Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) launches Cluster Programme

  • 25/09/2017

Monday 25 th September – Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) - the Food and Agribusiness Industry Growth Centre - announced today that it is launching the Cluster Programme. A first of its kind in Australia, this initiative encourages businesses to work together, align with public agencies and other institutions, for a common purpose to achieve a win-win outcome. The matched funding will support the formation of new clusters, or existing ones, to solve challenges and take advantage of exciting new market-opportunities.

Cluster success is well demonstrated across Europe and other countries, where FIAL’s Chairman, Mr Peter Schutz, travelled last year to learn first-hand about clusters.

“The Cluster Programme will make a real difference to our country – not only in specific regions but across our industry because it will highlight the benefits of co-opetion and collaboration. A lot can be achieved when people work together. For me, it’s about changing our mind-set and realising that the world is our oyster if we work together. The commercial and social benefits of clustering are clearly evident throughout other parts of the world, let’s embrace these learnings, let’s adapt them to our context and let’s zoom out and focus on the world –our competition is overseas, not in our neighbours. This programme is the first step towards this direction and FIAL is proud to be launching it. I believe the programme can help clusters develop world-leading platforms for long-term, sustainable growth,” says Schutz.

Schutz’s insights and learnings have highlighted that clustering accelerates economic activity, productivity, innovative product development and new business formation.

FIAL is delighted to bring their learnings to life and implement a cluster initiative for the benefit of the Australian food and agribusiness sector, and is launching the Cluster Programme across Australia on the following dates:

  • Hobart – Friday, 13 October 2017
  • Melbourne – Tuesday, 17 October 2017
  • Sydney – Friday, 20 October 2017
  • Darwin – Monday, 23 October 2017
  • Brisbane – Tuesday, 24 October 2017
  • Perth – Monday, 30 October 2017
  • Adelaide – Tuesday, 31 October 2017

For more details on the programme and event locations and times please visit