Researchers In Business

What happened to the Researchers in Business Program? The 2014 Federal budget advised this scheme would be retained. Our investigations have revealed it is likely to return in September 2014 and the scheme will be very similar to the previous program. If you are interested in claiming this grant please let us know so we can keep you informed.

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 to streamline the way businesses access government information and services.
The three proposed streams of the program are:

  • Business Management
  • Research Connections
  • Commercialising Ideas

New Single Business Service

You may have noticed the AusIndustry website is no longer active. As part of the government’s consolidation of services the single access point for most government activities, including grants, is now
The new Single Business Service has necessitated that the previous Case Managers for Commercialisation Australia and Enterprise Connect are now part of AusIndustry and able to be contacted there.

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.

Pattens on Kochie’s Business Builders

Pattens Group has appeared on the most recent episode of Kochie’s Business Builders (Season 6, Episode 6). Bruce gives expert advice on how to obtain Australian grants. The episode can be viewed online at Yahoo7 Finance – Kochie’s Business Builders.

Industry Transformation Research Program

The Government announced the Industry Transformation Research Program today.  This new $249 million package is designed to help Australian industries become more competitive and create new job opportunities.

The Industry Transformation Research Program and cadetship package includes:

  • More than 1,000 engineering cadetships over the next four years so students can get the work experience they need to kick-start their careers in manufacturing and other Australian industries.
  • New research training centres that will provide quality industrial doctoral and postdoctoral training for up to 600 PhD students each year.
  • New research hubs bringing researchers and industry representatives together to design and engineer commercially and technically viable solutions to some of our most pressing industrial problems.

Manufacturers will have the benefit of additional research expertise and knowledge to tackle difficult problems in key sectors such as metals, food, energy, textiles, building and automotive.

For more information on the Industrial Transformation Research Program, please visit


Innovation Investment Fund To Get $100 Million

Up to $100 million will be invested in new, innovative companies as part of the Australian Government’s Innovation Investment Fund (IIF).   The final tranche of IIF Round three of $100 million will lead to $200 million of venture capital for early-stage investments which reduces the financial risk to larger venture capital funds with the capacity to make significant longer-term investments. Applications from venture capital fund managers experienced in developing high-growth Australian companies to become globally competitive enterprises are being sought.

Applications for IIF tranche four close on Monday 2 July 2012. Details on information seminars for applicants are available at


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

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.

Pattens Group Wins Industry Award

The 2011 Import Export Show was held last week in Sydney, showcasing services and support available to assist importers and exporters with their international business engagement and development. The show provided a great insight into the growth of the Import Export industry and provided opportunities for attendees to seek advice and put thoughts into action!

Pattens Group was award best ‘Business Service Provider’ at the 2011 Import Export Industry Awards. The inaugural awards were created to recognise the efforts of industry specialists who are making a significant contribution to international trade facilitation in Australia. Nominated companies demonstrated outstanding services which assist businesses and individuals who are either importing or exporting products or services within the Australian market and abroad.