The future is looking bright for Australia as our manufacturers in Queensland receive much-needed funding to enhance their business capabilities.
The Queensland Government have recently announced a fourth round of Made in Queensland grants worth $15.5 million. The fourth round has come in due time after the pandemic proved Australia’s manufacturing capabilities to be insufficient. The program, currently equaling $61.5 million, is part of the larger Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan released by the Queensland Government in December 2016.
Made in Queensland grants will support small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses in Queensland to employ skilled staff and transform their capabilities to meet the needs for an Eligible Project. This will allow Queensland manufacturers to become more internationally competitive and have the chance to adopt innovative processes and technologies for their businesses.
Manufacturers in Queensland will have the ability to apply for grants between $50,000 and $2.5 million.
Impressive outcomes for Queenslanders
The first three rounds of the program have generated over 1,100 new jobs for Queenslanders.
In 2017, Geofabrics Australasia received almost $500,000 to go towards a geosynthetic liner to prevent pollutants from escaping into the environment. A representative from Geofabrics Australasia said the grant allowed them to make Australia’s first Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) containment solution.
The grant ultimately allowed them to create more manufacturing, R&D and front of house jobs for the Queensland economy.
How to apply
Some of the criteria manufacturers must meet to be eligible for the grant include:
Be a Queensland-based business whose principal activity and majority annual turnover is derived from manufacturing
Be an SME with 5-200 full-time employees located in Queensland
Have a proposed Eligible Project
The Initial Application stage to apply for the grant opened 21 April 2021 and closes 20 May 2021 at 5:00 pm AEST. If an applicant’s submission is approved, they must then go through the Detailed Application stage which opens 30 June 2021 and closes 8 September 2021 at 5:00 pm AEST.
The total value for all grants across all rounds of the Made in Queensland Program must not exceed $2.5 mil for any one entity.
Supporting the manufacturing industry
In addition to this program, manufacturers across Australia have access to the $1.5 billion government funding part of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS) designed to enhance Australian manufacturing capabilities.
As businesses wish to innovate and new technology is introduced, they will need people with the necessary skills to drive these operations.
As partners of the manufacturing industry, we are dedicated to investing in the future of manufacturing through our services. As businesses generate high-skilled jobs for the economy, we provide the ability to recognise the talent to fill those roles.
Fuse Recruitment have a team of industry specialist consultants who are ready to provide full-site staffing solutions to manufacturers in a variety of sectors. Our consultants take the time to understand your business so they can spot out the best talent for your needs and fit for culture. Some temporary and permanent roles we commonly recruit for include:
Production and Packaging staff
Product Development and NPD Managers
Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Technicians
Many of our clients have also experienced great success with graduate candidates. Our Future Insure Graduate Program is designed to source candidates with the right cultural and behavioural fit for your business. Apart from having a brilliant attitude and an aptitude to learn, graduates offer a great deal of benefits for any business that is willing to provide them with training and career development opportunities.
We are based in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and are ready to source staff for your business whether you are located in regional or metro areas of Australia.
Having the right talent to drive your business will set you up for future success and ensure objectives are met.
If you’re looking to enhance your business capabilities and need the staff and skills to meet new business demands, fill out the form below and one of our consultants will be in touch shortly.
About the Author
Wendy has worked across specialist recruitment for the past 18 years assisting to develop the recruitment platform for some of Australia and New Zealand’s leading organisations. Wendy decided to launch her own recruitment business, Quality Assured Recruitment, in 2016 after seeing a gap in the market for true boutique recruitment specialists. In late 2019, Fuse successfully acquired Quality Assured Recruitment (QAR). Given QAR’s enviable reputation for high-quality service to both clients and candidates, this acquisition is very complementary, adding significant firepower to our manufacturing approach at a national level.
For Fuse, Wendy will play a key role in leading and developing a number of our key sectors including FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Utilities and Infrastructure.
Wendy is supported by a large team of consultants that are equally dedicated to delivering an exceptional outcome, across Brisbane. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.