Priority industries

Priority industries

  • The Queensland Government established Defence Jobs Queensland to support the state's defence industry. We are working hard to promote a smart, connected and efficient defence industry that will deliver to your requirements. Queensland has an approachable, highly skilled and professional workforce that is globally competitive, and we can help you tap into this.

    Whether you are purchasing products and services for a national or international defence force or security provider, or are from an organisation looking to participate in or develop defence supply chains, we'll work with you to find solutions that will help you meet your objectives.

    How we can help you

    We'll keep you up to date on the latest defence industry news, events and resources. Follow us on Twitter.

    If you're a Queensland company already working, or wanting to work, in the defence industries, we are happy to discuss your defence needs. Please contact us.

    If you're a defence contractor, we can help you find the capabilities you're looking for. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    If you work in the heavy vehicle sector, request to join the Queensland Heavy Vehicle Network by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive updates about promotional opportunities and events.

    We run and promote a range of workshops and events designed to upskill or provide information to businesses working or wishing to work in defence. View our events calendar.

    We collaborate with a wide network of organisations that support Queensland's work in the defence sector. View our useful contacts and defence-related programs pages for more information.

    How you can help us

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  • We're invested in the future of manufacturing in Queensland

    Our Vision

    By 2026, Queensland will be international market leaders in the delivery of advanced manufacturing technologies, systems, products and services that are innovative, sustainable, and embedded in local and global supply chains.

    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.

    We recognise the importance of the manufacturing industry to the state’s continued growth, and we also recognise that our manufacturers operate in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.

    Advanced Manufacturing 10 Year Roadmap and Action Plan

    This is why the Queensland Government has updated the Advanced Manufacturing 10 Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 1.8 MB) that sets us on path for the future.

    Manufacturing roadmap action plan and strategies

    The Roadmap contains 17 actions that target 4 key areas to position Queensland as a leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, products, systems and services.

    The Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap closely aligns with the Made In Queensland program, a statewide 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.

    The roadmap reflects the importance for the industry to embrace Industry 4.0, the fourth revolution in manufacturing.

    We also established a Manufacturing Ministerial Council comprising manufacturing industry leaders to provide expert advice to ensure the Queensland manufacturing sector remains on a strong growth trajectory to become more globally competitive.

    The Department has also partnered with TAFE Queensland to establish manufacturing hubs in Townsville, Rockhampton and Cairns to support manufacturers to become more productive and grow their businesses. Read more about the delivery model for the manufacturing hubs here (PDF icon 10 MB).

    Queensland manufacturers can now access the Advanced Manufacturing Benchmarking Program to measure their business against national and international standards to drive innovation and improve competitiveness.

    Manufacturing matters to Queensland.

    Stay informed

    To keep up to date with advanced manufacturing in Queensland email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Queensland aerospace roadmap

    The Queensland Aerospace 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 7.3 MB), part of the Advance Queensland initiative, is the Queensland Government’s plan to capitalise on the opportunities available to Queensland aerospace businesses. It will accelerate the pace of growth in both the civilian and defence aerospace sectors, and help them to create the high paid, sustainable jobs of the future.

    Queensland aerospace

    The Queensland Government is committed to supporting the state's rapidly developing and innovative aerospace industry.

    Aerospace is the technology and support systems that enable flight of all civil and military aircraft – aeroplanes, helicopters and remotely piloted aircraft. It includes the design, development, manufacture, modification, testing, operation and maintenance of flight vehicles and their on-board and ground systems.

    Queensland is well-known as an aviation hub of the Asia-Pacific region, attracting a number of global leaders in the civil and defence aviation area. Queensland's existing strength in this complementary industry sector gives the state a distinct advantage for further development in the aerospace field.

    Advance Queensland

    The Advance Queensland program aims to build on 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.

    Aerospace is an industry that has global growth potential and there is an opportunity for it to be a major contributor to jobs and the economy.

    Further information

    View further information about the priority industry roadmaps or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3452 7218.

  • Biofutures

    Biofutures refers to the industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector. This sector focuses on developing and manufacturing products from sustainable organic or waste resources, rather than fossil fuels. It encompasses a range of innovative scientific and industrial technologies designed to convert sustainable feedstocks or waste into bioproducts.

    Agriculture, plantation forestry, algae, green-waste, biosolids and other carbon-rich 'waste' streams are sources of feedstocks that could contribute to a wide range of sustainable chemicals, fuels, detergents and textiles.

    Bioproducts offer a renewable and environmentally beneficial alternative to conventional chemical and fossil fuel refining processes. Many of the potential feedstocks are the by-products of agricultural processes or waste products that would otherwise require disposal or combustion.

    Our vision is for a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, attracting significant international investment and creating regional, high-value and knowledge-intensive jobs.

    The Queensland Government is leading Australia's bio-economic revolution through the Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 1.2 MB)

    The Biofutures Roadmap provides the leadership required to help Queensland leverage its strategic advantages and secure its share of the global bioproducts and services market – a market expected to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2022.

    We're working in partnership with Queensland's world-leading agriculture and waste industries and the research sector to ensure the actions we're undertaking in our Biofutures program grow the state's emerging industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector into a $1 billion industry by 2026.

    Future Food

    Future food is about applying innovative biotechnology to create, manufacture and export appealing new food products and ingredients that are nutritious and sustainable.

    The Queensland Government is supporting the investigation and growth of the Future Foods industry.

    Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund

    The fund provides $5 million in 2019 to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland. It provides targeted grants for pilot and demonstration or commercially scalable projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts.

    Expressions of interest have closed. Applications are being assessed ahead of announcing successful projects.

    Queensland Resource Recovery Industry Development Program

    In June 2018, the Queensland Government announced a $100 million funding program to work with businesses and local councils to develop a high-value resource recovery industry.

    The funding will focus on three areas:

    • infrastructure or machinery up to $5 million on a dollar-for-dollar basis
    • incentives for the development of new large-scale facilities
    • support for advanced feasibility studies for innovative resource recovery and waste management projects.

    The program is now open.

    Market capability analysis and assessment

    Queensland Biomass Data and Mapping

    Looking for the latest information on biomass feedstock for your project in Queensland?

    Data on forestry, cropping, urban waste, intensive livestock, food processing and horticulture is available through our Queensland biomass data and mapping dashboard.

    Natural Resources Inventory

    Interested in Queensland’s natural resources and how they are used?

    Data by resource type (water, energy, geological, land and vegetation resources) and local area is available through the Natural Resources Inventory for Queensland.

    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.

    Key initiatives

    Funding of almost $20 million over three years has been approved to implement the Road Map and Action Plan including:
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    Biofutures Industry Development Fund

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    Biofutures Commercialisation Program

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    Biofutures Acceleration Program

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    Biofutures Queensland


    Biofutures Industry Development Fund, a repayable fund to help well-advanced industrial biotech proponents to get large-scale projects through the final stage of financial due diligence to secure financing from investors.

    A Biofutures Commercialisation Program to attract national or international bioindustrial expertise to partner with Queensland researchers and/or businesses to scale-up and prototype new or improved industrial biotech and processes at the pilot or demonstration scale in Queensland.

    A Biofutures Acceleration Program to attract and support the development of new biorefinery projects in Queensland.

    Biofutures Queensland, a dedicated unit in the Queensland Government that works across government, industry and the research sectors to drive development, investment and R&D in Queensland's industrial biotech and bioproducts sector.

    R&D capability and contacts guide

    To help maximise the potential for new biofutures research collaboration and investment opportunities in Queensland, the government has produced a bioindustrial R&D contacts and capability guide for Queensland universities. The guide aims to showcase our state's capabilities to national and international biofutures proponents.

    Read more and access the full list from the Advance Queensland website.

    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

    Share your industrial biotech or bioproducts industry good news with our team or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Follow us on social media to stay up to date on the latest industrial biotech and bioproducts industry news, events and resources.

    Find out more about biotech and bioproducts industry programs on the Advance Queensland website.

  • As part of the Queensland Government's commitment to diversify and strengthen our state's economy and create high-value, knowledge-based jobs, the Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 1.2 MB) sets out a $4 million program to support and attract biomedical enterprises.

    Our vision

    By 2027, Queensland will be a regionally integrated and globally competitive Asia-Pacific biomedical industry hub recognised for its excellence in biomedical innovation, highly skilled professional workforce, and world-leading translational biomedical research facilities.

    The Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan is supporting and developing our state's growing biomedical sector through key strategies:

    • supporting Queensland start-ups to prosper and successfully scale up
    • supporting existing businesses to grow and attract new businesses to Queensland
    • promoting capabilities to attract investment and facilitate alliances.

    The Biomedical Voucher Program supports the delivery of the roadmap and action plan.

    Queensland's biomedical sector at a glance

    • A$1.86 billion estimated annual gross value added to the Queensland economy
    • 10 700 people employed (2019)
    • up to 40% growth forecast to 2027
    • global expertise in tropical medicine and infectious diseases
    • mature and emerging health and knowledge precincts
    • established networks of top-tier industry support services
    • expertise in e-health and telemedicine
    • two decades of state government investment in science and innovation
    • world-class research base, state-of-the-art translational research facilities and hospitals
    • home to two of Australia's leading biopharmaceutical contract manufacturers

    Why invest in Queensland biomedical industry?

    Pro industry

    • World-class biomedical ecosystem
    • Fast, pragmatic regulatory pathway with rapid ethics approval
    • Clinical data complies with top international standards
    • Superior scientific talent and excellent research and medical infrastructure


    • World-class training, teaching and research facilities
    • Highly skilled workforce with strong technical and academic collaboration
    • Brain gain: many Queenslanders have returned home with experience in international markets


    • Enviable, relaxed lifestyle and world-famous natural attractions
    • Lowest median house price in a capital city on the east coast
    • Average of 300 days of sunshine annually


    • Over 5 million residents with strong population growth and immigration from other states

    Pro business

    • Very competitive business costs
    • Low payroll tax (4.75%), high exemption threshold (A$1.1 million)
    • Stable economic and political environment and the most decentralised of mainland Australian states
    • Over 27 years of economic growth in Queensland and Australia


    • Strategic location at the crossroads of the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region
    • Five international passenger airports with direct connectivity to global markets
    • Advantageous time zone within two hours of many major Asian capital cities

    Queensland biomedical industry strengths

    Queensland is home to a cluster of agile, innovative and entrepreneurial biomedical businesses. Our pre-clinical and early-phase clinical trial capabilities are underpinned by a world-class research base and state-of-the-art translational facilities.

    Existing strengths and emerging capabilities include:

    • vaccine development and delivery
    • biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing
    • microbiome analysis and development
    • immunotherapies
    • generic pharmaceuticals
    • complementary medicines
    • nutraceuticals
    • medical devices and diagnostics
    • digital health technologies such as:
      • connected devices
      • remote monitoring technology and point-of-care diagnostics
      • wearable devices
      • telehealth.

    Industry support

    We can help your business

    Strong support from the peak industry body

    Further information

    Funding and support (PDF icon 5.7 MB) is available for biomedical businesses through the Australian and Queensland governments to help you develop your innovation and grow your business.

    For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 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





    Mining equipment, technology and services (METS)

  • Showcasing the future of manufacturing in Queensland

    We're supporting Queensland’s manufacturers and helping them remain globally competitive. Our 10-year plan is designed to increase the adoption of leading-edge design, innovation, technologies, processes and practices.

    Inside Advanced Manufacturing 2019 was a week-long series of advanced manufacturing showcase events where a selection of Queensland’s top manufacturers opened their doors and showcased their innovative manufacturing techniques and technologies to other manufacturers.

    As part of the 2019 Inside Advanced Manufacturing initiative, three videos featuring the advanced manufacturing and technologies from iOrthotics, Protonautics, and Visy have been produced in partnership with the Gateway to Industry Schools Program for students interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing.

    Further information

    For more information about this initiative, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Queensland has a world-leading METS sector. It employs 20,000 people across Queensland, with $7 billion revenue and $2.5 billion in value add for our economy.

    We want to take our world-class METS expertise to new markets - locally and internationally. Queensland has a history of excellence in METS capabilities, from digital solutions and safety to technology and mine site rehabilitation. We’re working with the METS industry to help improve competitiveness, productivity and sustainability, and to improve access to national and international markets.

    Our 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 5.25 MB) is about accelerating the sector’s growth. We’re focused on collaboration and opportunities to bring innovative ideas to market, with $7 million worth of initiatives. Many of these are delivered in partnership with METS Ignited, the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centre for METS. This industry-led growth centre works to improve METS competitiveness and productivity. It also promotes capability, both locally and internationally.

    Collaborative business opportunities

    We’re partnering with leading businesses and research bodies to improve collaboration in the METS sector. By strengthening operations, innovative products and services can reach the market sooner.

    We’re bringing businesses and researchers together through our METS clustering initiative. Building partnerships and sharing knowledge will bring about more rapid technological change. Together, we can address complex industry challenges enhancing productivity and efficiency.

    Our cluster program has already launched in the Bowen Basin. This region has a long-standing history of future-focused mining solutions. The cluster program will help drive further innovation and increase market growth at a faster pace than ever before.

    Innovation and commercialisation

    Our accelerator programs equip emerging METS businesses with the right skills to commercialise ideas. This allows businesses to get a competitive edge in the market.

    The programs – delivered with METS Ignited – are designed for start-ups and scale-ups. These are companies that already have proven solutions to mining sector challenges. Mentoring from industry experts builds capability, accelerating commercial outcomes. Businesses come away with an increased ability to deliver their innovative new products and services to domestic and global markets sooner.

    Supporting development for global markets

    Global demand for commodities is expected to grow. This growth will provide long-term opportunities for Queensland’s METS sector. We partner with Trade and Investment Queensland to help our METS businesses go global.

    Global resource companies operating in Queensland are supported by many small and medium enterprises. These international companies give local METS businesses the chance to develop and test the market here first. This way, products and services may become part of global supply chains.

    Further information

    For more information and program announcements, follow us on LinkedIn or contact the METS team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • As part of the Advance Queensland program several of Queensland's industry sectors were identified as emerging priority industries to be supported by the government to build their competitive strengths and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.

    The priority industries to be targeted include:

    To assist these industries to realise their potential and become major contributors to jobs and the economy, the department is developing a series of industry roadmaps which will guide how industry and government can work together to grow these industries for the next 10 years.

    These roadmaps and their supporting action plans will be developed through extensive consultation in conjunction with industry, investment and research partners as well as the Queensland public.

  • With the 2016 Defence White Paper and a rapid technological change occurring in Australia’s defence sector, our nation is seeing a once-in-a-lifetime surge in defence investment. The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring our state’s defence industries can take maximum advantage of this opportunity and cement their place as Australia’s next generation defence supplier.

    The Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon 5.7 MB), part of the Advance Queensland initiative, is our plan to support growth in this sector. It builds on the momentum generated by the recent decisions to base large-scale and technologically advanced projects, such as LAND400 Phase 2 and the Defence Cooperative Research Centre for Trusted Autonomous Systems, here in our state.

    Our vision under the Roadmap is to significantly increase defence revenue and generate 3500 new full-time jobs by 2028. This will be achieved through a range of actions across three strategies:

    • grow Queensland defence industry capability
    • significantly increase Queensland’s defence industry contribution to the national and global market
    • promote Queensland’s defence industry capabilities

    Key actions include:

    • the creation of Defence Jobs Queensland to grow the state’s defence industry and enable delivery of the key strategies and priority actions
    • establishing defence advisory boards of senior defence and industry personnel
    • committing $10 million to defence industry hubs in Ipswich and Townsville
    • establishing a Defence and Aerospace Industry Development Fund to help Queensland small-to-medium enterprises get the skills and accreditations needed to compete in the global marketplace
    • engaging with the Australian Defence Organisation and industry to attract major defence projects to Queensland.

    Queensland defence industries at a glance

    • Employs more than 6500 people
    • Generated $6.3 billion in revenue in 2015-16
    • Secured $4.3 billion in Australian defence contract payments in 2016-17
    • World-class capabilities in:
      • aerospace support
      • ship repair and overhaul
      • heavy vehicle support and upgrades
      • command and control systems
      • reconnaissance and surveillance systems
      • unmanned vehicles
      • cyber security.
  • Queensland’s beautiful coastline and world-class marine environments are the envy of the world, and among our state’s leading tourism attractions. These advantages, along with our skilled workforce and excellent marine infrastructure, make us a prime location for superyacht activity.

    The Queensland Superyacht Strategy 2018-23 (PDF icon 2 MB) sets out our support for growing this high-value industry under four priority action areas:

    • supportive, clear and well-communicated policy
    • promote infrastructure to facilitate industry growth
    • promote Queensland as a global superyacht destination
    • support and develop Queensland’s superyacht supply chain.

    The Superyacht Strategy envisions that by 2023, Queensland will be recognised as the Asia-Pacific region’s key superyacht hub with its share of the global superyacht market having increased by 10%. This growth is expected to create thousands of new highly skilled jobs across the state and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to our state’s economy.

    Superyacht Industry Development Fund

    The Superyacht Industry Development Fund supports Queensland’s small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profits in the superyacht supply chain to:

    • acquire internationally recognised industry certification and accreditation that enhance their ability to win superyacht contracts
    • engage with overseas markets and international supply chain opportunities, including increasing participation at international trade shows.

    The second round of the fund opened on 17 December 2019 with two streams of funding available.

    Stream 1: Industry Certification and Accreditation

    Applications for stream 1 funding closed on Friday, 14 February 2020.

    Stream 2: International Market Engagement

    We’re partnering with Queensland’s two superyacht peak bodies, Superyacht Australia and Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef, to deliver stream 2 of the fund.

    Superyacht Australia is leading consortia of eligible Queensland SMEs to the Tahiti Superyacht Rendezvous (June 2020), Monaco Yacht Show (September 2020) and Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (November 2020). The Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef will also lead consortia of eligible SMEs to the Tahiti Superyacht Rendezvous (June 2020) and Fiji Superyacht Rendezvous (August 2020).

    Eligible businesses may participate in up to three tradeshows and we’re providing up to $3,000 in matched funding for businesses to offset eligible costs incurred from participating in these international market engagement events.

    Also, Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef will host an international delegation to the Great Barrier Reef in May 2020 to showcase the region’s attractions and services. We’re contributing funds to help promote the capability of local Queensland businesses that service the global superyacht industry. This will include a Superyacht Information Forum featuring resident industry specialists and tours of local superyacht facilities and shipyards.

    For more information about how you can participate and benefit from these opportunities, contact:

    • Superyacht Australia on (02) 9956 8906 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef on 0458 794 001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I apply for Industry Certification and Accreditation funding assistance?

    What is the role of departmental staff?

    Is there a file size limit that can be uploaded in the online application portal?

    What are the timeframes for completing activities supported by the Industry Certification and Accreditation stream?

    Do I need to have existing products and market presence to apply?

    Will activities already underway be considered eligible for funding assistance?

    How will my application be assessed?

    How will I know if my application is successful?

    Will my application be treated as confidential?

    What will not be considered as eligible sources of matched funding?

    Do I need to have the matched contributions available upfront?

    What GST obligations are associated with receiving funding assistance?

    Are legal and accountancy fees considered eligible costs for reimbursement?

    Is my business eligible for funding if its head office and/or most of its employees are based interstate?

    Is it necessary to show evidence of compliance with Queensland industrial relations, and workplace health and safety regulations with my funding application?

    What qualifications does my consultant need to help prepare my business for certification?

    What costs can be claimed in relation to marina accreditation?

    I already have a quote from my preferred consultant that is valid for 30 days, will this be adequate?

    Fund recipients 2018-2019

    Recipients from the 2018-2019 funding round are:

    • Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (Coomera)
    • Rivergate Marina and Shipyard (Murrarie)
    • Abell Point Marina (Airlie Beach)
    • Seaspec Marine Services (Coomera)
    • Trinity Fire Services (Cairns)
    • Carter Marine Agencies (Cairns)

    Superyacht Strategy Champion

    Mr Michael Healy MP, Member for Cairns, is the Queensland Government’s Superyacht Strategy Champion

    Mr Michael Healy MP, Member for Cairns, is the Queensland Government’s Superyacht Strategy Champion. He works across the state to help implement the strategy's actions.

    Further information

    We’re committed to fostering emerging and priority industry sectors with global growth potential. Sectors like the superyacht industry help to diversify our state’s economy and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future. Find out about Queensland’s other priority industry sectors.

  • Resource recovery is a great opportunity for Queensland. It will:

    • reduce waste
    • cut greenhouse gas emissions
    • create better environmental outcomes
    • build a more sustainable economy to create jobs and economic benefits.

    Queensland is moving toward a circular economy. Our Queensland Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon1.8 MB) sets out our framework to accelerate this transition and develop our state's resource recovery industries.

    The roadmap sets out a path to:

    • increase resource recovery rates
    • improve adoption of modern technologies
    • divert landfill waste toward more valuable uses.

    To support our state’s recycling, resource recovery, and biofutures industries, the roadmap includes a $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) (PDF icon 982 KB). The program funds projects and initiatives that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs.

    Read more about the opportunities available for financial support.

    Frequently asked questions

    How do the Queensland Government's waste and resource recovery strategies, plans and policies work together?

    What is resource recovery?

    Who is involved in the resource recovery industry?

    What are the benefits of resource recovery?

    How will the Queensland Government and industry work together to grow resource recovery industry businesses?

    How can I or my business get involved or stay informed?

    What is the 'circular economy' for waste?

    What is a 'zero-waste society'?

  • The $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) (PDF icon 982 KB) supports our goal to make Queensland a world leader in recovery projects. It provides funding to Queensland’s resource recovery industries through support for projects and initiatives that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs.

    Funding is available to local governments, established businesses and not-for-profits looking to use proven resource recovery technologies to improve existing operations or bring significant new facilities to Queensland. Applications are also welcome from consortia offering integrated supply chain solutions.

    Funding proposals may be operations or facilities anywhere along the entire supply chain—from collection and transfer to sorting and remanufacture—as well as waste to energy.

    Read more about the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (PDF icon 982 KB).

    The program supports the Queensland’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.

    Funding opportunities

    There are three steams of funding available under the RRIDP. They are:

    • Stream one: provides dollar-for-dollar capital grants from $50,000 to $5 million for facilities and infrastructure projects that align with the RRIDP and its objectives.

      Round 2 expressions of interest have now closed. Successful recipients will be announced once applications have been assessed.

      Announcements are continuing regarding Round 1 funded projects.

    • Stream two: provides incentives to attract or expand major resource recovery operations that will divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, reduce or prevent stockpiling and recover substantial resources. Applications include a two-staged process beginning with an expression of interest that can be made at any time.

    • Stream three: provides support toward capital intensive, long lifecycle projects that require a contribution towards investigations to assist with investment decisions for Queensland. Applications include a single-stage process with applications accepted at any time.

    Contact us

    More information, including questions about applications, is available by contacting the project team on 13 QGOV or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • We’ve launched our Queensland Space Industry Strategy (PDF icon 3.8 MB). Opportunities are growing across the globe in space capabilities and systems - and Queensland is well-positioned to further harness our enormous potential.

    Watch Queensland’s Strategic Defence Advisor for Aerospace, Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart (ret’d), as he explains the importance behind developing the strategy and how it may benefit companies and sectors across the board.

    By 2025, Queensland’s space industry will be recognised as a leading centre in Australasia for launch activities, ground systems, Earth observation, niche manufacturing, robotics and automation for space.

    The Queensland Space Industry Strategy informs our actions to grow Queensland’s space industry:

    Strengthen Queensland’s existing capabilities by supporting:

    • infrastructure capability
    • human capability
    • commercial capability.

    Grow Queensland’s industry by connecting it to new markets:

    • connecting industry to international markets
    • connecting industry to the greater supply chain
    • leveraging downstream industries.

    The strategy is looking to the future. It aims to add between $3.5 and $6 billion to Queensland’s economy and up to 6,000 jobs by 2036.

    Queensland, Australia – your next space supply chain

    Queensland is an industry powerhouse with a competitive geographical edge. The state’s universities and companies are at the forefront of space research and technology.

    Perfect for launch

    • east coast location with access to the equator and capability to launch into multiple orbits
    • home to Australia’s most advanced launch vehicle developers (Gilmour Space Technologies and Black Sky Aerospace)
    • Australia’s highest concentration of aerospace manufacture and repair services

    As part of the Queensland Space Industry Strategy, we’re conducting a technical and environmental investigation into the space launch potential of Abbot Point (PDF icon763 KB).

    Ready to host ground stations

    • radio-free regions with clear skies and coverage into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
    • remote Internet access developed to support Queensland’s resource industries
    • an International Broadband Submarine Cable available from mid-2020.

    Nation-leading in Earth observation

    • Australia’s largest concentration of Earth-observation capability

    World-class in robotics and automation

    • Advanced robotics and remote asset management capability built through research, Queensland’s mining industry and the geographical need to operate remotely.

    Supporting documents