Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

Tell me about the assistance

Do you own or operate a small or medium-sized tourism business in northern Australia? Do you want your business to grow, innovate and prosper? Would you like to receive business advisory services from expert business advisers? If so, then the Northern Australia Tourism Initiative may be for you.

  • Status: Open
  • Applications close: Ongoing
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Overview

The Australian Government is unlocking the vast potential of northern Australia by helping grow small and medium tourism businesses through experts that give one-on-one advice on how to overcome challenges and expand into new markets.

The $13.6 million Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is one of a suite of new programmes announced in response to Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, available under Publications on the Office of Northern Australia website.

The Northern Australia Tourism Initiative extends the Entrepreneurs' Programme and Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme to meet the needs of tourism businesses in northern Australia.

Entrepreneurs' Programme

The Entrepreneurs' Programme provides free support and advice to help businesses commercialise novel products, processes and services, as well as improve their productivity and competitiveness. The Programme connects businesses to experienced Advisers and Facilitators, sourced from the private sector, who work directly with businesses to help them grow.

The Entrepreneurs' Programme provides access to a number of services including Tourism Partnerships, Business Evaluations, Growth Services, Supply Chain Facilitation and Business Growth Grants.

Under the Northern Australia Tourism Initiative, the Tourism Partnerships service was announced to help businesses in northern Australia to form or improve a collaboration arrangement with other tourism businesses.

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Northern Australia Tourism Initiative (NATI) aims to support small tourism businesses to lead the economic charge in northern Australia.

The ASBAS NATI has improved the capacity of established, not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost small business advisory services to tourism small businesses and tourism small business intenders in northern Australia, whose products and/or services are or will be used by tourists.

Low cost business advisory services can be accessed in the following areas:

  1. Funding avenues and financial analysis
  2. Building your business
  3. Making the most of your talent and team
  4. Management capabilities
  5. Digital engagement implementation
  6. Tourism ready.

Own a small business and in need of advice?

If you operate or are thinking about starting a tourism small business, you can receive professional, low cost business advisory services from an ASBAS NATI provider. There are a number of organisations across northern Australia delivering professional, low cost business advisory to tourism small businesses throughout northern Australia until 30 June 2019.

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

What support or funding is available?

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

Under the Entrepreneurs' Programme you can receive tailored advice, an action plan and one-on-one coaching as part of the below services:

  • Business Evaluation - assists with overall business improvement through a comprehensive evaluation of your business. This is a good place to start in the Programme.
  • Growth Services - prepares your business for rapid growth where you have identified a new product or market opportunity.
  • Supply Chain Facilitation - assists with understanding your buyer's needs and requirements and helps improve your supply chain.
  • Tourism Partnerships - help you to form or improve a collaboration arrangement with other tourism businesses.

After you have received one of the above services you may be eligible for a Business Growth Grant to assist you with implementing business improvements recommended by your Business Adviser or Business Facilitator.

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

If you operate a tourism small business or are thinking about starting a tourism small business in northern Australia, you can receive professional, low cost business advisory services from an ASBAS NATI provider.

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

Who can apply?

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

Under the Entrepreneurs' Programme, businesses that are:

  • a for-profit company operating in Australia;
  • non tax-exempt; and
  • registered for GST.

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

If you operate or are thinking about starting a tourism small business in northern Australia, you can receive professional, low cost business advisory services from an ASBAS NATI provider, located across northern Australia.

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

Under the Entrepreneurs' Programme your business must:

  • generate a significant portion of your revenue from visitors;
  • operate in a tourism-related industry. This could include retailers, cafes, restaurants and pubs;
  • operate in the Northern Territory or above the Tropic of Capricorn in Queensland or Western Australia;
  • be a solvent company with an annual turnover or operating expenditure between $750,000 and $100 million;
  • have filed business activity statements showing ongoing trading for at least three successive years; and
  • have not been named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).

You are not eligible if you:

  • resell tickets or vouchers for tourism-related products and services; or
  • are a local tourism body or regional tourism organisation.

Additional eligibility criteria may apply for some services.

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

If you are a small business operator or are thinking of starting a tourism small business in northern Australia, then you may be eligible to receive professional, low cost business advisory services from an Australian Government funded ASBAS provider. Low cost advice can be accessed in the following areas:

  • Funding avenues and financial analysis
  • Building your business
  • Making the most of your talent and team
  • Management capabilities
  • Digital engagement implementation
  • Tourism ready.

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

How do I apply?

Entrepreneurs Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

To apply for a service under the Entrepreneurs' Programme complete an application in the ‘I'm ready to apply' tab.

The application form must be completed by an authorised representative of your business, such as the:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Director
  • Chair of the Board
  • President
  • Authorised Manager

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

There is no application process to receive low cost business advisory services from an ASBAS NATI provider. While there will be charge for the services, it will be a lower cost than the market rate cost for comparable professional services.

To be eligible to receive assistance, you must:

  • have 19 or less Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees,
  • be located within northern Australia, and
  • must be servicing or intending to service tourism customers.

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

How will I know if I'm successful?

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

Under the Entrepreneurs' Programme, if your application is approved, you will receive a written offer. A Business Adviser or Business Facilitator will contact you to arrange a time to start the service.

If you are unsuccessful, you will also be notified in writing.

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

If you are a tourism small business operator or would like to start a tourism small business in northern Australia, then you can access professional, low-cost business advisory services through an Australian Government funded ASBAS NATI provider.

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

Key Documents

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

ASBAS - Northern Australia Tourism Initiative

Refer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services: Northern Australia Tourism Initiative for details.

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