NEW FACE MASK TESTING FACILITY OPENS IN MELBOURNE

A new Australian-first testing facility will enable local manufacturers of surgical face masks to fast-track the supply for frontline health workers. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new CSIRO facility in Melbourne will boost Australia’s sovereign capability to produce essential medical supplies more efficiently and at a lower cost. “The COVID-19…

$10M MISSION TO BUILD FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE

A $10 million mission has been launched to further secure Australia’s food supply chains and build the agrifood industry’s resilience to shocks. The Morrison Government-backed Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre today launched its Mission Food For Life. The three-year program will bring agrifood businesses, tech companies and the research sector together to develop new data-driven…

SCIENCE TO MITIGATE BUSHFIRE SMOKE IN WINEMAKING AMONG $25 MILLION PROJECTS

A project to future-proof Australia’s winemaking industry from the impact of bushfire smoke taint is one of 10 research initiatives to share in a $25 million funding injection from the Morrison Government. The successful Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps) under round 9 will involve 29 Australian companies, including 22 small and medium businesses. Minister for…

AUSTRALIA, JAPAN UNITE TO GROW SPACE INDUSTRIES

Australia’s long standing space cooperation with Japan has been strengthened with our two countries committing to build on our relationship to grow the space industry and create new jobs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe acknowledged the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Australian Space Agency and the…

GROWING AUSTRALIA’S PPE CAPABILITY

The Morrison Government is strengthening Australia’s sovereign capability to produce essential medical supplies, with support for innovative companies to manufacture the materials needed to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Kestrel Manufacturing are receiving $495,000 to assist in its production of filter materials used in both surgical and P2 masks. Clets Linen are receiving $213,000 to…

Transcript – National Press Club Address Q&A

Topics: coronavirus, Australian manufacturing, supply chains E&OE Sabra Lane: Thank you Karen Andrews in delivering your first National Press Club address. As you point out, Australia has experienced a major disruption in global supply chains here and it’s been a wakeup call for businesses, and we appear to be paying a price for leading the…