The Made in Queensland (MIQ) 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.

Since 2017, MIQ 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.

Expressions of Interest for Round 3 MIQ grants closed at 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 11 October 2019.

Shortlisted EOIs will be invited to submit a detailed application. This stage is scheduled to open from 8 November 2019 and close on 20 December 2019.

The MIQ program complements the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

A copy of the MIQ3 guidelines and supporting information follows:

Please 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.

Success stories

Packer Leather

Packer Leather Pty Ltd is a fifth-generation family business based in Narangba. Established in 1891, the company is internationally-recognised as a leading supplier of custom-made performance leather and was named Queensland’s Exporter of the Year in 2015. Through the company’s research and delivery capabilities, their leather products can be customised by colour, finish and technical attributes, tailored to suit specialised applications. Exporting over 250,000 square metres of performance leather annually, they supply a large range of global brands.

Packer Leather was awarded a Made In Queensland 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. The Queensland Government grant has enabled the company to invest in the latest manufacturing equipment technology to support their export growth, improve energy efficiencies, train and retain highly-skilled staff and importantly, maintaining exceptional product quality.

Urban Turf Solutions

Based on the Gold Coast, Urban Turf Solutions is Queensland’s only synthetic grass manufacturer, and the only privately-owned producer in Australia. Specialising in research, design and manufacture of more than 40 varieties of high quality, synthetic turf, their product has an extensive range of applications, from sporting fields, backyards to playgrounds.

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. Their new equipment and integrated software will significantly expand Urban Turf Solutions’ production capacity and facilitate growth of their workforce to meet increased demand for their niche turf products.

Pixie Ice Cream

Pixie Ice Cream is a large-scale manufacturer of premium ice creams based in Toowoomba, producing superior ice cream using rich, Darling Downs milk and supporting other local industries where possible. After receiving support through the Made In Queensland grant program, the company has implemented significant technology upgrades, enabling them to become more internationally-competitive.

Their grant has been used 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. While efficiencies have improved, this new technology and automation will not negatively impact employment. The company is in fact increasing its workforce in combination with upskilling the team with industry recognised training to meet increased demand and enhanced export opportunities.