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City Deals

City Deals are a key implementation tool for the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan (2016) and provide a new approach for all levels of government to work together to plan and deliver transformative outcomes for Australian cities.

The memorandum of understanding (2016) between the Federal and Queensland Government sets out how they will work together to establish City Deals in Queensland, in partnership with local governments. It outlines agreed domains for action for City Deals that will focus on economic growth, jobs and housing, reduced travel times, and improved environmental outcomes. The aim is to deliver measurable improvements to people’s quality of life and standards of living.

Queensland is at the forefront of City Deals in Australia with the signing of Australia’s first City Deal (Townsville) in December 2016. Negotiations to develop Australia’s largest City Deal for South East Queensland (SEQ) are currently underway.

South East Queensland City Deal

In February 2019, the Prime Minister committed to working in partnership with the Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ) to develop a City Deal for South East Queensland. This was followed by all Deal partners signing the SEQ City Deal Statement of Intent in March 2019.

In July 2020, the three Deal Partners agreed to extend the negotiation of the SEQ City Deal into 2021. The three levels of government are now working to ensure that the Deal responds to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and accelerates SEQ’s economic recovery.

The SEQ City Deal will build on the success of the SEQ Regional Plan – Shaping SEQ (2017), and the following reports delivered by the Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ):

Townsville City Deal

Townsville was Australia’s-first City Deal  established in partnership between the Federal Government, Queensland Government, Townsville City Council, and the local community. This City Deal delivers a prosperous economic future for Townsville and positions Townsville as a vibrant, liveable and innovative Queensland city.

The deal is a 15-year commitment and was signed by the three levels of government in December 2016, with the Townsville City Deal released in April 2017.

Further information 

Further information on City Deals is available from the Federal Government’s City Deals website City Deals (

Direct enquiries about City Deals in Queensland to:

Last updated: 22 Dec 2021