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 programs providing support to business including the R&D Tax Incentive, Industry Skills Fund, Industry Growth Funds and the Manufacturing Transition Fund.
The consultation paper provides details of the proposed service offerings and seeks feedback from stakeholders. It focuses on the overarching service offering, and provides stakeholders with the opportunity to provide input during the consultation period 5-19 June 2014.
To ensure businesses are able to access the support they need to grow, initial services in the business management stream 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 program design.
Why We Are Consulting
The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme, and the Single Business Service, is a new approach to the way Government services are provided to business. It is recognition that Australia’s business landscape is diverse and has different needs.
Some businesses want to get relevant information quickly so that they can get on with the job. Others seek information and help but do not really know what assistance is available and whether it suits their needs. For others, more intensive support can help overcome challenges and help them grow and transform.
Therefore, for those seeking it, the programme will offer easy access and practical support delivered in a simplified, streamlined and above all, complementary way. Some services will be universal and can be accessed by all businesses, while others will provide more direct and ‘hands on’ assistance to businesses that are looking to achieve specific outcomes.