Regional Manufacturing Clusters is an initiative of the Victorian Government, delivered by Ai Group, to support regional manufacturers to invest in innovation, develop capability and grow. This initiative will grow jobs and investment in regional Victoria.

Participating businesses will receive tailored support for: improved business processes; new market exploration; skills development; business to business and business to research organisation collaboration; and development of organisational culture which fosters innovation and continuous improvement.

Participation in the clusters is open to SME manufacturing businesses located in and around the following centres: Ballarat-Warrnambool, Bendigo-Mildura, Shepparton-Echuca, Traralgon-Morwell and Wodonga-Wangaratta.

This initiative is being majority funded in support of the Victorian Government’s Advancing Victorian Manufacturing statement. A small co-contribution is required from participating businesses.

 

Collaborative Business Improvement Program

A 2-year tailored program to drive continuous improvement and solve some of your most pressing barriers to growth. The focus is on tangible actions, peer learning, collaboration and quantifiable outcomes

  • Improve your manufacturing processes (reduce lead times, waste and rework) through adaptation of Lean
  • Systematise your innovation, product development and commercialisation processes through the ‘Matrix Thinking’ System
  • Improve workforce skills through collaborative up-skilling 
  • Have opportunities to collaborate with researchers and learn from successful advanced manufacturers 
  • Explore new market growth opportunities, including export development
  • Explore new supply chain opportunities 
  • Receive information about available government support

Eligibility

The program is open to 10 businesses located in and around each of the following 10 locations: Ballarat-Warrnambool, Bendigo-Mildura, Shepparton-Echuca, Traralgon-Morwell and Wodonga-Wangaratta, with from 15 to 70 employees. (Total of 100 businesses)

Co-contribution

This initiative is also being majority funded in support of the Victorian Government’s Advancing Victorian Manufacturing statement, with each participating business investing $2,500* per year ($5,000* total) towards the cost.

 

Innovation Culture Program

This is a program tailored to your business to foster and nurture innovative, organisation wide, business cultures through workshops, coaching and peer-learning sessions. The focus is on tangible actions, peer learning, collaboration and quantifiable outcomes.

  • Participate in workshops, meetings and team building events to develop the knowledge and skills to create a sustained innovative culture
  • Receive coaching sessions for the business leaders and supervisors
  • Be encouraged to foster and develop ideas sourced and driven by people across the organisation
  • Have opportunities to collaborate with researchers and learn from successful advanced manufacturers 
  • Receive information about available government support

Eligibility

The program is open to 5 businesses with 55 or more employees located in and around each of the following 10 centres: Ballarat-Warrnambool, Bendigo-Mildura, Shepparton-Echuca, Traralgon-Morwell and Wodonga-Wangaratta.
Your business will:

  • Participate in workshops, meetings and team building events to develop the knowledge and skills to create a sustained innovative culture
  • Receive coaching sessions for the business leaders and supervisors
  • Be encouraged to foster and develop ideas sourced and driven by people across the organisation
  • Have opportunities to collaborate with researchers and learn from successful advanced manufacturers 
  • Receive information about available government support

Co-contribution

This initiative is also being majority funded in support of the Victorian Government’s Advancing Victorian Manufacturing statement, with each participating business investing $5,000* towards the cost.

 


An initiative of the Victorian State Government

 

 

 

*Excluding GST

An initiative of the Victorian State Government

 

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Contact the team:

Rod Nelson - Project Director
Tel: 0437 286 975
rod.nelson@aigroup.com.au


Ballarat/Warrnambool
Greg Matheson
Tel: 0487 343 894
greg.matheson@aigroup.com.au


Bendigo/Mildura
Phil Crone
Tel: 0428 333 834
phillip.crone@aigroup.com.au


Shepparton/Echuca
Matthew Beasley
Tel: 0408 327 018
matthew.beasley@aigroup.com.au


Traralgon/Morwell
Michael Duncan
Tel: 0401 446 165  
michael.duncan@aigroup.com.au


Wodonga/Wangaratta
Chris Westwood
Tel: 0401 268 960
chris.westwood@aigroup.com.au