Industry Development Fund

Manufacturing Skills Australia is pleased to announce the second round of  a series of support payments designed to assist and support students or intending students within the Manufacturing industries. 

These manufacturing industries include:

  • metal, engineering and boating
  • aerospace
  • process manufacturing, including chemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral products, plastics and rubber
  • laboratory operations
  • recreational vehicles
  • textiles, clothing and footwear
  • furnishing
  • competitive systems and practices
  • environmental monitoring and sustainable operations.

Successful recipients receive between $1,000 and $10,000 to develop their skills and knowledge through research, education and/or training.

The fund payments are intended to reward individuals that have shown exceptional commitment to vocational education and training, and who are committed to furthering their skills and knowledge within their chosen industry. We firmly believe in the importance of learning and we are committed to assisting those individuals who share this belief. Applications are welcome from any Australian State or Territory.

Funding applications are currently open

Please refer below for further information. If you have any further questions please contact MSA.


The Manufacturing Skills Australia Industry Development Fund wants to help dedicated people realise their aspirations and achieve their full potential. We provide financial support to help individuals to further their skills and knowledge through training, education and/or research within Australia’s critically important Manufacturing industries. 

Applications are accepted from individuals intending to study, apprentices or trainees, post-secondary students, university students and research students.

Fund Payment Packages

We are proud to be able to support the learning of individuals in our Manufacturing industry sectors and provide between $1,000 and $10,000 to each successful applicant based on the needs of the individual and the level of support required. 

As part of the application process, applicants are asked to provide specific details of the nature of the support they are seeking through the support payment. Applications should include evidence of anticipated costs associated with expenditure items such as course fees, travel costs, books, equipment, etc.

Final package details are to be agreed between successful applicant and selection panel. 

Please note: Support Payment funding may or may not be taxable depending upon your individual circumstances. We strongly suggest you seek independent financial advice.

Application and Selection Process

The application form will be available below when the next round commences. 

Completed applications should include:

  • support payment application form
  • evidence of anticipated costs
  • current resume
  • additional information (if necessary).

Applications will be assessed from information provided in application submissions. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the Manufacturing Skills Australia Development Fund selection panel.

Successful Support Payment Applications will be determined by Manufacturing Skills Australia Development Fund Board and offered to individuals based on application information, interview and their commitment to furthering their skills and knowledge within the industry.

Entry Conditions

Applicants for scholarships must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • be committed to research or study in a Manufacturing industry related area
  • be prepared to attend interviews as required
  • agree to abide by the decision of the Manufacturing Skills Australia Development Fund in relation to their application.


Successful applicants who have requested support payment expenditure against course fees must provide proof of enrolment before support payment benefits are paid. Please discuss with us if your course fee must be paid before proof of enrolment can be provided.

Successful apprentice or trainee applicants must have a contract of training arrangement registered and approved with the State Training Authority and provide evidence before support payment benefits are paid. Support for successful research applicants is provided to support the conduct of the research and to publish or subsidise the publication of results of academic research project(s).

Expected completion date is to be agreed between successful applicant and selection panel.

The number and value of support payments to be made available in any year is determined by the Board and support payments will not necessarily be offered in each of the relevant areas. All decisions relating to offers of support payments shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission. Manufacturing Skills Australia Development Fund accepts no responsibility for incomplete applications leading to ineligibility for Support Payments.

Applications are currently open.