Grants & Programs 


National Product Stewardship Investment Fund


Last week, the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, the Hon Trevor Evans MP, launched the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund guidelines on Our department is delivering this program through the Business Grants Hub.


Applications opened 9 July 2020 and close at 5pm AEST Friday, 21 August  2020. The program will be delivered through a competitive selection process.


The National Product Stewardship Investment Fund (the Program), is a $20 million election commitment that will run over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23. The program forms part of the Australian Government’s $167 million Australian Recycling Investment Plan and National Waste Policy Action Plan to increase Australia’s recycling rates, tackle plastic waste and litter, and halve food waste by 2030.


The objectives of the program are to:

•             accelerate work on new industry-led product stewardship schemes, and

•             improve the rates of recycling across new and existing schemes.


The intended outcomes of the program are:

•             increased number of new, and expansion of,  industry-led product stewardship schemes

•             increased availability of, access to, use of product recycling schemes

•             increased rates of recycled materials and reduced waste to landfill, and

•             contribute to the national target of 80 percent resource recovery by 2030 under the National Waste Policy Action Plan.

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New Business Assistance with NEIS

Small Business Training for individuals not currently in employment, education or training New Business assistance with NEIS provides individuals who are not currently in employment, education or training with accredited small business training, mentoring and support and an allowance to help them start their own business.


Application detail: Applications may be made at any time.


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Funding for incubators to assist start-ups to succeed in international markets

For Australian incubators supporting start-ups, including those with first-generation migrant and refugee founders, to help them achieve commercial success in international markets. Applications are now open.


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Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)

The Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund provides small to medium manufacturing enterprises with matched funding for small-scale research projects. Applications are open.


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Mentor Program NSW


The Mentor Program provides small businesses with mentoring services to help them develop their workplace health and safety standards and practices. Applications may be made at any time.


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Industry Growth Centres Initiative

Are you an ambitious Australian business owner in one of our 6 priority industry sectors? An Industry Growth Centre may be able to help you achieve your goals.

Growth centres include:

  • advanced manufacturing

  • cyber security

  • food and agribusiness

  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals

  • mining equipment, technology and services

  • oil, gas and energy resources

You can contact Industry Growth Centres at any time.

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Supply chain facilitation

Supply Chain Facilitation provides access to a skilled advisor. Your advisor will work with you to develop an improvement plan for an identified supply chain opportunity. They will then support you as you implement the plan.

Applications are open. 

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Advice for businesses in the Defence sector

Australian businesses can access free advisory and facilitation services to improve their business capabilities, extend networks and take advantage of opportunities in the defence sector. Applications are open.

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Capability Improvement Grant

Improving business capability in the Defence industry- If the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) recommends improvements for your business, you can apply for a grant to help make the improvements.

Applications are open. You must apply within 6 months of receiving a CDIC advisory or facilitation service.


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Financial support to help Australian exporters bounce back

Date published- 15 April 2020

Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia


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Additional information of other Air Freight services in operation

Date published- 9 April 2020

Additional information of other Air Freight services in operation (subject to further change) is now available. Please liaise with your freight forwarder for further information.

Please see information below for respective destinations and frequencies

  • ANSTO - Narita (Japan) to Sydney

  • Qatar – Melbourne to Doha; and Perth to Doha

  • Emirates – Melbourne to Dubai; and Sydney to Hong Kong

  • Air New Zealand – Brisbane to Auckland; Sydney to Auckland; and Melbourne to Auckland

  • Singapore Airlines – Melbourne to Singapore; Sydney to Singapore; and Perth to Singapore

  • Malaysia Airlines – Sydney to Kuala Lumpur.

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Air Freight capacity available for Australian Exporters

Date published: 09 April 2020

To support Australian exporters, Qantas and Virgin Australia are offering air freight capacity on repatriation international passenger services to Auckland, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and London, from Thursday 9 April 2020.

While these services are limited, this will give Australian producers a way to obtain valuable inputs for their businesses.

The return flights to Australia will bring in vital medicines, medical supplies, and equipment to support Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Checklist for businesses

Export Council of Australia (ECA) compiled this checklist of the 10 best points of advice for businesses to assess the current status of their business in a COVID-19 environment. 

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Covid-19 relief and recovery fund fact sheet

$13 Million Package to Boost Regional Exports

NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at creating jobs and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant.


Accessible sources of information about grants and funding:



Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed! When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible, and that aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.


Community Development NSW (formerly Community Builders) maintains a website that is an interactive online hub for everyone involved in community level social, economic and environmental change.


Grant Guru is the most comprehensive grants database in Australia. GrantGuru has developed a one-stop-shop for grants. Free search-based version and subscription for more advanced versions.


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