Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

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The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Northern Australia Tourism Initiative (NATI) helps small business advisory services in northern Australia to deliver low cost advice and information services to tourism small businesses and intenders.


Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Northern Australia Tourism Initiative (NATI) helps small business advisory services providers in northern Australia deliver low cost advice and information services to tourism small businesses and intenders.

It is a competitive, merit based funding programme delivered by AusIndustry, on behalf of The Treasury.

Funded providers will deliver services in the following streams:

  • funding avenues and financial analysis
  • building your business
  • making the most of your talent and team
  • management capabilities
  • digital engagement implementation
  • tourism ready.

What support or funding is available?

Grants of up to $200,000 per year will be awarded to eligible small business advisory service providers, over three years (up to $600,000 in total, excluding GST).

Who can apply?

Established, not-for-profit small business advisory service providers including eligible Registered Business Organisations (RBOs) can apply.

You must also show that you:

  • have a history of providing advisory services for some years
  • are well connected with the business community, other relevant organisations, information sources and government sources in their region
  • have a demonstrated capability of providing services tailored to ASBAS tourism clients
  • have a demonstrated capability of providing services to Indigenous businesses
  • have a current location in northern Australia (ie above the Tropic of Capricorn in Western Australia and Queensland and all of the Northern Territory)
  • are organisationally stable
  • are financial viable, and
  • employ experienced staff to provide services.

Registered Business Organisations (RBOs)

RBOs are incorporated, not-for-profit organisations that provide low cost services to small businesses to help them achieve sustainability, productivity and/or competitiveness.

RBOs include:

  • Business Enterprise Centres (BECs)
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Industry associations.

There is no registration process to become an RBO for the purpose of applying for this Initiative.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To apply, you must:

  • be an eligible corporation that is non tax-exempt and is registered for GST
  • be a not-for-profit organisation
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a Registered Business Organisation
  • be located or have significant operations in northern Australia.

Further information on ASBAS NATI eligibility criteria is in the Customer Guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

You must address each of the following three merit criterion in your application to be competitive:

  1. The extent to which the application demonstrates that there is a particular unmet need and/or demand for the proposed service and/or project in the area/sector within which it is intended to be conducted.
  2. The extent to which the proposed service and/or projects will meet stated objectives and the level of risk to that success, including how risks will be addressed.
  3. The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that the proposed service and/or project represents value for money for the Commonwealth.

All merit criteria are weighted equally.

Further information on addressing the criteria in your application is provided in the Customer Guidelines.

How do I apply?

The ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is currently not open to new applicants.

During a competitive, merit-based funding round, you can apply using the online application form.

Applications must be submitted online by the specified closing date and time. Late applications will not be accepted.

When you submit an application you will be given a receipt number and a link to a page where you can enter your email address to receive an acknowledgement email. The email will also include a copy of your completed application.

For more information:

How will I know if I am successful?

Successful applicants will be published on and on The Treasury websites.

Successful applicants may be publicly announced by the Minister for Small Business and may include:

  • name and contact details of your organisation
  • title of your project
  • description of your project and its aims
  • amount of grant funding awarded.

How will payments be made?

If you are successful and you accept an offer of funding, you must enter into a funding agreement with The Treasury, acting on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Your funding agreement will state the:

  • maximum grant amount to be paid including GST
  • schedule of payments.

Grant funding will be paid as agreed milestones are achieved.

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