Biofutures news

Edition 2

Welcome to the latest edition of Biofutures news, the newsletter of Biofutures Queensland and your way of keeping up to date on Australia's emerging hub for industrial biotech and bioproducts.

In this edition we cover:

Jobs and Regional Growth Fund

The Queensland Government is investing $130 million to grow our state's regional economies and create jobs for Queenslanders. Financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to over $10 million is available from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund for medium to large businesses with projects that will create jobs and economic growth opportunities in areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges.

If you think the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund could help your biofutures project, view the details and get in contact with the team.

Biofutures Acceleration Program

The international and national drive to attract biorefinery development to Queensland is paying dividends, with 26 proposals to build commercial-scale biorefineries received as a direct result of the Biofutures Acceleration Program Expression of Interest.

Proposals were received from established companies based in the USA, Asia and Europe as well as Australia, with many potential proponents identifying specific biorefinery development locations and projected job and investment opportunities. The Queensland Government is now assessing each proposal, with shortlisted successful proponents to be announced by mid-2017.

Find out more about the Biofutures Acceleration Program.

Biomass assessment survey

The University of the Sunshine Coast and Queensland University of Technology are seeking views and ideas to inform development of analytical tools that will help biomass producers and users access useful biomass information. The tools will be developed as part of the Australian biomass for bioenergy assessment (ABBA) for implementation through the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI).

To give your input on the usefulness of the analytical tools the team is proposing, take the survey.

Upcoming dates to note

During the next few months the Biofutures Queensland team will be out and about at the following events:

  • 11th Annual F.O. Licht's Sugar & Ethanol Asia 28 February – 2 March
    Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy Professor Ian O'Hara will be talking about the opportunities for biofuels and bioproducts in Australia

More to come.


Biofutures Queensland is your gateway for support from the Queensland Government. To find out more about the Queensland Government's vision for a $1 billion biofutures industry, discuss how we can help you with your biofutures project or tell us your good news story, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.