Government assistance

The government provides assistance to manufacturing companies to implement efficiency measures including funding for efficiency measures and access to the latest in sustainable technology.  This can assist manufacturers along the pathway to becoming a world class, sustainable manufacturer.  Some of the opportunities provided are listed below.

Environmental Technology & Services Online Directory -

The Advanced Materials and Clean Technologies Team in the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation supports the development of Queensland's environmental technologies and services sector and has produced this directory to showcase the strength and diversity of the industry. In particular, the environment industry provides solutions that other industries will need to manage the impacts of climate change.

This directory details over 500 companies in Queensland that provide environmental technologies and services across 11 sub-sectors and includes environmental consultants and providers of insulation, solar power and carbon offsets.

Recycling Services Directory 2008/09 -

If you are looking to identify ways to reduce your landfill, review the Brisbane City Council Recycling Services Directory. The Directory has been developed to help Brisbane businesses and residents divert potential recyclable wastes from landfill by connecting them with local recyclers. The directory provides contact details for recyclers for a range of wastes including batteries, light bulbs, polystyrene foam and x-ray film among others. This is one initiative Brisbane City Council has delivered for their Towards Zero Waste Strategy. For more information go to

Office of Advanced Manufacturing -

The Office of Advanced Manufacturing supports the development of a globally engaged, competitive and sustainable manufacturing industry, through a range of targeted initiatives and programs, which foster a diverse, innovative, technology-oriented industry, with a strong focus on a world class sustainable manufacturing.

Manufacturing Sustainability Toolbox -

If you have already begun implementing sustainable manufacturing practices within your company and want to continue reaping the benefits, visit the Manufacturing Sustainability Toolbox for more opportunities.

A journey towards sustainable manufacturing excellence -

A simple four-step process to help Queensland manufacturing firms tackle to challenges and exploit the opportunities that sustainable manufacturing presents.

ecoBiz - Department of Environment and Resource Management -

ecoBiz is the DERM's signature partnership program with Queensland business and industry. ecoBiz provides a comprehensive framework to assist businesses identify efficiencies in waste, water and energy for financial and environmental benefits.  Participants in the program can receive recognition for their good work by becoming ecoBiz Partners.  Additional assistance is provided through case studies and fact sheets covering a range of topics relevant to manufacturing operations.

Queensland Office of Clean Energy - Smart Energy Savings Fund

This program is now closed.

QWESTNet - Connecting Queensland Businesses with Sustainable Technologies -

The Queensland Water and Energy Sustainable Technologies Network (QWESTNet) has been established by the Sustainable Technology unit of the DERM to provide a forum for industry and technology suppliers to network and discuss the latest technologies available. The forums focus on both industry specific and technology topics relevant to Queensland businesses, such as provess heating and cooling, air-conditioning, lighting, energy recovery and re-use, renewable energy and water management. For more information and details of the next forum go to

Climate Smart Webtool -

This website provides access to climate change information for industry.  Manufacturers can take this quick climate smart quiz to find out how their business is impacting on climate change. At the end of the quiz you will receive a report outlining some issues to consider to reduce your impact on climate change.

AusIndustry - Re-tooling for Climate Change -

This program is now closed.

Grants Link -

The Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government provides a summary of grants available to Australian businesses under a variety of grant programs.