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Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund will be investing in capital projects to expand or establish manufacturing operations in South Australia or Victoria.



The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund supports capital projects to establish and expand advanced manufacturing activities in Victoria and South Australia. The program aims to transition the manufacturing sector and improve the overall efficiency and competitiveness of firms and the broader economy.

This program has now been superseded by the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund


Case Studies

Future Industries Fund Grant Consultant

In November 2015, Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s Ice-cream secure $1,200,000. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams.

The  grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.

Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme

In March 2014, Bulletpoint assisted Cottage Cheese Farm secure $765,000 through the Melbourne North Innovation and Investment Fund.

Based in Glenroy, Victoria, Cottage Cheese Farm is a speciality cheese manufacturer making mainly Haloumi, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses.

They received funding to assist with construction of a $6M purpose built cheese and yoghurt manufacturing facility. The project will allow them to expand current operations and introduction of new product lines.



The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting Australia’s competitiveness and productivity, including facilitating a strong manufacturing industry which exploits domestic competitive advantages.

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund will support the Australian Government’s goal by funding capital projects that aim to:

  • accelerate private sector investment in areas of high value manufacturing in Victoria and South Australia, and;
  • assist firms to build scale and capability and be competitive in new or growing markets.

Grants will include support for small and medium-sized firms that have demonstrated capability to access and capture marketing opportunities.



The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund provides grants ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million with grant funding of up to one third of eligible project costs. $47.5 million of new funding committed is committed over 2 years.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • be a small or medium enterprise (SME) with up to 199 full time equivalent employees
  • be an entity incorporated in Australia
  • engage in trading activities that:
    • form a sufficiently significant proportion of its overall activities; or
    • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).


Eligible Projects

In order for a project to be considered eligible for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund, the project must:

  • have at least $1.5 million in Eligible Expenditure a
  • take place at a manufacturing site based in South Australia or Victoria; and
  • not involve the movement of business activity from other areas of Australia to Victoria or South Australia.

For the purposes of an Applicant’s Application, the maximum Project duration is three years from the Project commencement date as set out in the Funding Agreement. There is no minimum Project duration.

The Programme Delegate may consider requests that extend the Eligible Project duration after a Grantee has entered into a Funding Agreement with the Australian Government as represented by the Department.

Projects may include activities at multiple sites, provided the sites are in the same State and the activities are part of the same Project.


Eligible Activities

Eligible Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund activities include:

  • acquisition, installation, construction and commissioning of new machinery and equipment;
  • fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises related to the new machinery or equipment acquired through the Project; and
  • training directly related to the use and maintenance of any new equipment or machinery to be acquired through the Project.


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 are an independent grants consultancy and not affiliated, associated nor endorsed by any government agency.

We know what it takes to secure this grant.

Email Ben Cusack now [email protected]


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Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund applications close 28 February 2018


More Information


Round 3 Recipients

Coming soon!


Round 2 Recipients

The list of grant recipients that have been offered funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund (AMGF).

Recipient Organisation Project Description Grant

(Exc GST)

Expected Total Investment

(Exc GST)

Project Location
Bickford’s Australia Pty Ltd as trustee for the Bickford’s Australia Unit Trust Bickford’s Group Liquid Processing Plant Capability Project $987,520 $2,962,560 Salisbury South, SA, 5106
BNNT Technology Limited Build the world’s first commercial scale Boron Nitride Nanotube plant $1,400,000 $4,339,500 Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216
Carbon Revolution Operations Pty Ltd Automated Rim Layup Project $946,200 $2,838,600 Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216
Coolon Pty Ltd Automating the production of world-first heavy-duty LED drivers $618,520 $1,855,561 Hallam, VIC, 3803
DefendTex Pty Ltd Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Electronics Fabrication Facility $500,000 $1,670,000 Dandenong South, VIC, 3175
Derwent Industries Pty Ltd Derwent Industries Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 solution for the production of metal products for the water industry $2,200,000 $12,296,376 Barnawartha North, VIC, 3691
Footers Pty Ltd as trustee for Footersville Trust Disruptive Advancement in Housing Construction $1,086,568 $3,259,703 Edinburgh Parks, SA, 5111
GreyScan Pty Ltd GreyScan – Inorganic explosive trace detector $1,189,352 $3,568,056 Richmond, VIC, 3121
Harrop Engineering Australia Pty Ltd Driveline and Induction Innovation for Global Vehicle Platforms $999,331 $2,997,992 Preston, VIC, 3072
Magic Seal Victoria Pty Ltd as trustee for the P&B Turner Family Trust Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Processes $1,718,761 $5,156,800 Braeside, VIC, 3195
Metrix Group Pty Ltd as trustee for the Quantum Innovation Unit Trust Industry 4.0 technology to manufacture 3D architectural products $594,000 $1,800,000 Bayswater, VIC, 3153
Micro-X Ltd Core Technology Imaging Systems manufacture $2,410,460 $7,231,380 Clovelly Park, SA, 5042
Rutra Pty Ltd Digital Manufacturing Through Additive Manufacturing $667,278 $2,022,054 Keysborough, VIC, 3173
Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd Grape marc washing for production of export tartrates $800,000 $2,400,000 Nuriootpa, SA, 5355
Textor Technologies Pty Ltd Next Generation Composite Materials $2,500,000 $10,034,321 Tullamarine, VIC, 3043


Round 1 Recipients

Recipient Organisation Project Description Grant

(Exc GST)

Expected Total Investment

(Exc GST)

Project Location
3DMEDiTech Pty Ltd JV with Ivoclar Vivadent Ltd To Manufacture Dental Aligners $2,500,000 $15,156,028 Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207
Air-Radiators Pty Ltd Finnovation: The Next Generation of Heavy Duty Radiators $1,848,506 $5,545,517 Lara, VIC, 3212
ATi Implants Pty Ltd National Dental Implant & Prosthetics Manufacturing Hub of Excellence $1,500,000 $5,353,427 North Adelaide, SA, 5006
Boundary Bend Olives Pty Ltd Olive nutraceutical ingredient extraction facility $812,322 $2,436,966 Boundary Bend, VIC, 3599
C.N.C. Design Pty Ltd VSF 315 Additive Manufacturing Plant $549,450 $1,650,000 Nunawading, VIC, 3131
Calix Ltd THE e-CALCINER for Nano-Active Materials $809,757 $2,691,233 Maddingley, VIC, 3340
Carbon Revolution Operations Pty Ltd Development of High-Volume Moulding Process for CF wheel manufacture $2,500,000 $8,411,988 Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216
Codan Limited Surface Mount Technology Advanced Manufacturing Production Line $528,333 $1,585,000 Mawson Lakes, SA, 5095
Cylite Pty Ltd Anterior Insight Manufacturing Ramp $739,000 $2,217,000 Notting Hill, VIC, 3168
DorsaVi Ltd Scaling dorsaVi’s Manufacturing Capacity for Growth and Export $1,104,332 $3,312,996 East Melbourne, VIC, 3002
Flat Glass Industries Pty Ltd Developing advanced architectural glass manufacturing capabilities $2,500,000 $7,574,051 Geelong North, VIC, 3215
FMP Group (Australia) Pty Limited Advanced Friction Automation Technology $1,497,786 $4,493,358 Ballarat, VIC, 3350
LeMond Composites Pty Ltd Design and build of Australia’s first industrial Carbon Fibre line $2,500,000 $24,954,321 Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216
Levett Engineering Pty Ltd Project Jet: expansion of manufacturing capacity $753,000 $2,260,000 Elizabeth South, SA, 5112
Mercedes Packaging Pty Ltd Digital Manufacturing Transformation & Turnkey assist SME Exporters $517,500 $1,725,000 Dandenong South, VIC, 3175
MiniFAB (Aust) Pty Ltd Advanced GMP Manufacture of Polymer Microfluidic Devices $1,297,000 $3,932,000 Scoresby, VIC, 3179
Nissan Casting Australia Pty Ltd Enabling Production of Next Generation EV Parts for the Global Market $2,500,000 $8,015,000 Dandenong South, VIC, 3175
REDARC Electronics Pty Ltd REDARC Defence Diversification $556,204 $1,854,013 Lonsdale, SA, 5160
Somark Group Limited Improving preclinical research outcomes $2,442,116 $7,326,348 Tonsley, SA, 5042
Sypharma Pty Ltd Advanced Manufacturing to achieve Human IV fluid supply $2,500,000 $8,516,771 Dandenong South, VIC, 3175


Media Release

South Australian company Micro-X has signed a contract with Thales Group to develop its mobile X-ray products for security purposes.

Under a new contract with established global supplier of defence and security technology systems, Thales, Adelaide-based company Micro-X will develop multiple image processing systems for defence and security purposes.

Micro-X manufactures carbon nanotube X-ray systems that are portable and adaptable for multiple industries and is based at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct in Adelaide’s southern suburbs alongside several other advanced manufacturing companies such as SAGE Automation and Siemens.

Thales is a multinational security company that develops products for aerospace, defence, transportation and security technology markets.

Under a six-year convertible bond, Thales is investing AUD$10 million in Micro-X with the proceeds designed to develop a selection of the company’s products.

Thales and Micro-X will collaborate on the global sales and support of Micro-X’s counter-terrorism Mobile Backscatter Imager of Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. The technology scrutinizes IEDs which are commonly used overseas in roadside settings.

Design and development is already underway in Adelaide for the Imager following positive feedback from American and Australian defence forces after a demonstration conducted at the Australian Defence Force’s Counter-IED Task Force.

For the counter-terrorism product, Micro-X will offer direct sales to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Thales will sell the management buy-in product – manufactured in Adelaide – internationally.

Another product that will be developed further is an airport checkpoint security scanner.

After working with the UK Government’s Department for Transport, Micro-X produced dual backscatter and transmission x-ray imaging technology that combines traditional and sophisticated X-ray imaging to provide a clear image of scanned luggage.

Thales will use the X-ray scanning technology under license.

Micro-X recently unveiled a prototype of the luggage X-ray imaging system at the ‘Future Airport Security Solutions’ (FASS) industry showcase in London.

Micro-X and Thales will also design and manufacture a new range of ultra-miniature X-ray tubes. These tubes combine Micro-X’s experience in carbon nanotube x-ray sources with Thales’s experience in X-ray devices.

The tubes will be designed by Thales in South Australia and manufactured in France.

Jean-Jacques Guittard, Thales’ Vice President of Microwave and Imaging Sub-Systems said X-ray imaging offers the best practical and quantifiable benefits in the CNT market.