Manufacturing Australia (MA), a CEO-led coalition of Australia’s largest manufacturers, is ready and willing to lead a significant and sustainable contribution to the nation’s economy. 

MA champions Australia’s large manufacturing base, by working with all sides of government, business and community to help the sector realise its full potential.

Manufacturing is the value-adding life-blood of a balanced Australian economy. Through downstream wealth creation, import replacement and maximising the value of our natural resources, manufacturing delivers a return to the nation that far outweighs the investment it requires.

MA does not support protectionism and believes that manufacturers should be wholly accountable for their own performance. Having overcome a myriad of external economic challenges in recent years, Australian manufacturers continue to operate at scale because they are efficient, well-managed and innovative businesses that have reengineered their operations to improve productivity and remain competitive.

MA has identified four priority areas that require urgent action by government to ensure Australia’s manufacturing sector remains internationally competitive. These include:

  1. Reducing the burden of regulation and the cost of doing business in Australia;

  2. Increasing workplace productivity through extensive direct engagement and workplace flexibility;

  3. Ensuring fair trading conditions through a strong anti-dumping regime, coastal shipping reform and appropriate free trade agreements; and,

  4. Maintaining our competitive advantage of diverse and affordable energy resources.

Almost one million Australians work in manufacturing and in recent years this sector has contributed up to 10 per cent of the country’s annual GDP. Wherever manufacturing flourishes, so too does skilled direct and indirect employment, innovation and thriving local communities. Australia’s manufacturing resurgence is therefore critical to securing the future of Australian families in rural, regional and outer-suburban Australia.

Developing national assets, smart economic policies and encouraging strategic investments will give the nation’s manufacturers opportunities to grow their businesses and create thousands of new skilled value-adding Australian jobs over the next decade.

MA is unique, given it is driven by the CEOs of its member companies, including; Allied Mills, BlueScope, Brickworks, Capral, Cement Australia, CSR, Incitec Pivot, Orora and Rheem.

MA aims to help Australian manufacturing achieve its full potential, both for the benefit of the highly skilled Australians it employs today and future generations it will employ and support tomorrow.