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New performing arts venue business case

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is developing a business case to explore a new performing arts venue in Brisbane.

More than 150 artists and arts organisations, producers, business groups, peak bodies, tourism agencies, government stakeholders and interested individuals from across Australia have provided input into the business case which has been developed by a consortium of KPMG, Cox Architects and AECOM. Arts Queensland welcomes ongoing feedback and public discussion regarding a new performing arts venue via email at

Why do we need a business case?

Key drivers in undertaking this business case process are:

  • the desire to ensure Brisbane has the capacity to showcase the incredible product of our arts companies and arts sector.
  • the need to attract new theatre product and international shows.
  • increasing pressure on Brisbane's largest venues to satisfy demand from touring producers and audiences.
  • the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development set to open in 2022 presents significant cultural tourism opportunities with an additional 1.39m tourists expected to visit the city each year.


The business case is currently under consideration by the Queensland Government.


The business case considers:

  • financial, delivery and operating models
  • site suitability
  • ability to leverage off existing infrastructure
  • the potential for broader arts and tourism benefits to be generated.

Development of a new performing arts venue in the existing Cultural Precinct would need to consider the heritage listing of its original buildings in 2015.

A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is now in place to conserve the precinct's heritage values and inform future infrastructure planning.

Read the business case FAQs Word document (DOCX) (356.17 KB)  | FAQs PDF document (PDF) (144.63 KB)

Download our map of existing arts venues (PDF) (334.32 KB) in central Brisbane.

View the Project Assessment Framework (PAF) which is used across government to ensure a common, rigorous approach to assessing projects.