Objective 4.1

Innovation in exports and the shift to digital is supported and promoted

Action 4.1B

The Government will help industry identify and accelerate the adoption of innovations in remote/digital service delivery.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Government response
Related Action/s

Palaris innovating mining services exports during COVID-19

COVID-19 has done more than just close restaurants, bars and offices around the world. Access to mine sites have been significantly impacted, particularly for Australian mining specialists that travel internationally to give expert opinions on mine geology, engineering and operations.

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Progress to date

Supporting clustering initiatives, our Mining Equipment, Technologies and Services Growth Centre – METS Ignited – has held over 40 events since 2019 covering a range of topics including digital analytics, automation and robotics, treating tailings and mine affected waters and the development of SME Export Hubs, with over 1000 attendees in total. 

METS Ignited in conjunction with the Queensland State Government and Western Australia State Government held two major accelerators during 2020/21 as well as a series of 10 smaller regional accelerators. Over 2020/21, METS Ignited accelerators involved 71 sessions and webinars which have been augmented by 19 masterclass events with over 100 participants.

METS Ignited expanded the Queensland-based Scale Up and Take Off accelerator program into a national accelerator program known as the Quantum TX Business Accelerator program. The accelerator program is for start-ups seeking to facilitate the use of scale-up solutions in mining, energy and defence sectors by applying them to the space and advanced manufacturing sectors.

METS Ignited supports ‘MackHack’ in Mackay, Queensland. The annual hackathon invites participants to showcase technologies, concept development and prototype solutions to industry challenges presented by local mining houses and mining equipment, technology and services firms.

The Empowering Business to go Digital program provided seed funding to establish a non-government organisation (Navii) to support small businesses raise their digital capability. The Navii NGO and platform formally launched is services in November 2020 and offers resources, training and advice to guide small and medium businesses on their digital journey. 

The Government is delivering the Digital Readiness Assessment tool under the Government’s Digital Business Plan. The tool helps businesses self-assess their digital maturity and identify the best strategy for digital adoption.

The Industry Support Cell of the Department of Defence’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade assisted mining services firms identify Australian technology options for remote service delivery during COVID-19.