Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

At a glance

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Provides small business advisory services in nothern Australia with grants of up to $200,000 per year, for three years, to deliver low cost advice and information services to tourism small businesses and intenders.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an eligible corporation that is non tax-exempt, has an ABN and is registered for GST
  • be a not-for-profit small business advisory service provider
  • be located in northern Australia.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Northern Australia Tourism Initiative 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.

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). 

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.

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 in northern Australia.

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 your 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.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Customer Guidelines.

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.

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the Customer Guidelines.

How to apply

The ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is currently closed to new applicants.

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

If your application is successful

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.

Grant funding will be paid as agreed milestones are achieved.

Key documents

  • Customer guidelines
  • Ministerial guidelines
  • Application form questions – for reference only
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample Commonwealth grant agreement

Grant recipients

View the grant recipients under the ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative as detailed in the Service Providers list.

  • Service providers list

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