Who We Are

BDA The Committee for Brisbane is an independent not-for-profit organisation that is committed to shaping Brisbane’s future as the world’s greatest and most liveable city.

For 60 years the BDA has been an influential a-political organisation that has provided strong advocacy in creating a better Brisbane. The BDA has been influential in the promotion of our subtropical city to achieve sustainable economic and lifestyle benefits for our businesses and communities.

Industry and community development has been at the heart of our events program with a focus on infrastructure investment, environment, tourism and Brisbane’s cultural development. Our forums have provided a platform for robust discourse and debate on the big ideas and issues that have sought to shape a more dynamic and exciting Brisbane.

Our membership is drawn from diverse areas of Brisbane’s business, government and community sectors. Our members have a vested interest in the future of Brisbane and are actively involved in creating a better city through their membership. BDA The Committee for Brisbane is focused on delivering strong support, advocacy and promotion for its membership. Read more about membership.

Download a copy of the BDA Constitution here.

Management Committee

Patron Members

BDA The Committee for Brisbane Patrons are invited Members from all commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors and share the BDA’s vision for a better Brisbane.

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  • APP
  • Cardno
  • PDT Architects
  • RNA Showgrounds
  • Architectus
  • GHD
  • Place Design Group
  • Three Plus
  • ARUP
  • ISPT
  • Portfolio Creative Services Group
  • Urbis
  • BDO
  • Lendlease
  • Port of Brisbane
  • Tract
  • BHC
  • McCullough Robertson Lawyers
  • Queensland Government
  • South Bank Corporation
  • Brisbane Airport
  • Minter Ellison
  • Rider Levett Bucknall
  • RNA Showgrounds

Corporate Partners

Articulous Communications
BBS Communications Group Pty Ltd
BVN Architecture
Conrad Gargett
Cottee Parker Architects
Ethos Urban
Land & Homes Group Limited
McCullough Robertson Lawyers
ML Design/ Bureau Proberts
Piper Alderman Lawyers
The Star Entertainment Group
World Class Land Pte Ltd

Our History

The Brisbane Development Association was founded in 1957 by Sir Reginald Groom, a former Brisbane Lord Mayor who created the BDA to provide feedback on issues affecting the city’s development.

We engage all levels of government, industry and the community to make Brisbane Australia’s best city.

The BDA is a not-for-profit, public interest organisation, comprising members from across Brisbane who are committed and motivated to create a better Brisbane.

The BDA initiates regular events for members and non-members for the discussion of matters that promote the development of a better Brisbane.

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APP is a leading provider of consulting services to the Property and Infrastructure industries. We operate across a broad range of industries and combine innovation, knowledge and technology with the best people to deliver outstanding results for our clients. Our point of difference is ‘delivery’. As one of the largest and most respected industry leaders for the management and delivery of projects for private and public sector clients, APP has a recognised track record in delivering hospitality, entertainment, casino, residential, food & beverage and retail facilities.

Architectus is a leading Australasian design studio that brings together more than 250 architects, interior architects, urban designers and urban planners. With a strong history across architecture, interior and urban disciplines, Architectus teams have specialist expertise across all industry sectors, on projects from the smallest to largest scale.

Arup established a presence in Australasia in 1963, when entrusted with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House. We now employ over 1,300 staff working from 12 offices across Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand and have developed a diverse practice through delivering a wide range of projects for public and private sector clients. Globally, Arup is over 11,000 people strong, operating out of more than 90 offices in over 38 countries. Arup provides consultancy services for every stage of a project – from inception to completion and beyond.

BDO is a world wide network of public accounting firms. Each independent BDO Member Firm serves local and international clients in its own country. We offer a wide range of accounting and business advisory services to individuals, clients ranging from large corporates, to small and medium growth-focused organisations – representing a broad range of industry sectors, as well as government departments and the public sector.

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A not-for-profit organisation, BHC is the largest non-government affordable housing provider in Queensland. Since incorporation in 2002, BHC has developed in excess of 1,000 units of affordable accommodation and has assisted more than 2,000 low income households. Their philosophy is to set the benchmark in terms of excellence in project delivery and housing and property management by providing a holistic and integrated service via a model which is both financially and socially sustainable enabling the company to create quality, diverse developments in highly sought after locations.

Brisbane Airport is operated and developed by Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited (BAC) under a long term (50+49 year) lease from the Commonwealth of Australia. BAC is part of a holding company group corporate structure, the ultimate shareholders of which are major Australian and international organisations (including Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Port of Brisbane Corporation), Brisbane City, and significant institutional investors.

Cardno HRP provides a comprehensive range of town planning services for private and public sector clients. Services are focused on property development strategies and planning applications; preparing statutory planning instruments; town centre planning; urban research; environmental planning; urban design; tourism planning; expert advice for Courts of Law; and planning in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Portfolio is Queensland’s most established branding and marketing agency, delivering strategic direction and creating successful communications outcomes.

Portfolio specialises in property development, and has worked on many of Queensland’s most prominent projects, implementing comprehensive multi-channel communications solutions.

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Economic Development Queensland, (EDQ) is a specialist land-use planning and property development unit within the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and operates within the Economic Development Act 2012. As a business unit, EDQ plays a key role in streamlining and delivering property and project solutions for the benefit of Queensland communities.

GHD is an international professional services company. Our people deliver innovative solutions by combining technical skill and experience with an understanding of our clients’ objectives and aspirations. GHD employs over 6,000 people in a network of offices throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, the United Kingdom and Europe. We serve the global market sectors of Infrastructure, Mining & Industry, Defence, Property & Buildings and the Environment.

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ISPT is one of Australia’s largest unlisted property fund managers with over $11.9 billion of funds under management through our investments in commercial, retail, industrial and residential properties. Today, more than 50% of Australian workers have their retirement savings invested in property through ISPT.

Lend Lease is one of the world’s leading companies in the project management and construction services industry. They offer a broad range of skills that can be tailored to match client’s specific requirements. These skills can be applied over a number of sectors where they hold specialist understanding and experience.

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The Minter Ellison Legal Group is the largest law firm in Asia and amongst the largest law firms in the world. It has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Auckland, Wellington, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Shanghai. Since 1995 the firm has more than doubled in size, has over 2,000 people working in seven countries and an annual revenue of some A$300 million.

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Established in 1938, PDT Architects is an award-winning, multidisciplinary architectural practice offering intelligent design solutions and a responsive service in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Master planning and Urban Design. As a team, we design spaces which balance the natural and built environments and positively shape the urban landscape of Brisbane and beyond.

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The Port of Brisbane is Queensland’s largest general cargo port, and Australia’s fastest growing container port. Managed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, the main port complex is located at the mouth of the Brisbane River, and is the only purpose-built, capital-city, intermodal port complex in Australia. The port’s limits extend geographically from Caloundra to the southern tip of Moreton Island. Our responsibility extends 16km up the Brisbane River to Breakfast Creek.

Rider Levett Bucknall, Queensland’s leading property and construction consultancy group, provides a range of services and systems to the construction and property industries to optimise cost, time, quality and value outcomes. With offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns, its goal is to protect Clients’ investments by providing independent professional advice for controlling and reducing the acquisition, development, ownership and disposal costs associated with their assets.

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The RNA Showgrounds has long been an integral element of Queensland life. From the venue for a World War II field hospital to international sporting events and music festivals, the RNA Showgrounds has moved with the times. That’s the exact vision of a group of colonists had when they met at the Brisbane Town Hall in August 1875, to form the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (the RNA).

Three Plus is a full-service business and marketing communications consultancy established in 2002 by three of Queensland’s most experienced and respected communications professionals. Three Plus directors Peter Kelly, Robert Allan and Barton Green each have more than 30 years’ communications experience and have provided strategic planning and communications advice at the highest levels in both the public and private sectors.

Urbis is a consulting firm offering a unique range of skills, expertise and knowledge in planning, urban design, property, social planning, economics and research. Working with clients on integrated or standalone assignments, Urbis provides the research and analysis upon which major landuse, social, and commercial decisions are made. With over 350 staff across Australia, Asia and the Middle East, Urbis is uniquely positioned to handle complex projects that involve significant transformation to a place and/or community.

Tract, by virtue of the breadth of its integrated planning and landscape design skills, and also its national presence in Australia’s largest three cities, participated in this building boom to the extent that most Australians now come into contact with Tract’s work on a daily basis. Tract’s story is of a leading contemporary planning and design practice built on uniting two professional disciplines that developed in isolation from each other for over half a century: planning and landscape design.

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In 1989, South Bank Corporation was established as the development and management authority and creative force, behind Brisbane’s iconic riverfront destination, South Bank. The Corporation brings together an unrivalled range of technical, design, creative and business management expertise to oversee the development and commercial assets within Brisbane’s most endearing urban precinct. After almost 25 years of strategic development and planning, the South Bank precinct continues to evolve with the first stage of the landmark Southpoint development complete and a further two stages underway.

Place Design Group is a leader in planning and design with a reputation for creative and commercial solutions. Australian owned and led, our offices throughout Australia, China and South East Asia are dedicated to creating great places through service excellence, inspired leadership, and innovation. Through collaboration we emphasise an integrated approach for our clients, both public and private, utilising services that include strategic planning, master planning, urban design, strategic communications, landscape architecture and development expertise.

McCullough Robertson is an independent Australian law firm with more than 350 staff spread across four offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne. Operating for over 92 years, we work with major Australian and foreign owned corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Our legal specialists combine their experience, technical expertise and imagination to deliver commercial, practical and tailored solutions.