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What is Made in Queensland?
Made in Queensland is a government grant of up to $2.5M for manufacturers for 50% of the costs of implementing innovative processes and technologies.
Bulletpoint Manufacturing Grant Record
Bulletpoint has been successful in obtaining various manufacturing grants for clients from both state and Federal Government grant programs.
Bulletpoint helped Greenbear secure a grant of $500,000. Greenbear is a processor of waste and recycled materials. They received funding to build a fully-automated waste sorting line for residential Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste more feasibly and efficiently than current disposal methods.
Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s secure a grant of $1,200,000. 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.
Bulletpoint assisted Cottage Cheese Farm secure a grant of $765,000. 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.
Bulletpoint assisted Abey Australia secure a grant of $250,000. Abey is a manufacturer of plumbing and building products. They received a grant of $250,000 to buy five high-speed of five robots and 3 conveyors.
Bulletpoint assisted Osteon Medical secure a grant of $74,000. Osteon Medical manufacture a range of dental and facial implant prosthetic products. They received a grant to purchase a 5 axis simultaneous CNC milling machine.
Bulletpoint assisted Keech secure a grant of $141,700. Keech is a manufacturer of high integrity steel castings. They received a grant to be based in Bendigo. Keech received a grant to purchase a 3D digital printer for prototyping and pattern making.
Bulletpoint assisted AMR Hewitts secure a grant of $135,000, AMR Hewitts is a print packaging for the pharmaceutical and food packaging industries. They received a grant to purchase a new forme cutting machine to reduce turnaround times.
Bulletpoint assisted Class Plastics secure a grant of $250,000. Class Plastics is a manufacturer of industrial and retail plastic liquid containers. They received a grant to purchase a series of accumulated blow moulding machines and feed in conveyors.
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Made in Queensland (MIQ) is now a $101.5 million Queensland Government program helping small and medium sized manufacturers to increase international competitiveness, productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies and processes. The program also supports the generation of high-skilled jobs for the future.
Since 2017, MIQ has supported 104 advanced manufacturing projects across the state. It is expected to create more than 1,700 jobs over 5 years and generate more than $140 million in private sector investment.
Of the 104 projects funded through MIQ, 38% are being delivered in regional Queensland, creating more than 500 jobs over the next 5 years.
On 21 June 2022 the Government announced that Made in Queensland is receiving $40 million for two more rounds, over the next two years, to continue helping small and medium manufacturers to increase international competitiveness through adopting new technologies.
Tips to get the Made In Queensland Grant
You will need to address these items in order get this grant:
- Onshoring – How will this project reshore or onshore manufacturing to Queensland. Talk about jobs, skills, supply chain, cost saving
- Advanced Technologies – Describe how the proposed project will involve integrated, advanced technologies that supports business transformation
- Queensland – Demonstrate the benefits to the local market and Queensland. Talk about jobs, supply chain, growth, export
- Capacity – Demonstrate how the proposed project will build the capacity of the entity to increase its productivity and international competitiveness? Talk about profitability increase and export revenue growth
To secure this grant, it’s essential to provide an in-depth plan on how your proposed project will bring manufacturing back to Queensland or establish new manufacturing processes within the state. Your application should:
- Jobs: Discuss the number of direct and indirect jobs that will be created and how these will be skilled positions that contribute to the local workforce.
- Skills: Elaborate on the skills training programs that your project will introduce or enhance, helping Queensland residents upskill.
- Supply Chain: Explain how your project will bolster the local supply chain, and why this will create a more sustainable and self-sufficient Queensland manufacturing industry.
- Cost Saving: Detail the long-term cost savings that onshoring will bring to your business, and how these savings may be passed down to consumers or reinvested in the company
Your application should articulate how the proposed project will employ cutting-edge technologies that are instrumental to business transformation. Consider the following:
- Innovation: Detail the types of technology you plan to implement, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, or sustainable energy sources.
- Integration: Describe how these technologies will be integrated into your existing operations.
- Transformation: Explain the transformative impact these technologies will have on your business model, operational efficiency, and product offerings.
Benefits to Queensland
The project must have a positive impact on the local Queensland market and the state as a whole. Include:
- Jobs: Discuss not only the immediate jobs that will be created but also potential long-term employment growth.
- Supply Chain: Describe how local suppliers and small businesses will benefit from your project.
- Growth: Outline the ways in which your project will stimulate economic growth in the state.
- Export: If applicable, talk about how the project will make Queensland products more appealing to international markets.
This section should clearly illustrate how the project will increase your organisation’s operational capacity:
- Productivity: Discuss measurable metrics by which the project will enhance productivity, such as reduced production time or increased output.
- International Competitiveness: Explain how these improvements in productivity will make your business more competitive on an international scale.
- Profitability: Outline how the increased capacity and productivity will lead to greater profitability.
- Export Revenue Growth: If applicable, provide projections or case studies to demonstrate how the project will result in increased export revenue.
The objectives of the Made in Queensland are to support the Advance Queensland Priorities and the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water’s (the Department) Strategic Direction by:
- increasing the productivity and international competitiveness of Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs;
- encouraging Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to adopt innovative processes and technologies;
- encouraging more Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to become Advanced Manufacturers; and
- supporting traditional manufacturing jobs and creating the new high-skilled manufacturing jobs of the future.
The Program will also support the Making it in Queensland: Building a stronger manufacturing sector election commitment by focusing on the Reshoring and Onshoring of Critical Industries to Queensland.
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Eligible manufacturers can apply for grants between $50 000 and $2.5 million with matched funding to become more international competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.
Grants of between $50,000 to $2.5 million (excluding GST) will be:
- available as matched funding for eligible project costs on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis;
- available for projects that align with the strategic direction of the applicant and the MIQ Program Objectives, and that facilitate:
- innovative Industry 4.0 integrated systems, processes and strategies;
- adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics;
- the Reshoring or Onshoring of functions for Critical Industries, and
- allocated following the conduct of a two-stage competitive selection process.
Note: The total value of all Made in Queensland grants received by any one entity (including the entity’s Associated Entities) across all rounds of the MIQ Program must not exceed $2.5 million.
To further advance our vision of being Australia’s leading manufacturing state, manufacturers operating in Queensland looking to reshore or onshore manufacturing activities to Queensland are eligible to apply for Made in Queensland funding.
Regional manufacturers may also be eligible to receive up to 75 per cent of their project funding in this round of Made in Queensland for projects to the value of $500 000.
To be an Eligible Project, the project must:
- be consistent with the Program Objectives
- be a project that focuses on Reshoring or Onshoring (i.e. a manufacturing company applying to undertake a manufacturing activity which is currently undertaken either overseas or interstate and bringing it to Queensland).
- be directly related to recommendations of an independent evaluation report or similar independent business diagnostic (such as benchmark, future mapping, lean audit, value stream map etc)
- be either one or more of the following:
- the introduction of equipment, a process or technology not currently used by the applicant that is industry-leading (best practice) such as:
- implementing advanced robotics
- implementing a sector relevant system
- the development of a plan or strategy
- the introduction of equipment, a process or technology not currently used by the applicant that is industry-leading (best practice) such as:
- be designed so that it is aimed at achieving the desired business transformation, embracing Industry 4.0 (digitisation, interconnected factory, big data analytics etc.)
- be able to be completed within 12 months of execution of a funding agreement
- not have commenced and not be scheduled to commence until after a Funding Agreement has been executed;
- not be the same as a project approved under the first, second or third round of MIQ where an agreement has already been entered into between the Department and the applicant; and
- not be subject to funding under any other Queensland Government or Federal Government grant or scheme.
Examples of a Good Made In Queensland Project
- Process improvement – Lean manufacturing, lean audit, value stream mapping, error and down time reduction etc.). Implementation of digital connectivity enabling measurement, big data analytics, machine integration (sensors, data loggers, software etc.). Site visualisation deployment for improved structure and factory layout
- Advanced robotics – New and advanced robotics and automation, demonstrating integration with existing or new systems, processes or workflow
- New technologies – New, advanced manufacturing technologies including equipment. Equipment must be leading-edge and innovative or integral to support the introduction of innovative systems and processes. The equipment must be demonstrated to integrate with existing or new systems (connectivity), processes or workflow
- Advanced systems – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) installation, implementation and integration. Inventory management systems installation, implementation and integration. Supply/value chain integration management system, installation, implementation and integration
- Professional advice – Professional advice on optimising/augmenting current resources/equipment or new equipment/technology investment (Planning), including an integration of advanced technologies plan. Professional advice on developing a human resource management plan to support integration to boost commercial outcomes creating sustainable jobs
- Improvement planning – Networking and digital connectivity implementation plan. Supply/value chain digital data capture and analysis plan. Progressive energy and carbon footprint management, development and implementation plan
- Waste reduction planning – Innovative water use management, development and implementation plan. Sophisticated material waste, reuse and recycling management, development and implementation plan
- Market expansion planning – Business model innovation. Market research. Differentiation/diversification of existing products/services strategy. Social media, digital media/market/export strategy. Servers to accommodate advanced systems and process connectivity (refer to ineligible costs associated with servers)
- Associated project costs critical to the success of the proposed MIQ project – Installation of, commissioning of and training on new equipment, robotics and automation systems. Training to support implementation of a new software system or integrated technology. Freight
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To be eligible for an Made in Queensland grant, an applicant must:
- be a Queensland-based business whose principal activity and majority annual turnover is derived from manufacturing, as defined under Division C of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006;
- be registered for GST and hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN);
- be an SME with between five and 200 full-time equivalent employees located in Queensland;
- have a proposed Eligible Project (that meets the requirements set out in Section 2.4 and be able to demonstrate that the applicant is in a position to verify/validate the details, expected effectiveness and outcomes of the proposed Eligible Project if the applicant progresses to Stage 2 (Detailed Application);
- have the financial capacity and standing necessary to conduct the proposed Eligible Project recognising that the grant payments are made in arrears;
- not have, and must not be an Associated Entity that has, received (or be about to receive) funding under the Made in Queensland Program that in aggregate exceeds, or will exceed $2.5 million;
- not have made, and must not be an Associated Entity that has made, an application under Round 4 of the Made in Queensland Program that in aggregate exceeds, or will exceed $2.5 million;
- not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are an undischarged bankrupt; and
- not be a federal, state or local government entity, statutory authority or special purpose vehicle or notfor-profit organisation.
If an application does not meet the Eligibility Criteria, the Department may reject the application and not consider it for any further assessment.
Applicants should note that a detailed due diligence and probity review may be undertaken on the applicant including, but not limited to, the checks and searches below:
- applicant bona fide checks (status, corporate structure, ownership, directors review etc.);
- background and probity searches (ACCC, Banned & Disqualified, Bankruptcy, Adverse Media, Courts);
- financial capability (historical financials) and viability (funding capacity and sources); and
- business and project risks, and planned mitigations.
The outcome of the Department’s due diligence review may impact on the Department’s application of the assessment criteria, that is, if deemed not to satisfy due diligence and financial probity, the application may be deemed ineligible for a grant and the department may elect to not process the application further.
Made in Queensland Round 6 applications close close 11 December 2023.
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ZoneRV, a local caravan company based in Coolum Beach, received $1.16 million to enhance its production capacity and effectively address increasing customer demands. The company made strategic investments, including the acquisition of Australia’s largest 3D printer, manufactured by CNC Design, which played a vital role in producing essential components for their caravans.
Zone RV offers the ultimate luxury in off-road caravans that are both strong and lightweight.
Aletek, a manufacturer based in Queensland, has secured a $1.36 million investment that will enable Aletek to acquire state-of-the-art machinery and equipment, including a punch/laser combination machine, hydraulic press, flatbed cutter, and handheld 3D scanner. The company anticipates that this investment will result in the creation of approximately 29 new local jobs over the next five years.
Aletek specializes in heavy-duty exhaust systems, thermal lagging, and diesel emission control solutions for the mining and oil and gas industries.
Dobinsons Spring and Suspension received $592,000 grant to purchase an advanced cold coiling machine and furnace, which will push their daily coil spring output from 400 to 2000 and will create 12 new jobs. Dobinsons has become one of the leaders in the Spring Industry in Australia applying the years of knowledge into their products. The success of the business has come about by providing quality products, acquiring and using technical knowledge and having the equipment to perform and provide professional service.
NQ Cranes was awarded a grant to modernise its manufacturing systems. Based in Mackay, NQCranes has become a leader in crane and hoist supply within Australia due to their innovative design, knowledge and customer focus.
Capricorn Sandstone Quarries was awarded a grant to invest in new splitting and veneer cutting equipment. Based in Stanwell, Capricorn Sandstone Quarries has over 50 years combined experience in sandstone quarrying, processing and manufacturing and developed quarries in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Packer Leather was awarded a grant to install an advanced manufacturing system, automated batching system and a rapid pattern press to reduce production and prototyping lead times whilst maintaining product quality. Based in Narangba, Packer Leather Pty Ltd is internationally-recognised as a leading supplier of custom-made performance leather and was named Queensland’s Exporter of the Year in 2015.
Recently awarded a Queensland Government Made in Queensland grant, the company is upgrading their machinery, installing a tufting machine to increase speed, capacity, relatability and product consistency, while concurrently reducing waste and operational downtime. Based on the Gold Coast, Urban Turf Solutions is Queensland’s only synthetic grass manufacturer, and the only privately-owned producer in Australia.
Pixie Ice Cream was awarded a grant to install automated collation and boxing equipment in their facility, resulting in significant cost savings and increased operational efficiencies, enabling Pixie to increase their format offering in order to help with market-entries in to Asia-Pacific markets. Based in Toowoomba, Pixie Ice Cream is a large-scale manufacturer of premium ice creams, producing superior ice cream using rich, Darling Downs milk and supporting other local industries where possible.
The Queensland government has allotted $20.5 million to 33 manufacturing projects in the fifth round of the Made in Queensland (MiQ) grant programme. This funding is expected to create nearly 9,500 jobs, with 2,380 new positions to be generated over the next five years. The grants are also expected to generate around $51 million in private investment. Importantly, 18 of the selected projects are situated in Regional Queensland, aiming to bolster local economies outside the southeast region.
Established to aid Queensland-based manufacturers, the MiQ grant programme concentrates on assisting businesses in adopting Industry 4.0 practices, improving energy efficiency, pursuing export opportunities, refining supply chains, promoting sustainability, and advancing decarbonisation. One recipient, Aletek, a Bundaberg-based business, received $1.36 million in the fourth round. This enabled them to procure advanced equipment, expand their product line, and increase their workforce by 15 employees.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher highlighted the importance of the programme, with a total investment of $101.5 million and 136 projects already having received grants. The Queensland government has set aside $32 million for the MiQ programme in the 2023-24 State Budget. This initiative underscores the government’s dedication to supporting local manufacturing and job creation, especially in the evolving realm of Industry 4.0.
The latest 2023-24 Budget of the Palaszczuk Labor Government in Queensland demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting the local manufacturing industry. With investments totalling nearly $1.35 billion, the budget focuses on skills development, employment, and small business support to meet the increasing workforce demands of the state. A significant portion of the funding, amounting to $86 million, is allocated to several key projects.
These projects include the establishment of the Eagle Farm Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Centre, the expansion of the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College in Cairns, and the development of the Bohle Renewable Energy Centre at the TAFE Queensland Trade Training Centre in Townsville. Additionally, the budget sets aside approximately $4.6 million over two years for the Women in Trade Apprenticeships Mentoring Program, which aims to support women in trades and improve retention and completion rates.
Notably, the Made in Queensland Grant Program receives a substantial investment of $32.2 million. This program has already played a role in assisting local manufacturers in adopting new technology, enhancing their international competitiveness, productivity, and innovation. It has been instrumental in creating over 5,400 jobs thus far, and the new investment is expected to generate even more employment opportunities within the manufacturing sector. Furthermore, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub is granted $7.2 million over four years to continue its vital work in cutting-edge robotics for manufacturers.
The ministers in charge, Glenn Butcher (regional development and manufacturing and water) and Di Farmer (employment and small business, training and skills, and youth justice), emphasise the importance of supporting the manufacturing industry to create secure, well-paid jobs that contribute to Queensland’s economic growth. The budget aims to provide a skilled workforce that aligns with the state’s expanding economy and secures a prosperous future for Queenslanders.Accordion Content
Queensland’s manufacturing minister, Glenn Butcher, recently attended the Australian Manufacturing Week 2023 (AMW2023) showcase in Melbourne. The event brought together innovators and technology specialists from around the world, providing a valuable platform for networking and professional development in the manufacturing sector. Among the exhibitors was Elexon Electronics, a Queensland-based manufacturer that showcased its new capabilities and aimed to attract international customers.
Minister Butcher praised Elexon Electronics as a successful example of manufacturing in Queensland. The company received a grant of $890,000 in 2019 through the Made in Queensland program, which enabled them to expand production capacity, lower manufacturing costs, and create employment opportunities. Since then, Elexon has doubled its manufacturing capacity, implemented aerospace quality standards, and secured defense customers.
With plans to relocate to a larger facility in the upcoming Technology Park in Petrie, the company continues to grow and contribute to Queensland’s manufacturing industry.
The Made in Queensland (MIQ) Grant is a Queensland Government program aimed at supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing innovative processes and technologies.
You can receive up to $2.5 million, covering 50% of the costs of eligible projects.
Small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses based in Queensland are eligible.
The objectives include increasing productivity and international competitiveness, encouraging the adoption of innovative processes, and creating high-skilled jobs.
Applications are usually submitted online through the official Queensland Government portal. Some rounds may require additional documentation.
Deadlines are specified for each funding round. It’s crucial to check the official website for the most up-to-date information.
Projects that focus on onshoring, adoption of advanced technologies, and business transformation among other criteria are typically eligible.
Yes, but a project that has been funded in a previous round cannot be the same as a project submitted in a later round.
Applications are usually reviewed by a panel of experts, considering factors like economic impact, innovation level, and alignment with program objectives.
Time frames vary, but expect several weeks to months for the evaluation and approval process.
Generally, the grant focuses on innovative processes and technologies, but each round may have specific guidelines.
The guidelines may specify a minimum project size or funding amount for eligibility, so it’s essential to check the specifics for each round.
Grant recipients are generally required to submit periodic progress reports and a final report upon project completion.
The grant cannot be combined with other Queensland Government or Federal Government grants or schemes for the same project.
Projects must generally be completed within 12 months of receiving funding, and failure to do so may result in penalties.
In most cases, grant income is considered taxable. It’s advisable to consult with a financial advisor for specific tax implications.
Projects have ranged from implementing advanced robotics to waste reduction planning.
Yes, unsuccessful applicants can typically reapply in future funding rounds, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
Approximately 38% of funded projects are being delivered in regional Queensland, aiming to create over 500 jobs in the next 5 years.
Bulletpoint offers specialised consultancy services to guide businesses through the complex grant application process, boasting a proven track record in securing manufacturing grants.