Industry innovation

We are boosting innovation in Australian businesses and building competitive industries.

Delivering business innovation grants and initiatives

Our department administers programs and initiatives that support research, entrepreneurship and commercialisation.

Boosting Female Founders (BFF) Initiative

We help women entrepreneurs grow their startups in national and international markets through the BFF Initiative.

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

BRII grants encourage businesses to develop innovative solutions to government challenges.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants

CRC Grants support medium to long-term collaborative research for up to 10 years.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Projects grants

CRC Project grants support short-term collaborative research for up to 3 years.

Industry Growth Centres

Industry growth centres are driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness in 6 key growth industry sectors.

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive

The R&D Tax Incentive stimulates business investment in R&D through tax offsets.

Venture capital program

We provide venture capital tax benefits to encourage investment in innovative early-stage businesses.

Guiding industry innovation

These entities guide innovation policy and program delivery.

Supporting innovative industries


Innovation supports our efforts to strengthen Australian manufacturing.

Critical minerals

We’re accelerating Australia’s critical minerals sector to enable clean energy technologies.


We’re supporting innovation in Australia’s critical and emerging technology industries.

Latest news

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Industry Growth Program: request for tender

We’re seeking contractors to provide advisory services for the Industry Growth Program. Submissions close on 16 August.
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Industry Growth Program: have your say

We want to hear your views on how the Australian Government can design the new Industry Growth Program. Submissions close on 30 July 2023.
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Office of National Rail Industry Coordination

National Rail Manufacturing Plan appointments to lead change in the rail manufacturing industry

The National Rail Manufacturing Advocate and Rail Industry Innovation Council will work closely with the Office of National Rail Industry Coordination.
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Office of the Chief Economist

Independent evaluation shows benefits of Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

An evaluation by the Nous Group found the program is good for businesses, the Australian Government and the economy.
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Almost $5 million in grants to support innovative RegTech solutions

Five Australian companies share $4,999,340 in grants from the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII). Funding is from the BRII Regulatory Technology (RegTech) round.
Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre (PAIGC)

Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre grant: expression of interest

We are running a competitive grant process to select an entity to deliver the new centre. Grant guidelines are now available. We are accepting expressions of interest.
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National Measurement Institute

Importance of measurement recognised in the 2023–24 Budget

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has received $63.9 million in funding to sustain its core measurement capabilities and to modernise Australia’s measurement laws.

Data and program evaluation

The Office of the Chief Economist evaluates the performance of our programs to ensure they are supporting industry innovation.