Up to $1M is available for projects that assist companies diversify out of the domestic automotive manufacturing sector.




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The Automotive Diversification Programme assists Australian automotive supply chain companies to diversify out of the domestic automotive manufacturing sector and thereby retain manufacturing capability in Australia.



The Automotive Diversification Programme was announced by the Government as part of the $155 million Growth Fund which was established to support employees, businesses and regions affected by the closure of Australia’s car manufacturing industry by 2017.



The objective of the Automotive Diversification Programme is to assist Australian automotive supply chain companies to diversify out of the domestic motor vehicle manufacturing sector through investment in capital equipment and thereby retain manufacturing capability in Australia.



Applicants can apply for a minimum grant of $50,000 up to a maximum grant of $1,000,000 (GST exclusive).  The total number of grants that an applicant may receive in a 12 month period may not have a cumulative total of more than $1,000,000 or more than $1,500,000 over the life of the Automotive Diversification Programme.

Successful Automotive Diversification Programme applicants will be required to provide minimum cash commitment which at least matches the total amount of grant funding sought under the program.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for grant, an applicant must:

  • be a trading corporation (within the meaning of section 51(xx) of the Australian Constitution) incorporated in Australia that is non-income tax exempt and registered for GST;
  • at the time of applying, be an Australian producer of automotive components, an Australian producer of automotive machine tools or automotive tooling, or an Australian provider of automotive services;
  • at the time of applying be a supplier to an Australian original equipment manufacturer;
  • demonstrate that it has completed an independent business capability development activity to improve its competitiveness and business capability, and that this activity has resulted in the implementation of at least one improvement to its business within the two years preceding the date of the application;
  • demonstrate that it is able to fund the costs of its project that are additional to the grant sought;
  • demonstrate that it has a genuine need for financial assistance to undertake its project; and
  • demonstrate that it has access to, or the beneficial use of, any intellectual property necessary to carry out the project.


Eligible Projects

Eligible project expenditure is limited to capital equipment, recorded as a fixed asset in the applicant’s accounts, necessary to undertake the Automotive Diversification Programme project.

Expenditure on capital equipment may include equipment purchased using a finance lease.


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

We can assist with demonstrating:

  • whether the project outcome will meet the objective of the ADF to assist Australian automotive supply chain companies broaden their customer and product base, both domestically and internationally
  • the capacity and capability of the applicant to undertake the project
  • the contribution of the project to the economic sustainability of the applicant
  • the contribution of the project to the economic sustainability of the Australian automotive supply chain and the broader economy


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Round 3 of the ADP closes on 17 September 2015.


Grant Recipients

*Round 3 Automotive Diversification Programme:

Applicant OrganisationProject DescriptionGrant Amount (ex GST)Expected Total Investment (ex GST)
Harrop Casting Technologies Pty Ltd (JV with Australloy Pty Ltd atf the Australloy Trading Trust)The project is to establish a full production facility to produce large copper heat exchanger castings of up to 4,000kgs$516,970$1,050,441
ZF Lemforder Australia Pty LimitedProduction of a new, innovative pneumatically operated side-tipping option for large transportation machines in the mining, construction and agriculture industries$603,500$1,898,364
Robert Bosch (Australia) Proprietary LimitedDevelopment and installation of a state-of-the-art high precision assembly line to produce High-Efficiency Diodes for export, new customers and new applications$1,000,000$6,209,000
Maxiplas Injection Moulding Pty LtdCommercialisation of a new range of nestable, stackable and folding transport solutions for the logistics market$1,000,000$2,504,488
Multislide Industries Pty LtdThe project is to introduce advanced product forming capabilities enabling local designers to produce high-end furniture efficiently and at practical volumes$259,100$518,200
Orbital Australia Pty LtdThe project brings in-house capability of combined thermal and vibration compliance testing for satisfying Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screen (HASS) as required to meet Orbital’s defence customer propulsion system needs$101,691$203,382
Backwell I.X.L. Pty Ltd atf The Backwell Unit TrustEquipment to manufacture components for a new generation wide screen gas log heaters$345,000$706,500
Quality Plastics & Tooling Pty LtdDevelopment and manufacture plastic food apparatus for single serve disposable food packets$230,000$460,000
Luna Nameplate Industries Pty LimitedPurchase of machinery to fulfil new licensed consumer product agreements to supply Asia, the U.S and Europe with a range of unique products.$441,122$882,244
Premcar Pty LtdAcquisition of a 5-axis milling machine to develop low cost tooling and parts.$300,000$620,000

*Round 2 Automotive Diversification Programme:

Applicant OrganisationProject DescriptionGrant Amount (ex GST)Expected Total Investment (ex GST)
Australian Precision Technologies Pty. Ltd.Development of advanced manufacturing aerospace and defence capability for large and complex components.$1,000,000$3,170,000
Backwell IXL Pty Ltd ATF The Backwell Unit TrustDevelopment of an innovative fast mounting system for commercial solar rooftop applications.$450,000$900,000
Cutler Brands Pty LtdIntegration of a high speed, multi-colour direct printing and plastic shrink sleeve production line to create world class capabilities not currently available in Australia. The project will target the food, beverage and cosmetics markets.$1,000,000$2,117,136
Luna Nameplate Industries Pty. LimitedThe manufacture of vacuum formed, chrome-effect printed flexible emblems that are suitable for all industries. These emblems are a highly cost effective replacement to the traditional die cast or plastic moulded chrome plated emblems.$109,000$261,000
MHG Glass Pty LimitedThe project encompasses a new architectural glass processing business leveraging existing skills and capabilities.$1,000,000