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Powering the Queensland economy

Consistent with the Advance Queensland initiative, the Queensland Government is committed to supporting the state's manufacturing industry which is a major contributor to jobs and the economy.

The Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap closely aligns with the Made In Queensland program, a $40 million state-wide manufacturing program dedicated to supporting Queensland’s manufacturing industry. Government will work with local manufacturers to help them to increase their international productivity and competitiveness, and adopt innovative processes and technologies.

In addition the Roadmap is investing up to $7.6 million over three years to speed up the state’s transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing.

The state government wants to ensure that the $19.2 billion sector and Queensland advanced manufacturing companies continue to remain globally competitive and innovative to generate the jobs of the future.

Our vision

For Queensland to become a recognised leader, nationally and internationally, by 2026 for its advanced manufacturing technologies, products, systems and services.

The Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan

The Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 5.6 MB) contains 14 actions which target three key areas to position Queensland as a leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, products, systems and services.

  1. Increasing productivity and international competitiveness by focusing on performance measurement, sustainable business practices, new technical skills training, design-led product development and global supply chain participation
  2. Targeting the adoption and adaptation of innovative technologies and processes by increasing manufacturers’ digital capability and collaboration between business and research organisations, and
  3. Domestic and international promotion and marketing.

The actions included in the Roadmap have been developed in response to issues raised in both online and targeted consultation across the state with business, research agencies, peak industry bodies, state and federal government agencies and unions on a Discussion Paper released on 24 February 2016 (PDF icon 1 MB). There were up to 100 participants in the consultation process.

We are developing six industry roadmaps which will guide how industry and government works together for the next 10 years.

The Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 5.6 MB) is the second 10-year industry plan to flow from the $518 million Advance Queensland program.

Manufacturing in Queensland inquiry

The Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) has conducted an inquiry into Manufacturing in Queensland to recommend ways to boost productivity and competitiveness of the sector, with a focus on opportunities to maximise existing advantages, improve weaknesses and take advantage of emerging domestic and international opportunities.

The QPC provided its final report to government in October 2017, making 17 recommendations on how to best support the manufacturing sector. The final report is available on the QPC website.

Key recommendations

The government has accepted the majority of the Commission’s recommendations and provided its response to the final report (PDF icon 1.5 MB).

Many of the actions to deliver the recommendations will be incorporated into current government programs and activities that are either underway or about to commence. Most notably, the Commission’s recommendations on Queensland’s vocational education and training framework, government purchasing, electricity prices and removing barriers to gas supply are consistent with the objectives of established government programs.

Two of the initiatives have already been delivered, including appointing a dedicated minister for manufacturing who will be responsible for overseeing the government’s manufacturing agenda. This delivers the Commission’s recommendation for senior oversight and demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the manufacturing sector. Guidance materials on the Queensland Procurement Policy and forward procurement pipelines for each of the government’s six procurement categories have been published, delivering most of recommendation 13.

The government intends to work closely with the recently established Manufacturing Ministerial Committee (MMC) to provide oversight and assist in implementing the actions in the government response. The MMC will be chaired by the Honourable Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Industry and Planning and will provide critical intelligence on current industry focus and opportunities as well as expert advice on the effectiveness of the extensive range of programs and assistance available to the manufacturing sector.

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