23 January 2018
Today, the Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace, and Deregulation, The Hon Craig Laundy MP,opened a new funding round for the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) – Digital Solutions program to applications.
The $18.02 million funding round will run over three years from 2 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.
It will support service providers to offer low cost, high quality digital advisory services to Australian small businesses in metropolitan and regional parts of the following coverage areas:
- Area 1 – New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory ($6.09 million)
- Area 2 – Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia ($5.68 million)
- Area 3 – South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania ($6.25 million).
Advisory services will be provided through a combination of channels and formats, including face to face, video calls online, webchats, interactive webinars and phone calls.
The services will include assessment of small businesses’ needs, tailored digital engagement plans and advisory support in relation to one or more of the priority digital capabilities: websites and selling online, social media and digital marketing, using small business software, and online security and data privacy.
The program forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to helping small businesses create jobs, opportunity and growth, and complements general business advisory services offered by State and Territory governments.
Applications will close at 5.00pm AEDT Tuesday 6 March 2018.
The program is delivered by the Business Grants Hub on behalf of the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
For further information please visit www.business.gov.au/asbas.