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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.
The Made in Queensland program is a Queensland Government initiative supporting small to medium manufacturers increase international competitiveness, productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies, and generate high-skilled jobs for the future.
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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Since 2017, Made in Queensland has undertaken two rounds supporting 75 advanced manufacturing projects across the state. These projects will generate over 930 new jobs over the next five years and approximately $92 million in private sector investment.
Around 40 per cent of the 75 projects are being delivered in regional Queensland which will create approximately 370 jobs over the next five years.
Grants under Round 3 of the Made in Queensland Program will be allocated through a two-stage, competitive process. The first stage involves an applicant submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). If the EOI demonstrates that the applicant meets the Eligibility Criteria, the EOIs will be evaluated and scored against the EOI assessment criteria set out in Section 2.9. Applicants with the highest ranked EOIs (Shortlisted Applicants) will then be invited to progress to Stage 2 (Detailed Application).
Detailed Made in Queensland applications submitted by Shortlisted Applicants as part of Stage 2 will be assessed and scored against the Detailed Application assessment criteria set out in Section 2.9. Applications will then be ranked and, subject to the Minister’s discretion (as described in Section 2.10 of the guidelines) grants will be awarded to those Shortlisted Applicants with the highest ranked applications.
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.
An MIQ grant will support eligible Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of the
costs of an Eligible Project proposed to be conducted by the SME.
Grants of between $50,000 to $2.5 million (excluding GST) will be:
- available as matched funding 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 integrated systems, processes and strategies;
- adoption of advanced leading-edge technologies such as robotics; and
- allocated following the conduct of a two-stage competitive selection process.
Note: The total value of all MIQ 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 be an Eligible Project, the project must:
- be consistent with the Program Objectives
- be directly related to recommendations of an independent evaluation report or similar independent business diagnostic
- be either one or more of the following:
- the introduction of a process or technology not currently used by the applicant that is industry-leading (best practice) such as:
- implementing advanced robotics
- implementing a leading-edge, sector relevant system
- the development of a plan or strategy
- the introduction of 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 or second 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
To be eligible for an MIQ 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; or demonstrate that the business should be considered a manufacturer, to the Department’s satisfaction;
- 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 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 MIQ 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 3 of the MIQ 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 not-for-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.
MIQ Round 3 is now closed for new applications.
- Made in Queensland Round 3 Guidelines
- Made in Queensland Round 3 EOI Helpful Hints
- Made in Queensland Round 3 EOI
- Made in Queensland Round 3 Sample Agreement
- Made in Queensland Round 3 Recipients
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.
29 May 2020 – Queensland government grant to reboot Rockhampton manufacturer
A Queensland government grant has helped a North Rockhampton manufacturer continue business operations after COVID-19 interrupted its export trade.
Dobinsons Spring and Suspension received a $581,062 Made in Queensland (MIQ) Round 2 grant in October last year to purchase and install a $1,265,500 cold coiling machine and stress relieving low temperature furnace.