Support for industry

The Australian Government recognises the potential of industries built on enabling technologies to contribute positively to the Australian economy and society. The Australian Government, like many other governments around the world, sees innovation and uptake of new technologies as important in assisting us to meet future challenges.

Government support

Governments at all levels provide support to help businesses using enabling technologies to start up and grow. Support from government to industry is delivered in numerous ways. The Department of Industry has created a Single Business Service assistance which is available to all Australian businesses – made up of a consolidated online presence accessible anytime and anywhere, a contact centre and a face-to-face business facilitation network to link interested businesses with relevant programmes and services.

  • - The Single Business Service gateway to information and services to assist businesses in their dealings with all levels of Australian government. It includes a comprehensive Grants & Assistance Finder which provides business with an indication of what assistance is available from State and Federal governments.
  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)- Is an independent Commonwealth authority, supporting innovations that improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
  • Linkage Projects - Supports research and development projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system. These projects are to be undertaken to acquire new knowledge and involve risk or innovation. This program is administered by the Australian Research Council.

Industry Networks and Associations

Industry networks and associations are able to provide critical peer support to fellow businesses and colleagues, including through representation, networking and collaboration opportunities and professional development programs.

  • Ausbiotech - Australia’s biotechnology industry organisation. Ausbiotech has a professional development arm called BioProCourses which offers courses which have been developed in consultation with industry leaders.
  • Australian Industry Group - Is a leading industry association. It represents businesses in a broad variety of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, printing and mining equipment and supplies.
  • Australian Nano Network (ANN) - A network of professionals working in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It supports conferences, workshops, summer schools, student and early career researcher training and other outreach programs.
  • Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) - Encourages links between industry, academia and Government. ANA is an industry-led, research supported membership-based alliance comprising organisations.
  • BioMelbourne Network - Is an industry forum for the leaders of the Victorian biotechnology industry. The Network provides a link between companies, research organisations, financial markets and government.
  • Emerging Assistive and Medical Technologies Network - Is being developed by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The proposed network would address the disconnect between assistive technology research and its translation into commercialisation and practice.
  • Engineers Australia - Provides professional development services for the engineering profession. They disseminate knowledge of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering by providing an information hub, promoting education in the field and representing the need for skilled engineers to government.
  • Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ) - Aims to identify business opportunities and accelerate growth in the Queensland life sciences industry. It provides members with tools and services and works to shape the strategic direction of the industry in the State.
  • Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) - Represents the Australian chemistry industry. Member companies are diverse and represent all aspects of the value chain.
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) - Is the qualifying body in Australia for professional chemical scientists and is concerned with the teaching and practise of chemistry. They represent and cater for the professional needs of all chemists, including by providing activities and services.
  • Small Technologies Cluster (STC) - Promotes commercialisation and entrepreneurship around next-generation technologies. STC provides commercialisation infrastructure, links with stakeholders across industry, government and academia, and supports the development, and integration of enabling technologies.


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