Your innovation journey
Innovation, like being in business, is a journey. Along the way, you’ll find assistance programs to access at different stages of your business lifecycle.
Resources to help you innovate
Australian Business and Licence Information Service (ABLIS) - helps you find the relevant government licences, permits and registrations to run your business legally in Australia.
Small Business Solutions - Workshop and mentoring program ($400 each) for small businesses that include a workshop and confidential coaching from qualified mentors. Programs include ‘Turn your Business Ideas into Reality’ and ‘Build a Better Business’.
New Business Assistance with NEIS - accredited small business training, business mentoring and support to help individuals become self-employed business owners.
SelfStart - contains information and resources for the stages of starting a business, from planning, finding local support, through to perfecting your pitch.
jobactive - jobactive employment providers can help you find the right staff who are screened and job-ready, at no cost to your business.
Becoming an exporter
Efic - As Australia’s export credit agency, Efic operates on a commercial basis and partners with banks to provide financial answers for Australian companies that are:
- in an export supply chain
- looking to expand their business overseas to better service their clients
- operating in emerging and frontier markets.
Marketing or selling your services to government
Understand selling to government – learn about the rules, processes, opportunities and relationships you need to market or sell your services to government.
Becoming an inventor or entrepreneur
National Innovation & Science Agenda - A number of measures to embrace new ideas in innovation and science. Initiatives include:
- tax breaks to encourage risk and innovation
- funding incentives
- ensuring we have the skills needed for high wage, high productivity jobs
- making it easier for start-ups and innovative small businesses to work with government.
Case studies: meet the innovators
Your business should innovate for the good things it can do. Even small changes in products and services can make a big difference.
Here are some of the stories where a little bit of innovation goes a long way:
- Find customer stories from businesses in various industries who have received support from the R&D Tax Incentive
- Read how the perfect fit for a shoes warehouse started with two brothers selling shoes to miners near Canberra
- Read how a novel idea for a bookshop saw innovation shape a business into a community
- See a business adviser’s perspective on innovation.