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Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund

In summary:

  • The $150 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund operated between 2016 and January 2021 and enabled many businesses to relocate or expand in Queensland.
  • Success stories include the Qantas Group Pilot Academy, Boeing’s autonomous systems development program, Ashurst, BrewDog and BGI International.
  • This fund is not currently accepting new applications.

Since 2016, the $150 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF) has increased private sector investment and created jobs in Queensland. AQIAF formed part of the $755 million Advance Queensland initiative that was launched in 2015 to drive innovation.

AQIAF brought contestable projects to Queensland driving job creation, regional growth, increased innovation and technology and supply chain development.

Our success stories

Aspen Medical - a Brendale healthcare manufacturer will now produce three million face masks per month to be used in the fight against COVID-19.

MaxiTrans - leading Trans-Tasman semi-trailer maker MaxiTRANS will build a $9.27 million advanced manufacturing facility in Ipswich, creating up to 70 new jobs.

Ashurst - chose Queensland to establish its Asia-Pacific business and legal services innovation focussed office. The new facility will create 150 high-value new jobs over five years and service the company’s international network of offices.

Brewdog - constructing its first Australian craft brewery, which is a catalyst for the development of a Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy, aiming to maximise broader benefits to the state’s young, dynamic and fast-growing industry.

Boeing - delivering the largest autonomous systems development program outside the United States. This project complements the Queensland Drones Strategy, helping achieve the vision of Queensland as a world leader in drone technology.

Oji Fibre Solutions - established a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing paper product and packaging facility along with two regional logistics centres, providing new innovative products and reduced costs for Queensland’s agriculture industry.

BGI International – part of the world's largest genomics organisation are partnering with innovative start-ups and leading universities in Queensland on a wide range of cutting-edge scientific research in health, agriculture and biodiversity.

Qantas Group Pilot Academy – support from the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund was vital in securing the academy for the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport on the Darling Downs. During its construction it supported around direct 100 jobs, and an additional 300 jobs through the construction supply chain.

Neogen Australasia - Established Australia’s largest advanced commercial livestock genomic testing laboratory in Gatton. The laboratory provides genetic analysis services for beef, dairy and sheep producers, boosting the productivity of Queensland agribusiness.

Australian Biotherapeutics - Constructing a new biotherapeutics manufacturing facility which will manufacture a range of high-quality, medical-grade live biotherapeutics for global export and raise brand awareness of Queensland’s biomedical expertise.

Qantas Dreamliner base - In 2017, Qantas announced it had selected Brisbane as the base for four new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The Dreamliner is an ultra-long-distance aircraft and will service non-stop routes from Brisbane to the United States of America. Qantas expected this project to create an additional 470 direct and indirect jobs in the first five years of operations.

Last updated: 18 Mar 2022