Announcement

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 an associated 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.

Growth Services


Growth Services provides access to an independent business adviser for up to 2 years. They’ll work with you to develop a growth plan to help you realise an Australian and/or overseas growth opportunity. They’ll then mentor you as you action your plan.
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Application detail:

You can apply at any time.

 
What do you get?

A customised growth plan and access to a business adviser who will assist with your growth opportunity for up to 2 years. You'll also have the opportunity to then apply for funding to action the adviser's recommendations.

Who is this for?

A business operating in a specified growth sector.

Entrepreneurs' Programme learning events

We provide targeted and tailored events and activities to Australian businesses that:

  • address learning challenges and gaps
  • encourage peer-to-peer networking
  • help you get a deeper understanding to improve your skills and learning

Overview


Growth Services 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 Growth Services you’ll get access to a specialist business adviser who will:

  • provide you access to relevant advice, networks, funding and knowledge
  • provide support, advice and mentoring
  • help you build the necessary capabilities, culture, strategies and connections for growth
  • develop a growth plan to reach your Australian and/or overseas growth opportunity
  • maintain your growth momentum through regular follow-up meetings

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

Eligibility


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:

  • 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

Your growth opportunity must lead to transformational growth. It will usually be associated with new or innovated:

  • products
  • services
  • markets
  • market delivery
  • business model
  • technology

We don’t consider business as usual or incremental growth as an opportunity for this service.

If you think this service is not right for you, a Business Evaluation may be a better alternative. This broad focus service is an excellent way to gain a clearer picture of your business. It will give you a strategy to make you more productive and more competitive.

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Applying


How do you apply?

Once you are ready, you can 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 Growth Services 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
  • Understand the eligibility requirements
  • 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 Growth Services has helped them. 

Key documents


Business Management – Grant opportunity guidelines