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GRANTGRANT MAXIMUMCLOSING DATE
2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for non-employing sole traders$1,00030 Nov 2021
2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants$30,00016 Nov 2021
Jobmaker Hiring Credit$200 per week06 Oct 2021
QLD Destination Events Program (QDEP)$100,00006 Oct 2021
International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM)Dependent on requirements31 Oct 2021
Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot)$5 million05 Nov 2021
Export Market Development Grants
$150,000
30 Nov 2021
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund$2 million31 Dec 2021
Commercialisation Fund Grant$1 million30 Jun 2022
Boosting Apprenticeship Commencemets
$7000 per quarter per apprentice or trainee
31 Mar 2022
Business Growth Fund$50,000When funds are exhausted
Wage subsidies for hiring new employeesUp to $10,000No current closing date
QLD Back to Work Program$20,000No current closing date
Entrepreneurs’ Programme
$50,000No current closing date
$1,000,000No current closing date
$250,000No current closing date
$100,000No current closing date
Pathway to Growth GrantNo current closing date
Pathway to Growth GrantNo current closing date
Pathway to Growth GrantNo current closing date
$20,000No current closing date
New Business Assistance with NEISNEIS Allowance & TrainingNo current closing date
Tyre Stewardship Fund GrantDependent on ApplicationNo current closing date
Certain Inputs to Manufacture (CIM)reduction of import dutyNo current closing date
Duty Drawback Schemerefund of customs duty No current closing date
Playing Queensland Fund$300,000No current closing date
Research and Development Tax IncentiveTax OffsetNo current closing date
Mature Age Skills & Training Grant  $2,200No current closing date
Advance QLD Industry Attraction FundDependent on applicationNo current closing date
CSIRO Kick-Start – for new product research$50,000No current closing date
Youth Boost Payments$20,000No current closing date
Business Development Fund$2.5 millionNo current closing date
National Work Experience Program$300 + Employee for 4 weeksNo current closing date
Industry Tech Fund$5 MillionNo current closing date
Adult Australian Apprentice Incentive$4000No current closing date
Advancing Renewables Program Grant$50 MillionNo current closing date
Stream Two: Resource Recovery Project FundDependent on ProjectNo current closing date
Stream Three: Resource Investment PipelineDependent on ProjectNo current closing date
Employer Support Payment$15,000No current closing date
Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants$500,000No current closing date
Roddenberry Catalyst Fund Grant$15,000No current closing date
Support Programs
Ecobiznot applicableNo current closing date
Mentoring for Growthnot applicableNo current closing date
TradeStartnot applicableNo current closing date
Australian Trusted Tradernot applicableNo current closing date
Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM)not applicableNo current closing date
Free Apprenticeships for Under 21’s QLDFree Apprentice trainingNo current closing date
Business Energy Advice Programlower cost of energyNo current closing date
Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)Dependent on requirements No current closing date
International Trade Remedies Advisory ServiceHelp protect your businessNo current closing date
SBE Accerating Women-Led BusinessFemale Founder SupportNo Current closing date

 

Jobmaker Hiring Credits

A new incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged between 16 and 35.

The JobMaker Hiring Credit is paid every three months in arrears to employers with the following rates:
– $200 per week for each eligible employee aged 16 to 29.
– $100 per week for each eligible employee aged 30 to 35.

Each of your eligible additional employees must complete a JobMaker employee notice before you can nominate them. A completed notice verifies that your employee has declared they meet the eligibility requirements for you to receive the JobMaker Hiring Credit payment.

The JobMaker Hiring Credit for the first JobMaker period (7 October 2020 to 6 January 2021) can be claimed between 1 February 2021 and 30 April 2021. You will not be able to make a claim after this time.

An employer cannot claim JobKeeper and JobMaker Hiring Credit at the same time.

Amount Available: Employees 16-29: $200 per week. Employees 30 -35 $100 per week
Closing Date: 06 October 2021

Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP)

The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:

  • Destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 – $25,000 per year)
  • Significant event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 – $100,000 per year)

The funding can be used for: Marketing costs; Strategic plan development; Engagement of short-term specialised personnel; and Hire of temporary infrastructure.

The event must take place wholly within QLD

Amount Available: as above
Closing Date: 06 October 2021

International Freight Assistance Mechanism

The IFAM grant is for costs for: an outgoing flight (or domestic connection) carrying Australian eligible products to key international markets for that product, which was requested by, and arranged in conjunction with, an Australian exporter of that product; or an incoming flight into Australia (or domestic connection) carrying medical supplies, medicines and equipment to support Australia’s health response or items of national significance

Amount Available: as required
Closing Date: 31 October 2021

Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot)

The Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) provides organisations with up to $5 million to support current and emerging regional leaders to further develop their leadership and resilience skills, enabling them to become strong local voices who can help sustain regional Australia’s recovery from COVID-19, bushfires and other crises, and contribute to their region’s long-term resilience.

This is for organisations who are equipped to engage community and businesses to improve the capacity and capability of local participants to support their regions’ economic and social wellbeing, especially through future challenges.

Amount Available: From $250,000 to $5 million
Start Date: 24 September 2021
Close Date: 05 November 2021

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Applications are now open on the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority website.

Under the joint Queensland and Australian Government support package, tiered payments based on payroll size for eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Queensland are available.

Successful applicants will receive the total value of the boosted grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the size of your annual payroll.

Grant funding to successful applicants is available as outlined below:

  • A $10,000 one-off grant to small business with an annual turnover of over $75,000 and an annual payroll being less than $1.3 million
  • A $15,000 one-off grant to medium sized business with payroll between $1.3 million and $10 million
  • A $30,000 one-off grant to large sized tourism and hospitality focused businesses with payroll of greater than $10 million.

Amount Available: As Above
Close Date: 16 November 2021

Export Market Development Grants

This program aims to help Australian businesses grow their exports in overseas markets. It is a key Australian Government export financial assistance program designed to bring benefits to Australia by encouraging the creation, development and expansion of foreign markets for Australian products.

– Grants will be available in three tiers:
a) Tier 1: For eligible SME exporters who are ready to export in the grant year – grants of up to $40,000 per financial year for up to two years.
b) Tier 2: For eligible exporters who are exporting eligible products and seeking to expand export promotion activity for eligible products – grants of up to $80,000 per financial year for up to three years.
c) Tier 3: For eligible exporters who are exporting eligible products and seeking to expand export promotion activity and make a strategic shift in the marketing of eligible products in a foreign country – grants of up to $150,000 per financial year for up to three years.

Amount Available: From $40,000 to $150,000
Start Date: 16 August 2021  
Closing Date: 30 November 2021

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for non-employing sole traders, company, partnership and trusts

Under the joint Queensland and Australian Government package, a $1,000 one-off grant to non-employing sole traders (this includes non-employing business operating through a company, partnership or trust) across Queensland that has had a reduction in turnover of 30% or more during a nominated 7-day period.

You must demonstrate the business or not-for-profit organisation was directly or indirectly impacted by a lockdown event, and must include at least 1 full day of a lockdown event when comparing against turnover achieved during the same 7-day period in July or August 2019 or another comparable period.

You must have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (if you have not been trading for a full financial year, you would be able to provide financial records to show you will reasonably meet this turnover requirement in the 2021-22 financial year)

Note:  non-employing businesses means that you can have a payroll with business owners or directors only.

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Amount Available: $1,000
Open Date:  30 November 2021

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Grant

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be taken into account, as well as projects that in that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.

Amount Available: From $25,000 up to $2 million
Closing Date: 31 December 2021

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

Boosting Apprenticeship commencements wage subsidy supports businesse and Group Training Organisations (GTO) to take on new apprentices and trainees, to build a pipline of skilled workers to support a sustained economic recovery.

Through the subsidy, any business or GTO that engages an Australian Apprentice or Trainee between 05 Oct 2020 and 31 Mar 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50% of wages, paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.

Amount Available: Maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible Australian Apprentice or Trainee
Closing Date: 31 March 2022

Commercialisation Fund Grant

The Commercialisation Fund will support project collaborations between industry and research partners to commercialise new manufacturing products and processes. Grants will be between $100,000 and $1 million and must be matched by industry.

Projects will be supported within the Government’s 6 National Manufacturing Priorities: Medical Products, Food and Beverage, Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing, Recycling and Clean Energy, Defence, and Space.

Amount Available: Between $100,000 and $1 million (co-funded)
Closing Date: 30 June 2022

Business Growth Fund Program

The program provides funding for small and medium-sized businesses experiencing high-growth to buy specialised equipment to unlock growth potential, increase production, expand your workforce and maximise economic returns.

Amount Available: up to $50,000
Closing Date: when funds are exhausted

Wage Subsidies

Wage subsidies are a financial incentive to encourage employers to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. 

Up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) is available for new employees who are: 15 to 24 years of age, Indigenous Australians, or 50 years of age and over.

Up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) is available for new employees who are: 25 to 29 years of age, parents, or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

Amount Available: See Above

Closing Date: no current end date

QLD Back to Work program from 1 July 2021

The previous Back to Work program predominantly provided employer support payments, whereas the revitalised Back to Work program will provide more intensive support to employers and disadvantaged job seekers.

Under the revitalised Back to Work program, employers will have access to two support payments:

  • Youth Boost ($20,000): For a job seeker (aged between 15-24 years) previously unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks
  • Back to Work Support Payment ($15,000): For a job seeker from the identified cohorts previously unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks. (other eligibility criteria apply)

Amount Available: See Above

Closing Date: no current end date

New Business Assistance with NEIS

New Business Assistance with NEIS provides support to people interested in starting their own business or who need help to refocus an existing micro-business.

You receive: accredited small business training; personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider: and an NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)

This is for Individuals who are interested in starting a business or who need help to refocus an existing micro-business impacted by COVID-19.

Amount Available: Training and NEIS Allowance, plus NEIS Rental Assistance (if required)

Closing Date: no current end date

Tyre Stewardship Grants

The priority outcome to be achieved from the Project Stream of the Fund is a direct increase in the consumption of Australian Tyre-Derived Polymer (TDP) through new and expanded markets. Applications will be assessed most favourably if they are BOTH innovative in nature and have the potential to consume high volumes of Australian TDP. Projects will also be strongly considered if they can demonstrate innovative new approaches to consuming TDP and are likely to consume large volumes of Australian generated TDP.

There are currently two streams for funding: Demonstration and Infrastructure Projects; and Research and Development Projects.

Amount Available: Dependent on requirements

Closing Date: no current end date

Certain Inputs to Manufacture (CIM)

The CIM program helps reduce importing costs for Australian manufacturers of eligible goods. If you intend to import an eligible good and can show that your imported good has a performance advantage in producing the specific end product over a local input produced in Australia, you may be eligible for an import concession.

Amount Available: Dependent on importing duty

Closing Date: no current end date

Duty Drawbacks Scheme

​The Australian Border Force (ABF) administers duty drawbacks, which allows exporters to claim a refund of customs duty paid on imported goods that are exported from Australia and are:

  • unused since importation, or
  • treated, processed, or incorporated into other goods for export.

Amount Available: Dependent on importing duty

Closing Date: no current end date

Playing QLD Fund

The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.

PQF includes support for touring arts and education activities, and artists in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland.

Amount Available: Up to $20,000 for an artist, Up to $150,000 total per application. Major Performing Arts Organisations can apply for up to $150,000 per year or up to $300,000 over 2 years
Closing Date: No current closing date, must apply at least 12 week before tour commences

Research and Development Tax Incentive

The tax incentive reduces company R&D costs by offering tax offsets for eligible R&D expenditure.

Eligible companies with a turnover of less than $20 million receive a refundable tax offset, allowing the benefit to be paid as a cash refund if they are in a tax loss position. All other eligible companies receive a non-refundable tax offset to help reduce the tax they pay.

Amount Available: Tax Offset
Closing Date: No current closing date

Mature Age Skills & Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help mature age Australians (45 to 70) build skills to remain in the workforce longer.

Either the mature age Australian or their current employer must match the incentive to ensure a joint investment in their skills development.

Amount Available: up to $2200
Closing Date: No current closing date

Advance QLD Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF)

AQIAF seeks to bring contestable projects to Queensland in order to drive job creation, regional growth, increased innovation and technology and supply chain development. A contestable project is where there is at least one other viable, alternative international or Australian project site to the Queensland location under active consideration.
Amount Available: Depedent on Application
Closing Date: No current closing date

CSIRO Kick Start Grant

Provides matched funding for start-ups and small to medium enterprises to help access CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow your business. For example research a new idea with commercial potential, develop a novel or improved product or process, or test a novel product or material.
Amount Available: Matched funding between $10,000 and $50,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

Youth Boost Payment

Youth Boost Payments of up to $20,000 are available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young jobseeker in Moreton Bay region. Payments are made directly to the eligible employer in three parts over 12 months. The jobseeker must be previously unemployed (minimum four weeks) and aged between 15-24 years.

Amount Available: $20,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

Business Development Fund

The Business Development Fund (the Fund) is the Queensland Government’s $80 million angel and venture capital funding available to Queensland businesses. The intention of the Fund is to support the growth of innovative businesses and the creation of high-value jobs as well as attract both interstate and international investments in Queensland, thereby strengthening Queensland’s entrepreneurial and start-up eco-system.

The Fund may invest between $125,000 and $2.5 million (matched by the co-investor/s) in a Queensland business in order to turn ideas and innovations into a commercial reality. Note, the Fund’s investment is a direct investment in the business, and is not a payment to the co-investor, a grant or a loan. Both the fund and co-investor are shareholders in the business. The Fund invests on the same equity terms as the co-investor.

Amount Available: From $125,000 to to $2.5 million
Closing Date: No current closing date

National Work Experience Programme

Businesses may be eligible to receive an incentive payment of $300 for hosting a National Work Experience Programme candidate, and if participants are offered ongoing employment after the placement, businesses may also be eligible for a wage subsidy. Unpaid placements with businesses for up to four weeks, to a maximum of 25 hours per week.
Amount Available: $300 plus unpaid employee for up to 4 weeks (insured by Government)
Closing Date: Applications may be made at any time

Industry Tech Fund (ITF)

The ITF aims to deliver a transformative ‘step change’ that speeds the emergence of new products and/or services based on a platform technology, or the convergence of platform technologies, with global potential across 1 or more industry sectors.

These industry sectors include the 6 Advance Queensland priority sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • aerospace
  • biofutures
  • biomedical and life sciences
  • defence
  • mining equipment, technology and services.

Initiatives in other industry sectors and key Queensland industries such as education, tourism, health and community services, and agriculture will also be considered.

Amount Available: 25% of Project funding from $250,000 to $5 million
Closing Date: Applications may be made at any time

 

Adult Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides employers with incentives to employ an apprentice.
Amount Available: $750 to $4000
Closing Date: No current end date

Advancing Renewables Program

The Advancing Renewables Program provides businesses with funding or finance to develop renewable energy technologies. The Advancing Renewables Program aims to fund projects that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes: reduction in the cost of renewable energy; increase in the value delivered by renewable energy; improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy; reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake or increase in skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.
Amount Available: Matched funding between $100,000 and $50 Million
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time.

Stream two: resource recovery project fund

Broad incentives to attract or expand major resource recovery operations that will divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, reduce or prevent stockpiling and recover substantial resources, Stream two applications are a two-stage process, beginning with an expressions of interest.
Amount Available: Dependent on project
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time.

Stream three: resource recovery investment pipeline fund

Support toward capital intensive, long lifecycle projects that require a contribution towards investigations to assist with investment decisions for Queensland. Stream three applications are a single-stage process with applications accepted at an time.
Amount Available: Dependent on project
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time.

Employer Support Payment

Provides Moreton Bay Region employers with a three part incentive payment, to the total of $15,000, for hiring a jobseeker (aged 25 years or over) that has been previously unemployed for 52 weeks or more. The $15,000 is paid in three payments.

The program is not a wage subsidy. 

Amount Available: $15,000
Closing Date: Applications may be made at any time

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants provide businesses servicing the defence sector with upskilling and training opportunities to build skills capacity and capability to meet current or future Defence needs.

Who is this for?

  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that currently have a Defence contract, are tendering for one, are a subcontractor to a defence prime or contracted through the Prime’s supply chain to deliver on defence projects.
  • Defence industry associations training their own staff or facilitating training to businesses they are representing.

Amount Available: From $5,000 to $500,000
Closing Date: Ongoing

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund Grant

The Catalyst Fund makes grants between $2,500–$15,000 to anyone, anywhere in the world who has an early-stage idea or project that addresses pressing global challenges.
Amount Available: From $2,500 to $15,000
Closing Date: No current close date

ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM

RESEARCH MY INNOVATION

Innovation Connections

Innovation Connections assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects. There are two phases: 1. Innovation Connections Facilitation with which you receive a Service Report that helps you understand your business’s research needs and opportunities and; 2. Innovation Connections Grant, which you must apply for within 12 months of receiving the Service Report, that allows you to undertake a research project based on the report. 

You must be in one of the following growth sectors: advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness; medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment, technology and services; or oil, gas and energy resources. Additionally, businesses that provide enabling technologies and services to the above growth sectors are also eligible to apply. Your business’s annual turnover or operating expenditure in 1 of the last 3 financial years must be between $1.5 million and $100 million

Amount Available: Up to $50,000
Closing Date: Ongoing

COMMERCIALISE MY PROJECT

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation provides small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers with access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market. 

You can submit an expression of interest for Commercialisation Guidance at any time. After receiving guidance, you may be eligible to apply for an Accelerating Commercialisation Grant.

Amount Available: Up to $1,000,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

FUND MY INCUBATOR

Incubator Support

Provides new and existing incubators with funding to help start-ups develop the capabilities to succeed in international markets. This is for Australian incubators supporting start-ups, including those with first-generation migrant and refugee founders, to help them achieve commercial success in international markets.

Amount Available: Matched Funding from $13,000 to $250,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

Incubator Support – Expert in Residence

Expert in Residence provides incubators with funding to gain new skills and expertise and help start-ups to succeed in international markets. This is for Australian incubators that provide services to start-ups to help them achieve commercial success in international markets.

Amount Available: Matched Funding from $5,000 to $100,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

GROW MY BUSINESS

Growth Roadmap

Do you have a turnover of over $1.5 million and are looking for opportunities to grow your business? The Growth Roadmap provides an experienced facilitators, for one year, to come to your business and work with you on a business growth plan and mentor you to action the plan . You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Growth Grant for funding to action the facilitator’s recommendations. 
Amount Available: Receive a roadmap for growth and opportunity to apply for Growth Grant Funding
Closing Date: No current closing date

High Growth Accelerator

Do you have a turnover of over $1.5 million and are looking for opportunities to grow your business? Are you in the at least one of the five specified growth sectors: freight & logistics; infrastructure related construction & services; information & communications technologies; digital technologies; or professional services? You would receive an experienced facilitators, for up to two year, to come to your business and work with you to develop a growth plan to help you realise an Australian and/or overseas growth opportunity. They’ll then mentor you as you action your plan. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Growth Grant for funding to action the facilitator’s recommendations. 
Amount Available: Receive a roadmap and mentoring for growth and opportunity to apply for Growth Grant Funding
Closing Date: No current closing date

SMART Projects and Supply Chains

Do you have a turnover of over $1.5 million and are looking for opportunities to grow your business? Are you in one of the five specified growth sectors: advanced manufacturing; food & agribusiness; medical technologies & pharmaceuticals; mining equipment; technology & services; or oil, gas and energy resources? The SMART Projects and Supply Chains service provides businesses with access to strategic or high-value projects that increase business capability, meet the specific needs of a market opportunity, or otherwise improve business performance and leadership capacity. You would receive a facilitator who will provide advice, guidance, and network connections, and you may also be able to access a matched Growth Grant of up to $20,000 to action recommendations from your participation in the project.
Amount Available: As above and opportunity to apply for Growth Grant Funding
Closing Date: No current closing date

Growth Grant

Matched funding to implement recommendations from your Growth RoadmapYou must submit your application within 1 year of receiving your roadmap or plan.
Amount Available: Matched funding between $2,500 and $20,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

SUPPORT

Ecobiz

Through this free program CCIQ help businesses understand energy, water and waste costs and teach you to save money through sustainability initiatives. As a member of the program, you will have the opportunity to utilize our complimentary tools including: One-on-one coaching, site surveys and benchmarking support (including expert bill and expenditure assessment). Aside from these, you also have access to CCIQ suite of materials including found under hot topics, including fact sheets, webinars and our monthly newsletter to help you cut your power bill and gain water and waste management advice.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Mentoring for Growth

Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses free access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you are experiencing in your business.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Tradestart

The prime objective of Austrade’s TradeStart network is to assist small and medium sized exporters to achieve long term success in international markets  It offers exporters the combined resources of Austrade and each partner organisation, providing local assistance and a direct link to Austrade’s services and overseas network.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Australian Trusted Trader

Australian Trusted Trader provides businesses involved in importing and exporting with an accreditation to streamline and simplify customs processes.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM)

Works with management to improve health and safety, and rehabilitation and return to work outcomes.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s QLD

Provides QLD businesses with fee-free apprenticeships when they employ an existing or new apprentice or trainee who is under 21 years of age in a priority qualification.  ‘Free’ means the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training undertaken with a training provider. This is on top of the other possible incentives already available to support you taking an apprentice or trainee on. These include: The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program; The Queensland Government’s Back to Work program

What’s not covered?

As an employer, you’re still required to cover the costs of wages. Your apprentice or trainee may have to meet costs related to any uniform or other resources for their training.

Amount Available: No cost for apprentice training
Closing Date: No current closing date

Business Energy Advice Program

The Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) delivers advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and reduce their energy usage. You receive a free personalised energy consultation and access to a Small Business Energy Check tool.

Eligibility: Any Australian business with 6 to 20 employees

Closing Date: No current closing date

Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)

This program seeks to provide financial assistance to a person with disability or their employer for workplace modifications, equipment and services they require as a result of their disability and are necessary for them to be able to perform their employment duties.

A free workplace assessment through the EAF is available to help work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs and help you do your job. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment. The assessment is done by a qualified professional. The Assessor will look at your workplace and any barriers that may exist; and talk with you and your employer to find solutions to make your workplace more flexible and accessible.

Amount Available: Dependent on requirements
Closing Date: No current closing date

International Trade Remedies Advisory Service

Any registered Australian business that is a SME, with fewer than 200 full-time staff, can access the ITRA Service. It is a free service.

The ITRA Service may be able to help you if :

  • you are an Australian manufacturing business that
    • completes at least one substantial process of manufacture in Australia
    • faces competition from goods imported into Australia
    • believes the goods imported into Australia are sold cheaper than in their original market, and
    • believes the low price of goods affects your industry’s sales volume and price
  • you are an Australian importer who pay
    • anti-dumping measures on goods you don’t believe require those duties because you can’t source the goods from an Australian manufacturer
    • countervailing measures on goods you don’t believe require those duties because they do not reflect the current level of subsidisation of your exporter

Closing Date: No current closing date

SBE Accelerating Women-Led Business

The SBE Explore program is designed to support women who have an idea they want to bring to life. The program has been created by female founders, for female founders, with the aim to provide advice, skills, resources, and networks to get you started quickly, without the pain. The combined experience of those at SBE has equipped us to help you feel confident to examine, test, prototype and launch business ideas rapidly, resourcefully, and with eco-system support.

Closing Date: No current closing date

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