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Living and Working at the Queensland Regional Office (Brisbane)

Originally a convict penal colony, Brisbane, then known as Moreton Bay, was host to the most notorious convicts in Australia. Founded in 1824 and eventually having it's name changed to "Brisbane" after the Governor of New South Wales, it wasn't until 1859 that the state of Queensland was proclaimed and separated from New South Wales. Nowadays, Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, with just over 1 million residents. Brisbane has an easy-going, friendly nature and people take advantage of the warm summers and mild winters to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.
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    Just an hour south of Brisbane is the well known area of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast. Popular tourist attractions include Dreamworld, Sea World and Movie World, the beaches are popular and the night life thrives.

    Travel an hour north of Brisbane and you will find yourself in the quieter, but no-less beautiful, Sunshine Coast. There are plenty of beaches and outdoor cafes, along with some great surfing locations. At the northern end is the Noosa area, which has world famous beaches and is the gateway to the Queensland Hinterland.

    The city of Brisbane is situated on the Brisbane River and enjoys warm weather and fantastic views. Areas such as Southbank, where outdoor markets are held each weekend, have been well planned out to cater for all visitors. Keeping in mind the nature of Queenslanders to spend more time outside, Brisbane hosts a variety of outdoor activities and festivals, and majority of restaurants keep on theme by offering both indoor and outdoor seating.

    Brisbane people enjoy an outdoor lifestyle all year round, especially on and around Moreton Bay, where fishing, dolphin feeding, sailing, sand tobogganing and 4-wheel-driving are every day activities. You can climb the Story Bridge or abseil at Kangaroo Point. Arts and culture are also an important aspect of Brisbane life, with museum exhibitions and cultural festivals held regularly.

    While the Government plays a major role in employment in Queensland, industry is also strong. Other major industries include Tourism, Retail, Building and Construction, Aviation, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Marine and Mining.

    Getting around the city is easy, with a fantastic public transport system. This includes the City Cat (local Brisbane River ferry service), trains and buses servicing Brisbane and surrounding areas. There are also plenty of bike ways in and around town.

    Education in Brisbane is important, with many primary and high schools located all over the city. Tertiary education is also plentiful with the Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, University of Queensland, Southbank Institute of TAFE and other institutes in a variety of locations.

    Real estate has seen a boom, like the majority of Australian cities. However prices vary on location, size and type of accommodation sought, with median price in and around Brisbane in the vicinity of $450,000. Queensland has some very unique housing styles, including the well-known Queenslander and post-war. Renting prices vary considerably, catering to both ends of the market.

    Useful websites

    Our Brisbane Site -
    Brisbane City Council -
    Public Transport Guide -
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    Queensland Office, Brisbane

    The Queensland (Qld) Regional Office recently moved to a brand new building located in the fast growing, inner city suburb of Fortitude Valley. The address is 639 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley. ABS has exclusive access to the top 3 floors, with ample onsite parking. Buses and train stations are also very close by.

    There is good opportunity for promotion with bulk rounds being held each year. Within the Brisbane Office, staff are encouraged to move between the branches when positions become available in order to broaden their work experience. The availability of opportunities are largely determined by staff retention, the size of the office and the types of services that we provide.

    Social Activities

    The Qld Regional Office has an informal social club which runs the "Upstairs Club" every second Friday evening. They also organise events such as Trivia nights, social dinners, the Staff and Family Christmas parties, wine tasting events and sporting activities, including golf, lawn bowls, ten pin bowling, snooker / eight ball, darts and the 500 (cards) competition.

    For those who prefer to focus on their fitness, there are four gyms located within 1.5 kilometres of the Citygate building, and the Valley Pool is also close by.

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