AusBiotech’s draft National Reconstruction Fund submission open for comment


AusBiotech invites member feedback on its draft submission to the Australian Government’s $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) consultation.

AusBiotech has welcomed the opportunity to submit a response and highlighted how the design of the Fund – particularly given biotechnology’s unique market and development pathways compared to the other priority sectors – will be critical to successfully delivering on its purpose.

The draft submission responds to the 21 consultation questions, including how to best define and measure ‘medical science’; its investment needs and opportunities; returns, financial instruments and working with other investors/crowding in further private investors; and complementary reforms. AusBiotech’s responses build on united positions highlighted in the industry’s strategic plan, the Biotechnology Blueprint, as well as the ideas discussed during the active and engaged members’ roundtable that AusBiotech held in December.

The NRF is a key initiative of the Australian Government’s A Future Made in Australia policy, which was announced in October’s Federal Budget and passed through Parliament in November 2022. The $15 billion fund will co-invest in independently-assessed projects that drive economic growth across seven priority areas and over seven years, including $1.5 billion in ‘medical science’ and $1 billion each for critical technologies and advanced manufacturing.

Providing finance (including loans, guarantees and equity) to drive investments that add value and develop capability, it will operate commercially to deliver a positive rate of return.

Read the Government’s consultation papers here. Log into the AusBiotech website to read the draft submission here.

To submit feedback on AusBiotech’s draft submission, please contact Karen Parr, Director of Communications and Policy by Tuesday 31 January.