Made in Queensland

Up to $2.5M is available from Made in Queensland to support manufacturing businesses in Queensland to undertake a benchmarking project to find areas to grow and create jobs.

Made in Queensland

Made in Queensland

Made in Queensland is a state-wide program that will provide $20 million in grant funding to support Queensland’s small to medium enterprises (SME) in the manufacturing sector to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.

 

Background

The Made in Queensland program is an important initiative within the Queensland Government’s $200 million Jobs and Regional Growth package announced on 13 December 2016.

MIQ complements the Queensland Government’s Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (the Roadmap) released on 14 December 2016. The program is aimed at increasing jobs in Queensland manufacturing businesses and growing Queensland’s economy.

 

Objectives

The objectives of Made in Queensland are to:

  • increase the productivity and international competitiveness of Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs;
  • encourage Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to adopt innovative processes and technologies;
  • encourage more Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to become Advanced Manufacturers; and
  • support traditional manufacturing jobs and create the new high-skilled manufacturing jobs of the future.

 

Funding

Made in Queensland grants of between $50,000 to $2.5 million (excluding GST) will be:

  • available as matched funding on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis; and
  • available for projects that align with the strategic direction of the applicant and the Program Objectives, and that fall into one of the following three project types:
    • innovative non-equipment (processes and technologies) projects;
    • Leading-Edge, Advanced Manufacturing equipment projects;
    • a combination of essential inter-related innovative non-equipment and Leading-Edge, Advanced Manufacturing equipment projects; and
  • allocated following the conduct of a two-stage competitive selection process.

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.

 

Eligible Projects

To be an eligible Made in Queensland project, the project must:

  • directly align with the strategic direction of the applicant’s business;
  • be consistent with the Program Objectives;
  • be designed so that it is aimed at achieving one or more of the following outcomes:
    • implementing business capability improvements to boost productivity and international competitiveness;
    • assisting with introducing innovation in manufacturing processes;
    • adopting international best practice;
    • improving commercial outcomes of the applicant;
    • contributing to maintaining current jobs at the applicant’s business; and/or
    • creating new high-skilled jobs at the applicant’s business.
  • be one of the following types of projects:
    • an innovative non-equipment (processes or technologies) project; or
    • a Leading-Edge, Advanced Manufacturing equipment project; or
    • a combination project incorporating both Leading-Edge, Advanced Manufacturing equipment and innovative non-equipment aspects (Combined Project);
  • be able to be completed within 12 months of execution of a funding agreement;
  • not have commenced or be scheduled to commence until after the Funding Agreement has been executed; and
  • not be the same as a project approved under the first round of MIQ where the funding agreement has already been entered into between the Department and the applicant.

 

Eligible Applicants

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; or demonstrate that, the business should be considered an SME, to the Department’s satisfaction;
  • 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 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 (including by contributing at least 50% of the project costs);
  • not have, and must not have an Associated Entity that has, received (or be about to receive)funding under the MIQ Program that in aggregate exceeds, or will exceed $2.5 million;
  • not have made, and must not have an Associated Entity that has made, an application under Round 2 of the MIQ Program;
  • 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 not-for-profit organisation.

 

Timing

Applications for Round 4 of Made in Queensland closed on 24 May 2018.

Successful EOI’s were announced in July 2018.

Detailed applications will need to be submitted in August.

Contact us for assistance with your detailed application.

 

More Information

 

Recipients

Queensland-based plastics manufacturer Evolve Group is upgrading their equipment, creating jobs and aiming to bring work currently done offshore to Australia, thanks to an almost $1 million grant from the Queensland government.

The grant is part of the Made in Queensland program – a Queensland government initiative supporting the manufacturing sector to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.

The state Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Evolve Group would use their $982,549 grant to purchase advanced manufacturing cells, which on their own would create up to 30 new jobs at the company’s Crestmead facility.

“This equipment will reduce production times and energy consumption for Evolve Group when making their various plastic and composite products,” he said.

“This, in combination with wider business development work Evolve is undertaking, will help the company potentially win up to $400 million worth of manufacturing work currently done offshore in the next ten years.

Evolve Group managing director Ty Hermans said the equipment and the state government’s support will enable the company to be cost competitive, compete internationally and win jobs commonly being delivered by offshore firms.

“This funding means we can scale our business up a lot faster than would be possible under our own steam. We are now more cost competitive and our position is strengthening which is why we are aggressively targeting the reshoring of manufacturing back to Australia,” he said.

“This has the potential to create up to an additional 400 jobs in the Logan area during the coming decade.”

Minister Dick said Evolve Group is a market leader in Australia’s product design and manufacturing sector, providing product development and manufacturing services to help produce more than 10,000 product lines, including Poolrite swimming pool equipment and TRED automotive products.

“This project is another great example of the strong appetite for innovation in Queensland’s manufacturing industry,” he said.

The Made in Queensland program offers matching grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million to manufacturers looking to adopt innovative processes and technologies to generate highly-skilled jobs and become more internationally competitive.

Minister Dick said the $40-million  program has already received 115 expressions of interest in its second round, which opened in April.

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