Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme

At a glance


Provides help to with the costs of investing in capital projects for businesses establishing or expanding manufacturing operations in South Australia or Victoria.

Contact information:

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The $90 million Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme helps businesses investing in capital projects, to establish or expand high value manufacturing operations in South Australia and Victoria.

It is part of the Australian Government’s $155 million Growth Fund, established in 2014 to support employees, businesses and regions affected by the closure of Australia’s car manufacturing industry by 2017.

The Victorian and South Australian State Governments have each contributed $12 million to grants under the programme.

Grants are available from $500,000 to a maximum of $2.5 million, for up to one third of eligible project costs.

Projects can take up to three years to complete. The project site must be in South Australia or Victoria.

If you receive this funding, you cannot receive any other Australian Government funding for the same project.

Eligibility criteria

Your business must

  • be an entity incorporated in Australia
  • non tax-exempt
  • engage in trading activities
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST).

You cannot apply if you are:

  • an individual or partnership
  • a Commonwealth, State or Local Government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • registered for the Automotive Transformation Scheme
  • named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).

Eligible projects:

  • must include eligible activities
  • must have at least $1.5 million in eligible project costs
  • must take place at a manufacturing site in South Australia or Victoria
  • must not involve the movement of a business activity from another state to Victoria or South Australia.

Further information on Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme eligibility criteria is available at Programme Guidelines.

Eligible activities:

  • buying, constructing, installing and commissioning new machinery and equipment
  • changing or extending your existing premises to house the new machinery and equipment acquired through the project
  • training in the use and maintenance of new machinery and equipment acquired through the project.

You may have other activities approved if they support programme outcomes.

Eligible expenditure:

  • must be incurred:
    • by the grant recipient
    • directly on the project
    • after AusIndustry confirms that your application is eligible, and on or after the agreed project start date
    • before or on the agreed project end date.
  • may include expenditure on:
    • plant and equipment
    • salaries
    • contracts
    • other as stated in the Eligible Expenditure Guide.

More information about eligibility is available in the Programme Guidelines.

Merit criteria

You must address each of the criteria:

  1. The level of net economic benefit that will be achieved by the project (40 points)
  2. The extent to which the project represents a new or expanded high value activity by the applicant (40 points)
  3. The value for money offered by grant support for the project (20 points).

How to apply

The Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme is closed.

If your application is successful

You will receive written advice from AusIndustry about the outcome of your application.

If your application is not successful, you have the chance to discuss it with us.

If you are successful, you will receive a written offer of funding.

You will have 30 days to accept the offer of funding and sign a Funding Agreement.

You will need to send in a milestone report when you complete a milestone. You will receive a payment based on:

  • the expenditure directly related to the project
  • the agreed grant ratio for the project.

Payments are made directly to your business bank account.

Key documents

  • Customer information guide
  • Programme guidelines round 2
  • Programme guidelines round 1
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Eligible expenditure guidelines round 2
  • Sample funding agreement
  • Guide to managing your grant

Grant recipients

View grant recipients under the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme.

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