TCF Strategic Capability Program

Up to $7M is available for TCF companies to boost innovative capability in the TCF industries

TCF Strategic Capability Program


The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability Program (TCF SCP) offers grants from $250,000 to projects that will boost innovative capability in the TCF industries at the enterprise and workplace level.

The minimum TCF Strategic Capability Program grant size is $250,000 and funding must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis by the successful grant recipient to support projects of a minium of $500,000 in eligible expenditure. Funding for the Strategic Capability Program runs from June 2010 to June 2015, with $35 million available for grants during the five years of the program. AusIndustry calls for Strategic Capability Program grant applications in annual selection rounds



In 2009, the Australian Government announced the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) innovation package of $401 million in support of Australian TCF businesses. This includes the TCF Strategic Capability Program (TCF SCP). This package was augmented in 2010 with the addition of $5 million allocated to the TCF SCP.

Subject to available funding there is no upper limit on grant size and large, innovative projects are encouraged. However, successful applicants are required to match Commonwealth Strategic Capability Program project funding dollar for dollar (e.g. a $500,000 dollar project would consist of $250,000 in grant funding and $250,000 in funding provided by the applicant).


Eligible applicants

To be eligible to apply for TCF Strategic Capability Program funding the applicant:

  • must be an entity undertaking an eligible TCF activity (such entities can apply individually or on behalf of a consortium) or be a prescribed entity applying on behalf of a consortium, with at least one consortium member undertaking an eligible TCF activity
  • must demonstrate that it can fund the total costs of the proposed project, excluding the Commonwealth contribution;
  • must demonstrate that its application is for total eligible project expenditure (including the proposed Commonwealth’s contribution) of $500,000 (exclusive of GST) or more;
  • must demonstrate that it has access to, or the beneficial use of, any Intellectual Property (IP) necessary to carry out and commercialise the project;
  • must be solvent;
  • must not have outstanding judicial penalties against it (that are not subject to appeal) in relation to workplace relations, OH&S and workers compensation and must not have entered into a consortium agreement with entities that have such outstanding penalties;
  • must comply with all relevant Federal and State legislation (such as the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999), awards, industrial instruments and codes of practice relating to the performance of work in the TCF industries and must not have entered into a consortium agreement with entities that do not comply with the relevant legislation, awards, industrial instruments and codes of practice.
  • must, if a clothing manufacturer, be accredited in accordance with the Homeworkers’ Code of Practice or be seeking accreditation and must not have entered into a consortium agreement with entities that are not accredited or are not seeking accreditation in accordance with the Homeworkers’ Code of Practice, if they are eligible to do so.


Eligible Activities

The eligible TCF Strategic Capability Program activities are:

  • Innovation, research and design capability: To support projects that will build innovative capability, increase intensity of research and technology development or contribute to market leading design relevant to manufacturing in Australia.
  • Collaboration, networks and supply chain participation: To foster networks and partnership activity among firms, including with research and educational institutions, and develop their role in local and global supply chains.
  • Accessing market opportunities: To provide support for firms and organisations to access markets on the basis of unique design, innovation and knowledge-driven competitive advantage.
  • New business models and strategic repositioning: To enable firms and organisations to reposition themselves in response to changing market conditions and opportunities with innovative business models.
  • High-performance work and management systems: To develop an inclusive, partnership approach to productivity-enhancing organisational change and improvement in the workplace.
  • Education and skills: To fund education and skills development initiatives within firms, including in partnership with external education and training providers.
  • Environmentally sustainable and ethical practices: To enable firms to pursue environmentally sustainable practices and to ensure ethical supply chains.


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.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

We have significant experience in applying for health grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

  • Demonstrating the identified need;
  • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
  • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
  • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
  • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
  • Calculating the value for money; and
  • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes



The next round will open early 2013. Contact Us now to see how you should be preparing for this grant.




Round 3

Digital Textile PrintingThe project is to create a Centre of Digital Excellence in Alexandria, NSW available to a broad sector of the TCF industry. The Centre will develop and facilitate accredited training courses on digital technology and printing.1,269,299
MaterialisedThe project is to develop a sheer curtain textile that absorbs noise whilst providing a high degree of light transmission for the health care industry and aged care facilities.  This project will be undertaken in conjunction with the CSIRO.461,189
BekaertBekaert Australia, RMIT, and the CSIRO will undertake research into textiles to improve the performance of sleeping and bedding products with a view to commercial production. The research will focus on the needs of the health and aged care markets.1,152,185
Bruck TextilesThe project involves research, with Victoria University, into the potential for using a membrane distillation process using waste heat from textile manufacturing processes to treat waste water (effluent) from textile processing. The project will lead to establishing a pilot plant on site at the Wangaratta facility and Bruck has committed to make public the outcomes of the project.793,585

Round 2

Bruck Textiles




This project is to research and develop a portfolio of highly technical fabrics that are lightweight and provide protection against ballistic, stab and needle stick threats.

The project will be undertaken in conjunction with the CSIRO who will carry out small-scale weaving and experiment with various raw materials and compositions to achieve optimum ballistic protection.  The project is also directed at establishing new markets for the products developed.

Bruck Textiles



This project aims to develop advanced protective textiles and apparel assemblies with enhanced physiological comfort properties for workers exposed to extreme environmental conditions, particularly for workers requiring full body personal protective apparel ensembles such as fire fighters.  The project will lead to the development of new products and services.

The project will be undertaken in conjunction with RMIT University who will assess the performance of the newly developed materials and garments developed using their state of the art testing equipment.

Crusader HoseThe aim of the project is to develop a process to manufacture an innovative and efficient laminate hose for bore water extraction. This includes designing woven hose fabric, evaluating yarn suitability, coating and lining materials for the laminated hose and then bonding the fabric to the lining cover.404,525
I.N.C. CorporationThe project will establish an industry-wide textile waste materials logistics and material handling system. It will also develop the capacity to manufacture a new range of technical textiles from recycled fibre and management systems that support these activities.3,243,230
Jets SwimwearThe project is to create custom printed Australian made swimwear garments through a digital design process and digital print technology.  The project will provide customers with the tools to design and create customised swimwear.  Customers will be able to select a design and apply the print of their choice via a web portal.1,786,125
SRP (Aust)The objective of the project is to build innovative process capabilities through lean, flexible manufacturing systems and test the application of full process automation using the principles of mechatronics. The project is also directed at establishing new overseas markets.483,126


Technical Fabric Services Australia



The project will increase the research and development capacity and capability of Technical Fabric Services. The firm will develop a modular monitoring and control system – delivering significant process time savings on research and development batches. The project will also broaden the technical skill capabilities of the team and the next generation.




  Round 1


Clear Edge Filtration


The project will deliver world best practice in filter production to Australia and include the development of new filter media products for use in the Australian and global mining industry.  The project will build upon Australia’s strong reputation for servicing the global mining industry and deliver increased export sales.777,563
Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia Limited  (TFIA)



The project is to develop a Textile and Fashion Hub that will support commercialisation of ideas and innovations, implement workplace learning programs, meet skill-gaps in the industry and develop collaborative SME clusters.  TFIA is the lead applicant of the consortium consisting of the Kangan Institute of Technical and Further Education and an initial five TCF SMEs. The hub, located at the Richmond campus of Kangan Institute, will house state of the art design and manufacturing equipment for the delivery of a national network providing wide industry access to ethical supply, product development and short run manufacturing capability.2,761,715
Creswick Woollen Mills


The project will reposition the business from fine yarn spinning to carpet yarn spinning through an upgrade of the mill. The project aims to produce new product lines, and opportunities for small to medium sized carpet manufacturers by providing access to lower volume, customised yarn production at the mill. This new source of yarn will allow carpet manufacturers to develop new and innovative carpet designs and products.402,050
Footwear Manufacturers Association of Australia Inc (FMAA)



A consortium consisting of the FMAA; R M Williams Pty Ltd; J Robins Manufacturing Pty Ltd; and, Shoe Lasts Australia Pty Ltd will be formed. They will deliver a project focussed on customised footwear for the Australian market. This will involve developing lean, flexible manufacturing systems, testing the commercial application of footwear scanning technology and biometric data collection and storage. It applies new information technology systems in support of a customised product.6,245,250
Global Safety Solutions & Management Pty Ltd (GSSM)





The project aims to develop a highly innovative ‘smart’ garment that if successful, will save lives. The garment will use high technology fabrics and Radio Frequency ID technology and is designed for combat and chemical warfare protection for soldiers. The garment will feature in-built devices that provide information on wearer location, wearer stress levels, and exposure to chemical and biological agents. These features will enhance soldier survivability and improve ID security through RFID authentication. The product can be customised to provide protective solutions for a wide range of industries and situations. This project is a collaborative undertaking with Bruck Textiles to bring innovation, fabric and garment manufacture together.2,324,256
Godfrey HirstThe project will research and develop an innovative synthetic carpet, leading to many environmental benefits, including lower use of water and energy in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and less waste.1,836,350


The project will develop a unique production process for an innovative recyclable synthetic grass product.  This new product will have a positive environmental impact through reducing the volume of synthetic turf being dumped into landfill and enabling the recycling of material and chemical compounds for use in downstream products.825,000
Specialty Coatings



The project will research, develop, test and commercialise a new generation of resin impregnated woven textile substrates, integrated with thin photovoltaic cells to produce a textile product capable of capturing solar energy. The product is for use as roofing and will be suitable for commercial and domestic applications.1,961,449


The project involves researching, testing and configuring new equipment and technology to develop an innovative yarn for synthetic surfaces for sports fields. This will create new opportunities for Tapex and their tufting partners to compete in overseas markets.1,859,550
Textor Technologies



The project is directed at establishing a state-of-the art nanofibre production and processing facility in Australia.  This new facility will lead to the production of unique products with applications in chemical and biological protection, the selective removal and degradation of toxic substances and in the fields of medical and health.3,488,081


Media Release

The Gillard Government will invest $3.7 million (GST exclusive) to support four new projects to enhance the competitiveness of Australia’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) sector.

New projects – including developing a material for curtains that absorbs noise while letting in sunlight, and a centre of excellence for digital printing – will be supported by the TCF Strategic Capability Program.

Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Senator Kate Lundy, today announced the four new grants worth a combined $3.7 million (GST exclusive) from the third round of the program.

“These projects will combine research with industry know-how to boost the capability of the textile, clothing and footwear sector,” Senator Lundy said.

“The TCF sector is important to Australia’s economy and, while it faces challenges from cheap overseas competition, these projects demonstrate that through innovation our industry also has significant potential.

“The four new projects are about creating new opportunities – they combine industry with cutting-edge research to develop and capitalise on new ideas.”

The four projects funded under the third round of the TCF Strategic Capability Program include:

  • Digital Textile Printing Pty Ltd ($1,269,299) will create a Centre of Digital Excellence to develop and facilitate accredited training courses on digital design creation and printing for the TCF industry.
  • Materialised Pty Ltd ($461,189) will undertake a project with the CSIRO, to develop a sheer curtain textile that can provide reduced noise reverberation, while providing a high degree of light transmission for the Hospitality, Health Care and Aged Care sectors.
  • Bekaert (Australia) Pty Ltd ($1,152,185) in conjunction with RMIT and CSIRO, will undertake research to improve the performance of restorative sleep through textiles and bedding products with a focus on the health and aged care markets.
  • Bruck Textiles Pty Ltd ($793,585) in partnership with Victoria University, will research the potential for a membrane distillation process to convert waste heat and waste water (effluent) from textile processing to recycled water.

These projects join the 17 ground breaking projects already being funded by the TCF Strategic Capability Program such as the Textile and Fashion Hub in inner city Melbourne that provides state of the art design, training and short-run production to designers and manufacturers Australia wide.

The TCF Strategic Capability program has funded 21 projects worth $33 million that will run to 30 June 2015.


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