SA state budget delivers for future manufacturing

On June 18, the South Australian government delivered its 2019-2020 state budget. Commitments included $12.6 million for six innovation and science research centres as well as $180 million for affordable reliable and clean electricity.

The six innovation centres come under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) umbrella and are split into distinct areas. Centres will include the Australian National Fabrication Facility, which will produce high technology optical components and devices and Microscopy Australia, which plans to use microscopy and microanalytical research to support advanced manufacturing, as well as other sectors.

The total investment in these facilities adds up to $82.1 million, which includes the initial investment, plus $47.1 million from the Commonwealth Government, $15.4 million from the research institutions and an extra $7 million due to the reprioritisation of existing resources at the state level.

The state government has mentioned in the press report that it hopes that this investment will deliver returns for the manufacturing sector in South Australia as it transitions to advanced manufacturing and high-tech processes.

“South Australia’s growth in the space, defence and cyber sectors is complementary to the

investments being made in the national innovation and science agenda,” said David Pisoni, Minister for Innovation and Skills.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan, announced that funding has been secured to explore new mineral extraction and develop renewable energy sources. The budget includes $50 million for the Grid Scale Storage Fund and a $30 million investment in demand management and integrated distributed generation.

Overall, the statement government hopes this will reduce energy prices to make energy more affordable and reliable. The funding for the energy sector will lead into state government plans to support the automotive and future energy industries.

“We’re looking to create new jobs and benefits in energy in South Australia, with the Government to deliver a Hydrogen Action Plan and an Electric Vehicle Strategy,” said van Holst Pellekaan.