Opportunities & Business Development


CSIRO performs the extraordinary every day., innovating for tomorrow and helping to improve today – for their customers, all Australians and the world.

CSIRO delivers real results and builds rewarding relationships with almost 3,000 organisations of all sizes each year - over and above the great science they're known for. Find out how you can do business with CSIRO whether it's partnering with their business units, research, technology licensing, innovation or SME solutions.

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CSIRO’s food innovation centre makes it easy for food, ingredient and equipment manufacturing companies to access their extensive expertise, technologies and support in innovation. From adopting innovative technologies and improving process efficiency to creating high value products for new markets, CSIRO partners with industry every day.

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Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) was established to foster commercially driven collaboration and innovation in the Australian food and agribusiness industry.

FIAL works on a national level to create new information, tools and connections by leveraging existing information, research and other capabilities and resources across the country to enable organisations to invest, innovate and grow.

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LeadWest is the regional organisation for Melbourne’s west with a focus on advocacy. LeadWest is a nonpartisan and not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. Membership includes all six local governments in Melbourne's west who are joined by major companies and other organisations, each with substantial operations or interests that are based in Melbourne's west.

LeadWest manages the Open Innovation West network.

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The Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence (Western BACE) is a hub of enterprise, community activity, and business development for local businesses and the general community.

Western BACE helps new businesses by giving them a place to find their feet, as well as providing them with the support they need to grow and prosper. There are also educational programs for the general public and the ability for anyone in the community to use the state-of-the-art facilities.

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The Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) is a partnership of eight councils to the west of Melbourne. Its members are the Cities of Brimbank, Greater Geelong, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham, and the Shire of Moorabool.

WAGA councils work collaboratively to respond to climate change across the region and encourage their communities – residents and businesses – to make a transition to a low carbon society. WAGA’s plans and projects focus on both mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

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Low Carbon West is a partnership between WAGA, LeadWest and Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia to implement a strategy for transition to a low carbon economy in the region of the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA). WAGA is an alliance of the Cities of Brimbank, Greater Geelong, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham, and the Shire of Moorabool.

In 2013-2014, the project developed a baseline for the west’s carbon emissions, identified objectives for the plan and consulted on actions to fulfill them. These include projects that we know will significantly reduce emissions and actions to facilitate business opportunities. The completed strategy was launched in November 2014. The partners are now implementing its recommendations.

To read more about Low Carbon West strategy and keep up to date with news on its implementation, please visit the WAGA Website

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Business Grant Guru is a comprehensive database and one stop shop for grants with access to over 700 programs and grant writers with specific expertise.

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Mentoring services through the Small Business Mentoring Program are provided by nearly 90 highly experienced business people with skills and qualifications in a wide range of industries and disciplines.

Whether you're new to running a business or a seasoned business owner, a mentor can help you refine your business strategy, map out the direction that your business should be taking and assist in setting goals for your business to succeed.

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There are many tools and resources available that can help you start and grow your business.