Manufacturing Skills Australia’s Industry Development Fund

Australia’s manufacturing industry is responsible for producing a diverse range of products; including food and beverages, clothing and footwear, machinery and equipment, and furniture and appliances.  It is one of Australia’s largest industry areas, with $3.5B in earnings (ABS 2017–18), and it employs over 840,000 Australians – ten per cent of those in Western Australia. With changes in work practices and manufacturing standards, many jobs within the industry require specialist skills. Additionally, new technologies such as automation will be a key change for future manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturing Skills Australia has announced its Industry Development Fund is now taking applications for 2019. The fund is offering a series of support payments designed to assist and support students or intending students within the manufacturing industries — successful recipients can receive between $1,000 and $10,000 to develop their skills and knowledge through training, education and/or research. 

These payments are intended to reward individuals that have shown exceptional commitment to vocational education and training, and who are committed to furthering their skills and knowledge within their chosen industry, including:

  • metal, engineering and boating;
  • aerospace;
  • process manufacturing, including chemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral products, plastics and rubber;
  • laboratory operations;
  • recreational vehicles;
  • textiles, clothing and footwear;
  • furnishing;
  • competitive systems and practices; and
  • environmental monitoring and sustainable operations.

Funding applications are currently open on the MSA website from 1 June 2019 and will close on 12 July 2019. 

Visit the MSA website to find out more

Page last updated January 13, 2020