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Our vision is for Queensland to be an Asia-Pacific hub in biomanufacturing and biorefining, enabling global efforts to decarbonise and build diverse local industrial capabilities.

Recent achievements

  • Refreshed our roadmap action plan in 2022
  • Attracted Oceania Biofuels $500 million biorefinery to Gladstone to become Australia’s first renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel facility
  • Partnered with shipping company ANL on the first biofuel trial on a containerised shipping vessel in Oceania
  • 2 bioethanol-fuelled buses launched in Mackay in collaboration with Scania and Mackay Transit Coaches
  • Supported key industry events like:
    • Bioenergy Australia’s 2022 conference
    • Biofuturing Australia
    • Life Science Queensland’s 2021 Bioeconomy Forum: Supercharging Queensland’s Bioeconomy.

What are Biofutures

Biofutures refers to the bioenergy and biomanufacturing industries. The biofutures sector focuses on the development and manufacturing of products from sustainable organic and waste resources, rather than fossil fuels.

Biofutures provide a renewable and environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional chemical and fossil fuel refining processes.

Bioenergy and biomanufacturing processes repurpose waste products giving waste renewed economic value.

Roadmap and Action Plan

The Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan ( 1.2 MB) was released in 2016 and set out Queensland’s vision for this sector.

The updated Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (June 2022) ( 2.8 MB) updates the vision for the sector and provides industry insights and achievements.

Future Foods

Future Foods applies innovative biotechnology to create, manufacture and export appealing new food products and ingredients that are nutritious and sustainable.

CSIRO’s Protein and Synthetic Biology Roadmaps recognise the opportunity for Future Foods to meet global demand and improve food security.

Strategic Biofutures Advisor

Mr Chris Tindal was appointed as Queensland’s inaugural Strategic Biofutures Advisor in July 2018. He provides a direct connection between the Queensland Government and key global and domestic stakeholders with a view to helping cement business relationships and projects for Queensland.

Biofutures Industry Envoy

Professor Ian O'Hara was appointed as Queensland's inaugural Biofutures Industry Envoy in December 2016, spearheading the industry's drive into the Asia-Pacific.

Industry Partnership Program

Invests $350 million over four years to create opportunities for business, industry and research institute to work together to grow a number of priority sectors like Biofutures and its supply chains.

Queensland biofuels mandates

The Queensland biofuel mandates are a step towards growing our biofuels and wider industrial biotech and bioproducts industry. The mandates will provide certainty so the industry can invest, innovate and create jobs as part of a cleaner, greener future for Queensland. A flourishing biofuels industry will also create the foundation for a new high value biomanufacturing industry.

Check if your vehicle is E10 compatible and learn more about the Queensland biofuel mandates.

Stay informed

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Find out more about Queensland’s priority industries.

Last updated: 23 Jan 2023