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Advanced manufacturing

Australia is boldly fuelling new opportunities and scaling up enterprises in our booming and sustainable manufacturing industry.

Advanced manufacturing is a critical contributor to many Australian industries, including medtech, clean energy, circular economy, agrifood, critical minerals processing, defence and space, adding significant value across all sectors. It’s also a thriving sector in its own right.

In grants and incentives

Australia offers nearly A$70 billion in grants, incentives and funding pools to Australian-based companies across priority sectors.

Source: Accenture

A manufacturing renaissance

The A$1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy sets out the 6 top priorities for the sector:

The strategy has 4 pillars:

  • getting the economic conditions right for business
  • making science and technology work for industry
  • focusing on areas of advantage
  • building national resilience for a strong economy

We’ve created the environment to support rapid growth in manufacturing. We’re backing our manufacturers with significant investment, including through the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, helping businesses invest in new projects and processes, scale up and create jobs. This approach is paying big dividends, with manufacturing producing more than A$114 billion in annual output. And in 2019, the sector attracted A$131 billion from international investors.

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 3.3% 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 Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), our national science agency, is recognised internationally for its quality research and is Australia’s largest holder of patents. And it’s always looking for partners. Its science and engineering skills, equipment and international connections are helping Australian manufacturers penetrate new markets and be environmentally sustainable.

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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 Industry 4.0 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 renewable energy supply, data and analytics, waste management, transport and communications.

  • #5 in OECD for business innovation
  • Significant investment in R&D
  • $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative
  • $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative
  • $30 million Commercialisation Fund
  • R&D Tax Incentive
  • In the top 10 globally for availability of skilled labour.

Incentives, grants and support

Keep up to date with new funding and incentives through the Department of Industry

  • The $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative provides funding for businesses in National Manufacturing Priority areas to scale, collaborate and commercialise. Further rounds of funding will become available.
    • Modern Manufacturing Translation stream helps businesses translate research and ideas into commercial outcomes and invest in non-R&D innovation 
    • Modern Manufacturing Integration stream helps businesses integrate their products and services into domestic and global value chains
    • Modern Manufacturing Collaboration stream helps business-to-business and business-to-research collaboration to build economies of scale. 
  • $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative will offer funding from July 2021 to encourage businesses to invest in capabilities that address supply chain vulnerabilities. 
  • $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund to support transformation in small and medium manufacturing businesses.
  • $30 million Commercialisation Fund will support projects to commercialise new products and processes. It will be delivered by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. 
  • The Research and Development Tax Incentive encourages businesses to invest more in R&D through tax offsets.
  • 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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The Industry Growth Centres Initiative is a strategic, sector-based approach to growing our industries and creating jobs. Six growth centres support Australian business owners in high-growth, high value industries to realise their potential and ambition in:

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. 


  • 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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