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As our manufacturers embrace advanced technologies, were fuelling new opportunities and driving growth to cement a competitive and sustainable manufacturing capability in Australia.

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A future made in Australia

The Australian Government has committed to creating a new A$1 billion investment fund to support advanced manufacturing. This investment will give manufacturers access to capital to diversify their operations, industrial processes, and use research and development to climb the technological ladder. It aims to create new capabilities and opportunities to innovate in transport, defence, resources, agricultural and food processing, medical science, renewables and low emission technologies manufacturing.

It's part of the governments wider A$15 billion National Reconstruction Fund, a financing vehicle to drive investments focussed on value adding and capability development to leverage Australias natural and competitive strengths.

A$33.2 billion

Australias 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. Were creating an environment to support rapid growth in manufacturing. Were 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 Australias advanced manufacturing industry

Australias innovative culture, abundance of natural resources and generous funding and incentives are among our manufacturing sectors competitive advantages.  Watch to find out why theres never been a more exciting time to be part of Australias thriving advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Join us as R&D partners

Australia has a bright future in collaborating. co-designing and co-creatina innovations in materials

science, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Our manufacturing sector is sharpening its focus on hiah 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.

.Home to five of the worlds top 200 institutions for materials science, according to the Nature Index


.Strong peer networks linking industry, scientists and engineers including the Australian Academy of

Sciences Nationa Committee for Materials Science and Enaineerina and the Australian Materials

Research Society.

.Our national science agency CSIRO has vast expertise in materials research, from early development

to testing, scaling up and designing manufacturing processes. And its always looking for partners.Its

science and engineering skills, equipment and international connections are helping Australian

manufacturers penetrate new markets and be environmentally sustainable. And its always looking

for partners. Its facilities include Lab22 Innovation Centre for Additive Manufacturing, FloWorks

Centre for Industrial Flow Chemistry, the Biomedical Materials Translational Facility and the joint

Swinburne CSIRO Industry 4.0 Testlab in Composite Additive Manufacturing.

.We welcome international collaborations. RMIT Universitys Centre for Additive Manufacturing in

Melbourne recently partnered with Europes leading 3D printing institute, the Fraunhofer Institute

for Material and Beam Technology IWS, to focus on using advanced 3D printing for customized

manufacturing and repair of high quality metal parts, especially in the transportation, renewable

energy and mining sectors.

Its not only Australian manufacturers that benefit from our innovative experts. Deve opments flow

through to every other sector, such as the resources, agriculture, renewable energy, transport, medical

science, defence and information technology sectors.

CSIROs Lab22 Innovation Centre develops innovative materials and additive manufacturing techniques for the space, defence and medical Industries. Its partners include NASA JPL, Boeing and Chevron Corporation.

CSIRO worked with Melbourne manufacturer Amaero Engineering to explore the use of conformal cooling in 3D printed die cast tooling, using computational modelling. They developed an innovative solution using clever simulations.

Incentives, grants and support

The Australian Governments $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund will drive investment in key

sectors focusing on value adding and capability development to leverage Australias 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.

The Research and Development Tax lncentive encouraaes 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 Offices New lnvestment Engagement Service gives tailored guidance on tax

issues to businesses planning significant new investments in Australia.

Spotlight on our nanotech R&D ecosystem

The A$150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub is a world-class centre for nanoscale research and education.

It houses labs and core nanofabrication and characterisation facilities, and is jointly funded by the

Commonwealth Education Infrastructure Fund and the University of Sydney

In 2022, the Hub is challenging researchers to develop the following:

.new nanomaterials to capture sunlight and convert it into renewable fuels

microfluidic solutions for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of blood clots by simulating human vessels

on small chips

. disruptive nanoscale sensing technologies for detection of airborne pathogens to upgrade public


The University of Oueensland hosts the Australian Institute for Bioenaineering and Nanotechnoloay. Ar

integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers. its

work includes precision nanomedicine and agriculture nanotechnology.

Recently, the lnstitute used nanotechnology to improve the performance of sugarcane waste when its

turned into bio-based single-use packaging materials. Adding a small amount of nanofibres to sugarcane

pulp improves its mechanical properties and increases the shelf life of food.

Video: Biotechnology in Australia

An estimated 60% of the world's physical inputs could one day be made with biology C and innovative Australian company, Provectus Algae, is leading the charge. Founder & CEO, Nusqe Spanton, explains why our innovative culture, natural resources and government support makes Australias manufacturing industry globally competitive.


Australia's advanced manufacturing ecosystems

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Success stories

Memjet a trailblazer for advanced manufacturing in Australia
Memjet a trailblazer for advanced manufacturing in Australia

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