Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM (AEDT)
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The Federal Government’s focus on supporting growth of the manufacturing sector through programs like the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) has been well received.

We are seeing enormous investments by manufacturers as they seek to urgently respond to the demand for locally-made components/goods and take the opportunity to embed onshore manufacturing and reset supply chains. With grants of $1m to $20m, the MMI (part of the Federal Government’s $1.3bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy) has offered an opportunity for manufacturers to act strategically and seek crucial alternate finance.

That said, grant application processes are extensive and time consuming, and increasingly competitive, as evidenced by the MMI opportunity. So how can applicants put their best foot forward? Round 1 opened with very little warning and for a very short window, but we learned a great deal. How can these lessons be applied for applicants considering Round 2 and what should be done ahead of the next round opening to increase the chances of success?

Please join us for a webinar with Jacky Millership (Innovation Incentives Partner at Grant Thornton) and Danielle Ellem (Director, Industry Partnerships – Industry Development at Queensland Government) as they discuss lessons learned and the very important role State Governments can provide as co-funders of strategic projects. This includes:

  • The Federal Government’s $1.3 bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy and the centrepiece Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI)
  • The types of projects that rate highly for support under this program
  • Lessons learned from MMI Round 1 and getting ready for Round 2
  • Leveraging state government support to elevate projects being put forward for this Federal funding
  • Focus on Queensland Government’s Industry Partnership Program
  • Overview of other state government support mechanisms

Featured speakers

Jacky Millership

Partner - Innovation Incentives

Jacky has over 30 years’ consulting experience in international trade development and Government Program facilitation.  She leads Grant Thornton’s B2G (Business to Government) team, which specialises in assisting business to fully leverage the very diverse range of grants and incentives available at both State and Federal level.

Danielle Ellem

Director, Industry Partnerships, Industry Development, Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Danielle Ellem has over a decade of experience working in regional and industry development. For the last five years, she has been in the State Development Group within the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. She has held leadership roles in the development and implementation of multiple Queensland Government industry roadmaps, including waste and recycling and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services. Most recently, she has led development of new industry policy including implementation of the $350 million Industry Partnership Program.