This project contributed to the “APEC Supporting Industry Initiative,” which was endorsed in 2016 as part of a broader organisational priority of modernizing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the APEC region. Sustineo’s case study examined government policies to support the four largest manufacturing sub-sectors in the state of South Australia – food and beverage manufacturing; transport equipment manufacturing; machinery and equipment manufacturing; and fabricated metal products manufacturing.
Our consultants developed our case study using a mixed methods approach. Initially, Sustineo conducted desk-based research on relevant academic and policy literature. Our team analysed Australian Bureau of Statistics data on inputs and outputs of the relevant industries. This review formed the basis for interviews with 19 key informants within industry, research and development, and government sectors.
Sustineo provided a comprehensive case study of South Australia’s supporting major industries which revealed both supply chain specific trends and wider impacts of Australian policy approaches on supporting industry MSMEs. Our assessment found that South Australian supporting industry MSMEs relied heavily on a suite of state and federal legislation to do business. Based on this understanding, our team suggested areas for further coordination between state and federal government policies to support South Australian MSMEs. This case study contributed an Australian perspective to the APEC Policy Support Unit’s project of promoting supporting industries. The final report is available online.
Sustineo’s expertise in industry regulatory environments and ability to engage with different stakeholders enabled us to produce a rigorous and grounded assessment of the needs of supporting industry MSMEs. Our team effectively and efficiently coordinated the project and engaged in close dialogue with APEC.