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

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.

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.  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.

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.

3 September: 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.

21-23 September: 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.  More information coming shortly.

29 April – 2 May: 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.


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






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