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Entrepreneurs Program


The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.

The programme offers support to businesses through four elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
  • Business Management — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
  • Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
  • Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.

Practical support for businesses includes:

  • advice from people with relevant private sector experience
  • co-funded grants to commercialise new products, processes and services
  • funding to take advantage of business improvement and growth opportunities
  • connection and collaboration opportunities.

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R & D Tax Incentive


Provides a tax offset for some of a company’s cost of doing eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company’s income tax liability. Tax offsets of 43.5% or 38.5% are available for costs incurred on eligible activities depending on a company’s annual aggregated turnover. The 43.5% benefit is a refundable offset.

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Automotive Transformation Scheme

Funding body: Australian Government


The Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) commenced on 1 January 2011 and will run until 31 December 2020. It aims to encourage competitive investment, innovation and economic sustainability in the Australian automotive industry.

The ATS will achieve this in a way that:

  • improves environmental outcomes and
  • promotes the development of workforce skills.

Through the scheme, participants can claim assistance for:

  • 50% of the value of eligible investment in research and development
  • 15% of the value of eligible investment in plant and equipment, and
  • allowable production of motor vehicles, engines and engine components for local and export markets (Motor Vehicle Producers only).

Applications for registration in the ATS is open to:

  • Australian Motor Vehicle Producers (MVPs)
  • Australian Automotive Component Producers (ACPs)
  • Australian Automotive Machine Tool and Automotive Tooling Producers (AMTPs)
  • Australian Automotive Service Providers (ASPs).

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NSW Regional Business Power Infrastructure Upgrade Program (RBPIUP)

Funding body: NSW Government


Does your business need an electrical infrastructure upgrade to maximise growth? Help is available from the NSW Government.

Applications are open for the pilot NSW Regional Business Power Infrastructure Upgrade Program (RBPIUP) to help businesses to overcome electrical infrastructure impediments and boost growth.

The pilot program is targeted at regional businesses with projects that have the potential to result in substantial job growth and that will benefit the local economy and other businesses in their area.

 

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Cyber Security Small Business Program

Funding body: Australian Government - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


The Cyber Security Small Business Program assists eligible small businesses access cyber security advice and services from trusted industry providers.

Under the program individual grants of up to $2100 will be available to eligible small businesses to cover 50 per cent of the cost of having their cyber security tested by approved service providers, from the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers Australia New Zealand (CREST ANZ). Support from CREST ANZ will allow small businesses to understand their cyber security risk, and take proactive action to secure their digital assets, allowing them to take full advantage of the economic opportunities of Australia’s digital economy.

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Regional Arts Fund

Funding body: Australian Government


The Regional Arts Fund provides approximately $3.4 million per year to support artists and communities in regional and remote areas. Funds can be used to:

  • encourage and support sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • develop partnerships and networks which leverage support for projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • develop audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts; and
  • increase employment, professional development opportunities and profile of regional and remote artists.

The program funds is a mix of quick-response and community grants.

For further information please visit: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/regional-arts-fund

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Festivals Australia

Funding body: Department of Communications and the Arts

Closing date: 18/10/2019


Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

Please note: Festivals Australia will only fund a single project at a festival, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.

For more information please visit: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/festivals-australia

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Export Capability Building Program NSW

Funding body: NSW Government


The NSW Government has launched the Export Capability Building Program to provide assistance to exporters across New South Wales.

It is aimed at businesses seeking to initiate export activities or export-ready businesses looking to consolidate their knowledge and maximise long-term export gains.

The core of the program is a series Introduction to exporting workshops aimed to increase your business’ export-readiness, export labs where in depth discussions are held on a key trade issue and country briefings which examine a significant overseas market.

The program will also include a number of informative webinars on topical issue for exporters, such as the recent Japanese and Korean free trade agreements.

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CSIRO Kick-Start


Provides Australian start-ups and small to medium enterprises with matched funding of up to $50,000 to access CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business.

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Building Partnerships NSW

Funding body: NSW Government


Provides NSW technology startups with up to 35% of approved project costs to a maximum of $100,000 to create marketing opportunities for an enabling technology which addresses a compelling industry need or market gap.

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