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The road map’s vision is to develop world-leading advanced manufacturers that seize economic opportunities from sustainability, the clean energy transition, and the global effort to create more value from resources and reduce waste. It is based on playing to key areas of Australia’s industrial advantage: innovation, renewable and mineral resources, leadership in technology adoption, and expanding the existing strengths of our industrial base. To seize these opportunities and deliver our vision, the Modern Manufacturing Strategy needs to drive collaborations that:

  • Develop world-leading greentech products
  • Support domestic manufacturers to benefit from industry growth
  • Mobilise large-scale investment in new ways of using energy and materials

Supporting late-stage commercialisation is key; connecting industry with demand and building domestic manufacturing capability is critical. This includes identifying new market opportunities for manufacturers to access global supply chains or global scale domestic projects.

To track the progress of our efforts and actions, a number of qualitative and quantitative goals will provide markers across 2, 5 and 10 year timelines.

Success at 2 years—by end of 2022

Success at 5 years—by end of 2025

Success at 10 years—by end of 2030

  • New technologies and products are technically and commercially proven. More manufacturers are ready to take advantage of accelerating trends favouring sustainable production. 
  • Co-investments support manufacturers to develop world-leading products, convert sectoral growth into onshore manufacturing opportunities, and collaboration between businesses. At least some of these co-investments leverage the scale economies of place-based hubs.
  • More businesses are developing pre- and post- production capabilities to enhance their competitive offering to domestic and global markets.
  • In recycling, manufacturers collaborate with suppliers and retailers to bring recycled feedstock into more production processes, and develop products (and end-of-life services) that make reducing or recovering materials easier.
  • In clean energy, manufacturers and other businesses collaborate to develop more advanced equipment and technologies, integrate with global value chains and global scale projects, and bring clean energy into more manufacturing processes.
  • Businesses are building on capabilities and products, with continued investment in market-leading innovations and increasing scale. Maturing markets for green technologies and products are helping pull this through.
  • Manufacturers have ready access to cheaper and cleaner recycled materials, and more affordable, clean and reliable energy. Integrating these into production is a common practice.
  • More Australian manufacturers are accessing domestic and international supply chains for large brands and projects.
  • Consortiums with complementary partners spanning the supply chain are tackling barriers to demand, scale, and competitiveness in a coordinated way, and leveraging the unique collaboration opportunities of industrial precincts.
  • R&D, design, production, sales and services have positioned Australian manufacturers as leading providers of solutions to help Australia and the world transition to more sustainable energy and material systems.
  • Manufacturers strongly prefer recycled materials over virgin resources, and have access to these at much greater volumes and more competitive prices.
  • Australia is a leading global manufacturing player for key classes of clean energy hardware, providing Australian innovation to the world and to a thriving local pipeline of clean energy deployment.
  • Australia is becoming a globally attractive destination for investments in low-carbon, energy-intensive manufacturing.


Funding available

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

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