The lab is intended to help manufacturers design innovative new prefabricated buildings with objectives of eco-friendliness, affordability and reduced build times.
In a media statement, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new lab would support work on a wide range of buildings, including tiny houses, larger homes and offices.
She said a key aim of the project was to strengthen Australia’s position in the global prefabricated building market.
“This sector is starting to build significant momentum and currently represents 3-5 per cent of Australia’s $150 billion construction industry,” Minister Andrews said.
“This share could grow to 15 per cent by 2025, creating 20,000 new Australian jobs and adding $30 billion to our economy.
“The Morrison Government is committed to helping support and grow this emerging industry and ensure Australia seizes this opportunity.”
To kick-start this new project, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre will receive up to $2 million in funding to undertake a feasibility study and, based on the findings, establish a collaborative innovation lab.
The Coalition has also announced $4 million in funding to the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.
The Morrison Government says it’s committed to Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector, as part of a plan to grow the economy and create 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.■