Government Grants and Assistance

Funding programs and grants are available from the Federal, State and Territory Governments and, in some cases, from Local Councils.

There are government grants specifically aimed at those who want to start a business or grow their existing business. These grants are available to help stimulate economic growth, competitiveness and business development within Australia.

SW Assistance programs

SB Connect Small Biz Connect– subsidised business advisory services provided by NSW Government
AU Government Australian Government: Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education – provides a listing of some of the key programs and services delivered.
Business gov au – Provides information on federal and state government grants and assistance.
GrantsLink GrantsLink – Australian Government: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government programs available for individuals, businesses and communities.
SBNSW NSW Government Industry & Investment – provides information on NSW Government initiatives.

Small Business Advisory Service -AUS Industry

Low cost advisory services can be obtained through the Small Business Advisory Service (SBAS), which is run by AusIndustry, an Australian government initiative. The SBAS programme is designed to maximise the growth potential, prosperity and sustainability of small businesses. It provides access to information and assistance with issues relevant to growing small businesses, especially in the current economic climate.

Assistance in the following areas is available:

• Business planning advice
• Advice on loans and banking products
• Simple marketing plans
• Legal and accounting services
• Leasing guidance
• Government regulations.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations runs the very successful New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). Although this scheme does not provide start-up funds, like loans or grants, it does help eligible unemployed people start and run their own new viable business.