Changes to the Entrepreneurs’ Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

We have extended the Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Northern Australia Tourism Initiative to 31 December 2019. The programme will continue to provide tourism businesses in northern Australia with practical support, allowing time to:

  • receive advisory services from our business advisers and facilitators
  • implement key recommendations

Participating businesses also have until 31 December 2019 to apply for a business growth grant to help implement the recommendations.

New applications for Tourism Partnerships closed on 30 June 2019. Northern Australian tourism businesses are no longer eligible to apply for other Business Management advice and facilitation services.

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme will contact participating businesses to discuss transitional arrangements if applicable.

Changes to guidelines

The guidelines for Business Management services have recently changed. You should review the Business Management Grant Opportunity Guidelines before applying.

Business Evaluation

Business Evaluation provides an analysis of your business by an independent business adviser. They’ll help you develop an action plan to increase your ability to trade in Australia and/or other markets.
Application detail:

You can apply at any time.

What do you get?

A broad review of your business, an action plan and support from a mentor for up to 1 year. You'll also have the opportunity to then apply for funding to action the adviser's recommendations.

Who is this for?

A business in a specified growth sector who wants assistance to grow and enter new markets.


Business Evaluation is a part of Business Management, which in turn is an element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Business Management provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators. They will work with you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth opportunities.

With a Business Evaluation you’ll get access to a skilled business adviser who will:

  • come to your business premises to gather information
  • analyse your business using industry knowledge and diagnostic tools
  • do further research and analysis away from your business
  • prepare a tailored action plan to increase your ability to trade in Australia and/or other markets
  • coach and mentor you for up to 1 year

With their support you can:

  • build skills for your business
  • find opportunities for growth
  • ensure you’re able to continue improving your business after the service ends
  • help you action the recommendations from your action plan
  • connect with other organisations for help

Once you’ve received your Business Evaluation plan, you may be eligible for a Business Growth Grant. This grant will help you fund the recommendations in your action plan. 


What are the eligibility criteria?

You must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • have filed business activity statements showing ongoing trading in Australia, for at least 3 consecutive years
  • have the intent and opportunity to engage in or increase trade in Australian or overseas markets

Your business must also be one of the following:

  • an incorporated company
  • an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust

Your annual turnover or operating expenditure, in the current or one of the two past financial years, must be either:

  • between $1.5 million and $100 million
  • between $750,000 and $100 million if you’re located in remote Australia or northern Australia

You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • be already operating in one or more specified growth sectors
  • have intent and ability to operate in a specified growth sector
  • provide enabling technologies or services to a specified growth sector
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How do you apply?

Submit your application using our online portal.

The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure, online environment. You’ll need to sign in or set up an account.

Apply for Business Evaluation now

If you’re confident you are eligible and ready, you can apply through our online portal below. Make sure:

  • you read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • you understand the eligibility requirements
  • you have the time and capacity to work with your adviser
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Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Customer stories

We’re proud of the funding we’ve provided to support Australian businesses. Learn about some of our previous customers and how a Business Evaluation has helped them.

Key documents

Business Management – Grant opportunity guidelines