Manufacturing industries

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20 Feb 2018

This report highlights the strengths of the Australian shipbuilding industry in creating new export opportunities in the rapidly growing global maritime manufacturing market.


1 Dec 2017

This report makes recommendations aimed at maximising the competitiveness of the Australian steel industry and levelling the playing field so that Australian steel has the best opportunity to compete fairly in an increasingly globalised market.


8 Nov 2017

Using tools and case studies, this whitepaper builds the case for why economic development practitioners should work with small-scale manufacturers, and the synergies created when these businesses locate in downtowns and mixed use centers.


Produced by Deloitte Access Economics for Oxfam Australia
29 Oct 2017

This report shows that while many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying increases in revenue, the workers making our clothes – the vast majority of whom are women - are trapped in a cycle of poverty.


26 Oct 2017

This final report into road safety in Australia looked at road and vehicle design and the impact of the freight transport industry.


18 Oct 2017

This report examines the state of Australia’s rail industry and how government procurement, including through the Australian Rail Track Corporation, and other policy levers can improve the value for money, competitiveness, stability of work and capability of the rail manufacturing industry.


18 Oct 2017

This report aims to demystify what it means to be an 'advanced manufacturer.'

Research report

5 Oct 2017

This paper argues that plans for a Sovereign Defence Industry must not be a catch-all list of defence industry we want to maintain for a variety of legitimate reasons, but should comprise that industry support required in country for defending Australia in the most challenging...

Audio program

12 Sep 2017

China's plans to eventually ban the sale of new petrol and diesel engines could hurt Australia's multi-billion-dollar car-parts industry.

Discussion paper

16 Aug 2017

The proposals outlined in this discussion paper would require large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their actions to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.


14 Aug 2017

This report examines how foreign investment entering the Australian economy gives rise to a more advantageous set of employment outcomes.

Research report

A report of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce – Industry 4.0 Testlabs Workstream
10 Aug 2017

This report provides a detailed overview of the relevant resources, findings and recommendations resulting from the work of the Industry 4.0 Testlabs Working Group of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce during 2016–2017.

Conference paper

30 Jul 2017

This paper uses global company case analysis to identify the drivers and enablers that shape the international production networks of two automotive companies, BMW and Volvo Cars.


A trusted partnership – celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Australia – Japan Agreement on Commerce
28 Jul 2017

This report outlines how one of Australia's oldest economic partners is building on established ties to support the next wave of innovation and growth.


13 Jul 2017

There is a lot of economic opportunity for Victorian companies to develop and manufacture new drugs, devices and digital health solutions that will shape the future of healthcare.

Briefing paper

21 Jun 2017

This report identifies several indicators which suggest that the economic opportunities for domestic manufacturing have improved significantly.

Research report

12 Apr 2017

This report on patent activity highlights Australia’s positive global ranking in advanced manufacturing patent applications, showing healthy levels of innovation within the sector.

Patents for new products, processes and technologies are a useful indicator of innovation performance within an industry.

The report assesses...


15 Feb 2017

The benefits associated with manufacturing buildings are extensive across all three elements of sustainability, namely: Economic (reduced construction time, cost of finance, and materials use); Social (improved work place conditions and OH&S); and Environmental (waste reduction). This research focuses on providing an approach to identify...

Journal article

10 Jan 2017

Inherently conducting polymers (ICPs) combine the electrical properties of metals and semiconductors with a polymer’s ability to flex and/or stretch. In general, polymers are relatively simple to synthesise, however, ICPs themselves have had limited uptake in consumer devices. This lack of uptake is in part...


23 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a damaging deal and deserves to be killed off.

But he tells a half truth about why the trade accord among a dozen Pacific Rim nations is a bad deal. In Trump’s view, trade...