Queensland's agricultural industries make a vital contribution to the lives of Queenslanders. The sector delivers almost $20 billion to the economy, supporting more than 300,000 jobs or more than one in eight working Queenslanders. The Queensland Government remains focused on driving agricultural and regional jobs growth.

The government has committed up to $10 million (ex. GST) to help fund establishment of a Regional Export Distribution Centre. The centre aims to boost rapid access to international markets for agricultural producers. Capitalising on Queensland's global reputation as a leader in the production and processing of quality agricultural products, this initiative seeks to catalyse the development of high-value farming and processing and grow regional job creation.

Expression of interest now open

The department is leading a competitive selection process, with a Regional Export Distribution Centre expression of interest (EOI) now open.

All potential proponents, capable of developing and operating a commercial export distribution centre in a regional Queensland location, are encouraged to apply.

This opportunity is open to all regional Queensland locations that have a connection with, or planned pathway to connection with, a regionally based airport with international export capacity. Proponents have until 5 pm AEST, 2 October 2018 to lodge an EOI.

The invitation for expressions of interest is available via QTenders, the Queensland Government's securing online tendering system.

Access EOI

Please note that it is a requirement to register on QTenders prior to downloading the invitation for expressions of interest.

Check out the EOI flyer (PDF icon 225 KB) for more information.

EOI webinar

The department hosted a webinar on the Regional Export Distribution Centre Invitation for EOI on 30 August 2018. View the webinar.

Questions and answers

Tell me about this project?

What is an export distribution centre?

Who is eligible to apply?

Why use a competitive selection process?

If this is a 'pilot', will we see future export distribution centres?

What timeframes apply to the construction of the project?

Who can proponents contact if they have questions about the EOI selection process?

How can I get a copy of the EOI?

Who will be involved in selecting the successful proponents?

Did I need to submit an ROI to be eligible to participate in the EOI?

When does the invitation for expressions of Interest close?