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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    $1.8 million Palaszczuk Government funding to grow METS jobs

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    $1.8 million Palaszczuk Government funding to grow METS jobs

    The Palaszczuk Government has allocated $1.8 million in 2018-19 to encourage innovation and jobs growth in the state’s $7 billion Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government funding would deliver 11 state-based industry support activities during the year in partnership with METS Ignited, one of six Australian Government-led growth centres.

    “The METS sector employs about 20,000 people in Queensland and thesenew activities are key to achieving our plan to create a further 3000 extra jobs over the next decade,” Mr Dick said.

    “2018-19 activities include another round of the Igniting METS Accelerator program, following the Igniting METS Accelerator pilot’s success in 2017.

    “Another Accelerator in 2018-19 will help start-ups and early stage companies with great innovations to take their products and services to national and international markets.”

    Mr Dick said a series of Mini Accelerators would also be run to reach Queensland companies in regions where they may not be able to access the full accelerator program.

    “A Scale-Up and Take Off program is being developed to assist METS businesses who are expanding to meet the challenges that come with growth,” he said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government’s collaboration with METS Ignited, including attracting them to establish their headquarters in Brisbane, has already been of significant benefit to the industry.

    “Funding will also support industry collaboration, assisting the growth of established METS clusters and developing new clusters. 

    “Through this activity, METS companies, resource companies and researchers will come together around common outcomes and share capabilities to make the most of commercial opportunities.”

    Mr Dick said Palaszczuk Government support programs will be targeted at clusters to increase capability and promote Queensland’s world leading expertise to international markets.”

    Other METS activities for 2018-19 include:

    • a series of workshops in major centres across Queensland to increase awareness of growth opportunities in the METS sector
    • a program to improve digital capabilities
    • funding for the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) to identify and promote opportunities for Queensland METS companies to develop and supply energy efficient and commercially valuable solutions to the energy and resources industry
    • continued support for the Test Facilities Research Project to determine gaps in existing test facility availability in Australia, supporting METS businesses to trial new ideas in a practical environment

    Mr Dick said many of the activities in the upcoming work program are key actions from the Palaszczuk Government’s $7 million METS program, including the Queensland METS 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, released in July last year.

    “The Roadmap and Action Plan is part of the Government's $650 million Advance Queensland initiative to create knowledge-based jobs for Queenslanders,” he said.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Anika Hume 0447 320 039