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:

  • Business development programs
  • Skills development and training programs
  • Awareness of advanced manufacturing

Yeppoon-based manufacturer All Industries Group attended a one-day LEAN Manufacturing Workshop at our Rockhampton Hub and then embarked on a LEAN manufacturing journey.

Find out how our Manufacturing Hubs are making a difference.

    • 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

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.

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.

Cairns Hub

Focus areas:

  • marine
  • aviation
  • food manufacturing.


TAFE Queensland Cairns Campus (S Block)
Gatton Street
Manunda QLD 4870

Get in touch with the Cairns Hub team at or 07 4037 3241.

Townsville Hub

Focus areas:

  • advanced metal production manufacturing
  • food transformation through advanced manufacturing.


TAFE Queensland Trade Training Centre
763 Ingham Road
Bohle QLD 4818

Get in touch with the Townsville Hub team at or 07 4758 3429.

Rockhampton Hub

Focus areas:

  • rail manufacturing and technology
  • advanced technologies for metal production
  • food product innovation.


Building 37, Central Queensland University
Yaamba Road
North Rockhampton QLD 4701

Get in touch with the Rockhampton Hub team at or 0407 563 377.

Gladstone Hub

Focus areas:

  • biofuels
  • hydrogen
  • renewable energy.


Room G.47, Martin Hanson Building, Central Queensland University
Gladstone Marina Campus
Gladstone QLD 4680

Get in touch with the Gladstone Hub on 0436 814 547.

Further information

Last updated: 24 Mar 2021