Regional manufacturing hubs

Our regional manufacturing hubs provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing.

If you’re ready to grow your manufacturing business, our regional manufacturing hub teams are here to help.

Each hub offers access to a wide range of services including:

    • Benchmarking
    • LEAN manufacturing workshops
    • Introduction to digital technology workshops
    • Assistance with grant writing
    • Business-to-business mentoring and networking, Mentoring for Growth
    • Improving supply chain capability
    • Sustainability seminars
    • Assistance to increase access to national and international markets
    • Coordinated access to existing and emerging trade and professional skills
    • Improved access between business and research
    • Support for industry recognised skills and certifications
    • Technology demonstration days
    • Industry 4.0 seminars
    • Virtual and physical tours of advanced manufacturing businesses
    • Hosting of international experts in advanced manufacturing
    • Events and workshops on advanced manufacturing, automation, robotics, Internet of Things

Find out how our Manufacturing Hubs are making a difference and supporting manufacturers and businesses across Queensland.

Browse our success stories.

Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program

We have made available $13.5 million through the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program (MHGP) to assist eligible businesses. Up to $4.5 million is available for each manufacturing hub to build the advanced manufacturing capability of the Cairns, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Townsville regions.

This is an opportunity for manufacturers to become more productive and create the jobs of the future through:

  • technology adoption
  • skills and training
  • business development
  • advance robotic manufacturing hub services.

Please read the guidelines and funding agreement before you begin your application, and note only online applications will be accepted.

The MHGP will be open to eligible applicants until June 2022 or once the program is fully subscribed.

Information regarding applications through the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program for the Gold Coast is expected from October 2021.

How to apply

Contact the Cairns, Gladstone, Rockhampton or Townsville Hub for a preliminary discussion regarding your project.

Following this discussion, should you wish to apply, a form requesting access to the application portal will be emailed to you. The fund will be open to applications until the program monies are fully allocated.

Find your local manufacturing hub

The manufacturing hubs offer training, business development programs, tailored advice and play host to a regular program of workshops and events to help your business grow.

The hubs also have strong links with local universities, schools and TAFE Queensland to develop a workforce with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.

  • Manufacturing hub Focus areasLocationContact
    • rail manufacturing and technology
    • advanced technologies for metal production
    • food product innovation
    Building 37
    Central Queensland University
    Yaamba Road
    North Rockhampton QLD 4701
    Phone: 0407 563 377
    • biofuels
    • hydrogen
    • renewable energy
    Room G.47
    Martin Hanson Building
    Central Queensland University
    Gladstone Marina Campus
    Gladstone QLD 4680
    Phone: 0436 814 547
  • Manufacturing hub Focus areasLocationContact
    • marine
    • aviation
    • food manufacturing
    (S Block)
    TAFE Queensland Cairns Campus
    Gatton Street
    Manunda QLD 4870
    Phone: 07 4037 3241
  • Manufacturing hub Focus areasLocationContact
    • advanced metal production manufacturing
    • food transformation through advanced manufacturing
    TAFE Queensland Trade Training Centre
    763 Ingham Road
    Bohle QLD 4818
    Phone: 07 4758 3429
  • Manufacturing hub Focus areasLocationContact
    Gold Coast
    • marine transport equipment and vehicles
    • food processing
    • metal products
    Unit 2b, 19 Cotton Street
    Nerang QLD 4211
    Phone: 0407 655 968

Last updated: 15 Jul 2021