Grants Assistance and Programs Register for WA industry

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation maintains a Grants Assistance and Programs Register which provides current and potential industry proponents with information on available state and federal government funding programs and assistance.
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Western Australian Government assistance

Access Asia Business Grants

The Access Asia Business Grants provide funding for WA businesses to enter or expand their trade with Asian markets. Funding can be used for product marketing, expo/trade visits, cultural/language training and other activities that help build businesses' capacity to trade with Asia.

For further information, visit Access Asia Business Grants.

Clean Energy Future Fund

The Clean Energy Future Fund provides a source of funding to support the implementation of innovative clean energy projects in Western Australia. Clean energy projects will be eligible for funding of between $250,000 and $2 million per project.

For further information, visit the Clean Energy Future Fund.

Culture and the arts funding

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries distributes grants and funding to support vibrant and sustainable arts, culture and creative industry sectors in Western Australia.

For more information, visit the Culture and the Arts funding page.

Exploration Incentive Scheme

The Exploration Incentive Scheme is a $10 million per year WA Government initiative that aims to encourage exploration in Western Australia for the long-term sustainability of the state’s resources sector.

For further information, visit the Exploration Incentive Scheme.

Government Co-funded Exploration Drilling

The co-funded Government - Industry Drilling program funds up to 50% of direct drilling costs to promote geoscience exploration and contribute to the economic development of regional areas of WA.

For further information, visit Government Co-funded Exploration Drilling.

International Competitiveness Co-Investment Fund

The International Competitiveness Co-Investment Fund provides grants of between $50,000 and $100,000 to help businesses to rebuild their existing Asian market business relationships disrupted by COVID-19 and to develop and implement strategies to capture export market opportunities and attract investment that will lead to direct benefits for regional WA.

For further information, visit the International Competitiveness Co-Investment Fund.

Local Capability Fund

The Local Capability Fund is an initiative under the WA Government's Plan for Jobs. The purpose of the fund is to assist small and medium enterprises to increase their capability and competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to the WA Government, major projects and other important markets.

For further information, visit the Local Capability Fund.

The METS Innovation Program seeks to broaden support for research projects led by METS companies servicing WA’s mining industry. The program will support the development of new technologies in MRIWA’s strategic focus areas, such as low-emissions technologies, precision and low-impact mining, critical minerals, and the alternative use of tailings and waste.

For further information, visit the the METS Innovation Program. 

New Industries Fund - Innovation Booster Grant

The New Industries Fund – Innovation Booster Grant enables small to medium enterprises to develop greater opportunities to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.

For further information, visit the New Industries Fund.

Plastic and Tyres Processing Fund

$15 million in grants funding will be provided to support local processing of plastics and tyres across WA. Access will also be provided to industrial zoned land valued at $5 million for processing infrastructure.

For further information, visit the Plastics and Tyres Processing Fund.

Royalties for Regions: Collie Futures Small Grants Program

This program provides funding for projects that support efforts to drive long-term economic growth and stimulate jobs creation in the Collie region.

For further information on future funding rounds, visit the RfR Collie Futures Small Grants Program.

Royalties for Regions: Collie Futures Industry Development Fund

Funding is available to new projects which can demonstrate a significant and sustainable impact on the local economy through both increased productivity and creation of jobs in the Collie region.

For further information, visit the RfR Collie Futures Industry Development Fund.

Royalties for Regions – Regional Economic Development Grants

The Regional Economic Development Grants program invests in community-driven projects to stimulate economic growth and development in regional WA.

For further information, visit RfR Regional Economic Development Grants.


Australian Government assistance

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Round 2 of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports transformation in small and medium manufacturing businesses. It provides co-funded grants to transform manufacturing and to support job growth and a more highly skilled workforce. $50 million will be available for this grant opportunity from 2020-21 to 2022-23.

For further information, please visit: Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund

The Early Stage Research Fund is a $4 million funding initiative and forms part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing. The intent is to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing and benefit smaller firms and early-stage research.

The fund will provide grants to SMEs for rapid initial feasibility testing, allowing the projects to then move quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation.

For further information, visit the Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund.

Clean Energy Finance Corp - Innovation Fund

The $200 million innovation fund targets a diversified portfolio of Australian-based clean energy investments with a long term commercial outlook. Final investment approval is provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corp Board, which is responsible for investment commitments made under the Clean Energy Finance Corp Act.

For further information, visit the Clean Energy Finance Corp.

Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants

The Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants program provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to 3 years) matched funding to develop important new technologies, products and services. Collaborations from all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors can apply.

For future funding round information, visit Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Business Growth Grants

The objective of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme is to connect small and medium-sized businesses with the capabilities and networks they need to innovate, compete and grow in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries. Business Management initiative consists of 2 elements:

  1. business advice and facilitation services
  2. business growth grants to assist you to implement your plan’s recommendations.

For further information, visit Business Growth Grants.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Innovation Connections Grant

Innovation Connections provides grant funding to assist businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects.

For further information, visit the Innovation Connections Grant.

Export Market Development Grants

The Export Market Development Grants reimburses expenses incurred for export promotional activities to existing and potential Australian exporters.

Funding is provided to compensate eligible export businesses up to 50% of their promotional expenses over $15,000. The minimum grant is $5,000, the maximum $150,000.

For further information, visit Export Market Development Grants.

Export Finance Australia

Export Finance Australia provides financial support to eligible projects that boost our ability to extract and process critical minerals in Australia.

For further information, visit Export Finance Australia.

Export Finance Australia Export Contract Loan

Export Finance Australia's Export Contract Loan helps small and medium-sized businesses secure the finance required to meet specific export contracts or purchase orders when traditional lenders are unable to help.

Flexible loans from $100,000 are available.

For further information, visit Export Finance Australia Loans.

Export Finance Australia Small Business Export Loan

Export Finance Australia's Small Business Export Loans helps businesses looking to grow through exporting.

The loans are designed to meet the specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, to help them take advantage of export opportunities when financial institutions can't help.

Loans of $20,000 - $350,000 are available, to cover up to 80% of your export contract/s or purchase order/s.

For further information, visit the Export Finance Australia Small Business Export Loan.

Future Fuels Fund

The Future Fuels Fund focuses on investments to address barriers to low emission vehicle uptake, partnering with the private sector through a co-investment model.

ARENA is currently designing Round 2 of the Future Fuels Fund with a focus on fleets, which will launch in early 2022.

For further information, please visit Future Fuels Fund - Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Major Project Status

Major Project Status is the Australian Government’s formal recognition of the national strategic significance of a project, through its contribution to economic growth, employment, or contribution to regional Australia.

For further information, visit the Major Project Status.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is a $5 billion lending facility which provides loans to infrastructure projects in Northern Australia. Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility investments can be used for the development of new infrastructure or the material enhancement of existing infrastructure.

For further information, visit the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Tradex Scheme

The Tradex Scheme provides an upfront exemption from customs duty and GST for eligible goods imported to Australia that are then exported within one year or another approved period.

This provides a cash-flow benefit to the importer.

The goods may be:

  • exported in the same condition as imported processed or treated then exported
  • incorporated in other goods which are exported.

Export may be carried out by the importer or a third party. The goods must be exported within one year, although approval can be sought to extend this period. The Tradex Scheme is an alternative to the duty drawback arrangements under the Customs Act 1901. Duty drawback allows the importer to claim back customs duty paid on goods that are then exported.

For further information, visit the Tradex Scheme.