Biosecurity Business Grants Program

The Biosecurity Business Grants Program provides Indigenous businesses and organisations with funding to help them develop business, feasibility or marketing plans and/or to fund opportunities that capitalise on biosecurity.

The grant is no longer available

What you get?

Funding amounts vary.

Who is this for?

Funding for Indigenous businesses to develop business opportunities relating to biosecurity in northern Australia and the Torres Strait.


Grant activities must relate to biosecurity activities in northern Australia, including:

  • surveillance
  • preparedness
  • risk management
  • capability building

Examples of eligible grant activities include, but are not limited to:

  • developing a biosecurity triage system to assist Indigenous rangers, local governments and natural resource management groups to quickly ascertain the correct contact and jurisdictional responsibility for weed, pest and disease issues
  • purchase of equipment, materials and training for the start-up of a new Indigenous ranger group/s to help manage biosecurity risks
  • establishing a biosecurity treatment or de-contamination service providing insecticidal, fumigation or de-contamination/wash down services
  • development of biosecurity risk mitigation/management plans to protect Indigenous values in a local area

What are the eligibility criteria?

Applicants must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or an Indigenous organisation, or
  • another legal entity (such as a not-for-profit organisation, registered charity or publicly funded research organisation) working with Indigenous people to deliver economic/business opportunities to Indigenous people, demonstrated by providing evidence of:
    • experience working with Indigenous people
    • consultation with and support from relevant Indigenous organisations or communities

To be eligible you must also:

  • be a legal entity and have full legal capacity to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • if an individual, be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Biosecurity Business Grants Program.