The Federal Government has announced 50 million in grants under the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative – a key part of the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy – in an effort to strengthen Australia’s supply chain capabilities and improve access to critical products in times of crisis.
Under the initiative, matched grants of between $50,000 and $2 million will be made available for businesses that can help address supply chain vulnerabilities across medicines and agricultural production chemicals – which were identified as sectors of focus in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said projects could include ‘scaling up existing manufacturing and workforce skills capability or increasing supply chain transparency through technology’.
“COVID-19 has taught us that we need to be able to have access to critical products in times of crisis and that is why we are investing in projects to support our supply chain resilience,” Minister Porter continued.
“Our initial analysis identified medicines, agricultural production chemicals – such as fertilisers – and personal protective equipment (PPE) as sectors of focus.
“The Morrison Government has already worked side-by-side with industry, offering significant investment to scale up Australia’s ability to make PPE locally when we needed it most.
“This included providing funding to establish and expand local manufacturing, establishing accredited product testing capabilities, and providing free access to product standards and streamlining regulatory reviews and approvals. Now we want to drive the same success for medicines and agricultural production chemicals.
According to the Minister, a second tranche of analysis into semi-conductors, water treatment chemicals and telecommunications equipment is due to commencing shortly.
“Not only is this initiative important to strengthening our ability to access critical products for the health and wellbeing of Australians, it’s also helping grow Australian manufacturing and create new jobs for generations to come,” Mr Porter concluded.
To apply for a grant under the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative visit: business.gov.au/scri