Ipswich is the fastest growing local government area in Queensland, situated in the South-Easter corner of the state. Ipswich’s close proximity to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast means it’s an ideal location to live and be part of the famous Queensland lifestyle. The city has been recognised as a Top 7 Worldwide Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum in 2015 and 2017 and a Smart 21 Worldwide Intelligent Community in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. Proactive support from the Ipswich City Council represents a bold move to drive regional economic development and employment through innovation, entrepreneurship and digital leadership.

Well connected to Brisbane and the surrounding regions via a freeway, Ipswich has a well-established economy, world-class education institutions, an emerging startup ecosystem and strong and collaborative partnerships between the public and private sector. 


Key regional strengths include:

  • Defence (home to the Royal Australian Air Force Amberley base)
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Digital/Smart Cities (IoT)
  • Social Enterprise
  • Biofutures
  • Food and agribusiness
  • Transport and logistics
  • Health
  • Education
  • Social enterprise
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