13 February 2015

Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme


This media release announces the recipients of the 2014 Australian Small Business Advisory Service Programme grants. The ASBAS Programme aims to improve the capacity of established not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost small business advisory and information services.

I am pleased to announce the names of the 34 successful applicants to be offered $17,243,425 over the next three years under the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) Programme Business Solutions 2014 round.

Small Businesses are the engine room of our economy. That is why the Abbott Government's Economic Action Strategy will help to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

Our Government is focused on ensuring our nation is the best place to build and grow a small business.

The ASBAS Programme aims to improve the capacity of established not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost small business advisory and information services. Small businesses employ more than four million Australians nationwide and this increased capacity to deliver assistance will help the sector grow and prosper.

The Abbott Government recognises the importance of small businesses in supporting jobs and driving national prosperity, and is strongly committed to creating an environment in which small businesses can thrive.

Under the ASBAS Business Solutions 2014 round successful applicants will be funded to increase their capacity to deliver five advisory services to small business:

  1. Funding avenues and financial analysis;
  2. Building your business;
  3. Making the most of your talent and team;
  4. Management capabilities; and
  5. Digital engagement implementation.

Ensuring small businesses – whatever their stage of start-up or expansion – have access to professional and low cost advice is an important way to ensure success.

The successful applicants cover areas of Australia where unmet need and demand for advisory services has been identified.

The Government will work with the successful advisory service providers to enter into a funding agreement, and anticipates that providers will commence delivering advice to small businesses in March 2015.

More information on the ASBAS programme is available on www.business.gov.au/asbas or by contacting 13 28 46.

The full list of organisations that will receive funding offers is set out below:

2014 Round - Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme Business Solutions
Name of organisation Head office location State
Botany Bay Business Enterprise Centre Limited Pagewood NSW
Penrith City & District Business Advisory Centre Limited Penrith NSW
Queanbeyan Enterprise Centre Incorporated Queanbeyan NSW
Hunter Business Centre Limited Newcastle NSW
The Illawarra ITEC Limited Coniston NSW
Enterprise & Training Company Limited Coffs Harbour NSW
Armidale & District Business Enterprise Centre Limited Armidale NSW
Business Enterprise Centre Southern Sydney Limited Kirrawee NSW
Wagga Wagga Business Enterprise Centre Limited Wagga Wagga NSW
Rural Sector Support Incorporated Dubbo NSW
Nortec Employment & Training Limited Tweed South NSW
Business Enterprise Centre Cabonne Orange Blayney Incorporated Orange NSW
Many Rivers Microfinance Limited Sydney NSW
Business Enterprise Centre (Darwin Region) Incorporated Winnellie NT
Whitsundays Marketing & Development Limited Jubilee Pocket QLD
Bundaberg Enterprise Centre Association Incorporated Bundaberg QLD
Career Employment Australia Incorporated Coorparoo QLD
Gulf Savannah Development Incorporated Normanton QLD
Thuringowa Enterprise Centre Incorporated Condon QLD
Eastside Business Enterprise Centre Incorporated Newton SA
North East Development Agency Incorporated St Agnes SA
North West Business Development Centre Incorporated Port Adelaide SA
Break O'Day Business Enterprise Board Incorporated St Helens TAS
Community Potential Foundation Limited Devonport TAS
Braddon Business Centre Incorporated Burnie TAS
Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service Incorporated Mildura VIC
Box Hill Institute of TAFE Box Hill VIC
Geelong Chamber of Commerce Geelong VIC
Murray Hume Business Enterprise Centre Incorporated Wodonga VIC
Small Business Mentoring Service Incorporated Ringwood VIC
Leschenault Enterprise Centre Incorporated Bunbury WA
Business Foundations Incorporated Fremantle WA
Esperance Local Enterprise Initiative Committee Incorporated Esperance WA
Business Station Incorporated
(Formerly Small Business Centre South East Metro)
Gosnells WA