Up to $200,000 is available to help tourism businesses in Northern Australia to improve their business.
The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Northern Australian Tourism Initiative is a competitive, merit based funding round.
The ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative round will focus on six tourism streams:
- Funding avenues and financial analysis
- Building your business
- Making the most of your talent and team
- Management capabilities
- Digital engagement implementation
- Tourism ready.
The 2016 funding round aims to improve the accessibility, volume and quality of low cost business advisory services across the six tourism streams.
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.
The initiative combines the Entrepreneurs’ Programme ($9.4 million) with the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme ($4.2 million) to meet the needs of tourism businesses in northern Australia.
The Australian Government is committed to supporting established not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to provide low cost advisory and information services to Australian small businesses.
The objective of the ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative round is to improve the capacity of established, not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost small business advisory and information 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.
Grants up to $200,000 per year will be awarded to eligible, established not-for-profit small business advisory service providers over three (3) years (up to $600,000 in total, excluding GST).
The ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is open to Registered Business Organisations (RBOs), such as:
- Business Enterprise Centres
- Chambers of Commerce
- Industry Associations
RBOs applying for funding must be a ‘constitutional corporation’ within the meaning of section 51(xx) of the Australian Constitution and be not-for-profit.
RBOs must also:
- have a history of providing advisory services for some years
- be well connected with the business community, other relevant organisations, information sources and government sources in the defined 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 physical presence in northern Australia (ie above the Tropic of Capricorn in Western Australia and Queensland and all of the Northern Territory)
- be organisationally stable
- be financial viable, and
- employ experienced staff to provide services
Applications close 30 March 2016.