Made in Queensland
August 2023: Round 5 of the Made in Queensland Grant Program is now completed, with 33 applications receiving a formal offer of funding.
Round 6 is expected to open later in 2023.
A sample Made in Queensland grant funding agreement (PDF, 848.5KB) is included for information purposes.
Made in Queensland (MIQ) is a $101.5 million Queensland Government program helping small and medium sized manufacturers to increase international competitiveness, productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies, and to generate high-skilled jobs for the future.
Since 2017, MIQ has supported 136 advanced manufacturing projects across the state. It is expected to create and support more than 9,500 jobs over 5 years and generate more than $190 million in private sector investment.
Of the 136 projects funded through MIQ, 42% are being delivered in regional Queensland, creating more than 4,000 jobs over 5 years.
The MIQ program is part of the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan to support our manufacturers.
On 21 June 2022 the Government announced that Made in Queensland is receiving $40 million for two more rounds, over the next two years, to continue helping small and medium manufacturers to increase international competitiveness through adopting new technologies.
Details of the next round, including applicant guidelines and an opening date, will be published here when they are available.
Made in Queensland Round 5
The $20 million Round 5 of Made in Queensland opened for applications on 31 October 2022 and closed 12 December 2022. Award was finalised in June 2023 and formal offers of funding have been sent to 33 applicants.
Queensland-based manufacturers looking to adopt the processes, practises and equipment of Industry 4.0 implementing projects that include energy efficiency, export, reshoring, supply chain improvements, sustainability and/or decarbonisation were encouraged to apply for matched funding grants of $50,000 to $2.5 million. See the applicant guidelines for full details including eligibility and evaluation criteria.
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Bridging the gap to global business
Founded in 2002, Wagners Composite Fiber Technologies (CFT) manufactures a composite fiber material for use in the civil engineering construction industry. As a newly floated public company, Wagners CFT sought to expand and increase demand for custom built product by exploring infrastructure markets in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
From small beginnings, Wagners CFT’s growth went into high gear in 2018 when – with the support from Made in Queensland – they were able to grow from supplying Australia to supplying the world. With 100 staff, Wagners CFT is a sophisticated world leader in fibre composite design and development and with future growth, the company expects to create more than 50 new jobs over five years, and enhance productivity, profitability and its competitive potential.
Packer Leather Pty Ltd is a fifth-generation family business based in Narangba. Established in 1891, the company is internationally-recognised as a leading supplier of custom-made performance leather and was named Queensland’s Exporter of the Year in 2015. Through the company’s research and delivery capabilities, their leather products can be customised by colour, finish and technical attributes, tailored to suit specialised applications. Exporting over 250,000 square metres of performance leather annually, they supply a large range of global brands.
Packer Leather was awarded a Made In Queensland grant to install an advanced manufacturing system, automated batching system and a rapid pattern press to reduce production and prototyping lead times whilst maintaining product quality. The Queensland Government grant has enabled the company to invest in the latest manufacturing equipment technology to support their export growth, improve energy efficiencies, train and retain highly-skilled staff and importantly, maintaining exceptional product quality.
Urban Turf Solutions
Based on the Gold Coast, Urban Turf Solutions is Queensland’s only synthetic grass manufacturer, and the only privately-owned producer in Australia. Specialising in research, design and manufacture of more than 40 varieties of high quality, synthetic turf, their product has an extensive range of applications, from sporting fields, backyards to playgrounds.
With their awarded Queensland Government Made in Queensland grant, the company expanded their capability, installing a tufting machine to increase speed, capacity, relatability and product consistency, while concurrently reducing waste and operational downtime. Their new equipment and integrated software significantly expanded Urban Turf Solutions’ production capacity and facilitated the growth of their workforce to meet increased demand for their niche turf products.
Last updated: 03 Aug 2023