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March 2020

Creating connections for growth

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Supporting Australian businesses and households impacted by COVID-19


NERA has created a COVID-19 resource hub to share a range of support opportunities available to Australian energy resources SMEs, innovators, entrepreneurs and sole traders. 


As part of this, NERA has released our COVID-19 Innovation Challenge Funding Round, which will provide $20,000 to up to ten Australian-based businesses (for a total of up to $200,000 in funding) who can offer solutions, services or knowledge that can help manage and mitigate the challenges we face as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Find out more or submit an EOI

NERA’s National Hydrogen Cluster: update and next steps


Earlier this year, NERA successfully conducted 11 workshops across Australia during February and March, engaging with almost 300 hydrogen industry professionals across the value chain.

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NERA Technology Station connects the future of oil and gas at AOG 2020


Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19, a strong collaborative spirit was shown at the 2020 Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference, where the NERA Technology Station provided a platform for innovators, collaborators, operators and tech pioneers to create connections for growth.

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Growing Australia’s Oil & Gas Supply Chain Report released


The Growing Australia's Oil & Gas Supply Chain report analyses the size and composition of the domestic supply chain and identifies that if growth challenges are addressed, Australia’s oil & gas suppliers could capture an additional $7 billion of value (GVA) by 2030.

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Next-gen energy technology projects get green light


Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews announced on 12 March 2020 that $344,000 would be provided to support two new industry-led collaboration projects through NERA.

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Join the Open Industrial Interoperability Ecosystem Australian Working Group


MIMOSA and NERA are calling for expressions of interest to join a teleconference to introduce the newly formed Open Industrial Interoperability Ecosystem (OIIE) Australian Working Group.

Register your interest

Last chance to apply for a JTSI Innovation Voucher

Deadline extended to 1 April 2020

As part of the JTSI Innovation Voucher program, up to $20,000 vouchers will be awarded to eligible SMEs to provide them with the boost they need to access professional skills, services or knowledge, enabling them to advance their idea or commercial activity in WA.

Submit an application

METS Innovation Regional Accelerator (MIRA) — Darling Downs

10 April 2020, regional Queensland

Applications are now open for MIRA, a pre-accelerator program for SMEs, scale-ups and start-ups in the METS sector and in regional areas of Queensland. NERA GM Paul Hodgson will be a mentor. Applications close 10 April 2020. 

Apply now

Now open: Boosting Female Founders Initiative

Deadline 14 April 2020

Are you an Australian female-founded start-up looking to scale your business into domestic and global markets? The Boosting Female Founders Initiative will help female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages they face in getting access to finance and support, to grow their start-ups.


The Australian Government has announced a total of $18 million. For this round, $6 million is available.

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Australian Technologies Competition open 2 April 2020

2 April 2020

The Australian Technologies Competition — Australia's national competition and late-stage accelerator — will be welcoming entries from 2 April 2020. If you're an innovative tech-based scale-up with global potential, make sure you enter this leading technology competition. 

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WA Innovator of the Year Awards open 8 April 2020

8 April 2020

The WA Innovator of the Year Awards — an initiative funded under the New Industries Fund — provides support to innovators and entrepreneurs across WA. It builds capability through commercialisation training and mentoring as well as acknowledging, showcasing and awarding eligible innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and young creative minds.

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Our latest Energy Innovators podcast episode is available now


The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges for Australian businesses, one of which being the transition to working remotely.  In this timely episode, we talk to Pam Melroy, former NASA shuttle commander, now Director with Nova Systems and AROSE, about how Australia is placed to leverage its existing capabilities in remote operations and the growing Australian space industry.

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NERA has been established to maximise value to the Australian economy by having an energy resources sector that is globally competitive, sustainable, innovative and diverse. Through a national focus, NERA's role is to grow collaboration and innovation to assist the energy resources sector manage cost structures and productivity, direct research to industry needs, deliver the future work skills required and promote fit for purpose regulation. NERA is one of six Growth Centres established by the Australian Government under the Industry Growth Centres Initiative. To learn more visit


About Industry Growth Centres
The Industry Growth Centres Initiative is an industry-led approach driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focussing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority. This will help Australia transition into smart, high value and export-focussed industries. The Initiative enables national action on key issues such as collaboration, commercialisation, international engagement, skills and regulation reform. It drives excellence, not dependence, and will create an economy that ensures Australia’s ongoing prosperity. More information can be found here.

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