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The National Rail Manufacturing Plan: connecting this strategy to the big picture

This strategy is a key part of the National Rail Manufacturing Plan.

The National Rail Manufacturing Plan (NRMP) is the Australian Government’s commitment to help grow a more globally competitive rail manufacturing sector that lifts productivity, improves social and environmental outcomes, and creates economic value. The NRMP aims to deliver: 

  • a nationally coordinated approach to government procurement and investment
  • a more efficient domestic supply chain selling to local and export markets
  • global leaders in research, design, innovation, and adoption
  • rewarding careers and a highly skilled, diverse workforce

The NRMP will be rolled out over 3 phases.

Phase 1: Establish a strong foundation for growth and pursue high value early opportunities 

The National Rail Procurement and Manufacturing Strategy (this document) is the deliverable under Phase 1.

Phase 2: Identify opportunities for Australian manufacturing in the global supply chain

Phase 2 of the NRMP investigates the domestic capability of our rail manufacturing sector and identifies opportunities to participate in the global supply chain. Working closely with stakeholders, we will explore:

  • Australia’s design, research and innovation capabilities 
  • the skills required to deliver and grow manufacturing capabilities in Australia 
  • how to effectively enable growth and/or establish market share within the global supply chain to develop/improve highly skilled advanced manufacturing jobs.

We will map the national rail innovation system, identify opportunities and work closely with Jobs and Skills Australia, the National Transport Commission, and states and territories to support the growth of a highly skilled workforce.

Phase 3: Develop domestic capability in priority growth areas

Phase 3 will build on the stakeholder engagement and mapping undertaken in phase 2 to develop domestic capability in priority growth areas. Priority growth plans may target opportunities such as:

  • growing the capabilities of SMEs
  • attracting new capital
  • facilitating innovation and research
  • boosting export and trade
  • developing a world-class workforce.