Business Matters Series

The Business Matters event series supported by Australian Retirement Trust, provide an opportunity for Queensland’s business leaders to come together on a regular basis and examine the major economic issues that affect us all now and into the future.


Upcoming dates

Business Matters 11 Sept – 12:00pm to 2:00pm TBA venue

Business Matters 10 Oct – 12:00pm to 2:00pm TBA venue

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Past Events

March 2024 - Competitive Queensland: Global and Ambitious

On 21 March, at Westin, we held our first Business Matters event of the year – Competitive Queensland: Global and Ambitious, and discussed the business enabling infrastructure and solutions to regional business growth barriers, as well as procurement and productivity with our panellists:

  • Elsa Dalessio: Chair, Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Chair, Aviation Australia
  • Amelia E.: CEO, Queensland Airports
  • Jack Hutchinson: Director, Hutchinson Builders
  • Moderated by ABC Journalist, Ellen Fanning.

See the photo gallery highlights


October 2023 - Beyond 2032: At a Glance

On 26 October, at the Hilton Hotel, the Beyond 2032 Business Outlook was launched. The report is a comprehensive, contemporary and long-term vision for the enduring economic, social and environmental future of Queensland.

We looked at the opportunity ahead across four key pillars:

  • Extending the economic horizon in local and global markets
  • Capturing the opportunities of digital and innovation
  • Growing the future workforce
  • Advancing Queensland sustainability

As the state's peak business body we are setting and leading the business agenda, now and beyond 2032, and are committed to ensuring businesses are front and centre of the next decade and beyond.

The photo gallery is available HERE.

Download the report

Watch the full video of the event 


July 2023 - Queensland's Growth Horizon: The Global View

Held on Wednesday 26 July at QUT Gardens Point Campus, this Business Matters looked toward the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032 and the opportunities and challenges laying ahead for Queensland business.

Brian Parker, Chief Economist, Australian Retirement Trust took us through global economic outlooks and trends, followed by an interactive panel discussion with Jim Christensen Investment, Committee Chair Alvia Asset Partners, Matt Rennie, Managing Director and co-founder Rennie Partners and Heidi Cooper, Chief Executive Officer Business Chamber Queensland, moderated by Ellen Fanning presenter of the national nightly ABC TV current affairs discussion program “The Drum”.

See the photo gallery highlights


March 2023 - Advancing Business Sustainability

Launch of the Advancing Business Sustainability Report

On 21 March 2023 we gathered for the exclusive launch event at The Grove to discuss the accelerated adoption of sustainable business practices with a keynote address from the Hon. Meaghan Scanlon MP, Minster for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs.

The discussion focused on the global increasing importance of sustainability. Governments are committing to net zero targets and other environmental goals, consumers are demanding sustainable products, and larger corporations are seeking ‘green’ supply chains. Getting ahead in implementing sustainable practices can set businesses apart from their competition, boost their efficiency, improve their ability to withstand challenges, and benefit their community and the environment.

The photo gallery is available HERE

Video available HERE.

Download the report

Watch the video highlights

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Business Chamber Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands from across Queensland and the Torres Strait. We acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of Meanjin (Brisbane), the lands where our office is located and the place we meet, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.