Industry Growth Centres Initiative

Closed 15 Dec 2014

Opened 25 Nov 2014


The Industry Growth Centres Initiative (the Initiative), announced as part of the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda on the 14 October 2014, is a key part of the government’s new industry policy direction to boost our productivity and competitiveness.

The Initiative will be delivered through Industry Growth Centres (Growth Centres) which will initially be established in five key sectors of the Australian economy within the Industry Portfolio: food and agribusiness; mining equipment, technology and services; medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; advanced manufacturing; and oil, gas and energy resources.

The Initiative will enable businesses with winning strategies to self-select and grow, by encouraging business-research collaboration, reducing excessive regulation, improving workforce skills, strengthening global supply chain linkages, and improving commercialisation outcomes. The Initiative will put science at the heart of industry policy.

Why We Are Consulting

The Industry Growth Centres is an industry led Initiative. Although the government has set the framework design of the Initiative, the details of implementation will be the responsibility of each Centre.

The Department of Industry is running a roadshow and consultation process to give interested parties the opportunity to shape the implementation of the Centres. This will include the opportunity to comment on the prioritisation of activities for each sector.

The results of the consultation will be used to develop guidance material for the implementation of the Initiative. This guidance will help the Chair and Facilitator determine the workable and effective scope of each Growth Centre.

What Happens Next

Submissions to Industry Growth Centres Initiative have now closed.

For more information about the Initiative including any updates, please go to the Department of Industry website


  • Industry
  • Commonwealth and state government departments and agencies
  • Universities
  • Research institutions
  • Small and medium sized enterprises
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Community organisations


  • Industry
  • Collaboration
  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmacueticals
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources