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Advanced manufacturing

As our manufacturers embrace advanced technologies, we’re fuelling new opportunities and driving growth to develop a competitive and sustainable manufacturing capability in Australia.

A future made in Australia

The Australian Government’s commitment to establishing a National Reconstruction Fund will be the first step towards rebuilding Australia’s industrial base.

The A$15 billion National Reconstruction Fund will provide a financing vehicle to drive investment in projects that will improve competitiveness and growth, boost economic security, support regional economic development, and revive Australia’s ability to make world-class products.

The National Reconstruction Fund will drive investment in key sectors focusing on value adding to leverage Australia’s natural and competitive strengths including: 

  • Value add in resources
  • Value add in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors
  • Transport
  • Medical science
  • Renewables and low emission technologies
  • Defence capability
  • Enabling capabilities across engineering, data science, and software development including FinTech, EdTech, AI and robotics

Advanced manufacturing

The National Reconstruction Fund will include A$1 billion in dedicated support for Advanced Manufacturing. This investment will create new capabilities and opportunities to innovate in transport, defence, resources, agricultural and food processing, medical science, renewables and low emission technologies manufacturing.

This investment gives manufacturers access to capital to diversify their operations, industrial processes, and use research and development to climb the technological ladder.

 

A$33.2 billion
Australia’s advanced manufacturing exports in 2020
A$117 billion
International investment in Australian manufacturing in 2021

Australian manufacturing produced more than A$115 billion in annual output in 2020/21. And in 2021, manufacturing attracted A$117 billion from international investors. We’re creating an environment to support rapid growth in manufacturing. We’re undertaking a rapid transformation into a highly integrated, collaborative and export-focused ecosystem, providing high-value customised solutions within global value chains.

On average, Australian manufacturing exports grew by 4.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Join us as R&D partners

Imagine, invent, innovate and collaborate.

Australian manufacturing is sharpening its focus on high tech products based on sustainable, advanced manufacturing processes. With dynamic links between universities, industry and research institutions, Australian innovative science and technology solutions are widely sought after.

The Commonwealth Science Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO), our national science agency, is recognised internationally for its quality research and is Australia’s largest holder of patents. Its science and engineering skills, equipment and international connections are helping Australian manufacturers penetrate new markets and be environmentally sustainable. Discover what you can achieve with a partnership with CSIRO.

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Australia is a nation of inventors and entrepreneurs. Our discoveries and innovations have given hope to millions, saved countless lives and revolutionised industry.

We created the electronic pacemaker (1926), the ‘black box’ flight recorder (1958), ultrasound (1961), multi-channel cochlear implants (1970s), wi-fi (1990s), the polymer banknote (1988), Google Maps (2003) and a cervical cancer vaccine (2006).

Now we invite you to be part of our success story.

Prioritising a bright future

Australia is brimming with opportunity. We’re investing in advanced manufacturing to scale up tech contributions across multiple sectors, from renewables and agtech to advanced materials and automation. Great thinkers like you are already bringing business onshore and harnessing the power of our resources.

It’s not only Australian manufacturers that benefit from our innovative experts. Developments flow through to every other sector, such as the resources, agriculture, renewable energy, transport, medical science, defence and information technology sectors.

  • Significant investment from government in R&D
  • R&D Tax Incentive
  • In the top 10 globally for availability of skilled labour

Incentives, grants and support

  • The National Reconstruction Fund will drive investment in key sectors focusing on value adding and capability development to leverage Australia’s natural and competitive strengths, supporting new and emerging industries. Keep up to date with new funding measures and incentives as they are announced through the Department of Industry website.
  • Currently, the Research and Development Tax Incentive encourages investment in research and development (R&D) to help businesses to grow and innovate by offering a tax offset for companies conducting eligible R&D activities.
  • The Australian Tax Office’s New Investment Engagement Service gives tailored guidance on tax issues to businesses planning significant new investments in Australia.

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Are you a talented individual working in advanced manufacturing?

Get an idea of the kinds of skills and roles we’re looking for

To drive this sector forward, we are looking for talented individuals who can impact across the entire value chain, from manufacturing, research and design to logistics and after-sales service. 

As a cross-cutting sector, advanced manufacturing is a critical enabler and contributor to sectors including medtech, clean energy, circular economy, agri-food, critical minerals processing, defence and space. 

The following specialisations are intended to be used as a guide and are not an exhaustive list. The global talent profile provides examples of the calibre of individuals who may meet program requirements. 

Specialisations

  • Advanced materials
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing), materials resilience and repair
  • Data analytics including artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Digital design and rapid prototyping
  • Digitisation, automation and robotics including drone management and manipulation
  • Precision engineering and manufacturing
  • Nano-manufacturing and micro-manufacturing
  • Sustainable manufacturing and life cycle engineering
  • Bio-manufacturing and biological integration
  • Biotechnologies
  • Supply chain resilience 
  • Commercialisation experience within the industry

Global talent profile

A leading researcher in micro and nano electro-mechanical systems that owns multiple patents.

Chief technology officer of an internationally acclaimed manufacturer of sensors for electronic devices in the healthcare, robotics, and digital manufacturing sectors.

Senior data scientist specialising in designing machine learning algorithms and neural network models, with experience in commercialising artificial intelligence projects for automotive and intelligent devices. 

The following experience or professions would not usually meet the parameters of the program:

  • Engineering technicians 
  • Machine operators
  • Draftspersons
  • Sales and administrative managers

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Australia's advanced manufacturing ecosystems

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