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Certain Inputs to Manufacture Program


This program aims to improve the competitiveness of Australian industry by providing import duty concessions on certain imported raw materials and intermediate goods such as chemicals, plastics, paper goods, or metal materials and goods used in food packaging.

The program offers duty-free entry for imported goods which can help to reduce costs and improve productivity and competitiveness.

Applications must be submitted before the goods seeking import duty concessions for are imported.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be intending to import an eligible raw material or intermediate good to produce a specific end product.
- Demonstrate that the imported good has a performance advantage in producing the specific end product over a local input produced in Australia.
- Submit an application before they import the goods.

Please contact the program administrator for more information.

Eligible Activities

Eligible goods include:
- Item 46: Raw materials and intermediate goods classified under heading 5903 or within Chapter 28, 29, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39 or 48 of Schedule 3 of the Customs Tariff, broadly chemicals, plastics and paper goods.
- Item 47: Metal materials and goods, classified within Chapters 72 to 82 of Schedule 3 of the Customs Tariff, used in the packaging of food.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible goods.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Greater production efficiency, including reduced processing time, fewer production steps, lower capital costs, lower operating costs, improved yield, reduced energy usage.
- Superior physical or chemical properties, including improved strength, durability or flexibility.
- Compliance with Australian or international standards.
- Any other pertinent characteristics that demonstrate a significant commercial advantage (other than relative cost) compared to suitable Australian-made materials.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Application Form 2017-09-15 Download
Fact Sheet 2017-09-15 Download
Guidelines - Items 46 and 47 2017-09-15 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Open
Closing Information
This program is open on an ongoing basis.

Funding Type Concession
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive No
Eligible Activities
Infrastructure / Equipment
Environment and Sustainability
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Program Administrator
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