take a peak at the menu and supplier list by clicking on the image to the right.

21-23 September 2018: HACKCQ: 120 participants, 54 hours, dozens of mentors and the brightest minds from across Central Queensland taking ideas from concepts to fully-formed business plans.  Join CHDC and River City Labs for a weekend to remember.  Time to register is running out so click here for more information.

25 October 2018: Meet the Food Innovators: Agribusiness, Value-Chain & Food Retail Forum: This event connects local, regional and national food innovators with local farmers, agribusiness, manufacturing and processing, and food retailers to provide information on creative and transformative work in these sectors. The event aims to stimulate investment and collaboration in our primary and secondary processing and food retail sectors. We already have some amazing speakers from across Australia and our region locked in, and Peter Lewis will join us as MC!

29 April – 2 May 2018: Paddock to Port Tour: Thanks to those who attended our recent successful Paddock to Port Tour.  Resources from the tour are available by clicking here.

31 January 2019: Export Ready: International Trade Program: Delivered in partnership with the Export Council of Australia, CHDC are hosting a heavily-subsidised, innovative, ten-part program for potential and aspiring exporters in the Central Queensland region. Places are limited, so register your interest now by clicking here.


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






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