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Townsville is the largest centre in the Northern Region, whilst Mount Isa is the largest centre in the North West Region. Mining and agricultural sectors employ 5.1% and 4.1% of the workforce respectively and are the largest export sectors.

Health care and social assistance, pubic administration and safety, and retail trade are the three largest sectors by employment. 

North Queensland has long been a base for various major industries, including mineral processing, sugar mills, beef processing and concrete batching plants.

Industries considered for the region include sea, air, rail and road-dependent industrial uses such as manufacturing (chemicals and metals production), minerals processing, food processing, intermodal freight and logistics and bulk storage.


The region is home to key defence bases including Lavarack Barracks (one of Australia’s largest), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville (co-located with Townsville Airport) and the Ross Island Barracks. The Port of Townsville also supports naval operations for both Australia and foreign vessels.

Townsville is the base for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies, TropWATER, CSIRO and ReefHQ aquarium.

North Queensland: Brokers ( ... selection only) View ALL North Queensland brokers

Martyr Training Services

North Queensland

07 4743 3400

Carpentaria Shire Council

Normanton, North Queensland

07 4745 2200

North 360

Townsville, North Queensland

0487 573 000

Townsville City Council

Townsville, North Queensland

1300 878 001


North Queensland

07 4402 4069

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

Palm Island, North Queensland

07 4770 1177

CRC for Developing Northern Australia

North Queensland

07 4401 5035

Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council

Doomadgee, North Queensland

07 4745 8351

North Queensland: Businesses ( ... selection only) View ALL North Queensland businesses

Morton Plumbing

North Queensland

0478 248 741

Cubic Defence Australia

North Queensland

07 4775 1881

Tru-Fit Sheetmetal

North Queensland

07 4774 6716

Sun Metals Corporation

North Queensland

07 4726 6600

Calxa Australia

North Queensland

1800 733 149

Pacific Reef Fisheries

North Queensland

03 9549 5900

Welcon Technologies

North Queensland

07 4721 1448

Ruswin Integrated Security Systems

North Queensland

1300 787 946