What is the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative?
The Supply Chain Resilience Initiative is a grant opportunity which aims to establish or scale a manufacturing capability or a related activity to address supply chain vulnerabilities for a critical product or input identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan.
The $107 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) was established as part of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy. The SCRI aims to strengthen Australia’s ability to access critical products and inputs, better positioning us to respond to future supply chain disruptions. The initiative will run over 4 years from 2020-2021 to 2023-24 and includes:
- working with industry to further develop our understanding of critical supply chains, to identify vulnerabilities and supply options to address them
- the $100 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative grants program to incentivise business to invest in capabilities to address identified supply chain vulnerabilities.
The program aims to:
- improve Australia’s resilience to future supply chain shocks
- facilitate diversification of supply options and increase investment in the economy
- enable diversification into export markets and reduce reliance on domestic markets
- improve collaboration between domestic and international manufacturers and suppliers
- mitigate supply chain risks for critical products
- enhance visibility and transparency of the supply chain for critical products
- accelerate digitalisation and deeper integration of technology
- optimise supply chain performance.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $100 million over three years for the program. For this grant opportunity, up to $50 million is available.
The minimum grant amount is $50,000 and the maximum grant amount is $2 million.
For your project to be eligible, your application must show:
- a minimum of $100,000 in eligible project expenditure
- that you are a manufacturing business or a business within the manufacturing supply chain
- that your project addresses supply chain vulnerabilities associated with critical product categories identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan
- evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported
- that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
- how you will provide your share of project costs.
Eligible activities may include:
- acquiring new technology and/or purchasing intellectual property that will increase capability, create new market opportunities and reduce reliance on vulnerable supply chains
- transforming existing manufacturing facilities through modifications or refits where this will support addressing vulnerabilities for critical products
- acquiring, replacing, upgrading, designing, installing and commissioning new plant, equipment and machinery where this will support addressing vulnerabilities for critical products or inputs identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan
- enhancing existing manufacturing techniques and processes, products and services including via technology adoption
- non-recurring engineering associated with improving or qualifying a product, process or service
- non-recurring engineering associated with improving or qualifying a product, process or service from an adjacent industry to support one of the critical areas listed in Section 2.1 of the guidelines
- acquisition or development of software and digital technology to enable better visibility of supply chains
- workforce training, upskilling and accreditations that directly support the achievement of project outcomes.
To be eligible you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be non-tax-exempt
- be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation
If you are a trading corporation, your trading activities must:
- form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
- are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.
Applicants should demonstrate how their project:
- builds a better understanding of critical supply chains
- works with industry to identify supply options to address vulnerabilities
- addresses vulnerabilities identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan by incentivising Australian businesses to invest in capabilities through new equipment, technology, skills and processes.
Grant is no longer available.
07 April – $700M reserved for regional manufacturing and supply chain projects
The $1 billion increase to the government’s manufacturing strategy will mostly go to regional Australia, with $700m reserved for regional manufacturing and supply chain projects, and $328 million to be added to the existing non-regional programs.
The top up comes despite only a fifth of the original scheme’s funding being released in 18 months.
The biggest increase of $700 million in new funding is for “regional rounds” of the MMS, Industry department officials told a Senate Estimates hearing Friday.
This includes $500 million for manufacturing project grants from the MMI, and a near-doubling to $200 million for grants from the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.
07 December 2021 – $33 M in grants announced for Biopharma, AG Chemical Projects under Supply Chain Program
Twenty-seven projects have shared in a combined $33 million in grants under round one of the federal government’s Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.
The successful applicants were announced on Monday for round one of the SCRI, which is focussed on domestic production of biopharmaceuticals and agricultural production chemicals.
Projects must involve a minimum $100,000 investment from applicants, and grants between $50,000 and $2 million are available. The maximum amount went to projects including those by:
- Sourci, to support a blockchain-based procurement hub;
- Baxter Healthcare, to support manufacture of life-saving IV medicines;
- Strike Energy, to support a a large-scale facility using natural gas and green hydrogen feedstocks to make urea for agricultural fertiliser; and
- Agrimin, to support its Mackay Potash Project.
Round 1 Recipients
|Applicant Details||Grant Amount Supported||Total Investment||Project Description||SMCP Critical Product Category||State|
|Agrimin Limited||$2,000,000||$5,891,985||Mackay Potash Project||Agricultural Chemicals||WA|
|Alphapharm Pty Ltd||$1,000,000||$2,150,000||New One Billion Dose Manufacturing Suite||Biopharmaceuticals||QLD|
|Aspen Asia Pacific Pty Ltd||$2,000,000||$13,260,973||Project Wallaby – Securing Australia’s Sovereign Supply Capability||Biopharmaceuticals||NSW|
|Australian Agribusiness (Holdings) Pty Ltd||$1,490,500||$2,981,000||Project Beetlejuice||Agricultural Chemicals||NSW|
|Australian Agribusiness (Holdings) Pty Ltd||$2,000,000||$4,353,122||Project Riven||Agricultural Chemicals||NSW|
|Australian Agribusiness (Holdings) Pty Ltd||$276,171||$552,343||Project Balance||Agricultural Chemicals||NSW|
|Australian Growing Solutions Pty Ltd||$1,573,250||$3,146,500||Expansion of Tyabb Manufacturing Lines for Critical Mixes||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd||$2,000,000||$4,659,000||Securing local IV medical manufacturing||Biopharmaceuticals||NSW|
|Biocontrol Australia Pty Ltd||$149,098||$298,197||Expanding production efficiency of crop disease bio pesticides.||Agricultural Chemicals||TAS|
|Converte Pty Ltd||$129,900||$259,800||Building Capacity for Phosphorus Efficiency and Utilisation on Farm||Agricultural Chemicals||NSW|
|Farmn Pty Ltd||$232,500||$465,000||Supply chain collaboration for local nitrogenous fertiliser manufacturing.||Agricultural Chemicals||SA|
|FMC Australasia Pty Ltd||$2,000,000||$5,372,375||Increased Supply Security for Crop Protection Active Ingredients||Agricultural Chemicals||NSW|
|Incitec Pivot Limited||$2,000,000||$6,400,000||Technology deployment securing DAPMAP fertiliser manufacturing supply chain||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Indorama Ventures Oxides Australia Pty Limited||$450,000||$900,000||Imported Raw Material Handling Agility||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Ixom Operations Pty Ltd||$1,964,944||$3,929,889||Local manufacture of MCA to reduce 2,4-D supply chain vulnerability||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Liquaforce Pty Ltd||$489,690||$989,690||Upgrade Enhanced Efficiency Fertiliser Plants to Manage Supply Disruptions||Agricultural Chemicals||QLD|
|Mediport Pty Ltd||$1,041,500||$2,083,000||Expanding Last Mile Cold Chain and Controlled Temperature Chain Capacity||Biopharmaceuticals||VIC|
|New Edge Microbials Pty. Ltd.||$2,000,000||$12,306,938||New Bacillus factory||Agricultural Chemicals||NSW|
|Nufarm Australia Limited||$2,000,000||$7,283,000||2,4-D Synthesis Modernisation and Sovereign Capability Retention Project||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Nutrifield Pty Ltd||$320,791||$641,584||Enhanced manufacturing capabilities for a novel, high-efficacy, fungicide||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Regard Investments Pty Ltd||$683,141||$1,366,282||AgriHen||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Rowater Australia Pty Ltd||$200,000||$400,000||Pharmaceutical Grade Sterile Purified Water||Biopharmaceuticals||SA|
|Sipcam Pacific Australia Pty. Limited||$550,000||$1,106,600||Sipcam Agchem and Fertiliser Production Plant and Supply Chain Enhancement||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Sourci Pty Ltd||$2,000,000||$4,020,059||CenProHub: A Trusted Multi-Party Blockchain Centralised Procurement Hub||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Strike Energy Limited||$2,000,000||$29,728,333||Project Haber – Breaking Australia’s reliance on imported fertiliser||Agricultural Chemicals||WA|
|Sustainable Liquid Technology Pty Ltd||$1,000,000||$2,017,808||Substantial Increase to Capacity & Productivity of Manufacturing Facility||Agricultural Chemicals||VIC|
|Verita Pharma Pty Ltd||$1,583,174||$3,166,349||Verita Pharma SCRI Sterile Biopharma Project||Biopharmaceuticals||NSW|