Biofutures news

Edition 3

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:

Where to from the Biofutures Industry Forum?

After extensive work to sort through the dozens of ideas, recommendations and actions, Biofutures Queensland has released the final action plan arising from the Queensland Government – US Navy Biofutures Industry Forum.

Forum participants identified seven key areas where action was needed to support the rapid development of Queensland’s biofutures industry, ranging from re-examining the policy and regulatory environment to building relationships and celebrating successes. The newly-released action plan sets out Biofutures Queensland’s response to those issues and gives further clarity to the state’s burgeoning biofutures industry.

Read the full Queensland Biofutures Industry Forum Action Plan - next steps (PDF icon 422 KB).

The road to Montréal

Image by Artur Staszewski. Used under Creative Commons

Biofutures Queensland is partnering with Life Sciences Queensland and QUT to bring our state’s biofutures industry to the world’s premier bioindustry event, the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

The Queensland pavilion will showcase the ways our mix of natural resources, skilled workforces, world-class R&D and developed supporting industries make Queensland an ideal location for business and investment. Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet with leading figures from Queensland’s bioindustry, including Biofutures Industry Envoy Professor Ian O’Hara.

Future editions of Biofutures news will continue to update you on our road to Montréal.

If you would like to propose a meeting with the Biofutures Queensland delegation while they’re at the World Congress, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Urban waste biomass dataset now available

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Work to catalyse investment in the renewable energy sector by supplying detailed information about feedstocks – and linkages to potential bioenergy projects – has received a boost with the recent addition of Queensland’s urban waste dataset. The information is now integrated into both the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Web-Based Agricultural Land Information (WALI) platform.

This latest update precedes a larger update expected in June, which will include information on cereal crops, cotton, intensive livestock and horticulture. The platform already has available datasets on feedstocks from sugar and forestry industries.

Upcoming dates to note

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

  • BIO International Convention, San Diego, California 19-22 June
    Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy Professor Ian O’Hara will be in attendance.

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.