Helping Territory small businesses grow by going digital

Joint Media Release with Minister For Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation The Hon Craig Laundy MP

The Coalition Government has announced funding of $18m towards a new Australia-wide program helping family and small businesses build their digital capability.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said businesses would have access to high-quality advice from proven providers for a minimal fee.

“The Australian Government is investing in small businesses to help them create jobs, harness opportunities and grow in the digital economy, with a major focus on regional areas.

“Research shows small businesses that are digitally engaged are more likely to grow their revenue and up to eight times more likely to create new jobs,” Minister Laundy said.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said it was fantastic that NT small businesses would benefit from services that have been tailor made to suit their individual needs.

“This is great news for Northern Territory businesses that might be struggling to adopt new technology, which is so important to help grow their business.

“Online platforms will make it easier for them to join forces with others offering complementary products or services so they can reach new customers and open up new markets by expanding their business presence beyond their local community,” Senator Scullion said.

Business Station Incorporated, who will cover the NT, WA and QLD, have partnered with Darwin based Treeti Business Consulting to service the Northern Territory.

Treeti Business Consulting’s Managing Director Claire Maradani said Treeti was thrilled to be partnering with the experienced and well established service provider, Business Station WA.

“We are excited to be working with innovative and client orientated consultants that can support Northern Territory businesses to maximise the benefits brought by new technologies,” Ms Maradani said.

“Treeti has been working with Northern Territory businesses for the past five years to increase their profitability through improved knowledge and systems and this contract gives more Territory businesses the opportunity to flourish in an evolving digital economy.”

Treeti services cover the entire NT including Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, and Nhulunbuy.

Minister Laundy said the funding was being provided through the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) – a long running programme now being re-booted to focus on building digital capabilities.

ASBAS Digital Solutions will offer easy to understand advice to help small businesses grow, including advice on websites and selling online, harnessing social media and digital marketing, using small business software and the importance of online security and data privacy.

Services will be delivered in ways to suit each business, including: one-on-one support delivered directly, remotely online, or by phone; interactive webinars; and face-to-face workshops. ASBAS Digital Solutions will fill a gap by offering small businesses low-cost and easy to understand advice on a range of digital solutions to meet their business needs.

ASBAS Digital Solutions: grant amount and coverage area

Area 2017–18 2018–19 2019-20 2020-21 TOTAL
Penrith City and District Business Advisory Centre Limited (NSW/ACT) $1.02 million $2.00 million $2.07 million $1.00 million $6.09 million
Business Station Incorporated (QLD/NT/WA) $1.00 million $1.78 million $2.00 million $0.90 million $5.68 million
Darebin Enterprise Centre Limited

(SA/VIC/TAS)

$1.07 million $2.01 million $2.16 million $1.01 million $6.25 million