Manufacturing Grants

Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program commenced on 1 July 2014 predominantly replacing Enterprise Connect, Researchers in Business and Commercialisation Australia.. This program will be delivered through AusIndustry with a new Single Business Service www.business.gov.au to streamline the way businesses access government information and services.
The three proposed streams of the program are:

  • Business Management
  • Research Connections
  • Commercialising Ideas

Grant Cancellations

The new Liberal government is beginning to make announcements to the changes of the various grant schemes. Many of the different grants have been marked for cancellation as a means of “ending Labor’s waste and reckless spending”. Full details can be found at media release Our Plan to get the Budget under Control.

Schemes to be discontinued are

  • Jobs and Competitiveness Program;
  • Steel Transformation Plan;
  • Clean Technology Program;
  • Coal Sector Jobs Package;
  • Energy Efficiency Information Grants;
  • Clean Energy Skills package; and
  • Clean Technology Focus for Supply Chain programs.

Whether the schemes get discontinued immediately or if they will wait until the government has abolished the carbon tax first is yet to be released. More details expected to come over the next few days.

Keep in mind that other schemes such as Commercialisation Australia, R&D Tax Incentive and Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) seem to be unaffected at this stage and it is business as usual for us.

Clean Technology Grants

The latest update from the Minister of Innovation is as follows:

The Gillard Government is helping one of southern Queensland’s major meat manufacturers to invest in new, clean technology to improve its production efficiency and cut energy costs throughout its operations.

A $6.2 million grant from the Gillard Government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program has been awarded to AJ Bush & Sons for its rendering plant in the Bromelton State Development Area.
The Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet said AJ Bush & Sons would upgrade or replace inefficient coal-fired boilers with high efficiency boilers, reducing the amount of black coal required during the steam raising process.

The company would also cover its anaerobic ponds to capture the methane gas currently emitted and use this as a renewable fuel source to power a new biogas boiler for steam production.
Mr Combet said the measurers would improve energy efficiency and deliver a significant reduction in the company’s direct carbon liability at the Bromelton plant.

“This project will reduce the carbon emissions intensity of AJ Bush & Sons’ steam raising production processes by 64 per cent and cut their energy cost by 46 per cent,” Mr Combet said.
“In order to make the transition to a low pollution economy, manufacturers need to transform their operations by investing in energy efficient equipment and technology.”

The company will match the Government grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Funded by carbon price revenue, the Gillard Government’s $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program has provided a total of $9.3 million in support to date to 12 meat processors, renderers and manufacturers of small goods around the country. The program is open to eligible manufacturers with funding provided over six years from 2011-12.

“The Gillard Government’s Clean Technology Investment Programs provide valuable support to manufacturers looking to improve their operations and competitiveness around Australia. They are an important part of our plan for a clean energy future,” Mr Combet said.

“I encourage manufacturers who are looking to make investments in energy efficient capital equipment to take a look at the guidelines and consider applying.”
For more information, manufacturers can contact AusIndustry on 13 28 46 or visit the website www.ausindustry.gov.au

Commercialisation Australia Scheme Changes

From today Australian entrepreneurs will not have to repay Early Stage Commercialisation grants for businesses developing a new product, process, or service. Additionally, the annual turnover limit for applicants will rise from $20 million to $50 million and access to skilled managers now have the option to apply for an Experienced Executives grant of up to $350,000 – previously $200,000.

The government has foreshadowed further improvements to the scheme from early 2012 to support innovation in the manufacturing sector. The eligible expenditure guidelines for Early Stage Commercialisation grants will be amended to provide broader support for the development of pilot manufacturing plants and innovative manufacturing facilities.

Almost 180 innovators have already benefited from grants of $71.7 million from Commercialisation Australia, as well as expert advice from experienced case managers, to help turn their inventions into marketable products and services.

Small Business Is Big Business

A new report released today confirms the significance of Australia’s two million small businesses to the Australian economy.  The research reinforces the essential and vital a role the small business sector plays in Australia’s economic life.  The report was compiled by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other sources.

Australia’s small businesses account for nearly 98 per cent of all businesses in the agriculture sector, about 96 per cent in the services sector, about 91 per cent in the mining sector and just over 88 per cent in the manufacturing sector and also accounted for nearly half of total industry employment and a third of industry value-added in  2009/10.  Clearly small businesses have a major presence in all industry sectors.

There are a number of Government support programs that directly assist small businesses, including the Small Business Advisory Services program. The Government has already committed $48.25 million to fund 37 Business Enterprise Centres around Australia through this program.

A copy of Small Business Key Statistics is available at www.innovation.gov.au

Details of the support available for small businesses is available by contacting the team at Pattens.

Commercialisation Australia Scheme Axed

The Commercialisation Australia Scheme (CAS) may be axed as early as next April 2012 and replaced in some part by the Clean Technology Program (CTP). The CTP is designed to provide support for manufacturers through three components: the Clean Technology Investment Program, Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, and the Clean Technology Innovation Program. The suite of sub-programs are intended to provide assistance to help manufacturers across a range of industries make the transition to a low carbon economy, and assist businesses to move into less emissions-intensive and more energy-efficient production processes.  Grants through the programs will be competitive and based on merit, and will range from $25,000 to $10 million.

Contact Pattens for more information on either the Commercialisation Australia Scheme or the Clean Technology Fund.

$2.6M Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants

The Government today announced $2.6 million in grants for priority research into the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change across Australia. The research projects funded under the Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants program will explore adaptation measures to prepare people and institutions from the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Some of these research projects will focus on disadvantaged groups in society providing government with the information needed to assist these groups in preparing for future climate change.  The funding will support nine research projects investigating the impacts of climate change and practical adaptation options to support the community, as well as public and private institutions.

Grants awarded include:

  • University of Adelaide receive $250,000 to investigate the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of disadvantaged groups in society to assist in enhancing their resilience.
  • The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies will use a $440,000 grant to assist native title bodies develop best practice approaches to climate change and support communities to adapt on native title lands.
  • A $200,000 grant will support Sydney University’s work on preventing heat-related premature deaths in aged care facilities.

The research will be managed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research.
For more information on these research projects visit the NCCARF website at: http://www.nccarf.edu.au

 

Commercialisation Australia Survives Budget

Last week, the Labor Government renewed its commitment for Commercialisation Australia, allocating $278 million over five years to the program. Commercialisation Australia will receive $82 million annually thereafter. Since it opened for business, Commercialisation Australia has invested $45 million in 115 projects. Twenty-nine companies, entrepreneurs and inventors have recently been awarded funding totaling $13 million through the Commercialisation Australia program.

Twenty-nine companies, entrepreneurs and inventors will share the funding, being provided through the Government’s Commercialisation Australia program.  The Government is investing over $13 million in new Australian inventions — including an influenza test kit for pandemics, a bioherbicide to counter an invasive weed and a livestock pest control system — to help turn them into the commercial success stories of the future.

Getting a product into the marketplace requires a complex mix of technical understanding, market insight and financial resources. Through Commercialisation Australia entrepreneurs and inventors navigate these processes and take-up opportunities.

More information about Commercialisation Australia and all the projects funded through the program can be found at www.commercialisationaustralia.gov.au/OurParticipants.  For assistance in preparing a  successful claim contact the team at Pattens on 1800 PATTENS or grants@pattens.com

Grant Application Mistakes

By avoiding common mistakes you can increase your chances of obtaining a grant.

  • Do your research.
  • Initiate contact with department prior to preparation of application.
  • Develop relationship with Case Manager.
  • Provide the information they request.
  • Be specific, generalisations are meaningless.
  • Make your application stand out.
  • Do not be conservative with your estimates.
  • Check your grammar and spelling.
  • Be concise.
  • Do not assume they know your technology, business or industry.
  • Provide pictures, diagrams or schematics when appropriate.
  • Have your application reviewed independently.
  • Detail the benefits the grant could provide to Australia.
  • Utilise the services of a professional grants expert.

Protecting Australian Inventors

The Government wants Australia’s inventors to have access to a patent system that is easy to understand, respected internationally and which gives inventors the rights they deserve.

To view the report and find out more about the Advisory Council, visit www.acip.gov.au.

IP Australia is the government agency responsible for our IP system that includes patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. Last financial year it received more than 3,500 patent applications from Australian inventors.

For information on IP Australia, visit www.ipaustralia.gov.au.