ASBAS Digital Solutions

Up to $18.2M is available from ASBAS Digital Solutions to deliver low cost, high quality, digital advisory services to Australian small businesses in metropolitan and regional areas.

ASBAS Digital Solutions

ASBAS Digital Solutions

The ASBAS (Australian Small Business Advisory Services) Digital Solutions supports the Australian Government’s commitment to enhance the capabilities of business advisory service providers to deliver low cost, high quality, digital advisory services to Australian small businesses in metropolitan and regional areas across four priority digital
capabilities:

  • websites and selling online
  • social media and digital marketing
  • using small business software, and
  • online security and data privacy.

 

Objectives

The program’s intended outcomes are:

  • increased access by small businesses to advisory services that support and enhance their digital competency
  • increased number of businesses using digital tools
  • improved small business satisfaction through meeting their increased demand for quality and tailored advice on digital business enquiries.

 

Funding

ASBAS Digital Solutions funding round will provide up to $18.02 million over three years from 2 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

It will fund service providers to deliver low cost, high quality digital advisory services to small business located in the metropolitan and regional parts of the following three coverage areas:

  • $6.09 million for Area 1 – New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
  • $5.68 million for Area 2 – Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
  • $6.25 million for Area 3 – South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

Total grant funding cannot exceed the amount of available funds per coverage area.

You can only apply for funding to service one coverage area.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • provide digital advisory services to small businesses:
    • in one of the selected coverage areas
    • that improve, support and enhance their digital competency including but not limited to the priority digital capabilities listed in section 5.3.2:
      • up to 24 hours of services for each small business client over the period of the project which may include assessment of digital business needs and development of a digital engagement plan
    • through a combination of channels and formats including:
      • direct one-on-one advisory support delivered face to face, or remotely online or over the phone
      • interactive webinars, and
      • face to face workshops
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • meet the service requirements listed at 5.3.3.

You cannot use ASBAS program funding for the delivery of similar services funded under another Commonwealth, State or Territory government program. We cannot fund your project if it receives funding from another Commonwealth, State or Territory government program for the same project. You can apply for funding for your project under more than one Commonwealth, State or Territory government program, however if multiple funding applications are successful, you must choose only one.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

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

and be

  • an entity incorporated in Australia (including an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust, an incorporated for profit organisation or an incorporated not for profit organisation) and a trading corporation, where your trading activities
    • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
    • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. You must have a formal arrangement in place with all parties as part of the application process.

 

Timing

Applications close 6 March 2018.

 

Grant Recipients

  • Penrith City & District Business Advisory Centre Limited (NSW) – $6,090,000
    The project will provide digital advisory services to small businesses in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. These services will be delivered through a combination of channels and formats, including face to face and remote delivery methods such as video calls online, webchats, interactive webinars or phone calls. The services will include assessment of small business’s needs, tailored digital engagement plans where required, and advisory support in relation to digital capabilities.
  • Business Station Inc (WA) – $5,680,000
    The project will provide digital advisory services to small businesses in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. These services will be delivered through a combination of channels and formats, including face to face and remote delivery methods such as video calls online, webchats, interactive webinars or phone calls. The services will include assessment of small business’s needs, tailored digital engagement plans where required, and advisory support in relation to digital capabilities.
  • Darebin Enterprise Centre Limited (VIC) – $6,248,400
    The project will provide digital advisory services to small businesses in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. These services will be delivered through a combination of channels and formats, including face to face and remote delivery methods such as video calls online, webchats, interactive webinars or phone calls. The services will include assessment of small business’s needs, tailored digital engagement plans where required, and advisory support in relation to digital capabilities.

 

More Information

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