Establishment of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme - Discussion Paper

Purpose

In line with the Government’s vision to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries, the 2014-15 Budget set a new direction for industry policy with the establishment of the $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme which will be delivered through the new Single Business Service initiative.

This Programme will support the Government’s National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda which will be finalised in the coming months.  It will also complement other Government programmes that provide support to business including the R&D Tax Incentive, Industry Skills Fund, Industry Growth Funds and the Manufacturing Transition Fund.

A consultation paper provides details of the Programme’s proposed services and seeks feedback from stakeholders.  It focuses on the overarching service offering, and provides stakeholders with the opportunity to provide input during consultations period from 5 June and continuing throughout June 2014.

To ensure businesses are able to access the support they need to grow, initial services in the business management streams will begin on 1 July 2014.  These will be announced in the coming weeks.  These services will be refined following the stakeholder consultation and confirmed as part of the final Programme design.

Consultation paper

How to provide feedback

To ensure that the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is able to start delivering services from 1 July 2014, the industry consultation for the Business management and Research Connections streams will begin 5 June 2014 and continuing throughout June 2014.

To assist the Department of Industry in compiling and analysing the views of individuals and groups, respondents are encouraged to provide their feedback online by accessing the Department of Industry’s Consultation Hub.

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