The department has developed six industry roadmaps as part of the Queensland Government's Advance Queensland program.
To build our competitive strengths, diversify our economy and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future, Advance Queensland is driving innovation-led economic growth through increased collaboration between government, industry and research organisations.
Several emerging and priority sectors with global growth potential have been identified. We are working closely with industry to develop these 10-year roadmaps and action plans for each sector.
Advanced manufacturing encompasses all aspects of manufacturing, including the ability to quickly respond to customer needs through innovations in production processes and the supply chain.
Manufacturing is Queensland's third largest employer of full-time workers, directly employing 170,400 people as of June 2018. The industry directly contributed $19.2 billion to our economy in 2016–17.
As manufacturing advances it is increasingly becoming knowledge-intensive, relying on information technology, modelling and simulation. Manufacturers are also focusing more on environmentally sustainable practices that lead to improved performance and reduced waste.
The Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan focuses on supporting Queensland manufacturers to transition to advanced manufacturing while ensuring Queensland's manufacturing sector continues to remain globally competitive and innovative, with the agility to respond to emerging opportunities across local and global value chains.
The aerospace industry includes all relevant technologies and key support systems necessary for the development, manufacture, modification, upgrade, testing, operation and maintenance of military and civil flight vehicles and related ground support systems.
Aerospace contributed about $600 million to the Queensland economy in 2014-15. The sector provides more than 4500 direct jobs in aircraft manufacturing and repair service and indirectly supports many more across the state. It generated approximately $1.3 billion of revenue in 2014–15, with exports making up 44.5% of revenue. Of this, more than 47% of exports are to the United States, closely followed by the Asia-Pacific region.
Our vision for the aerospace industry is that by 2027, Queensland will be a leading centre in Australasia and South East Asia for aerospace innovation in niche manufacturing; maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities; training; and Remotely Piloted Aircraft System applications for military and civil markets. An aerospace industry of this scale will attract significant international investment, and create many high-skilled jobs for Queenslanders.
The Department of State Development is collaborating with industry, key stakeholders and the Australian Government on a Queensland Aerospace 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan to accelerate the pace of growth and assist the sector to grasp opportunities and create high-paid, sustainable jobs.
The industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, known collectively as ‘biofutures’, focuses on the development and manufacturing of products from sustainable organic and/or waste resources, rather than fossil fuels. It encompasses a spectrum of innovative scientific and industrial technologies designed to convert sustainable feedstocks or waste into a diverse range of bioproducts.
Queensland has an emerging industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector and world-class expertise in research and development, including three commercial biorefineries. It is estimated these plants in Dalby, Narangba and Sarina directly employ up to 120 people and are worth up to $100 million in revenue terms and $10–20 million in value added terms per annum.
Australia's first pilot scale advanced biorefinery recently began production in Gladstone. The 20 million litre Northern Oil facility will produce fuels suitable for aviation, military and heavy industrial uses. If successful, a $150 million commercial-scale advanced biofuel facility producing up to 200 million litres will be constructed on-site.
The release of the Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan ( 2.6 MB) on 5 June 2016 set out our bold vision for growing Queensland's industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector to unlock the state's potential to commercially produce advanced biofuel, biochemicals, bioplastics and other biomaterials. Capitalising on the global biofutures boom, Queensland's biofutures industry could transform Queensland's economy by supporting future economic development, attracting new investment and growing employment in regional Queensland.
Queensland is home to a cluster of niche enterprises focussed on biopharmaceuticals; generic pharmaceuticals; medical devices and niche point-of-care diagnostics; a handful of large, multinational biomedical manufacturing businesses; a thriving complementary medicines industry; plus support services such as health economics, pre-clinical and early phase clinical trials, regulatory affairs, financial services including research and development (R&D) tax services, recruitment, and intellectual property and other legal services.
This highly knowledge-intensive segment of the Queensland economy employs more than 9000 people and contributes $1.4 billion in value to the state economy, with the potential to grow by almost 40% and employ up to 3000 more people by 2027.
Previous Queensland Government investment in the biomedical sector has been extremely successful. It has built strengths and emerging capabilities in areas such as immunology and vaccine development and delivery; biologics; precision medicine; infectious and tropical diseases; immunotherapy; and smart devices and diagnostics.
The Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan released in June 2017, along with the announcement of the $2 million Biomedical Assistance Fund that will help biomed enterprises access capital to bring new products to market. The roadmap details our vision to ensure the biomedical sector is in a strong position to expand its important role in the global value chain.
Defence industries include the research and development, engineering, manufacturing and service of military materiel and facilities across air, land and sea domains. This includes ballistics, vehicles, fabrication of military equipment, weapons, medical equipment, electronics and surveillance systems integration and networking of vehicle components.
Queensland has a growing reputation as the ‘go-to’ state for defence and security solutions. Our defence industry directly employs more than 6500 people across all sectors and secured $3.8 billion in revenue during 2015–16.
Our defence industries have contributed to the rise of Queensland's world-class status as an innovation, science and technology hub. Development of local defence technology companies, combined with access to global supply chains, has led to many technological advancements and helped support Queensland's advancements in fields such as nanotechnology, communication, maritime technology, information technology, precision manufacturing and aerospace.
The Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan sets out our vision to significantly increase defence revenue and generate 3500 new full-time jobs by 2028. It will contain initiatives to help Queensland businesses leverage our state's comparative and competitive industry advantages to support the strategic and capability priorities identified in the 2016 Defence White Paper.
Queensland's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector is focused on developing cost-effective technologies and services to meet the diverse needs of mining, oil and gas companies both in Australia and overseas. The sector is a world leader in safety, mine site rehabilitation and remediation processes, knowledge and technology, contract mine servicing and project management.
Our METS sector is a major exporter; contributes more than $7 billion gross revenue to the state; and a significant number of the 19,500 Queensland METS jobs are in the technical, scientific and professional services arena, which is an important part of Queensland's growing knowledge economy.
The $20 million Australian Industry Growth Centre, METS Ignited, was established at QUT Gardens Point in October 2015, funded for the next four years by the Australian Government ($14 million) and the Queensland Government ($6 million). The Department of State Development is working closely with METS Ignited, our METS sector and key stakeholders to develop and implement the Queensland METS 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.
The roadmap will outline our vision for the METS sector to become a global leader in the development of commercially valuable solutions for the energy and resources industry worldwide. Our METS sector is well positioned to assist the energy and resources industry to find site-specific solutions and help create the innovative, profitable and environmentally sustainable mines and gas fields of the future.
Last updated: 21 Oct 2021