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 2.6 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.

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 (Excel icon 551 KB).

Queensland Biomass Data and Mapping

Looking for the latest information on biomass feedstock in Queensland? Go to the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure website.

Data collection for forestry and field crops other than sugar will begin shortly, followed by intensive livestock and waste. The Queensland Government is accelerating its delivery of this data and mapping through the Biofutures program in partnership with the Federal Government's Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment.

Queensland Biofuels Mandate

The Queensland biofuel mandate is a step towards growing our biofuels and wider industrial biotech and bioproducts industry. It 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.

The Department of Energy and Water Supply is leading the way to growing Queensland's biofuel industry. Check if your vehicle is E10 Compatible and learn more about the Queensland Biofuel Mandate on their website.

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Biofutures News

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