Australian Government

Australian Government Business is an online resource offering access to all of the government information, forms and services you need. The Australian Government programs are designed to help Australian business of all sizes and industries improve productivity and competitiveness, and create jobs.

GRANTS and ASSISTANCE

The Australian Governments programs are designed to help Australian businesses of all sizes and industries improve productivity and competitiveness, and create jobs.

The programs include incentives for research and development, support for small businesses, tax and duty concessions, and assistance for industries in transition. You will also find information about support available to foster collaboration between industry and researchers.

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Grant Finder

Grant finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programmes most relevant to your business for free! The Australian Governments Grant Grants and assistance programmes are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils.

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ADVICE AND SUPPORT

Find business advisory services located in your area. Simply search for the type of advice you're looking for to get in touch with a range of advisory, information and research services to help meet your business needs.

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EVENT FINDER

Event Finder helps you find government-funded events, seminars, training courses and workshops for business held around Australia, using our Event Finder. Events are published one month in advance, however organisers may change details at any time, so please contact them direct before attending any event.

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SKILLS AND TRAINING SUPPORT

Skills and training can help to keep your business competitive. Investing in skills and training can increase productivity and innovation, help you attract and retain high quality employees and improve customer satisfaction.

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NATIONAL INNOVATION & SCIENCE AGENDA

The National Innovation and Science Agenda is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to establishing Australia as a leading innovation system. It includes a number of initiatives designed to boost business capability, enable innovation and embrace new ideas.

The National Innovation and Science Agenda puts forward a package of initiatives in four key areas:

Taking the Leap

Backs Australian entrepreneurs by helping them access finance and having fewer penalties for failure. Initiatives include:

  • tax incentives for investors
  • changes to venture capital partnerships
  • reforms to insolvency laws
  • boosts to business incubators.
Working Together

Increases collaboration to help solve real world problems and create jobs. Initiatives include:

  • using business solutions for critical government policy and service delivery challenges
  • implementing a Global Innovation Strategy for international collaboration between business and researchers
  • expanding the Entrepreneur’s Programme
  • speeding up grant applications for innovations.
Best and Brightest

Develops and attracting world-class talent for the jobs of the future. Initiatives include:

  • upskilling youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the digital-based economy
  • a new Entrepreneur’s visa to attract critical skills to Australia
  • addressing gender inequity to improve female participation in STEM study and careers.
Leading by Example

Government will lead by example by embracing innovation and agility in the way we do business. Initiatives include:

  • data analytics training for businesses
  • releasing more non-sensitive data for private sector innovation
  • opening up government procurement spends to smaller innovative companies, especially for IT procurement spends.

Visit www.innovation.gov.au to learn more.

Find out more>: Summary of the National Innovation and Science Agenda

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Industry Skills Fund

The Industry Skills Fund assists industry to invest in training and support services and to develop innovative training solutions. The fund will help build a highly skilled workforce that can take advantage of new business growth opportunities and adapt to rapid technological change.

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The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is a targeted, generous and easy to access entitlement program that helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D. The program aims to help more businesses do R&D and innovate. It is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.

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The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level and forms part of the Australian Government’s new Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. With a national network of more than 100 experienced private sector Advisers and Facilitators, the Entrepreneurs' Programme offers support to businesses through Accelerating Commercialisation; Business Management; and Research Connections.

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The Automotive Tranformation Scheme

The Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) commenced in January 2011 and will run until December 2020. The ATS provides assistance, in the form of cash payments, for investment and production to automotive participants registered in one of the following categories:

  •  motor vehicle producers (MVPs)
  •  automotive component producers (ACPs)
  •  automotive machine tool and automotive tooling producers (AMTPs), and
  •  automotive service providers (ASPs).

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Australian Government - Business Hotline:

13 28 46

Useful Links:

www.business.gov.au