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Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants


This program seeks to support businesses to undertake a range of activities to enhance the automotive product design and development process including design, prototype and testing activities undertaken at specialised facilities and service organisations. It is a key element of the Coalition Government’s $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund, supporting Australian workers and businesses to move into new areas of growth in the automotive sector.

The objectives of the program are to support:
- Business to access automotive test facilities and design and prototyping services.
- New automotive product development and enhance business capability for Australian businesses, building their capacity to deliver diversified product offerings and supply to local and international markets.

Grants between $50,000 and $200,000 are available up to 50% of eligible project costs.

A total funding pool of $7 million is available over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be an entity incorporated in Australia (includes an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust) and be a trading corporation, where their trading activities:
a) Form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation.
b) Are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must directly relate to the development of new or enhanced products with automotive application and can include:
- Design
a) Computer aided design
b) Measuring sessions
- Prototyping
a) 3D Scanning
b) 3D Printing
c) Prototype tooling
d) Test-fit product prototypes
- Testing
a) Specialised test services and facilities
b) Training centre
c) Workshop
d) Photography studio

Eligible projects must use an external facility and:
- Include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.
- Have at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible expenditure.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- The extent that the project will assist them to design, prototype and/or test automotive products that will improve the competitiveness of their business. (40 points)
- Their capacity, capability and access to resources to deliver the project. (30 points)
- The impact of grant funding on their project. (30 points)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.

Documentation Uploaded
Media Release 2018-10-24 Download
Recipients 2019-06-13 Download
Guidelines 2018-10-24 Download
Sample Application Form 2018-10-24 Download
Sample Grant Agreement 2018-10-24 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 24 Oct 2018
Closing Date 13 Dec 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $50,000
Max.Funding $200,000
Total Funding Pool $7M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
Innovation and R&D
Who Can Apply?
Automotive and Marine
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Program Administrator
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
General WebsiteVisit
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