Friday, March 3, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The House Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources has launched an inquiry into advanced manufacturing to seek solutions to support the Australian manufacturing industry, create jobs and revive manufacturing in Australia.
Advanced manufacturing is any manufacturing process which utilises high-technology or knowledge-intensive input as the integral way a product is constructed.
This includes the following manufacturing sectors: chemical and medicinal, vehicle and transport, specialised machinery and equipment, computer and electronic, scientific and professional.
Federal Member for Dawson Andrew Willcox welcomes this inquiry and stated that Australia’s manufacturing industry is critical for economic growth. Dawson is a manufacturing hub, with towns right across Dawson boasting some of the best in the industry.
“I think it’s extremely important that we consult industry so we know firsthand how we can make industry better and to ensure that Australia continues to make world class products,” Mr Willcox said.
“I encourage manufacturing businesses across Dawson to make a submission with your ideas on what it will take to make things better – and how we can ensure reliable growth within Australia’s manufacturing sector.”
Committee Chair Rob Mitchell MP said understanding opportunities associated with advanced manufacturing is crucial for strategic growth.
“Supporting the growth of advanced manufacturing is about enhancing the things we do well by taking advantage of new and improved processes,” Mr Mitchell said.
“We need to ensure that we are well-positioned as a nation to take advantage of new technologies, and that our strategic decisions are informed by the right data. Continuing to grow the relationship between industry and our research sector is also vital.
“We want to hear from stakeholders across industry, our tertiary sector and government about what it will take to make things better – and how we can ensure reliable growth within Australia’s manufacturing sector.”
Submissions for the Inquiry into Developing Advanced Manufacturing in Australia are now open until 30 March 2023.
More information about the Inquiry into Developing Advanced Manufacturing in Australia can be found at aph.gov.au/isr.
Federal Member for Dawson Andrew Willcox