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Queensland Government loan supporting local tourism providers

The Palaszczuk Government has provided a lifeline to hundreds of local Queensland tourism operators and suppliers. Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said a conditional loan was provided to Imperium Tourism Holdings through the government’s Industry Support Package. “Although Queensland’s tourism sector is now rebuilding, we know the sector faced incredible challenges in 2020

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More Queensland export businesses Go Global through additional funding

Regional Queensland businesses that are export-ready are being encouraged to get involved in the Go Global Export Program which has so far helped 36 businesses break into new markets. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the latest round of Go Global was now open with $500,000 in funding grants available to help businesses overcome exporting barriers as

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Support for first generation migrants and refugees to launch their businesses

Connections 4 You is one of two businesses who have been offered grant funding for their first-generation Australian migrants and refugee focused incubator. Their Next Generational Entrepreneur program will focus on supporting these start-ups to establish their businesses nationally and internationally. As a migrant focused organisation, Connections 4 You will use their funding to deliver

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Aboriginal small businesses receive boost from new agreement

A new agreement between the NSW Government and Supply Nation will connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with government departments, create jobs and drive growth in the Aboriginal business sector. Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the agreement with Supply Nation, which runs the largest directory of verified Aboriginal businesses in

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Loan scheme a lifeline to small businesses hit by COVID crisis

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed media reports that Treasury is considering a revenue-contingent business loan scheme, saying it would provide a lifeline to small businesses recovering from the COVID crisis. Ms Carnell, who has been calling on the Federal Government to introduce a revenue-contingent loan scheme since April last

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WA Government announces more small business stimulus and relief packages

The Western Australian Government continues to announce measures to support small business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The small business relief package includes: A $43 million package for small businesses and charities impacted by the 31 January 2021 five day lockdown, including an electricity bill offset. $17,500 grants for small businesses with a payroll between $1 million

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Small business will soon have better access to finance

Consumers and small business will have better access to finance following the passage through parliament of the Morrison Government’s reforms to the Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) Regime. The strengthened regime will deliver benefits to lenders and borrowers and drive competition in the lending market while preserving and enhancing important security and consumer protections. Australia’s

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Funding to help farmers deal with impacts of climate change

The southern half of Western Australia is being hit particularly hard by the impacts of climate change, presenting long-term water security challenges for farmers in the regions. In response, the McGowan Government makes two announcements. McGowan Government announces a $7.3 million infrastructure plan to upgrade and refurbish 70 community dams in the State’s Wheatbelt and

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Creative small businesses to receive financial boost

Victoria’s nation-leading creative industries will receive more support as creative workers and businesses continue to re-activate the sector with new projects and collaborations. Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today announced more than $5.6 million in grants to boost creative careers, businesses, facilities, and experiences across the state. Applications are now open for the following

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.