Driving change

At the heart of the Gold Coast is the emergence of a CBD that is revitalised, dynamic and vibrant; a CBD that will position the Gold Coast as a globally competitive business, investment and lifestyle destination.

The declaration of Southport as a Priority Development Area (PDA) and new investment into the CBD is driving transformative change and creating new business and investment opportunities.

Looking to move to Southport? Take a look at how Business and Investment Support can help you.

Already in Southport? See how you can grow your business.

Business and investment support

The City of Gold Coast has a range of business support and investment incentives available to eligible businesses from outside the city who are looking to invest or establish a business within Southport.

A CBD Project Team has been established to facilitate development and connect you with appropriate support including a number or programs available to support growth, productivity and capability.


Under the City of Gold Coast’s Investment Attraction Program , businesses may be eligible for a range of financial incentives.


We have a strong understanding of the Gold Coast, specifically within the CBD. We can provide information for you to further investigate business and investment opportunities. We are also equipped to provide you with research and comparative data to assist in decision making and can also facilitate introductions with our local industry networks, suppliers, service providers and supply chain contacts.


With three world class universities – Griffith University, Bond University and Southern Cross University – and a diverse mix of technical and training colleges, the Gold Coast gives businesses access to a highly qualified workforce. We can connect you with some of the city’s leading education and training providers.

Priority Development Area

The Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) scheme marks a major milestone in the planning of the CBD as it will guide planning and development within the Southport PDA. This momentous scheme was adopted by the State Government on 5 September 2014.

The Southport PDA significantly boosts our plans to revitalise Southport as the Gold Coast CBD. The principles guiding the scheme are simple, by removing barriers to development, investor and developer confidence is boosted within Southport, ensuring the delivery of a vibrant CBD – the definitive centre for commerce on the Gold Coast.

The Southport PDA Scheme now supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect. All development applications will now be assessed against the Southport PDA Scheme.

The Southport PDA includes the former Gold Coast hospital site, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, Broadwater Parklands and residential areas located directly north of Railway Street and south of Queen Street, in an area of 195.7 hectares.

The Southport PDA will:

  • attract national and international investment through a streamlined and facilitated approach to development
  • engage residents and visitors through high quality urban design
  • connect to local and regional centres as a multi-modal public transport hub
  • celebrate Southport’s unique natural setting and connection to the Broadwater by continuing to provide attractive and functional public spaces
  • maximise infrastructure investments including Gold Coast Chinatown, light rail, the Aquatic Centre for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ and the Southport Broadwater Parklands

CBD Team

City of Gold Coast has established a team of experts dedicated to helping you take advantage of new opportunities in the CBD.

Our team provide a range of services; from pre-development meetings, strategic advice and research, business support and capacity building, investment and relocation, partnership opportunities, international delegation assistance, marketing and promotion, to financial assistance and event management.

Our team works closely with the development industry and business as well as state and federal government to connect you with other available programs. We are experts on doing business and investing in the CBD.

Contact us

For further information on business and investment support, contact the CBD Office.