Brisbane 2032 Olympics poses golden opportunity for engineering 

The 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane will bring a breadth of opportunity for jobs and innovation in engineering. Engineers Australia is hosting a thought leader series event to start a discussion on Olympic infrastructure.
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The 2032 Brisbane Olympics bid has been underway for six years. With an expected return of $8.1 million in benefits, the games are set to be a huge boost for the Queensland and Australian economies. 

Following the confirmation of the winning Brisbane 2032 bid, comes 11 years to whip the city into shape to host the largest event ever staged in Queensland.  

In addition to gearing up Brisbane’s stadiums, courts and waterways, the games will generate momentum for other projects in the city. Works will take place to upgrade other infrastructure from public transport to athletes' villages. All of which will require, in some capacity, engineering expertise.  

The Brisbane 2032 games are expected to create 91,600 Queensland full-time equivalent job years and 122,900 jobs nationally.  

Adhering to the International Olympic Committees' ‘new norm’ policy, 84 per cent of venues for the Brisbane Olympics will fit around Queensland venues that are already built or will be built temporarily.  

This will require keen engineering skill to ensure construction and refurbishment of existing assets creates quality results.  

The Brisbane games have a focus on delivering a climate conscious Olympic Games, meaning environmental credentials, climate friendly policies, the careful use of materials and greater use of public transport will all be considered over the next 10 years as Queensland prepares to host.  

Projects like Cross River Rail will play a major role in ensuring visitors and locals alike have mass transit options when exploring the city. Works are progressing on this major project, Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Else has broken through the Roma Street cavern and is now heading towards the Northern Portal in Normanby and TBM Merle has recently arrived at the Roma Street cavern. 

Ted O’Brien, who has served as the Prime Minister’s representative for the Queensland bid, said local companies and businesses right across Queensland should take the opportunities which will come over the next decade to contribute to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

“We’ve just won the right to host the biggest show on earth right here on home soil, but this is far larger than two weeks of sport. It’s about two decades of transformation that only an Olympic and Paralympic Games can unleash – a decade in the lead up to the Games, and a decade beyond,” he said. 

O’Brien said that construction, services, retail and hospitality will all benefit from the hosting of the games. He also pointed out social benefits from health and wellbeing, social inclusion and improved accessibility for people with a disability will be seen as a result of the games.  

Trade and investment Queensland are encouraging Queenslanders to learn more about opportunities for the Brisbane 2032 games. If you’re interested to learn more visit the Brisbane2032 website

Engineers Australia will be hosting a webinar discussion about delivering a Climate Positive Olympics. The event will look at ways that Brisbane will use engineering expertise and planning to maximise climate conscious infrastructure for the games. You can sign up for the webinar through our events page.