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Major events

Events play a vital role in attracting visitors to Queensland and supporting the state's $27 billion tourism industry.

View the Queensland Events Calendar for a range of dynamic and growing sport, arts, entertainment and cultural events throughout Queensland.

The Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development coordinates the Queensland Government's deliverables for nationally significant major events, often in partnership with the Federal Government and other states.

The department works to ensure the state receives benefits from its investment into major events by leveraging across other departments and agencies, whilst supporting the operational delivery of the event.

Our portfolio partner, Tourism and Events Queensland, is responsible for attracting, supporting, growing and promoting successful regional and major events in Queensland.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet provides information about partnering with, or seeking sponsorship from, the Queensland Government for events, as well as guidelines on event delivery in Queensland.

As the largest sporting event held this decade in Australia, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) was a mega event for Queensland. The department worked closely with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to maximise benefits for Queensland leading up to, during and post the Commonwealth Games.

Major events facilitated by the department include:

Future Events

  • ICC T20 World Cup in 2020

    Brisbane will host four ICC T20 World Cup matches in 2020 with the fixtures expected to generate more than $5 million for Brisbane’s economy.

    The iconic Gabba will host four Super 12 matches in the men’s tournament while the Allan Border Field will host a preparation hub for six international teams in the lead-up to the women’s tournament.

    T20 cricket is the fastest growing and most accessible format of the game and the Super 12 matches are a great opportunity for the Gabba to kick off the tournament.

    The tournament also gives Queensland an opportunity to showcase its world-class training and preparation facilities at Allan Border Field, including Cricket Australia’s National Cricket Centre.

    Major events such as the ICC’s T20 World Cup play an important role in promoting Queensland’s destinations, fostering local pride, supporting the sport of cricket and supporting local jobs.

    Queensland’s T20 World Cup matches will be delivered in partnership between the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland, Stadiums Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, Queensland Cricket and the T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee.

    For more information on the T20 World Cup visit

  • World Bowls Championships 2020

    The 2020 World Bowls Championships will be held on the Gold Coast. It will be the first time this prestigious event will be hosted in Queensland.

    This event is estimated to generate $5.7 million in visitor spending and in excess of 30,000 visitor nights, a boost for tourism on the Gold Coast.

    Staged every four years, the World Bowls Championships will feature teams of five men and five women from the top 24 ranked nations for 16 days of competition.

    Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Club Helensvale have been selected to simultaneously host the 2020 World Bowls Championships. Over the competition 8 bowls greens will accommodate the 240-player drawer.

    Bowls is one of the core sports of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) so it's fitting that 2 years after the games the Gold Coast will host the World Championships. It's just one of the positive legacies of GC2018.

    For more information visit the World Bowls Championships website.

Past Events

  • SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit 2019

    In early May 2019 (5 -10 May 2019), the Gold Coast hosted over 1,700 key decision makers in world sport, providing a never before seen opportunity for Queensland to showcase its major event hosting capabilities and position it to secure more high value sporting events for Queensland.

    It is anticipated that hosting of the 2019 SportAccord Summit will help secure over $100 million worth major events for Queensland. The delegates from over100 countries who attended the five-day conference are estimated to have generated more than 10,000 visitor nights and contributed more than $6 million into the economy.

    SportAccord was secured for the Gold Coast through a partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Gold Coast City Council and Destination Gold Coast.

  • Rugby League World Cup 2017

    From October to December 2017, Queensland played host to nine Rugby League World Cup matches, including the showpiece final matches for both the men's and women's competition played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

    Brisbane also hosted the men's semi-final game between Australia and Fiji, while fans in Townsville and Cairns enjoyed front row seats to the men's World Cup when it headed north for six pool matches. Cairns hosted a double-header between Scotland and Tonga, and a clash between Ireland and Italy in round one. Samoa and Scotland drew in the third pool match in Cairns.

    Townsville hosted the match between the USA and Fiji and also staged a double-header when the USA returned to play against Italy, and Fiji played Wales.

    This major event drew tens of thousands of interstate and international visitors and helped generate additional visitor nights for Queensland.

    Queensland’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 matches were delivered in partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Cairns Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Brisbane Marketing and the Rugby League World Cup.

    For more information on the competition and results, visit the Rugby League World Cup website.

  • World Title Boxing 2017

    The biggest boxing match in Australia's history between Queensland's own Jeff Horn and world champion Manny Pacquiao was hosted in Brisbane in July 2017, delivering a $25 million boost to the economy and propelling Queensland to an estimated TV audience of 500 million across 150 countries across the world.

    Dubbed the 'Battle of Brisbane', the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Welterweight World Title Fight was a sell out with more than 51,000 boxing fans filling Suncorp Stadium and millions more tuning in at home in many of Queensland's key international tourism markets including the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, China and South East Asia.

    It was followed up by a second WBO World Welterweight Championship held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 13 December 2017 where Jeff Horn successfully defended his title against British challenger Gary Corcoran.

    Both WBO Welterweight World Title matches were secured by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Brisbane City Council, the venues and the promoters.

  • The 2017 Badminton Sudirman Cup

    The Badminton World Federation Sudirman Cup was held at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre from 21 – 28 May 2017.

    This major international event attracted more than 1,500 competitors from around 45 countries and a global television audience of more than 500 million.

    Held biennially, the 2017 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Championships was held in conjunction with the BWF Annual General Meeting. The two events combined were expected to deliver an economic impact of $10 million for Queensland.

    This was the first event for the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre and a fantastic preview for the facility as the venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Badminton tournament.

    Securing events such as the Sudirman Cup demonstrates how valuable new and upgraded Commonwealth Games venues will be in attracting other major events to Queensland.

  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2015 was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015 with three matches being hosted at Brisbane's iconic Gabba.

    The highlight of the Queensland fixture was a popular Saturday night clash when Australia took on Bangladesh in the second match they played in the tournament.

    ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was a celebration for fans and families - it was affordable and accessible so that everyone could get involved.

    Brisbane has a rich history in successfully hosting major cricket events, with the Gabba well known and loved by local and travelling teams as well as supporters.

  • 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup

    A breakthrough triumph for host nation Australia capped off the most watched AFC Asian Cup ever in January 2015, marking the 2015 tournament as a milestone event in Australian and Asian sporting history.

    The event's widespread appeal was reflected in sell-out crowds in Brisbane and the other four host cities.

    The AFC has said the tournament has delivered a legacy of several million dollars worth of improvements to pitches, stadiums and football facilities around Australia, helped grow Football Federation Australia's "football family" and left behind an ongoing education program which has helped more than 50,000 primary school students learn more about Asia.

  • 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

    The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships were held at the refurbished Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 21-24 August 2014.

    The 4 day event saw close to 300 top swimmers compete in the first world-class sporting event to be held at the facility.

    It was the first time the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships have been held in Queensland in 27 years and was the perfect test for the new aquatic centre ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    The event brought an economic benefit of $1.48 million to Queensland and reinforced Queensland's growing reputation as a world-class international sporting event destination.

    The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre underwent a $42 million refurbishment ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; it is a legacy in action.

Last updated: 03 Dec 2019