Queensland manufacturing month

Manufacturing in Queensland

Did you know that Queensland is home to an innovative, globally recognised manufacturing industry?

The nearly 180,000 Queenslanders who make their living in this industry contribute almost $20 billion to our state’s economy every year, making everything from food and beverages to advanced medication and precision aerospace components.

Queensland manufacturing is also a growing industry, and the Queensland Government is committed to arming local businesses with the tools, skills and funding to ensure that our manufacturers are ready for what the future brings.

Over the coming decades, our manufacturers will be market leaders in advanced manufacturing process and products, creating the jobs of the future and boosting business growth across the state.

Whether you’re a manufacturer looking for a place to make your next globally recognised, innovative product or a Queenslander looking for a challenging and rewarding career, in Queensland – you can make it here.

  • Manufacturing is one of Queensland’s most exciting sectors, providing an opportunity to design, make and market products that solve real-world problems and make life a little easier and more exciting.

    Advanced manufacturing is transforming the sector through modern technologies and processes, and there’s an opportunity for you: no matter if you work with a grinder, welder or a robot and computer!

    Whether you’re still at school, getting ready for uni or TAFE, or just thinking about a career change, there’s a path to get you into an exciting career in manufacturing.

  • The Queensland Government is committed to increasing the number of women participating in the state’s manufacturing workforce to drive innovation and growth in the industry.

    As a key initiative of the Queensland Government’s Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, the Women in Manufacturing strategy was released in 2023 to help achieve this outcome.

    Under the strategy we are delivering key programs to support women to engage and thrive in a career in manufacturing, including the Women in Manufacturing networking breakfast series, the Women in Manufacturing mentoring program and the Women in Manufacturing diversity, equity, and inclusion toolkit.

  • Through the Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action plan (PDF, 10.3MB) the Queensland Government is providing targeted grant programs to support the state’s manufacturers take up advanced manufacturing technology and techniques to grow their businesses and create jobs.

    The Made in Queensland (MIQ) program 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.

    Grants through the $28.5 million Manufacturing Hub Grant Program (MHGP) are available to assist eligible businesses in the Cairns, Central Queensland, Gold Coast, Mackay and Townsville SA4 regions.

  • The Queensland government’s network of manufacturing hubs in the state’s regions provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing.

    A nationally recognised program, each hubs offers local advice and services including business development programs, skills development and training programs and introduction to advanced manufacturing events and workshops.

  • The Queensland Government delivers a range of workshops and events to manufacturers around the state designed to help them improve productivity, reduce costs, attract and retain staff and prepare to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and techniques.

Last updated: 31 Aug 2023