The regions diverse economic base and job opportunities extends to retail, health, education and training, engineering, construction and manufacturing industries providing the makings of a secure robust economy.

A full range of Queensland and Australian Government departments and agencies have offices in Rockhampton, which in collaboration with the regional council operations, leads to the government sector becoming the second most significant employers in the region, giving a strong economic advantage and stability.

The region offers world class medical facilities are spread across our 3 public and private hospitals housing 500+ beds and teams of specialists and allied health professionals. The Rockhampton hospital is also a major teaching hospital with linkages to CQUniversity and University of Queensland.

Our strong focus on education and training starts with ABC’s through to PHD’s. Rockhampton offers all types of education opportunities. From early childhood and primary schooling, to secondary schooling and tertiary study, there is a strong educational focus in the Region. CQUniversity is the largest regional university and the first of its kind offering dual sector TAFE and University qualifications.

Expansion to the university through a new $140 million urban living village will bring an influx of construction to the area. The development features 2000 homes on 80ha of CQUniversity campus land and is a combination of residential, retail and community areas that will accommodate for a diverse range of people with a number of housing options.

Rockhampton is home to the largest shopping precinct between Maroochydore and Townsville with more than 1,300 retail outlets including multiple nationals Woolworths, Coles, Big W, Target, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Masters and Bunnings. A recent $6.6 million dollar expansion to Stockland Rockhampton precinct has cemented a strong retail commitment to the region.