Queensland Chapter

Our Queensland Chapter was founded on October 29, 2015 in the Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane. The chapter is the first of its kind, showing Queensland's growing relevance to German business and investment. The chapter provides on-site events and serves as the first point of contact for German companies wishing to expand their work in Queensland.

With approximately 400 chamber member companies throughout Australia, we are well positioned to facilitate trading and investment opportunities between companies of very diverse industries in Queensland and Germany.

The Queensland Chapter's executive committee is looking forward to furthering trade relations between the two countries, supporting the expansion of local business and helping with market entry in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and the entire Asia-Pacific region.

Statistics and Facts about Queensland and Germany

Economy

  • Germany is Queensland's seventh-largest import source. From 2011 to 2012, imports from Germany increased by 25% to $ 1.6 billion (mainly in specialised, industrial and electrical machinery, probably due to the recent TBM equipment order for Brisbane's Legacy Way Tunnel).
  • Business and staff travel to Queensland are from Germany at the highest level in five years.
  • More than half of German trips to Australia (business or private) include a trip to Queensland.
  • German travellers spend on average 11% more time in Queensland than other tourists.

Government and Science

  • The Queensland Government supports a variety of scientific projects and collaborations to help policy-makers and industry counter global challenges in health, medicine, nutrition, manufacturing and climate change.
  • Queensland International Fellowship winners will be sent to Germany for research purposes.

Infrastructure

  • The construction boom in the 1980s left Brisbane with many outdated buildings. At this point, Queensland can learn from Germany and its post-war reconstruction experience to rebuild commercial space.
  • BrisConnections began building the Airportlink M7 in 2008 with the Public Pricate Partnership (PPP) with Queensland. Two tunnel boring machines were redesigned and manufactured by Herrenknecht in Germany. They are custom-made (with the requirement to drill six to eight times harder concrete) and are also the largest drills ever used in Australia, worth about $45 million per machine.

Research and Collaboration

  • The University of Queensland (UQ) is the oldest in the state.
  • The UQ signed the first agreement with the University of Tübingen in 1987 and has since developed a strong partnership (institutional, industrial and governmental).
  • The UQ has been chosen by almost 1300 German students as a study destination, of which more than 90 are postgraduate research.
  • There is an active student exchange with more than 50 students at universities in the last five years.
  • 17 German institutional partners and a close cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the DAAD Collaboration in neuroscience, engineering, architecture and biotechnology
  • 2011: 1st UQ-German Research and Studies day at the UQ
  • 2011: Industrial partnership through contract with Siemens to install an oiwerfuk MRI system (MAGNETOM 7T). This is twice as strong as any other system in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) was the first academic institution in Queensland to offer accredited courses for business software firm SAP.