This program is open for applications throughout the year. The assessment committee receives batched applications to consider approximately every 3 months.

This program has received a high level of interest through the first assessment rounds. It is still accepting applications.

Consideration of future applications will be subject to the availability of funds following the assessment of first round applications. Further advice will be provided when available.

Northern Australia Development Program – Industry Transformation Grant Opportunity

Funding for medium to large enterprises in Northern Australia, including Indigenous businesses, to establish a new industry or significantly grow the value of an existing industry and contribute to regional transformational change.


Closes in 640 days

Closing date: 24 Oct 2023 05:00 PM AEDT

What do you get?

Grants between $3 million and $10 million.

Grant amounts can be up to 50% of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

Eligible medium to large businesses (greater than 20 employees), including Indigenous businesses.


The Industry Transformation Grant Opportunity is part of the Northern Australia Development Program which focuses on economic diversification and job creation through support for scaling up and growing businesses, including Indigenous businesses, in Northern Australian communities.

The program has 2 elements:

  • grant opportunities, including Business Development Grants and Industry Transformation Grants
  • Business Advisory services, which give access to advice and services to build and strengthen businesses.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Your trading activities must:

  • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation / trust’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation / trust; or
  • be a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation / trust.

You must also:

  • be a medium to large business – more than 20 employees
  • have at least $6 million in eligible expenditure.

Eligible projects

Your project must:

  • be located in or will significantly benefit Northern Australia
  • be aimed at a new industry or significantly growing the value of an existing industry and contribute to transformational change in a region.

If you receive a grant, and where recommended by the assessors, work with a Strengthening Northern Australian Business facilitator to develop and implement a business roadmap.

We encourage joint applications provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.


How do you apply?

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up a portal account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for the Northern Australia Development Program – Industry Transformation Grant

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement
  • have all the information and attachments ready.

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