The road map development process
On 1 October 2020, the Australian Government announced $1.5 billion to be invested over the next 4 years in the Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS) to help Australian manufacturers become more competitive, resilient and build scale in the global market.
The centrepiece of the MMS is the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative which will allow government to invest in projects within 6 National Manufacturing Priority areas. The 6 National Manufacturing Priority areas are:
- Resources Technology & Critical Minerals Processing
- Food & Beverage
- Medical products
- Recycling & Clean Energy
Road maps have been developed with industry to set out plans for both industry and Government to strengthen Australia’s manufacturing capability. The road maps have been led by 6 industry taskforces to identify and set a future vision for the priority areas with clear goals, opportunities and actions over the next 2, 5 and 10 years.
Members of the industry taskforces were selected based on their expertise across the priority areas, and were supported by technical experts from the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department) and Industry Innovation and Science Australia (IISA).
Taskforce deliberations focused on current and future issues, challenges and opportunities to identify actions businesses and government can undertake to support scale, competitiveness and resilience in food and beverage manufacturing in the next 10 years.
Government has also been working with industry beyond the taskforce to understand the needs of the food and beverage manufacturing sector. A public consultation process was held between 23 October 2020 and 9 November 2020 which received 340 responses, including 75 focused on food and beverage manufacturing.
Input on the key strengths, opportunities and solutions to grow manufacturing have been used to inform the road map. The road map was also informed by bilateral meetings with key stakeholders as well as research conducted by the department.
Building on existing findings
Recognising the valuable work already completed in this area, development of the road map also drew upon relevant strategies including but not limited to:
- CSIRO Food and Agribusiness Roadmap (July 2017) identifies major growth opportunities for Food and Agribusiness, and what this sector needs to do to achieve them.
- Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) – Sector Competitiveness Plan (Feb 2020) outlines a 10‑year vision and strategy for the Food and Agriculture sector, identifying the challenges and opportunities for the sector.