The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to boost business competitiveness and productivity. It provides industry expert advice and financial assistance to eligible small and medium size companies.


We provide the advice and facilitation services needed to improve business capabilities, processes and networks.

You get an experienced Business Adviser to review your business operations — helping you to position for growth. Our expert, Australian Government-funded advice includes supporting your business direction, strategy, growth opportunities and supply chain.

Our Business Advisers can provide you with tailored advice about the management of your business – covering topics such as operations, finance, sales, marketing and business models. 

Your adviser provides a report with strategies for business improvement and works with you to make them happen. 

A grant of up to $20,000 is available to help implement the recommendations.



Advice from experts with relevant private sector experience

Up to $20,000 to take advantage of growth opportunities

Mentoring to help implement strategies


Entrepreneurs' Programme: three steps to success

1. We evaluate your business

Experienced Business Advisers review business operations, including business direction and strategy. The outcome of the review is an Evaluation Report that has business improvement suggestions. 

A skilled and expert Business Adviser will:

  • come to your business premises to gather information about your business

  • undertake further research and analyse the information off-site.


2. We build you a Business Action Plan

Your adviser prepares a tailored Business Evaluation Action Plan outlining strategies your business can take to become more competitive, improve and grow.


3. We support you through the change

When you are ready to apply the strategies, the Business Adviser will coach and mentor you for up to twelve months.




To be eligible for Business Management you must be:

  • a for-profit company registered and operating in Australia;
  • non tax-exempt;
  • registered for GST; and
  • a company with trading activities that are the majority of its overall activities.

You need to be operating in a Growth Sector or provide enabling technology and service to one. The Growth Sectors are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.

Your application needs to show your business’ commitment to apply the strategies you receive.

You need to be solvent.

You need an annual turnover (or operating expenditure) within the current, or one of the last two financial years:

  • Between $1.5 million and $100 million or
  • Between $750,000 and $100 million for applicants from Remote Australia or Northern Australia.

You need to have filed Business Activity Statements in Australia showing ongoing trading in at least three successive years.

You cannot have received a Business Evaluation Report, Business Evaluation Action Plan or a Business Review Report in the last five years.


See how innovation can transform 

Through our partnership with AusIndustry, we support businesses to leverage Australia's world-class academic expertise to create and improve products, services and processes that enhance their competitive advantage and ultimately create wealth and employment opportunities in Australia. 

Since July 2015, our team of Innovation Facilitators has facilitated more than 50 collaborative research projects for companies worth more than $5.8 million, and has provided support to more than 100 companies to pursue their innovative ideas.

The case studies below represent some of the work that we are doing to connect industry and researchers. 

Business Foundations Entrepreneurs' Programme