Manufacturing Industry

The Australian manufacturing industry is incredibly diverse and includes businesses involved in processing food to producing pharmaceutical products to smelting steel. It contributes over $100 billion to Australian GDP, employs around 950,000 Australians and contributes almost 25% of business expenditure on research and development (R&D).

Manufacturing Subsectors

The department's portfolio responsibilities include:

Publications and Resources

Department publications

  • Manufacturing Performance Report
    Provides key indicators on the performance of the manufacturing industry, including employment, gross value added and trade. For a copy of the Report, please email
  • Manufacturing Data Card
    Provides a snapshot of the manufacturing industry's contribution to the Australian economy and its changes over time.

State government departments

Information for local state government departments responsible for manufacturing policy and/or programmes:

Support for Manufacturing

Programmes to support Australian manufacturers:

Commercialisation Australia

  • Commercialisation Australia offers funding and resources to accelerate the business building process for eligible companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors looking to commercialise intellectual property.

Cooperative Research Centres

  • Cooperative Research Centres support end-user driven research partnerships between publicly funded researchers and end-user businesses to address major challenges that require a medium to long-term collaborative effort.

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive


  • AusIndustry delivers a range of programmes that support eligible businesses across all sectors.

Enterprise Connect

Skills Connect

  • Skills Connect operates on a co-contribution basis to fund training of new and existing workers in nationally recognised qualifications and skill sets.

GrantsLink and websites provide further information about other Commonwealth, state and territory grant and assistance programmes available to support manufacturers. AusIndustry also provides a Hotline number 13 28 46 for general business advice and support.

Contact us

Sectoral Analysis
Manufacturing Performance Branch
Industry Division
Department of Industry
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6213 6429

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