Supply Chain Facilitation

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Provides businesses with independent business advice and a supplier improvement plan to strengthen opportunities, improvements and linkages within an identified supply chain opportunity.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a company, incorporated in Australia (or an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust)
  • have an annual turnover or operating expenditure within the current or previous two financial years between $1.5 million ($750,000 for remote Australia and northern Australia) and $100 million.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be made at any time.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

Changes regarding the Entrepreneurs’ Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Northern Australia Tourism Initiative has been extended to 31 December 2019 to provide tourism businesses in northern Australia with continued practical support to build management and business capability, improve their performance, grow and be more internationally competitive.

Please note the previously published closing date of 31 January 2019 to submit an application has been extended. Applications for Tourism Partnerships close on 30 June 2019 and northern Australian tourism businesses will not be eligible to apply for other Business Management advice and facilitation services after 30 June 2019. This will allow sufficient time for participating businesses to receive advisory services from our business advisers and facilitators, and also implement key recommendations with the support of an associated business growth grant.

Participating businesses will be contacted by the Entrepreneurs’ Programme to discuss transitional arrangements.

Changes to guidelines

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

At no cost to your business, a skilled business adviser or facilitator will work closely with your suppliers and customers to strengthen your supply chain, improve your ability to access new markets, connect with and supply existing and new markets, and provide you with project opportunities.

Your business adviser will:

  • identify capability and skills gaps within your business
  • assess how to address these gaps to better meet the needs of customers
  • prepare a tailored supplier improvement plan containing practical strategies to address skills gaps
  • engage with customers to gain first-hand feedback on areas of alignment and further improvement
  • coach and mentor you to implement recommendations for up to 12 months.

You may be eligible for a business growth grant to fund the recommendations outlined in your supplier improvement plan. Refer to Business Growth Grants to learn more.

If you don't have an existing relationship with other businesses in a supply chain but are still keen to get practical business advice you may be more suited for the Business Evaluation service.

Eligibility criteria

To apply, your business must

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for GST

and be one of the following entities

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust.

You must also:

  • have the intent and opportunity to engage in trade with a purchaser so as to directly and demonstrably contribute to or enhance its trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries
  • have an annual turnover or operating expenditure within the following range in the current or previous two financial years
    • between $1.5 million and $100 million, or
    • between $750,000 and $100 million if you are from remote Australia or northern Australia
  • have operated in Australia and filed business activity statements showing ongoing trading in at least three consecutive years.

You must also satisfy one of the following:

  • be operating in one or more growth sectors (you should refer to Appendix A of the Guidelines for definitions of the growth sectors)
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Food and Agribusinesses
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources
  • have the skills, capability, intellectual property or expertise and intent to operate in one of the growth sectors
  • provide enabling technologies or services to one or more of the growth sectors
  • be a tourism business in northern Australia.

You are not eligible for a supply chain facilitation service if you have received one in the last five years.

How to apply

Lodge your application for supply chain facilitation at any time. You will be notified of the outcome of your application within ten working days.

You will need to log in or set up an account to access our online portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

To apply, you must

  • complete and submit your application through the portal
  • provide all the information requested
  • address all eligibility criteria
  • provide a supply chain opportunity reference number to identify which supply chain opportunity you are a part of. If you do not have a reference number, please contact us for guidance.

You may apply for business advice or facilitation at any time during the life of the Business Management initiative and may apply to access more than one service.

In the application form, you will need to nominate which business advice or facilitation service will best meet your needs. For assistance with the application form, contact us.

If your application is successful, you will be put into contact with a business adviser or facilitator with relevant experience in your industry.

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