Industry overview

Students are groomed on the Gold Coast to go beyond their potential, and are encouraged to enjoy a full social life, with the city’s envious lifestyle a major draw card for domestic and international students. With over 25,000 international students choosing to study on the Gold Coast every year, the industry is rapidly becoming Australia's newest education and training hub.

As the fastest growing economic driver of the city, the education and training sector is contributing $1.4 billion to the local economy. The last decade has seen substantial growth in tertiary education - international student growth alone has seen a 30 per cent increase within the sector.

Study options

The Gold Coast has one of the highest concentrations of tertiary study options in Australia. With three world-class universities – Griffith University, Bond University and Southern Cross University, a large institute of technology providers, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, a large number of private training organisations and some of Australia’s finest private and public schools, the Gold Coast offers excellent choices.

The city's skilled workforce is growing; university qualifications increased by 115 per cent over the last decade, compared with 31 per cent population growth over the same period. The Gold Coast gives businesses ready access to a highly qualified workforce, with one in five workers currently holding a tertiary qualification and three in five workers holding some form of qualification.

Griffith University

Griffith University ranks in the top three per cent of universities worldwide and is the University partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university — challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

Bond University

Bond University is Australia’s leading independent, not-for-profit university, dedicated to grooming the next generation of corporate and community leaders. Bond University has been Australia’s number one university for educational experience for 10 consecutive years (2016 Good Universities Guide).

Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and hinterland. For the third consecutive year, Southern Cross University has been ranked number one in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer 2015 survey, and ranked number two in Australia for overall learning experience.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

As Queensland’s largest and most experienced provider of further education, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast provides practical and industry-relevant training for more than 165,000 students across more than 900 program areas.

Investment Attraction Program

The Investment Attraction Program is designed to assist businesses to invest or set up a business on the Gold Coast. The Program incorporates a suite of services to facilitate investment or business relocation or expansion to the Gold Coast.

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