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Agribusinesses target new markets and job growth with government support

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​6​ ​June​ ​2018

Agribusinesses target new markets and job growth with

government support



Joint media release with the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia

Cash, and Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Zed


Farmers, food suppliers and retailers across the country are set to benefit from Australia’s

first ever agribusiness clustering initiative.

Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) Cluster Programme encourages businesses,

researchers and educational institutions to work together to build on their competitive

advantage, and develop solutions to challenges.

The new programme provides matched-funding to support clusters in the food, beverage

and agribusiness sector. The first successful applicants were announced today by

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Zed Seselja:

Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) - a cluster of 210 farmers, suppliers, food

processors, retailers, foodservice and affiliated services in Queensland which

supports small and medium food producers in scaling up their operations to expand

into national and international markets.

Central Coast Industry Connect Cluster -which which brings industry, research

organisations and governments together to grow the New South Wales Central Coast

region’s current food and beverage sector and create more local employment.

East Gippsland Food Cluster - a collaboration designed to boost the productivity and

sustainable growth of Victoria’s regional agrifood businesses.

FermenTasmania - a cluster of industry, university and government engaged in

boosting experience and expertise, research and development, skills and training

for businesses involved in fermented food, drinks and other products.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash welcomed the programme as the first of

its kind, saying it would drive collaboration between Australia’s industry, science and

research sectors.

“Food Innovation Australia’s new programme is a fantastic platform to encourage industry,

government and researches to unite around a common purpose and solve regional

problems they otherwise could not tackle alone.

“Cluster success is well demonstrated internationally and this new initiative has the

potential to create commercial benefits and jobs growth in Australia,” Minister Cash said.

Assistant Minister Zed Seselja noted that the program would help to drive growth and

accelerate innovation in the food industry all over Australia.


“Business clusters and hubs are important because they lead to small and medium

business growth, greater innovation, increased exports, more jobs and economic


“I congratulate the four clusters that have been successful in applying for funding and

welcome the benefits and opportunities their collaborations will bring,” Assistant Minister

Seselja said.

FIAL is one of six Growth Centres established by the Government under the Industry Growth

Centres Initiative. The Growth Centres are driving innovation, productivity and

competitiveness to help industry sectors build stronger futures for themselves.

More information about the FIAL Cluster Programme is available at


Media contacts:

Minister Cash's office 02 6277 7320

Assistant Minister Seselja's office 02 6277 3187