To support the growth of regional manufacturers, $30 million has been invested into regional Manufacturing Hubs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton. Each hub will provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing through world-leading technologies.

The hubs have strong links with local universities, schools and TAFE Queensland to develop a workforce with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Advice and assistance available at the hubs include:

Business development programs

Skills development and training programs

Awareness of advanced manufacturing

 

Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program

We have made available $13.5 million through the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program (MHGP) to assist eligible businesses. Up to $4.5 million is available for each manufacturing hub to build the advanced manufacturing capability of the Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton regions.

This is an opportunity for manufacturers to become more productive and create the jobs of the future through:

  • technology adoption
  • skills and training
  • business development
  • advance robotic manufacturing hub services.

Please read the guidelines (PDF icon 1.8 MB) and funding agreement (PDF icon 448 KB) before you begin your application, and note only online applications will be accepted.

The MHGP will be open to eligible applicants until June 2022 or once the program is fully subscribed.

How to apply

Contact the Rockhampton, Townsville or Cairns Hub for a preliminary discussion regarding your project. Following this discussion, should you wish to apply, a form requesting access to the application portal will be emailed to you. The fund will be open to applications until the program monies are fully allocated.

Cairns Hub

The Cairns Hub is located at the TAFE Queensland campus in Cairns. Its focus areas are:

  • marine
  • aviation
  • food manufacturing.

Get in touch with the Cairns Hub team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07 4037 3241.

Townsville Hub

The Townsville Hub is located at the TAFE Queensland campus at Bohle. Its focus areas are:

  • advanced metal production manufacturing
  • food transformation through advanced manufacturing.

Upcoming events will be advertised soon. Get in touch with the Townsville Hub team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07 4758 3429.

Rockhampton Hub

The Rockhampton Hub is located at Central Queensland University’s Rockhampton North campus. Its focus areas are:

  • rail manufacturing and technology
  • advanced technologies for metal production
  • food product innovation.

Get in touch with the Rockhampton Hub team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0407 563 377.

Further information

Manufacturing Hub Delivery Model (PDF icon 10.7 MB)