$50 M is available to assist Australian manufacturers to transition to higher value manufacturing activities.


Manufacturing Transition Grants Programme


Over $1.5M raised for Manufacturers

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The Manufacturing Transition Programme provides grants to help manufacturing businesses become more competitive and sustainable.


Success Stories

Bulletpoint has assisted a number of clients secure manufacturing grants. Check out the case studies.


The Manufacturing Transition Programme is about moving firms away from low-tech commodity style production that may not be globally competitive, to advanced manufacturing where Australia’s specialised knowledge and skills give us an advantage.

The Manufacturing Transition Programme is part of the Government’s broader strategy to enhance Australia’s competitive strengths and build Australian industry’s most productive sectors, like advanced manufacturing, that have the most economic potential.


Eligible Activities

The Manufacturing Transition Programme supports capital investment projects that help businesses:

  • move or expand into higher value or niche manufacturing activities
  • build skills in higher value and knowledge intensive activities in new or growing markets.



Manufacturing Transition Programme grants are available for up to 25% of eligible costs for projects with a minimum investment of $4 million.



Applications for Round 1 of the Manufacturing Transition Programme closed on 24 October 2014.


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.

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Round 1 Recipients

19 manufacturers share in $48M to transition to higher value manufacturing activities.


Bega Cheese -$5,004,446

Bega Cheese Limited will purchase plant and equipment to increase their production of lactoferrin from existing milk solids. The increased production of lactoferrin will satisfy a growing demand for the bionutrient in global markets. The grant will help Bega Cheese accelerate the investment in capital equipment at their Bega, NSW facility to capitalise on these opportunities. The project will lead to export and employment opportunities in the local manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

Hickory Building Systems -$5,000,000

Hickory Building Systems will invest in innovative modular construction technology to transition its prefabricated building capacity towards an integrated structural system (ISS) capability at its Brooklyn facility in Victoria. Involving a high level of automation, the new technology will provide increased efficiencies and new market opportunities.

Fero Group -$4,900,000

Fero Group will design and build a new, state-of-the-art, highly automated galvanising plant at its Kewdale facilities in Western Australia which will result in an expanded range and size of superior galvanised products for local and export markets. The grant funds will significantly speed up the timing of the project leading to a more competitive business, greater exports and more employment.

National Glass -$4,607,750

National Glass will establish a state-of-the-art glass processing plant enabling the manufacture of custom laminated and insulated glass products in Boondall, QLD. The project will result in the manufacturing of superior, energy efficient and high performance glass in a straight through process that eliminates manual handling and improves safety.

Cochlear -$3,250,000

Cochlear Limited will use grant funds to purchase plant and equipment in order to bring back manufacturing capability on-shore for its next-generation hearing implants. The grant funds will also be used for projects focussing on production and assembly process enhancements and increasing capacity and capability at their Newstead, QLD, Lane Cove, NSW and Macquarie University, NSW facilities. The projects will utilise the company’s strong history of collaboration with the Australian tertiary and research sectors to continue to produce its next generation hearing devices including an integrated high-tech device that will eventually be the first in the world to be fully implantable.

Ecolab -$3,000,000

Ecolab will be investing in new manufacturing capabilities and transition to a high value manufacturing network nationally. This investment will significantly advance the company’s Australian operations for the Revesby NSW, Darra QLD, Kwinana WA and Cheltenham VIC facilities. The project will lead to the establishment of a centre of excellence in Darra QLD, further develop local manufacturing and transform the company’s Australia organisation into a more internationally competitive business.

Oakmoore -$2,529,659

Oakmoore will purchase equipment to enable production of enhanced value added plastics for diverse markets including high end automotive accessories, building products and customised display products at their Salisbury, QLD facility. The project will establish the world’s first tonneau vacuum forming line with automated moulding, assembly, trimming and handling.

Philmac – $2,404,000

Philmac will purchase new injection moulding machines, tooling and related infrastructure for their North Plympton, SA manufacturing plant. The project will result in an expansion of Philmac’s award winning specialist compression fitting and valve product ranges, and ensure cost efficient manufacture to underpin expansion of their plumbing, mining and large scale irrigation markets both domestically and internationally.

Ferra Engineering – $2,018,939

Ferra Engineering will invest in new technology, processes and facilities for the ongoing development and production for Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) weapons kits. The project will transition Ferra into a new area of high end defence and aerospace sub-system development and manufacture.

Hedweld Engineering – $2,001,025

Hedweld Engineering will purchase equipment and construct a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The project will enable the business to diversify into new sectors such as the agribusiness, defence, construction, civil engineering and underground mining markets. Grant funds will be used to transform the company̵