ASBAS is an ongoing program with funding rounds generally announced every three years. ASBAS Digital Solutions funding round will provide up to $18.02 million over three years from 2 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.
It will fund service providers to deliver low cost, high quality digital advisory services to small business located in the metropolitan and regional parts of the following three coverage areas:
• $6.09 million for Area 1 – New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
• $5.68 million for Area 2 – Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
• $6.25 million for Area 3 – South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
Small businesses will be able to access the services for a small contribution fee through a combination of channels and formats, including face to face, or phone calls, video calls online, webchats, interactive webinars and face to face workshops.
The services will include assessment of small businesses’ needs, tailored digital engagement plans where required, and advisory support in relation to one or more of the priority digital capabilities:
• websites and selling online
• social media and digital marketing
• using small business software, and
• online security and data privacy.
The program forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to helping small businesses create jobs, opportunity and growth, and complements general business advisory services offered by State and Territory governments.
The grant recipients of the ASBAS can be found here.
Darebin Enterprise Centre Limited will be providing digital advisory services to small business in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania through the Melbourne Innovation Centre. You can register your interest to stay updated with the services provided here.