Cluster Connect – About


Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN)

Lead Agency - QLD

FAN is a collaborative ecosystem dedicated to empowering its members and fostering industry growth in Queensland. Established in 2015 as a not-for-profit food industry cluster, FAN operates with a mission to create an ecosystem that supports collaboration, accelerates innovation, and drives trade both locally and globally. With over 380 members across the food value chain, FAN is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading Australian food cluster. 

Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC)


CCIC is a not-for-profit Manufacturing Network based on the NSW Central Coast. Focused on Advanced Manufacturing, Food and Beverage production, and the Circular economy, CCIC aims to make the Central Coast a Centre of Innovation Excellence across these areas. CCIC’s vision is to create a vibrant, connected, and innovative manufacturing sector on the Central Coast. The organisation leverages its experience, connections, and sector knowledge to advocate for industry, identify opportunities, build a trusted network, and unlock possibilities for sustained employment and sector growth.



Fermentation Tasmania (FermenTas) is an industry-led, not-for-profit industry cluster established in 2016 to accelerate innovation, growth, and collaboration for fermentation-based enterprises in Tasmania. FermenTas aims for Tasmania and Australia to be internationally recognised for excellence in fermented food, beverages, and other products.

Food and Fibre Gippsland (FFG)


Food & Fibre Gippsland, formed through the amalgamation of Agribusiness Gippsland and East Gippsland Food Cluster, is a collaborative force aiming to create opportunities for a prosperous and sustainable industry. This not-for- profit organisation connects and grows Gippsland’s $7 billion food and fibre sector. Food & Fibre Gippsland’s mission is to lead capacity building, innovation, and knowledge sharing for the greater good of the industry. The organisation is industry-led, actively listening and engaging with members, industry partners, and stakeholders to address regional challenges and opportunities.

Noongar Land Enterprise (NLE)


NLE Group is an incorporated not-for-profit grower group, the first Aboriginal growergroup in Australia, located in Western Australia’s southwest region. NLE’s vision is to be the leading Aboriginal organisation developing commercially viable Noongar land-based businesses, creating opportunities for employment and socioeconomic benefits. NLE’s purpose is to allow collective strength to achieve optimum economic rewards from Noongar land-based enterprises for the benefit of Noongar people. Led by a highly skilled and experienced leader, the organisation focuses on business development pathways, information exchange, and representation, with a strong emphasis on social, cultural, and economic growth.


Support for innovative SMEs to commercialise and grow their business

The program provides an Advisory Service for startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) undertaking innovative commercialisation and/or growth projects that are within the priority areas of the Australian Government’s National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) and help build Australia’s manufacturing capability for the future.


What is a Cluster?

A cluster is a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses and institutions in a specific sector, fostering collaboration and competitiveness. These entities share resources, ideas, and innovations, enhancing productivity and economic development within the region.

The Importance of Collaboration

Collaboration within a cluster enhances innovation, shares resources, and boosts economic competitiveness. It enables businesses to access new technologies, collective R&D, and market insights, fostering cost savings and creative advancements.

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