Our Vision

Advance Cairns is the peak independent non-government Advocacy and Economic Development Organisation for Tropical North Queensland (TNQ).

Working with a long-term vision, we facilitate connections between private enterprise, industry, community and government agencies to improve the lives of people living within our region.

Advance Cairns operates on a membership based model. Our members are socially responsible businesses which have committed to securing a legacy of prosperity for the region.

Under this model and as a collective voice, member businesses have the opportunity to actively influence the strategic direction of Advance Cairns and ultimately the future of Tropical North Queensland.


To create a self-sustaining, resilient and prosperous Tropical North Queensland community.


To provide wise, a-political and united advocacy that stimulates innovative and strategic initiatives for our regional advancement.


To deliver on our vision, Advance Cairns has four key objective pillars:

Objective 1:


Lead the development of regional policy and infrastructure priorities, gain business and community support and advocate for these priorities.

  • Coordinate the development of key regional infrastructure and policy priorities
  • Coordinate and lead a unified, strategic regional advocacy case to all levels of Government based on the regional infrastructure and policy priorities

Objective 2:

Economic Development

Facilitate economic development by supporting industry retention, growth and attraction, trade development and investment attraction.

  • Support the retention and growth of existing industry
  • Utilise established links with peak industry bodies to attract new industries
  • Lead the delivery of a regional investment attraction strategy

Objective 3:

Future TNQ

Facilitate the development of a regional vision, long term strategy for economic development, and a tactical action plan.

  • Lead the development of a long term regional action plan
  • Develop strategy
  • Lead the Tropical North Queensland Regional Economic Plan (TNQREP) as amended from time to time

Objective 4:

Members and Organisation

Maintain organisational capability and governance arrangements to deliver on business requirements, and provide quality service and outcomes to Advance Cairns members.

  • Operate as an organised, efficient and professional corporate entity
  • Provide quality service and outcomes to Advance Cairns’ members


P.O. Box 3065
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


New office location
4/16 Minnie Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia


Phone: +61 (0)7 4080 2900