Fire-fighting innovation shares in $3.1m in grants boost

A Queensland company will soon be fitting its fire-fighting invention to helicopters across the globe, thanks to support from the Morrison Government.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment is among 10 businesses sharing in $3.1 million in Accelerating Commercialisation grants.

“These grants support businesses exhibiting Aussie ingenuity and working to bring their products to life in new and expanding markets,” Minister Andrews said.

“Helitak is an Australian business providing solutions to help battle fires, not just here at home but also overseas.

“They are also an incredible manufacturing success story and with this support from the Morrison Government, the company expects to grow its workforce from around 13 today to 50 within the next 12 months.”

Helitak’s expandable tank technology does not require modifications to a helicopter’s underbelly and can fill with 4500 litres of water or fire retardant in less than 50 seconds and drop that load in under five seconds.

The latest Accelerating Commercialisation grants will also assist:

  • Neuromersiv Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $231,000 to further develop and bring to Australian and overseas markets its innovative therapy solution for stroke, spinal cord and acquired brain injury patients that uses virtual reality technology to enhance engagement, regain independence and improve quality of life.
  • Hullbot Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $496,375 to complete the development of a solar powered boat hull cleaning robotic vehicle that protects waterways from chemical antifouling paint.
  • Drop Truck Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $150,000 to commercialise an innovative attachment that enables front-wheel-drive trucks to be lowered to the kerb and be raised again to assist with heavier and awkward loads.
  • Kada Services Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $235,631 to conduct trials of a novel product to automate tracking of data for any business that handles complex or large data sets thereby increasing productivity, lowering costs and better addressing risks.
  • Kesem Health Pty Ltd (VIC) with a grant of $175,000 to commercialise in the international market, its iUFlow urine monitoring solution that uses a smart phone to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of urological conditions.
  • Luboo Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $200,000 to further develop and commercialise its rentable and wearable GPS child tracking device for use at crowded venues.
  • Onevault Enterprises (SA) with a grant of $399,845 to commercialise in Australia and overseas its innovative software platform to manage clinical governance in real time and accreditation in a paper free environment to reduce costs and time for improved patient outcomes.
  • Project Match Australia Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $332,515 to achieve commercial viability and scalability overseas of its MyPass workforce and compliance management system to deliver savings in highly regulated sectors including energy.
  • TDMN Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $370,000 to commercialise its cloud-based smart lock tracking solution that can unlock, secure and track shopping trolleys without the need for coins.

Since the launch of the Accelerating Commercialisation grants in 2014, 437 grants worth $211 million have been offered to Australian businesses. It’s part of the Morrison Government’s sensible and stable plan to grow our economy and create 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.

More information on the grant recipients is available at

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070