Advancing Victorian Manufacturing

Advancing Victorian Manufacturing sets out a vision for Victoria's manufacturing future. Building on a long tradition in automotive, aerospace, defence, steel, food, chemical and general manufacturing, Victoria has long been the epicentre of Australian manufacturing. This tradition is combined with an exceptional workforce and world-class infrastructure, education and research places.

Manufacturing in Victoria

Manufacturing is a $26 billion industry and the cornerstone of the Victorian economy, providing a diverse range of jobs, exports and contributing to economic growth.  Victoria is home to over 13,000 manufacturing firms employing over 280,000 people.

Global manufacturing is changing. It is becoming a more expansive industry, with inter-dependencies between services, design, and digital technologies and complex connections across global value chains.

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting growth to take advantage of changing global manufacturing trends and opportunities. Our state is ideally placed to advance and grow with a  highly skilled workforce, connected supply chains, exceptional design and engineering expertise, and world-leading education and research and development (R&D).

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Advancing Victorian manufacturing - a blueprint for the future

Victorian Government's statement on advanced manufacturing

Advancing Victoria's Manufacturing. A Blueprint for the Future provides the vision for the Victorian manufacturing industry, focusing on areas that will prepare Victorians for the jobs of the future, encourage innovation, build scale, capability and supply chain excellence, and foster a globally competitive business environment.


What is advanced manufacturing?

Advanced manufacturing describes businesses and supply chains that have established sustainable global competitiveness through advanced capabilities and characteristics. These characteristics frequently feature a combination of the following:

  • anticipating market opportunities and customers' needs
  • competing on value, including through developing and commercialising products and processes with significant international competitive advantage
  • having strong leadership, and investing in a highly-skilled workforce
  • being globally-oriented, integrated and connected
  • utilising leading manufacturing technologies, techniques and data
  • collaborating with business partners, across value chains and with leading researchers.

Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council

Victoria's Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council is helping to shape the future of Victoria's advanced manufacturing industry.

Established in October 2016, the Council brings together 25 leading experts from industry, unions and academia providing advice to the Victorian Government on priority areas to shape a positive future for Victorian manufacturing, including guidance to the development and implementation of Advancing Victoria's Manufacturing.

The Council is chaired by highly-respected industry expert Mr Ross Pilling, who has more than 30 years' experience in the chemicals, manufacturing and services industries across Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. Mr Pilling is a former board member of the Australian Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association and former Deputy National President of the Australian Industry Group.

Find out more about the council members.

Victorian Government manufacturing assistance and programs

A wide range of support and initiatives are available for Victorian manufacturing businesses, including:

The Victorian Government is calling for registrations of interest in new initiatives for the manufacturing industry.

Register your interest via the Business Victoria website.

Page last updated: 13 September 2017