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A number of industry-specific economic profiles are outlined below.
We have produced six industry profiles including:
These reports are intended to provide a summary of particular industries in our Region. The profiles present key economic, sectoral and other statistical indicators in a range of categories.
Disclaimer: All figures and data presented in these documents are based on data sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), other government agencies, .id Consulting and the National Institute of Economic & Industry Research (NIEIR). These documents are provided in good faith with every effort made to provide accurate data and apply comprehensive knowledge. No responsibility is accepted for inadvertent errors.
Prepared for Toowoomba Regional Council by .id Consulting.
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The advanced manufacturing industry is increasingly becoming integral to the Toowoomba Region’s economy. The industry spans a variety of sectors in the Region, including:
Over the last decade, it has developed into a competitive and specialised industry supplying high value adding products to domestic and international markets.
In 2019/20, the advanced manufacturing industry generated $135 million in value added and supported 1,204 jobs. The industry is continuously becoming more productive, growing 40% over the last decade which has had a major impact on the industry’s competitiveness in the export market. In 2019/20, the industry exported $157 million, where 59% of the exports were to international markets.
The advanced manufacturing industry was impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, decreasing the value added by 19% and employment by 12% between the March and June quarters of 2020. Looking forward, the rebound in agricultural production and its increase in demand for specialised advanced machinery will help the industry recover.
The advanced manufacturing industry in Toowoomba is increasingly tapping into the market beyond the Region. Over the last decade, the industry export increased to $157 million in 2019/20, a growth of 72%. The industry has a strong connection to the international market, where the industry exported $92 million to the international market, or 16% of the Toowoomba Region's total international exports in 2019/20.
Increasing international demand and continuous growth in the Region’s specialised advanced manufacturing sectors, such as composite materials and agricultural machinery, will provide substantial growth into the future.
% of advanced manufacturing industry output by destination, 2019/20
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2021. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.
In addition to the traditional product manufacturing technology, the advanced manufacturing industry utilises a number of digital technologies known as Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 includes the specialised knowledge, technology or processes required for production, such as:
Manufacturers increasingly fall into the advanced manufacturing category based on the growing skills of their workforce, technological investment and a commitment to research and development.
Businesses in the Toowoomba Region are increasingly adopting new manufacturing technologies and investing in research and development. This is highlighted by a strong increase in productivity over the last decade, boosting the industry’s competitiveness in the export market. In 2019/20, the advanced manufacturing industry productivity was $111,790 per worker, an increase of 40% compared to 2009/10.
The industry’s high productivity is also accompanied by an increase in skilled workers. In 2016, the majority (55%) of manufacturing workers in the Toowoomba Region had post-school qualifications, compared to 49% in 2011. This is particularly the case in transport equipment and machinery equipment manufacturing, where over two-thirds of the workers have post-school qualifications, and one in five have an advanced diploma or higher.
Share of workforce with post-school qualification, 2011 and 2016
Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing, 2016, Place of Work data
The Toowoomba Region has developed specialisations in advanced manufacturing industries that have a strong supply-chain relationship with the Region’s strategic industries. In 2016, the agricultural machinery and equipment manufacturing share of total jobs in Toowoomba was 8.1 times greater than Queensland; aircraft manufacturing and repair services sector were 2.2 times greater than the state; motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing and mining and construction machinery manufacturing sectors had a share of workers, respectively, 2.1 and 1.7 times greater than Queensland.
Share of total jobs times larger than Queensland, 2016
Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing, 2016, Place of Work data.
A number of businesses and research bodies in the Toowoomba Region are working to understand and commercialise the vast potential of advanced composite materials and technologies. This includes Buchanan Advanced Composites, Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies and LSM Advanced Composites.
The Centre for Future Materials (CFM) based at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) conducts world leading research in advanced composite manufacturing, in partnership with industry.
CFM are collaborating on:
Russell Mineral Equipment (RME) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of mill relining automation systems and services, contributing to the safety and productivity of over 380 mine locations around the world.
RME operate in over 45 countries with international offices in the USA, Canada, Chile, Panama, Ghana and South Africa.
The Toowoomba Region is home to the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), also based at USQ, where researchers are developing adaptive systems that sense, control and monitor farming inputs such as water, fertiliser and chemicals by using variable rate technology, drones and proximal sensors that function in real-time.
NCEA has an ongoing partnership with John Deere to explore methods to develop the next generation of agricultural technology – including machine automation and control, such as driverless tractors. This relationship will also foster training opportunities for researchers and offer postgraduates research opportunities to work with a world leader in machinery manufacturing.
The Toowoomba Region is emerging as a major transport hub for South East Queensland by leveraging off the Region’s strategic location as the western gateway to the $237 billion South East Queensland economy; proximity to the Surat and Cooper Basins; and prime position on the Melbourne to Brisbane freight route.
In 2019/20, the transport and logistics industry employed over 3,300 people and generated $360 million in value added. The industry also supports the export of products to the domestic and international markets, where Toowoomba exported $7.6 billion in 2019/20.
COVID-19 had a significant impact on the transport and logistics industry. The industry value added and employment dropped, respectively, by 26% and 19% between the March and June quarters of 2020. However, international air freight increased significantly by 177% in 2020, driven by the increase in premium agricultural product export to the growing Asian market. Moreover, the pandemic has accelerated the increase in demand for online shopping, further increasing the demand for freight services. Toowoomba’s specialised transport and logistics industry is well placed to capture this opportunity by leveraging off the Region’s strategic location and infrastructure.
The road transport sector contributes the majority (54%) of the total transport and logistics industry value added, based on the strategic geographic location along the Melbourne-Brisbane freight route. Other modes of transport are increasingly become important, with the opening of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and the projected Inland Rail project. Looking forward, the completion of major infrastructure projects should support growth in the future.
% of transport and logistic industry value added, 2019/20
Source: National Institue of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) 2021. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.
Exports to domestic and international markets are a strategic driver of economic growth in Toowoomba. In 2019/20, exports generated $7.6 billion to the economy, a growth of $2.9 billion compared to 2009/10. The efficient freight services provided by the transport and logistics industry enables and contributes to the Region’s competitiveness in exports. In particular, Toowoomba’s largest export sectors, mining, agriculture and manufacturing, rely on the distribution service provided by the transport and logistics industry to meet the growing demand from domestic and international markets.
The $200 million-plus Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport (WTB) is jet-capable, available for regular passenger services, charter flights, fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) and international airfreight services and will further embed the Region’s higher order economic function as a major regional city.
The airport is already having a significant effect on the Region:
International air freight, tonnes, Wellcamp Airport, 2016 to 2020
Source: BITRE, 2021, Airport Traffic Data. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).
The Queensland Government provided funding of approximately $9 million to contribute to the establishment of a Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, which aims to boost rapid access to international markets for agricultural producers. The $18m RTDC cold storage facility was officially opened in July 2021. With a gross floor area of 4,000 square metres the facility will be used to consolidate and distribute premium export goods including beef, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, pork and packaged nuts.
The $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass is a major state/region/city-shaping project jointly funded by federal and state governments. The 41 km route opened to traffic on 8 September 2019 and is set to drive growth in the region’s transport and logistics capabilities linking Brisbane, the Darling Downs and Surat Basin on the road freight network, playing a key role in accelerating the growth of regional Australia.
The Australian Government has committed to building a once-in-a-generation piece of national infrastructure by constructing a 1,730 km rail freight connection between Melbourne and Brisbane via central-west NSW and Toowoomba.
The Inland Rail will be constructed over a 10-year period, with around 2,300 jobs expected to be created in the Darling Downs Region during local construction. The Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd. (ARTC) has been tasked with progressing pre-construction activities for the Inland Rail programme.
The Inland Rail Intergovernmental Agreement was signed in December 2019 with the project expected to create approximately 2,000 local jobs. It is estimated the construction will contribute around $5 billion to the local economy with construction set to commence in 2022. Completion of the project will see freight delivered from Melbourne to Brisbane in less than 24 hours, saving around $80 per tonne in freight costs and significantly improving capacity and demand for distribution hubs to open up in regional cities like Toowoomba.
Construction of vital infrastructure for the Toowoomba Trade Gateway was completed in late 2019 with funding assistance from the Queensland Government. The $16.7 million upgrade supported around 50 jobs and solidified the Toowoomba Region as one of Queensland’s leading logistics and industrial hubs.
InterLinkSQ is a 24-hectare intermodal freight terminal linking rail, road, air and sea, strategically located 13 km west of Toowoomba. The facility comprises a master planned premium transport, logistics, warehousing and industrial estate and will house 3 km of state-of-the art rail infrastructure utilising the current West Moreton rail line and capitalising on the proposed Inland Rail project.
The combined InterLink Terminal and Industrial Park will provide seamless integration between roadside and portside, and include extensive storage, maintenance and provisions facilities. Overall investment in the project is expected to near $1 billion by its completion in 2025, potentially creating more than 1,500 jobs.
Seaway Group have signed an agreement with InterlinkSQ to build and operate a $235 million intermodal terminal on the Toowoomba site, with construction due for completion in late 2021. Once the road and rail terminal is operational, Seaway will offer a daily freight shuttle service to the Port of Brisbane.
AATLIS is a world first, industry-led collaborative-solutions precinct designed to help navigate sustainable and profitable pathways being developed by the FKG Group. With a core focus on leading (5G) connectivity and data intelligence systems based around its Tier III Pulse Data Centre, AATLIS aims to create productivity gains in the agri-food value chain through digital technology adoption and circular economy collaboration.
A 42-hectare intensive horticulture project, to be built over four stages, featuring six glasshouses and eventually employing 500 people, has been approved by Council for inclusion in the precinct.
The precinct will be a multi-faceted, world-class technology, innovation and fresh food district which will incorporate an integrated agriculture community, transportation and freight access and low cost energy solutions.
The Toowoomba Region has a strong background in agriculture since the early days of settlement. Despite the economic growth and diversification into other industries over the years, the agriculture industry today remains a major generator of economic value and jobs in the Region.
In 2019/20, the agriculture industry contributed $490 million in Gross Regional Product and accounted for 6.2% of the total output in Toowoomba. The industry supported 4,710 jobs or 5.7% of total jobs in the Region in the same year, significantly higher than the state average of 3.1%. The industry’s importance goes beyond the agriculture sector, with significant supply-chain implications to the rest of the Toowoomba Region’s economy.
Over the period from 2018/19 and 2019/20, the agriculture industry had a significant fall in output as a result of prolonged drought. The gross value of Toowoomba Region’s summer crop production decreased by $275 million, or -64%, in 2019/20 compared to 2017/18. Cotton and grain sorghum was also hit hard.
However, the production is forecast to stage a strong recovery in 2021 with COVID-19 having a minimal impact on Toowoomba’s agricultural industry. While international export demand has been impacted, domestic demand for agricultural products has continued to remain high. The gross value of crop production is forecast at $352 million, an increase of around $200 million compared to 2020. The total gross value of agricultural production is forecast to be $995 million in 2021, only 3.2% lower than the previous peak of $1,027 million in 2018. Moreover, the recovery in agricultural production will also have flow-on benefits for other industries in Toowoomba and help the Region’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
Gross value of agricultural commodities $M, Toowoomba, 2009/10 to 2020/21*
Source: Queensland Government, Data farm and AgTrends forecast data 2008-2021, Australia, 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).
*2020/21 values are forecast data
The agriculture industry produces a wide range of commodities including eggs, beef, horticultural products, grain, dairy products and cotton. Its importance in the Queensland economy is highlighted by its large share of Queensland production across a number of commodities. In 2019/20, the industry accounted for 6.1% of the state’s total value added.
Some of the high-value commodities in 2019/20 are:
Eggs: $215 million – 82% of Queensland production
Cattle and calves: $153 million – 2.5% of Queensland production
Horticulture: $128 million – 2.7% of Queensland production
Poultry: $93 million – 16% of Queensland production
Milk: $45 million – 21% of Queensland production
Grain sorghum: $32 million – 32% of Queensland production
Maize: $27 million – 63% of Queensland production
Cotton: $23 million – 23% of Queensland production
The agriculture industry has a strong connection to the markets outside the Region. In 2019/20, the industry exported $757 million, or 55% of the total industry output. The majority of the exports head to the domestic market, with over 93% of the total exports, or 51% of the total industry output is exported domestically in 2019/20.
TSBE Food Leaders Australia is driving economic diversity in the Region through the Southern Queensland Innovation in Export Hub (SQ Export Hub). The program is providing the local food and agribusiness sector with support to develop their capability and enter new global export markets.
The agriculture industry’s access to the export markets is supported by Toowoomba’s extensive transport infrastructure. The Region has a wealth of road, rail and air transport infrastructure and is emerging as a major freight hub. Moreover, a strong pipeline of transport infrastructure investments will further strengthen the long term growth of the strategically important agriculture industry by providing greater access to the export market.
The agriculture industry has significant supply-chain implications to the rest of the Toowoomba Region’s economy. The industry provides clean, green and safe agricultural raw materials as an input to the food processing industry, heavily influencing the growth in local agricultural machine manufacturing and drive demand for freight and logistics industries. The agriculture industry has helped generate Toowoomba’s unique local economy that is diverse and competitive.
The agriculture supply chain is being enhanced by major investment in research and innovation. This includes:
Toowoomba is Australia’s second-largest inland city after the nation’s capital and has rich traditions in educational excellence. As one of Australia’s most liveable cities, Toowoomba is a wonderful place to enjoy a world-class, safe and inclusive educational experience.
The Toowoomba Region has bold ambitions to burgeon as an education and training hub and to welcome increasing numbers of international students to our outstanding schools and universities.
Home to more than 160,000 people, the Toowoomba Region provides the best of metropolitan and rural lifestyles. The city is renowned for its internationally accredited educational institutions and has developed major retail and hospitality attractions in recent years.
Toowoomba acts as a major agriculture and mining services hub for the surrounding region but also has a growing supply of professional services jobs in other industries. Health care and social assistance is the largest employer in the Toowoomba Region, which is a major health and wellbeing hub providing health services for around 300,000 people residing in the wider Region.
Only 90 minutes by car from Brisbane, Toowoomba is within a short drive of the greater South East Queensland region, home to over 3.5 million people. The city is also connected by air, via Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, to the major capital cities of Sydney and Melbourne with international connections beyond.
The Toowoomba Region’s rich traditions and bold ambitions deliver a unique charm and distinctive energy and we invite domestic and international students to experience our warm hospitality.
In 2018, the Toowoomba Region generated more than 85,000 jobs. In 2018, there was an estimated $14.4 billion pipeline of infrastructure developments supporting strong future demand for work. The buoyant local economy provides many opportunities for students and graduates.
Source: NIEIR, 2018
Toowoomba is one of Australia’s most liveable cities with an abundance of green space, cultural services and recreational facilities, supported by an affordable housing market. Toowoomba is an internationally accredited safe community, making it a desirable destination for international students, migrants and tourists.
Highlights of living in the city include:
Source: ABS, 2018, Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, 2011-16
Whilst housing costs are well below larger areas in South East Queensland, income levels of young adults are in fact, actually above average. This creates a substantial affordability advantage for students and new workers.
Source: REIQ, 2018, Queensland Market Monitor
Toowoomba is known for having some of the best educational facilities in Queensland.
∙ Toowoomba Anglican School | Co-educational kindergarten – year 12 | Boarding facilities available years 1 -12
∙ Concordia College | Co-educational prep – year 12 | Boarding facilities available years 7-12
∙ Fairholme College | Girls kindergarten – year 12 | Boarding facilities available years 5-12
∙ The Glennie School | Girls kindergarten – year 12 | Boarding facilities available years 6-12
∙ Toowoomba Grammar School | Boys prep – year 12 | Boarding facilities available years 5-12
∙ St Ursula's College | Girls years 7- 12 | Boarding facilities available years 7-12
∙ Downlands College | Co-educational years 4 – 12 | Boarding facilities available years 4-12
∙ Highlands Christian College | Co-educational prep – year 12
∙ St Saviour's College | Girls years 7 – 12 |Boarding facilities available years 7-12
∙ Centenary Heights State High School Co-educational years 7 – 12
∙ Toowoomba State High School Co-educational years 7 – 12
∙ Harristown State High School Co-educational years 7 – 12
∙ Wilsonton State High School Co-educational years 7 – 12
No. 1 University in Australia for starting graduate salary
No. 3 for graduates in full-time employment
28,000 students from 110 countries
Source: USQ, 2018; Good Education Group, 2018
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is highly regarded for its student experience and research expertise in advanced engineering, environmental sciences and regional economics.
For international students, USQ offers:
Industry Profile - Education and Training
Industry profile - Education (Chinese version)
University of Southern Queensland website
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise website
TAFE Queensland South West website
Access to products from Toowoomba and Queensland’s agricultural industry, superior logistical infrastructure and accessibility to major markets has established Toowoomba’s position as a major food processing hub and a supply chain contributor to domestic and international markets.
The food product manufacturing industry adds significant value to the agriculture industry by turning raw ingredients into a range of value added products. In turn, it helped to create a food manufacturing industry that is diverse, productive, and internationally competitive.
The food product manufacturing industry is the Toowoomba Region’s largest manufacturing industry. In 2019/20 the industry employed 2,402 workers and generated $250 million in value added, accounting for 40% of the total manufacturing industry. The industry valued added increased by $12 million or +6.5% over the last decade, despite the decrease in agricultural production from the recent drought. During the same period, the industry had strong growth in productivity through technological advances and innovations. In 2019/20, the industry productivity per worker was $104,000, an increase of $20,300 or +24% over the last decade.
% of total manufacturing value add, 2019/20
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) 2021. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.
The demand for food product manufacturing industry products has remained strong despite the economic effects of COVID-19. The industry employment and value added increased over 25% between the March and June Quarters in 2020. This growth is largely driven by increased demand for food products in both domestic and international markets.
Change in food product manufacturing industry jobs and value added, % change, June Qtr 2020
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).
The international demand for Toowoomba’s premium food products remained strong despite COVID-19. In 2020, over 2,900 tonnes of international air freight were moved through the airport, where the majority of the freight was chilled meat and horticulture products destined to China and South East Asia. Toowoomba is well positioned to utilise the opportunity from growing Asian market demand for premium food products with the planned Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, where the new facility will be used to consolidate and distribute Toowoomba’s premium agricultural products for export.
The Toowoomba Region has unique local advantages establishing the Region as an ideal hub for food processing. As well as a highly-skilled labour force, affordable land and superior transport infrastructure, the industry has access to clean, green and safe agricultural products from Toowoomba and the wider Darling Downs Region.
In 2019/20, the Toowoomba Region was one of the biggest generators of agricultural value in Australia, contributing 6.1% of Queensland’s agriculture value added. The Region produces a wide range of agricultural products, including eggs, beef, cotton, cereal crops, poultry, milk, and pulses.
This direct access to food producers has enabled the food product manufacturing industry to gain competitiveness in the supply chain and develop specialisations. The food product manufacturing industry generated around 2.5% of the Region’s total value added in 2019/20, well above the state average of 1.4%.
Key food product manufacturing products in the Toowoomba Region include meat, bakery, dairy product, and grain mill and cereal product manufacturing, with a number of major players in the Region.
Oakey Beef Exports is one of Australia’s largest beef processing plants, packaging superior premium beef products for the world market. Approval for the abattoir to construct an automated cold storage facility and robotic palletising system for its beef products has recently been granted. The state-of-the-art cold storage facility will improve productivity and efficiency in supply chains. Oakey Beef Exports products are exported to international markets including Japan, USA, Republic of Korea, European Union, Canada, Taiwan and China.
Toowoomba Premium Milk (TPM) is a three-stage vertically integrated greenfield dairy project proposed to be built at Wellcamp Business Park. TPM aims to be Australia’s largest independent supplier and vertically integrated producer of selected milk products for export and has received development approval for the $75 million first stage of the project.
A Toowoomba Region pecan and macadamia processor has its products on the shelves of about 1800 stores in China. Stahmann Farm’s Riverside flavoured nuts have been exported on the Cathay Pacific freight service via Hong Kong since 2018.
Other major businesses in the Region include:
The food product manufacturing industry in Toowoomba has a strong connection to the international market. The industry is the third largest international exporter in the region and exported $432 million in 2019/20. The industry remains highly competitive in the international market despite the increasing competition and anticipated reduction in demand from the economic impact of COVID-19.
TSBE Food Leaders Australia is driving growth in food manufacturing in the Region through the SQ Export Hub program. The program provides local food and agribusinesses with the support to develop their capability and enter new global export markets.
% of food product manufacturing output by destination, 2019/20
The industry’s continued integration of new technologies and targeted export market campaigns will increase its ability to produce high-value food products and drive growth in productivity and competitiveness in the export market.
Initiatives that are supporting this include:
The Region’s food product manufacturing industry competitiveness in export markets are supported by access to superior transport infrastructures, which includes road, rail, air and port facilities. Toowoomba is strategically located around one and a half hours drive to the Port of Brisbane, giving access to domestic and international markets.
Major infrastructure investment in and around Toowoomba, including the Toowoomba Trade Gateway, will considerably improve the competitiveness of the Region’s food product manufacturing industry and export potential.
The Toowoomba Region health care and social assistance industry plays a crucial role in supporting the residents' health and well-being in the Region and the wider Darling Downs Region. The Toowoomba Region has developed and continues to develop health care facilities, expand its medical services, and provide a full spectrum of healthcare services.
The health care and social assistance industry in the Toowoomba Region is the largest employer and the second-largest contributor to Gross Regional Product. In 2019/20, the industry supported 14,360 jobs or 17.4% of all jobs, well above the Queensland average of 13.8%. In the same year, the industry generated $1,154 million in value added, accounting for 11.6% of the total Region.
The health care and social assistance industry is one of the fastest growing industry in the Toowoomba Region. With an increase of 4,853 jobs over the past decade, the industry was the largest job creator in Toowoomba. During the same period, the industry value added increased by $495 million, the second largest growth industry in the Region. The rate of growth continues to outperform the state.
Change in jobs and value added, health care and social assistance, %, 2010-2020
The health care and social assistance industry was not immune to the impact of COVID-19. Hospitals experienced a short-term increase in employment while other areas like allied health services and residential care services were impacted by social distancing requirements. The industry value added and employment dropped, respectively, by 9.5% and 5.3% between the March and June quarters of 2020. COVID-19 has also led to a shift in the way health services are provided with many providers offering telehealth services. Recovery in the health sector is already underway with demographic change continuing to drive opportunities in this sector.
The health care and social assistance industry provide a wide range of services. The largest sub-sector of the industry is medical and other health care services, employing 4,442 workers, followed by social assistance service with 4,188 workers. These sub-sectors experienced significant growth over the last decade, growing by 2,204 people and 1,924 people respectively. In 2020, the two sectors represented 60% of the total workers in the health care and social assistance industry.
Health care and social assistance employment, Toowoomba
The health care and social assistance industry in Toowoomba offers a diverse range of world-class health care services for residents in the wider Region. The Toowoomba Region is home to eight hospitals, including three major facilities:
TSBE Health links businesses with opportunities in the growing health industry by boosting the Toowoomba Region’s health profile and promoting the liveability and services in the Region. TSBE Health delivered the inaugural Downs Health Conference in May 2020 and the group have also established the Workplace Wellness program, which will deliver economic benefits to the health sector as well as improved health to employees across the Region. In addition, TSBE Health are delivering Westfund’s Let’s Shape Up Darling Downs, a new initiative designed to promote wellness in the workplace and provide sustainable outcomes for businesses.
Toowoomba also hosts the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN), further boosting its role as the health hub for the Region. PHN partners with community organisations, health care providers, hospital and health services, and state and federal governments to improve primary health care services in our communities.
The sector also supports the Region’s training and skills development needs. Other major health education facilities and infrastructure includes:
There has been substantial investment into the health and wellbeing industry, with over $87 million of health and aged care related building approvals in the 2019/20 year alone. All three major hospitals are investing in infrastructures and expanding their service offer.
Some of the recent health and wellbeing related investment includes:
In addition, some of the recent health and wellbeing education-related investment includes:
Over the last decade, the Toowoomba Region has established itself as a retirement hotspot. The Region provides retirees with an exceptional choice of facility type and world-class health care services. Australia’s ageing population combined with a strong migration into regional Queensland from New South Wales and Victoria post COVID-19 is expected to continue growth in the health and wellbeing industry.
The number of persons aged 65 and above in the Toowoomba Region is projected to increase by around 20,000 people between 2016 and 2041. The ageing population will increase the demand placed on health and wellbeing services and will provide opportunities for the Region to build on its already strong foundations as a major health hub.
Projected population change by age group, Toowoomba Region
Source: Queensland Government population projections, 2018 edition. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.
COVID-19 has elevated Toowoomba’s opportunity to attract older residents into the Region. The inter-state migration into regional Queensland increased significantly post COVID-19. During June to December quarters 2020, the net internal migration of the number of persons aged 65 and above was 2,000 people, or 30% more than during the same quarter in 2019 pre COVID-19. With a wealth of retirement facilities and a low cost of living, Toowoomba is well placed to leverage this opportunity and capture a share of older inter-state migrants into regional Queensland, subsequently increasing demand for health and wellbeing services.
Quarterly regional internal migration, 65 years and over, rest of Queensland
Source: ABS Regional internal migration estimates, 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).
The health and wellbeing industry in Toowoomba is continuously developing facilities with many completed recently, under construction and planning.
The recent residential care related investment includes: