What is the Advanced Manufacturing Quality Assurance Program?
The Advanced Manufacturing Quality Assurance Program is a grant opportunity to assist advanced manufacturers to achieve quality assurance accreditations that will help to retain or expand their customers or markets.
The Advanced Manufacturing Quality Assurance Program aims to support Tasmanian-based advanced manufacturing enterprises attain identified quality assurance accreditations that will assist the enterprise in retaining existing customers or securing new customers and new markets.
The Tasmanian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan 2024 was released in November 2020 and included the establishment of an Advanced Manufacturing Quality Assurance Program. Supporting Tasmania’s advanced manufacturers to take up leading edge design, innovation and technologies to improve capability is a key priority for the Tasmanian Government.
Funding of $150 000 is available this current financial year, $150 000 in 2022-23 and $150 000 in 2023-24.
The program provides up to a 50 per cent contribution to Tasmanian-based advanced manufacturers who wish to attain quality assurance accreditation, subject to the applicant contributing at least 50 per cent of the project costs in cash (not in kind).
Maximum grant assistance is $20 000 for a project with a minimum value of $40 000.
Collaborative projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Collaborative projects will need a lead proponent such as an industry body or nominated lead business. These projects may be eligible for a greater percentage of grant funding on demonstration of industry benefit.
Example of eligible expenditure include:
- market or industry specific accreditation
- ISO9001 – Quality Management System
- HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
- ISO22000 – Food Safety Management
- ISO3834 – Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials
- ISO27001 – Information Security
- ISO13485 – Medical Devices
- ISO14001 – Environmental Management Systems
- Defence Industry Security Program (DISP)
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
To be eligible, you must:
- be a Tasmanian-based advanced manufacturing enterprise or relevant industry group supporting Tasmanian advanced manufacturing enterprises
- have an Australian business number (ABN)
- be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
- receive no more than $20,000 per financial year under this program
- not be eligible for funding from any other grant source for quality assurance programs
- have annual sales turnover greater than $300,000 (indicatively) and less than $20 million
- not be a consultant or intermediary
- not be subject to any legal disability, including bankruptcy or liquidation.
Applications close 30 June 2022.