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Two, 5 and 10 year milestones for food and beverage manufacturing have been created that revolve around Australia’s goal to double the value of the sector by 2030.


Success at 2 years—by end of 2022

Success at 5 years—by end of 2025

Success at 10 years—by end of 2030


  • Increasing use of smart manufacturing, and the onshoring of commercialisation and manufacturing activities to improve processing and packaging through co-investments in translation, integration and collaboration.
  • The foundations for the application of Industry 4.0 technologies are being laid.
  • Whole-of-Government responsibilities are coordinated and programs for food and beverage manufacturers are clear for industry to navigate.
  • Government and industry have worked together to identify policy changes to achieve the vision.
  • Manufacturers are collaborating and using smart manufacturing to respond to new and emerging food and beverage opportunities and consumer trends and market demands.
  • The food and beverage sector is more cohesive with increased industry collaborations, including with Australia’s agriculture sector.
  • The sector has continued to improve its sustainability.
  • Standardised digital information flows along supply chains.
  • Food and beverage manufacturing value has doubled and exports increased.
  • Food and beverage manufacturers are more agile, scalable and resilient to shocks.
  • Australia’s reputation established as a world best reliable supplier of premium, safe, authentic food and beverage products.
  • Industry-led innovation intensity increased, non-competitive costs on industry minimised.
  • Standardised digital information flows along supply chains and to consumers.

Smart food and beverage manufacturing for consumer-driven products

  • Increased onshoring of smart manufacturing technologies and capabilities to improve processing and packaging through increased automation and monitoring sensors, and the development of training programs to enhance industry’s smart manufacturing skill base.
  • The path from conceiving an innovative idea through to its commercialisation is more accessible and achievable for industry.
  • The sector has increased investment in technologies that enable industry-led innovation including use of systems to improve productivity and efficiencies.
  • Digitalised production equipment and predictive data analytics reduces utility costs and food waste, increases quality and safety, and improves competitiveness.
  • Production facilities are more agile to innovate and renovate products to meet changing consumer and dietary needs and requirements.
  • Digital systems leveraged to improve supply chain resilience, refine demand forecasting and adjust production scheduling.
  • The sector has a highly skilled workforce that is agile and adaptive.
  • Increased adoption of digital technologies by manufacturers.
  • Increased agility and competitiveness of Australian manufacturing.
  • Increased value of Australian food and beverage manufacturing, particularly in exports.
  • A thriving, innovative ecosystem, with a sustained increase in R&D and number of business incubators.

Innovative foods and beverages

  • The sector has a better understanding of emerging market opportunities.
  • Food and beverage manufacturers have access to affordable pilot plants to test new products and state of the art equipment.
  • Access to large scale end-to-end production facilities for the sector.
  • Sector is more forward looking and sustainable, including achievement of the National Packaging Targets and adoption of more circular economy manufacturing practices.
  • Increased value-adding of Australian agriculture, responding to local and global demand for high quality, safe products.
  • An increased range of Australian developed and manufactured products that meet changing consumer needs, such as premium products.
  • The sector remains competitive to evolving consumer demands with high value add food and beverage products and enhanced proteins.

Food safety, origin and traceability systems to enhance quality and assurance required in domestic and international markets

  • Manufacturers have digitised their product information, which underpins growth in online channels and is the first step in a digitised food system.
  • The sector has adopted a standardised approach to data and information exchange across supply chains. Improved traceability across the value chain, from farm to manufacturer to consumer, underpinning provenance claims.
  • Consumers have increased access to product information such as through mobile devices.
  • Improved digital traceability from farm to manufacturer to consumer, underpinning provenance claims.
  • Consumers have access to extended and personalised product information such as access to environmental impact and manufacturing processes.
  • Value-adding to Australian agriculture has increased onshore.

Funding available

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative is now open for food and beverage manufacturing projects that meet eligibility under its Translation and Integration streams.

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