Government incentives and assistance
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Aug 2021

Queensland Government

The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning provides investors with project attraction and facilitation services and can assist business and industry with professional support and case management services including: 

  • streamlining approvals and access to Queensland Government contacts.
  • negotiating across government agencies to resolve investment issues.
  • site-specific assistance and other services including cultural heritage and native title matters.

For more information and assistance
Case Management Support, Department of State Development
Queensland Government
Phone: +617 3452 7100
Queensland State Development Case Management

Sunshine Coast Council

Council provides a range of specialist services to support local, national and international business, and encourage new investment across the region.

Support services for business and investors

A single entry point for service

Providing access to council departments and key federal and state government bodies to pursue necessary approvals, introductions and access to networks with industry groups and professionals, potential suppliers, supply chain contacts and education and training providers. 

Business case development support 

Providing tailored information packages to assist client investment decisions.  

Trade and investment delegations 

Providing access to trade and investment delegations and opportunities for international connections and key international market information. 

Customised site selection assistance 

Offering preliminary analysis of potential site options, site visits, support and contact with key commercial agents, and specialist relocation advice. 

Incentives and assistance 

Available to eligible applicants to enable projects to start sooner and help offset expansion, establishment or relocation costs. 

Dedicated business facilitation services

Industry Investment Facilitator's work one-on-one with clients to help bring their investment to market sooner and more efficiently.

Investors are also supported by a team which helps communication between stakeholders, obtains timely responses from council and other government departments, and provides ongoing support once a business is established in the region.

Financial incentives may also be available for certain employment creation projects under the Sunshine Coast Investment Incentive Scheme. Incentives may include cash payments, deferral of rates, and/or deferral of infrastructure charges to help offset various establishment costs. Applications for such incentives are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Lower development fees and charges

Council offers highly competitive development costs. Lower fees and charges apply for code assessable developments, such as detached houses, multi-dwelling units, hotels, restaurants, medical centers, retail shops and others. 

Council's code assessable development fees and charges (i.e development applications that are not subject to public notification or third party appeals) are generally below other comparable South East Queensland regions.

An online calculator is available to provide quick and easy estimates of development application fees and charges at

Pre-lodgement advice

A range of free and paid development advice services are available for specific development proposals to help clients:

  • identify relevant referral agencies, legislative and planning scheme requirements.
  • understand assessment processes and clarify timeframes.
  • meet assessment officers before submitting an application.

Faster assessment for low risk applications

A range of low-risk, code assessable development applications are eligible for fast-tracking. These applications can range from low-impact industry to offices and warehouses in appropriately designated areas. These fast-track assessments are usually completed within 10 business days.

Development incentives

A rebate of 25% of the fees paid when a development application is lodged can be sought if the work starts within two years from the date of approval and is one of the following uses under the region's planning scheme:

  • Rural - agriculture, environment facility, roadside stall, winery.
  • Tourism - nature based, short-term accommodation (5-star or better facility), art and craft centre shop in a rural zone, tourist attraction in a rural zone.
  • Health care services - residential care facility (high care).

Other development incentives may be available. Please contact Sunshine Coast Council for more information.

Planning and property information

All development applications for the Sunshine Coast Council area can be accessed through Development.i ( which provides easy access to past and current applications details and basic property information. In addition, the system allows you to navigate, visualise, track and receive alerts about development applications.

A free Development.i site report provides access to town planning and property information to assist in analysing investment options and making development decisions. This report can be accessed at Information is also available about development activity, economic profiling, population and demographic reports. For more information go to Statistics and Maps.

Contact or further information and assistance

Head of Trade and Investment
Sunshine Coast Council
Phone: +61 407 753 645