The department consolidates the Australian Government’s efforts to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness by bringing together industry, energy, resources, science and skills.

Industry sectors

The department works with businesses and stakeholders across a number of different industry sectors, including:

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

The Australian Government’s $5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will encourage and complement investment in northern Australian infrastructure.

Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda

The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda was announced on 14 October 2014. It focuses on providing the right economic incentives to enable businesses, big and small, to grow. It contains immediate reforms which will boost competitiveness and a range of proposals for public consultation.

Office of the Chief Economist

The Office of the Chief Economist’s primary goal is to produce objective, robust and high quality economic analysis to inform policy development across resources and energy, industry and innovation, skills and evaluation.


Industry initiatives

The department offers a range of initiatives to enable industry to grow, increase its productivity and compete globally.

    The website is an online government resource for the Australian business community. By using businesses are able to comply with government requirements more simply and conveniently.
  • Australian Industry Participation (AIP)
    Initiatives to provide more opportunities for Australian industry to supply goods and services to major public and private projects.
  • Industry Growth Centres Initiative
    The Industry Growth Centres Initiative (the Initiative) is the centrepiece of the Government’s new industry policy direction and part of the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.
  • Industry-research collaboration
    Businesses and researchers benefit when they work together.
  • IP Toolkit
    Information about the department's work on the development of an IP Toolkit.
  • Major Projects Approval Agency
    The Major Projects Approval Agency is a single point of entry into the Australian Government for businesses considering major project investments in Tasmania or the Northern Territory.
  • Securing Australia’s Manufacturing Future
    $155 million Growth Fund to help industry adjust to the wind-down of car manufacturing in Australia.
  • Trade policy, standards and conformance
    Information about the department’s work on Free Trade Agreements and technical and product standards.

Industry Portfolio Regulation Reform

The portfolio is committed to a regulation reform agenda as a means of unlocking productivity and competitiveness gains for industry.

Manufacturing Performance: Data and Publications

The department monitors the performance of the manufacturing industry in Australia and produces a number of publications to provide an overview of the current state of the industry and its change over time.

Other reports and studies

Detailed statistics on Australian industry and information about issues facing industry