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The Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program QLD provides funding and other assistance to help regional Queensland manufacturing small to medium enterprises (SMEs) build their advanced manufacturing capability

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



Regional manufacturing hubs focusing on strengthening key manufacturing sectors provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing, including helping them:

  • improve productivity
  • build international competitiveness
  • stimulate job generation and private sector investment
  • adopt new technologies in equipment, robotics, processes, systems, software, data use and analytics
  • implement skills and training
  • attract and retain skilled employees

The hubs are located in:

  • Cairns – marine, aviation and food processing
  • Townsville – advanced metal production and food transformation
  • Rockhampton – rail manufacturing and te

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.


Level of support

Matched funding between $5,000 and $1 million


Eligible activities

The QLD Government 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

Advice and assistance available at the hubs include:

  1. Business development programs
  • Benchmarking
  • LEAN manufacturing workshops
  • Introduction to digital technology workshops
  • Assistance with grant writing
  • Business-to-business mentoring and networking, Mentoring for Growth
  • Improving supply chain capability
  • Sustainability seminars
  • Assistance to increase access to national and international markets
  1. Skills development and training programs
  • Coordinated access to existing and emerging trade and professional skills
  • Improved access between business and research
  • Support for industry recognised skills and certifications
  1. Awareness of advanced manufacturing
  • Technology demonstration days
  • Industry 4.0 seminars
  • Virtual and physical tours of advanced manufacturing businesses
  • Hosting of international experts in advanced manufacturing
  • Events and workshops on advanced manufacturing, automation, robotics, Internet of Things

Your project may include one or more of the below project examples and associated critical costs:

  • Process improvement
  • Advanced robotics
  • New technologies
  • Advanced systems
  • Professional advice
  • Improvement planning
  • Waste reduction planning
  • Market expansion planning
  • Associated project costs critical to the success of the proposed project


Eligible small business applicants

Regional Queensland small to medium manufacturing enterprises. To be eligible for assistance from a hub, you must:

  • be a Queensland-based SME whose principal activity is manufacturing
  • be located in the SA4 region for the relevant Manufacturing Hub
  • have operated within Queensland for a minimum of 3 consecutive years prior to making an application
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) and hold an active Australian business number (ABN)
  • have a proposed eligible activity that targets Queensland’s manufacturing industry and is relevant to the national and international market, products and services of your enterprise


Important dates

Closes 12:00 AM AEST 20th June 2022


How to apply

Contact the Rockhampton, Townsville or Cairns Hub (refer source below) 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 allocate


Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success. We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications that win government grants. Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation discussion


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