Strengthening Business

Strengthening Business is a service under the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs' Programme that connects you with experts to make your business stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future.

Closes in 146 days

Closing date: Friday 30 June 2023 5:00pm AEST Fri 30 Jun 2023 5:00pm AEST

Application detail:
You can apply for Strengthening Business at any time before it closes.

What do you get?

You’ll be paired with an independent facilitator. Your facilitator will recommend ways to strengthen your business systems, operations and strategies. The facilitator will help you get back on your feet and identify opportunities to improve your business. They'll provide a roadmap with their recommendations.

Who is this for?

Small businesses located in regions impacted by the 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires and recent flood emergencies. 


Strengthening Business provides support to businesses operating in one of the local government areas impacted by the:

  • 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires, flood emergencies and COVID-19
  • 2022 floods in New South Wales and Queensland.

Strengthening Business offers a facilitation service, which will connect you to a dedicated facilitator who:

  • is a local, independent expert, with private sector expertise
  • has extensive networks across national, state and local government
  • understands your region
  • will advise on what it takes to run a successful business in your industry and help you assess the gaps in your business knowledge.

Your facilitator will work with you to address the challenges and opportunities your business now faces in the community. You'll get a roadmap with strategies and goals to achieve in the immediate, medium and long term.

Strengthening Business is provided at no cost to your business. However, you will need to invest your time to maximise your engagement.

To speak to someone about your circumstances, you can contact the Strengthening Business team or the Strengthening Business facilitators in your state:


You can apply if your business meets the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this opportunity. You can apply if you:

  • have a current Australian business number (ABN)
  • are not a trust. Trustees may apply on behalf of trusts where the trustee is a legal business entity, and must be an incorporated entity. An individual is not able to apply on behalf of a trust.

You must also have been operating in one of the local government areas impacted by the:

  • 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, flood emergencies and COVID-19 in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria
  • 2022 floods in New South Wales and Queensland.

These areas have been determined in consultation with the National Emergency Management Agency and relevant state government organisations.

If you're not eligible, there may be other support. To find out what's available in your area, visit the National Emergency Management Agency or contact your local Recovery Support Officer.

Locations for the 2019–2020 Black Summer bushfires

Locations for 2022 floods in New South Wales and Queensland

Apply now

You can submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log in.

Apply for Strengthening Business

Before applying, make sure you:

  • confirm your principle place of business is located in an eligible location
  • are ready to work with your assigned facilitator.


Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Strengthening Business is part of AusIndustry’s Entrepreneurs Programme, which transforms Australian businesses by providing access to expert advice and grants.

Our program services will help you to:

  • strengthen and grow your business
  • connect with the research sector
  • get your idea to market
  • access grants to make it happen (from $20,000 to $1 million).

At the heart of the program lies the program’s national network of facilitators. Entrepreneurs’ Programme facilitators are local, independent business experts who will work with you on your business.

Transform your business with expert advice that money can’t buy, and financial support through access to grants.