Industry development and support

Industry development and support

  • The Biofutures Industry Development Fund is a $5 million 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.

    The fund helps companies with new projects reach a point at which they can better access venture capital, supporting companies pursuing innovative industrial biotech and bioproducts projects and enhancing Queensland’s reputation as a supportive investment location for the biofutures industry.

    The Fund has a two-stage process with the first stage being eligibility. If the project is deemed eligible, then a more detailed application will be invited.

    The Biofutures Industry Development Fund guidelines (PDF icon 273 KB) were updated in July 2017. To find out if your project might be eligible for support, download the guidelines and make your submission by filling out a Biofutures Industry Development Fund Eligibility Application (WORD icon 239 KB). You can lodge your application and supporting documentation through our application portal.

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be advised of outcomes as decisions are made.

  • With design influencing more than 70% of a product's final cost, increased use of design principles across the manufacturing process will help manufacturers:

    • lower costs
    • bring products to market faster
    • be more competitive
    • grow and employ more Queenslanders.

    That's why we've developed the Design in Manufacturing Program, an advanced manufacturing initiative, that contributes to our advanced manufacturing roadmap and action plan.

    The program aims to:

    • raise businesses' awareness of the importance of design in manufacturing
    • highlight the opportunities for advanced manufacturers arising from the use of design and engineering analysis software, new materials and advanced manufacturing techniques in a digitised economy
    • identify sources of advice and information that will strengthen businesses' design capability
    • showcase the benefits of incorporating design principles and practices in manufacturing production and processes.

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

  • We offer a variety of ways to stay informed and build connections across Queensland.

    Our events and workshops provide Queensland organisations with the tools, tips and information to help expand their business. From interactive workshops to industry-focussed events, we work with you to improve your approach to growing your business.

    Check out our latest events on our Facebook page or on the Business Queensland website.

    Our events cover:

    Major projects

    • Learn how to access the latest information on Queensland's major projects
    • Keep up to date on major project investment in the pipeline
    • Understand the requirements of the major projects supply chain
    • Hear directly from project proponents about opportunities throughout Queensland

    Business capability development

    • Develop your business skills
    • Hear how to access new markets
    • Create a powerful capability statement
    • Learn the art of developing and submitting tenders
    • Hear about industry outlooks


    • Engage with local like-minded businesses and industries in your region
    • Exchange information and develop new contacts
    • Attend business industry briefings

    Defence and other industry-specific activities

    • Learn how to become part of industry-specific supply chains
    • Attend workshops and seminars to help your business access defence opportunities and prime contractor supply chains

    Register for an event or share on social media.

  • Industry 4.0 is the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It enables advanced manufacturers to connect big data and analytics with automation and robotics, improving cost, productivity, profitability and operations.

    Industry 4.0 Initiatives

    The Queensland Government is committed to delivering a number of Industry 4.0 initiatives, including awareness raising seminars and practical examples of i4.0 to support manufacturers in their transition to becoming advanced manufacturers.

    Introduction to Industry 4.0 Seminars

    To introduce and demystify the concept of Industry 4.0, a series of seminars for manufacturers will run across Queensland to highlight the opportunities and challenges that the adoption of new technologies in manufacturing presents.

    Events in 2020:

    • 27 August 2020 – Online

    For more information or to register your interest in attending please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Digital technologies

    Industry 4.0 digital technologies represent new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies.

    The Internet of Things (IoT)

    Also known as the Industrial Internet, the Internet of Things is the connection between physical devices, such as vehicles and appliances, and the communication between them.

    Big data and analytics

    Big data and analytics is the examination of large and varied datasets to uncover patterns, correlations, trends, preferences, and other useful information that can help organisations with business decisions.

    Software and system integration

    Integrating all physical and virtual components of an organisation’s system helps to create something that acts like a single system.


    Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems from cyberattacks.

    Cloud computing

    The cloud refers to a network of remote servers hosted on the internet, compared with a local server or a personal computer. It's used to store, manage and process data.

    Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

    3D printing joins or solidifies material under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, usually by successively adding material layer by layer.

    Autonomous robotics and assistive technologies

    Robot and other assistive technologies that performs behaviours or tasks with a high degree of autonomy.

    Augmented reality

    Augmented reaility is the technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world to provide a composite view.

    Virtual reality

    The computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.


    Computer-led imitation of a situation or process.


    We're raising Industry 4.0 awareness and capabilities through a series of masterclasses. View our events calendar for upcoming opportunities.

    Further information

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

  • One way to achieve strong jobs growth and sustainable economic development is to support and encourage increased private investment into the economy.

    In Queensland, tailored support is available for major investment ideas and business proposals that demonstrate a strong potential of being delivered and that align with the government’s priorities. For more information on the government’s priorities, please visit:

    Support provided by the department to qualified private investors includes:

    Our team will engage with you to explore your proposal and identify a tailored pathway to move it forward.

    Project examples - proposals under facilitation

    Learn more about the types of proposals that are currently receiving investment facilitation support.

    Project examples – projects being delivered

    Learn more about the types of projects that have successfully received investment facilitation support and are now under construction.

    Contact us

    Our customised service is available now. Please contact us:

    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Telephone: 1300 785 106
  • We want the world to know that Queensland is Australia’s home for METS innovation. We’re working with industry partners to support an end-to-end accelerator pathway for the sector.

    It can take years to turn an idea into a successful product. Some great ideas never reach their potential. Without assistance, it’s hard to get an innovative product or service proven and ready at the right time for the market.

    Use the guide to technology readiness to find the right program for your start-up or business.

    Turning ideas into products

    Unearthed runs two different 12-week programs designed for tech-based start-up companies with products in the early stages of development (technology readiness levels 1-3). The Build and Scale accelerator streams will benefit start-ups working on a digital solution for the METS, energy and resources sector.

    Participants in Build can expect to gain insight into industry challenges, procurement channels and product viability.

    Participants in Scale will get the opportunity to pilot and validate their tech with customers, improve their pitching and develop their business.

    Register your interest to find out more.

    Turning products into commercial successes

    These programs are designed for late-stage acceleration METS businesses (technology readiness levels 7-9). If you’re looking to get an innovative product or service into new markets, these will benefit you.

    Queensland METS Regional Pre-Accelerators

    We know our regional METS companies have an entrepreneurial spirit. That’s why, together with METS Ignited and other industry partners, we’re hosting accelerator programs for Queensland start-ups and scale-ups in regional Queensland.

    The Queensland METS Regional Pre-Accelerators, delivered in partnership with METS Ignited, will provide regional start-ups and SMEs with support to improve business capability. It will help commercialise innovations and prepare them for more extensive accelerator programs.

    Resources Innovators, Scale-ups and Entrepreneurs (RISE)

    The RISE Accelerator is a 12-week workshop program of intensive mentoring in commercialisation. It provides a better understanding of customer needs and processes, pitching opportunities, and networking opportunities with METS peers.

    RISE is designed for scale-ups with proven solutions to priority challenges facing the mining and energy resources sectors. RISE helps participants commercialise these products and services in the local and international markets. Support is available for regional participation.

    Follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date with the latest announcements about the METS accelerator pathway.

  • Queensland Government procurements can deliver genuine opportunities for local businesses.

    The Queensland Charter for Local Content aims to provide all businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunities to tender for Queensland Government procurements.

    The Queensland Charter for Local Content (PDF icon 67 KB) and Agency Guidelines (PDF icon 747 KB) are designed to support government agencies to incorporate the principles of the charter into their procurement processes and procedures. Additionally, the Queensland Charter for Local Content Tenderers Guidelines (PDF icon 155 KB) has been designed to assist managing contractors delivering projects for the Queensland Government that fall within the charter.

    1. Is my procurement subject to the charter?

    Do any of the following apply to your procurement?

    • total Queensland Government contribution of greater than $5 million (exclusive of GST), or greater than $2.5 million (exclusive of GST) in regional Queensland, excluding information and communications technology (ICT) products and services
    • any Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for projects and capital asset acquisitions with a Queensland Government capital value contribution of $5 million (exclusive of GST) or greater
    • determined strategically significant by the procuring government agency
    • standing offer arrangements where expenditure is projected to exceed $5 million (exclusive of GST) over the life of the arrangement
    • Queensland Government grants greater than $2.5 million (exclusive of GST)
    • large infrastructure projects where funding of over $20 million is provided by the Commonwealth through the Queensland Government.

    2. How do I acknowledge the charter and reporting requirements?

    1. Complete a Procurement Notification and submit to DSD
    2. Insert an acknowledgement in the tender that this procurement is bound by the principles of the Queensland Charter for Local Content
    3. Insert local content outcomes reporting clause in tender Special Condition of Contract Clause

    3. Applying the charter - is a Statement of Intent required?

    Consider the Agency Guidelines on the best application option for your procurement Queensland Charter for Local Content Best Practice Guidelines - Agencies


    4. Statement of Intent options

    Procurement for direct goods and services. Charter applied through agency completing an Agency Statement of Intent.


    Procurement for managing contractor who will be appointing sub-contractors. Charter applied through tenderers completing Tenderers Statement of Intent (refer to Queensland Charter for Local Content Guidelines – Tenderers).


    5. Monitor and report

    Complete the appropriate local content outcomes report and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Support available

    The department can assist agencies meet the objectives of the charter. Available services include:

    • supply market analysis
    • forward procurement
    • business matching.

    Note: ICT procurement is excluded from the Queensland Charter of Local Content. Information Standard 13 sets out the ICT SME Participation Scheme and details the local industry participation requirements for Queensland Government procurement of ICT products and services. Details can be found at

    Charter, Best Practice Guidelines and Templates

  • Independent craft brewing is emerging as a vibrant and dynamic sector. It’s growing quickly too, with significant potential to expand locally, nationally and internationally. Queensland’s craft brewers are perfectly positioned to capitalise on the strong reputation of their products, which are already recognised for their brewing techniques and use of artisanal ingredients.

    The Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy (PDF icon 3.72 MB) is a first for Australia, created to support the sector’s rapid expansion. Released in November 2018, the strategy focuses on three priorities:

    • Priority 1: Investing in people and infrastructure
    • Priority 2: Improving access to markets
    • Priority 3: Appropriate regulation and planning

    These support the independent craft brewing industry to develop its capability and capacity, access new markets and increase its economic contribution.

    While many positive benefits exist from promoting and supporting the craft brewing sector, the government will work with industry to ensure the responsible consumption of alcohol.

    The Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy is another way we’re invested in manufacturing, an industry that significantly contributes to our state’s growing economy. Through this industry, we’re creating direct and indirect jobs, attracting private sector investment and facilitating innovation.

    Supporting the industry through planning schemes

    The department has prepared a fact sheet (PDF icon 51 KB), to ensure local governments can play an effective role in supporting the growth of the industry by incorporating the unique requirements of craft brewers into planning schemes.

    Queensland BrewLab

    One of the actions from the strategy is the establishment of a BrewLab to help drive quality and innovation in the industry. The Queensland BrewLab is the first of its kind in Australia.

    Craft brewing training

    The Queensland BrewLab is a functional training site for the Certificate III in Food Processing (Brewing). Delivered through TAFE Queensland, the course gives new or experienced brewers technical and practical understanding of the brewing process.

    Visit the TAFE Queensland website to learn more about the course and apply now.

    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.

  • To support the growth of regional manufacturers, $30 million has been invested into regional Manufacturing Hubs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton. Each hub will provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing through world-leading technologies.

    The hubs have strong links with local universities, schools and TAFE Queensland to develop a workforce with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.

    Advice and assistance available at the hubs include:

    Business development programs

    Skills development and training programs

    Awareness of advanced manufacturing


    Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program

    We have made available $13.5 million through the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program (MHGP) to assist eligible businesses. Up to $4.5 million is available for each manufacturing hub to build the advanced manufacturing capability of the Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton regions.

    This is an opportunity for manufacturers to become more productive and create the jobs of the future through:

    • technology adoption
    • skills and training
    • business development
    • advance robotic manufacturing hub services.

    Please read the guidelines (PDF icon 1.8 MB) and funding agreement (PDF icon 448 KB) before you begin your application, and note only online applications will be accepted.

    The MHGP will be open to eligible applicants until June 2022 or once the program is fully subscribed.

    How to apply

    Contact the Rockhampton, Townsville or Cairns Hub for a preliminary discussion regarding your project. Following this discussion, should you wish to apply, a form requesting access to the application portal will be emailed to you. The fund will be open to applications until the program monies are fully allocated.

    Cairns Hub

    The Cairns Hub is located at the TAFE Queensland campus in Cairns. Its focus areas are:

    • marine
    • aviation
    • food manufacturing.

    Get in touch with the Cairns Hub team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07 4037 3241.

    Townsville Hub

    The Townsville Hub is located at the TAFE Queensland campus at Bohle. Its focus areas are:

    • advanced metal production manufacturing
    • food transformation through advanced manufacturing.

    Upcoming events will be advertised soon. Get in touch with the Townsville Hub team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07 4758 3429.

    Rockhampton Hub

    The Rockhampton Hub is located at Central Queensland University’s Rockhampton North campus. Its focus areas are:

    • rail manufacturing and technology
    • advanced technologies for metal production
    • food product innovation.

    Get in touch with the Rockhampton Hub team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0407 563 377.

    Further information

    Manufacturing Hub Delivery Model (PDF icon 10.7 MB)