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The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Our manufacturers have risen to the challenge to deliver during COVID-19 and now, we’re unlocking their potential to deliver for our future.

In a world that has been shaken and changed by COVID-19, Australians are understandably concerned about where to from here.

But history has shown that through adversity, greatness can be borne. As Australians, it’s something we know too well.

And so it is with Australian manufacturing. Our manufacturers have risen to the challenge to deliver during COVID-19 and now, we’re unlocking their potential to deliver for our future.

There is no business as usual in the post-COVID-19 economy.

Tinkering at the edges on manufacturing policy is not an option. It hasn’t worked in the past. Despite our world-class skills and incredible natural assets, manufacturing has been in decline for decades. Well before COVID-19, the Morrison Government began actively working to change this.

Now, driven by both imperative and opportunity, we are adopting a whole-of-government strategy that will see Australian manufacturers scale-up, become more competitive and more resilient.

Australians instinctively know that strong, successful manufacturing businesses make for a stronger country.

The world knows too, that when Australians promise, we deliver. We are recognised for our reliability, our ingenuity and our quality products. Now in a disrupted global economy we have the opportunity to grow that reputation.

By playing to our strengths, strategically investing and harnessing our world-class science and research, we can open up new markets and take more of our quality products to the world. Making us more prosperous.

By fundamentally addressing supply chain issues, not just plugging gaps, we can build resilience and enhance our ability to deal with challenges in the future. Making us more secure.

And by doing it all in a targeted, strategic way, we can create high-paid, lasting jobs – not just for this recovery, but for generations to come. Making our future brighter.

This Strategy is all about government backing an enterprise-led recovery. It sends a clear signal that not only is Australia open for business, but we mean business.

Let’s “Make it Happen”.

The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology