New Grants

The Made in Queensland (MIQ) Program aims to support QLD-based small and medium sized manufacturers with up to $2.5 million in grant funding with the aim of increasing international competitiveness, productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies, and to generate high-skilled jobs for the future.

Deadlines and Timings

Applications will open on 31 October 2022 and will close on 12 December 2022 at 9AM AEST.

The key timeframes for the assessment process will vary based on the number and complexity of applications received by the Department. As such, indicative dates will be provided as assessments progress. The Department anticipates that assessment of Stage 1 applications will take up to 16 weeks (4 months) from the closing date for applications, depending on the volume received.

Overview and Grant Amount

An MIQ grant will support an eligible Queensland-based manufacturing SME by reimbursing up to 50% of the eligible project costs. The objectives of MIQ are congruent to the strategic direction set by the QLD government by:

  • increasing the productivity and international competitiveness of Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs
  • encouraging Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to adopt innovative processes and technologies
  • encouraging more Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to become advanced manufacturers
  • supporting traditional manufacturing jobs and creating the new high-skilled manufacturing jobs of the future
  • achieve energy efficiency, export, reshoring, and decarbonisation outcomes through Industry 4.0 transformation projects, which can reasonably be completed in a 12-month period

Grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million (excluding GST) will be awarded following a two-stage competitive selection process:

  • Stage 1 involves an applicant submitting a Stage 1 application. If the Stage 1 application demonstrates that the applicant and the project meet the eligibility criteria, the Stage 1 application will be evaluated and scored against a set assessment criteria. Applicants with the highest ranked Stage 1 applications will then be invited to submit their Stage 2 information.
  • Stage 2 applicants will be assessed and scored against a set value for money assessment criteria. Applications will then be ranked and, grants will be awarded to those shortlisted applicants with the highest ranked applications, where funding remains available to be allocated.

Note: The total value of all MIQ grants received by any one entity (including the entity’s associated entities) across all rounds of the MIQ Program must not exceed $2.5 million.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible for an MIQ grant, an applicant must:

  • be a Queensland-based business whose principal activity and majority annual turnover is derived from manufacturing, as defined under Division C of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006
  • be registered for GST and hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be an SME with between five and 200 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees; minimum 5 FTE employees must be located in Queensland
  • have a proposed eligible project that meets the requirements
  • be able to demonstrate the expected outcomes of the proposed eligible project
  • have the financial capacity and standing necessary to conduct the proposed eligible project recognising that the grant payments are made in arrears
  • accept that the department may require security over any or all of the funded items for the duration of the funding agreement
  • not have, and must not be, an associated entity that has received (or be about to receive) funding under the MIQ Program that in aggregate exceeds, or will exceed $2.5 million
  • not have made, and must not be an associated entity that has made, an application under Round 5 of the MIQ Program that in aggregate exceeds, or will exceed $2.5 million
  • not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are an undischarged bankrupt
  • not be a federal, state or local government entity, statutory authority or special purpose vehicle or not-for-profit organisation

Applicants should note that a detailed due diligence and probity review may be undertaken on the applicant including, but not limited to, the checks and searches below:

  • applicant bona fide checks (status, corporate structure, ownership, directors review etc.)
  • background and probity searches (ACCC, Banned & Disqualified, Bankruptcy, Adverse Media, Courts)
  • financial capability (historical financials) and viability (funding capacity and sources)
  • business and project risks, and planned mitigations

Eligible Activities

The project must

  • be consistent with the program objectives
  • involve the introduction of equipment, a process or technology not currently used by the applicant that is industry-leading (best practice) such as:
    • implementing advanced robotics/ advanced industry 4.0 equipment
    • implementing a sector relevant system or process
    • the development of a plan or strategy
  • be designed so that it is aimed at achieving the desired business transformation, embracing Industry 4.0 (digitisation, interconnected factory, big data analytics etc.)
  • have a project site address in Queensland
  • not have commenced, and not be scheduled to commence, until after a funding agreement has been executed
  • not be the same as a project approved under any previous round of MIQ where an agreement has already been entered into between the Department and the applicant
  • not be subject to funding under any other Local, State or Federal Government grant or scheme

Ineligible costs:

Applicants must identify their expected total project costs (including eligible project costs and ineligible project costs), and the grant amount requested. The grant amount must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs. Applicants will be entitled to claim funding only for eligible project costs incurred and paid by the applicant.

Eligible project costs mean those costs and expenses reasonably incurred by the applicant in connection with the eligible project but excluding any ineligible project costs. Applicants will not be entitled to receive funding in respect to ineligible project costs. Ineligible project costs mean costs and expenses associated with

  • project costs incurred or paid prior to the execution of the MIQ funding agreement;
  • MIQ Round 5 proposed project or project item/s that are the same as a project or project item/s approved under any previous round of MIQ where an agreement has already been entered into between the department and the applicant;
  • MIQ Round 5 proposed project or project item/s that are the same as a project or project item/s subject to funding (either already under contract or contract pending) under any other local, state or federal government grant or scheme;
  • preparing an application for the MIQ program, including any third-party consultant costs involved in the preparation of materials in support of a Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 application or any associated reports used as the basis for an application;
  • salaries for staff or the costs associated with recruitment activities;
  • normal operations (e.g., utilities charges, telecommunications charges, standard tool or machinery hire/purchases, licensing fees, membership fees etc);
  • repair, maintenance or replacement of existing equipment;
  • duplication of existing equipment or modifications to existing equipment;
  • equipment not considered to be advanced manufacturing equipment (e.g., equipment that is not considered to align with international best practice)
  • equipment or processes which do not constitute a manufacturing process;
  • development and build of equipment for demonstration purposes (that is, equipment and components not being used for the manufacture of products), and equipment built for proof-of-concept purposes;
  • processes which are standard, mundane, “everyday”, not advanced or not international best practice;
  • second-hand, leased or hire-purchased equipment;
  • freight or carriage services not associated with, or considered to be critical to, the proposed MIQ project;
  • modifications or extensions to existing infrastructure or construction of new infrastructure (including wiring, cabling and plumbing installation, renovations of buildings, building extensions, telecommunications, server rooms etc);
  • design and printing of promotional materials, website design and development, advertising and animation, copyright and development of promotional material or any online content;
  • exhibiting at trade shows, visiting overseas trade events, study tours or conventions;
  • travel and accommodation;
  • general on-the-job training and supervision, training courses, training programs and further education (e.g., Certificates III & IV)

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to read the program guidelines set by the funding grant. Submissions may be lodged through their online portal.

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