• Minister D'Ambrosio announces Future Industries Fund Sector Growth Program for Victorian Businesses
  • Sector Growth Program Guidelines
  • FAPM joins the VACC


The Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers is the association for manufacturers engaged in the production of a comprehensive range of automotive products. It was formed in 1958 and currently consists of some 80 member companies.

The objectives of the FAPM include promoting the interests and welfare of the automotive components industry, to encourage and support government policies which support the operation of a large and diverse industry and to advance the development in Australia of an increasingly efficient and internationally competitive motor vehicle industry.

The FAPM maintains regular consultation with State and Federal Governments, the Department of Industry, the vehicle builders as well as employer organisations and unions to discuss matters affecting the industry. The FAPM is recognised as the peak association for Australian automotive supply chain companies. 

At the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 23 June 2015, the FAPM membership adopted the recommendations of the FAPM board and voted to bequeath all the assets of the FAPM to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), and to place the FAPM legal entity into voluntary liquidation.

The FAPM continues as a Special Interest Group under the auspices of the VACC. All financial members of the FAPM have been granted membership of the VACC.

Learn more about FAPM and FAPM membership.

Vale Mr Thomas Maxwell (Max) Marshall AM

Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers (FAPM) Federal President 1979 – 1981 and Life Member from 1995. Max was a highly respected member of the automotive component manufacturing community and leaves behind a legacy of achievement. His valuable contribution over many years was greatly appreciated.

VACC and FAPM members send their sincerest condolences to his family.

Future Industries Manufacturing Program

The Future Industries Manufacturing Program offers funding of up to $500,000 to Victorian-­based companies to implement new manufacturing technologies and processes.

The Manufacturing Program can support projects that involve the following activities:

  • Purchasing and implementing capital equipment items
  • Manufacturing product and process improvements
  • Prototyping, evaluation and testing of new manufacturing products and processes

For further information regarding eligibility see the Manufacturing Program Guidelines


RedTagger website launched


The company behind the RedTagger website, Complete Lean Solutions, is well known to FAPM members as an RTO which has been delivering Lean training services over many years.

In line with their Lean philosophy, they have created a fast, easy to use online marketplace which you can use to trade in surplus raw materials, plant, equipment, any surplus physical asset that you may have 'red-tagged', as well as spare plant capacity or even warehouse space.

See the attached User Instructions and the RedTagger site.  There is no charge for this service.



Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme

This program has been funded with an additional $30 Million in Round 2.

This program is not available for companies registered for the ATS.

View the Programme web page via this link


 Automotive Manufacturing Mission to Mexico

 13-22 April 2016


Austrade Mexico in conjunction with AiGroup are seeking expressions of interest in an Automotive Manufacturing Mission to Mexico from the 13th to the 22nd of April, 2016. 

Manufacturers with the following experience or expertise are encouraged to participate:

·         Stamping

·         Foundry

·         Forging

·         Machining

·         Design and engineering

·         Plastic injection

·         Semiconductors

·         Die casting

·         Surface finishing

·         Other part components


Phil Bourke                                      Phil.Bourke@austrade.gov.au

Sagra Clorio, Austrade Mexico       Sagra.Clorio@austrade.gov.au 


ASCTP - Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program


On 7 December 2016, the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews and Minister for Industry Lily D'Ambrosio announced Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan, including the ASCTP initiative.

Read the Press Release here

Link to the ASCTP details here

Austrade Advanced Materials mission to India

12-16 October 2015

Austrade invites you to participate in the 3rd Edition of the Future Materials and Advanced Manufacturing mission to India. Organised across key Indian cities the mission is amongst the flagship activities of the Australian Innovation Showcase in India - 2015.

Austrade is supporting the mission to India from 12-16 October, the mission brochure is downloaded here.

Industry Growth Centre appointments

17 February 2015

The roll-out of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres will be steered by a panel of highly experienced and internationally regarded business identities, who will provide a direct link to both the Australian and global business communities.

Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane today announced Chairs for three of the Industry Growth Centres, as well as an independent Advisory Committee.

“Australia is well served by a strong business community with business men and women who have both the experience and the international reputation to guide Australian industry into a new era of opportunity based on our areas of competitive strength,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The independent Advisory Committee and the Chairs of the Industry Growth Centres will provide Australian businesses with an extended reach into expanding international markets.”Read the whole article here

Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

As of 1 January 2015 the former Department of State Development, Business and Innovation has been incorporated into the new Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. 

The website will progressively be updated. The new Minister for Industry with responsibility for automotive is the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP

Senate Inquiry 

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014

On 25 November 2014, the Senate referred referred an inquiry into the future of Australia's automotive industry to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 November 2015.

This follows a dissenting report on the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014 by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee that can be found here.

The new inquiry is a wide ranging review concerning all aspects of the future of Australia's automotive industry.

The terms of reference can be found here. Submissions closed on 29 May 2015.  

The final report was delivered in December 2015 and can be found here.

New Government Grants

Australian Government - Department of Industry | Business

Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme (EIP)

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. It forms part of the Australian Government’s new industry policy outlined in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. This Agenda is a business-focused element of the Australian Government’s broader Economic Action Strategy and brings together and builds upon other economic reforms to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities.

For more information visit business.gov.au


Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP) 

Successful applicants in ADP Rounds 1, 2 and 3, and other program details can be found here.

The Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP) is part of the Federal $155m Growth Fund.

The ADP is a competitive merit-based grants programme and forms part of the Growth Fund initiative. The programme will assist Australian automotive supply chain companies to diversify out of the domestic automotive manufacturing sector and thereby retain manufacturing capability in Australia.

Information on how to apply and the application form are available at business.gov.au.

For enquiries about the ADP please email ADP@industry.gov.au or call 13 28 46

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