Supporting startups to solve big ideas

Australian startups and small businesses will be targeted with up to $1.1 million in grants to develop creative solutions to government policy challenges, as part of the Coalition Government’s plan for a stronger economy. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews launched the second funding round of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) today, calling on Australian businesses to…

Grants help hatch bright business ideas

Four incubators will receive more than $1.7 million to help Australian start-ups in sectors like agricultural technology and advanced manufacturing.    Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the successful applicants will receive the funding under the Liberal National Government’s Incubator Support initiative.  “Incubators like these and the start-ups they support play an important role in creating high-value Australian jobs,…

Assisting businesses with eligibility for research & development tax incentive

New guidelines published today will provide Australian businesses with more confidence in claiming support for software activities under the Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI).  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the Software Guidance will provide the technology sector with greater clarity on the eligibility of software activities under the R&DTI, and assist companies in making decisions. “The…

Powering our energy system with data

The Morrison Government is today launching a new platform that will build an ongoing capability for cutting edge data analytics in the energy sector to better inform Government, industry and consumers on the use of energy by Australian households and businesses.  The National Energy Analytics Research (NEAR) program uses modern data techniques to collect, integrate and enhance information on Australia’s…

Leaps and bounds for Industry funding

Ten innovative Australian businesses will today share in $200,000 of funding to overcome barriers to commercialisation and take their technology to the next level. The funding is through the Leap Vouchers program of the Liberal National Government’s Industry Growth Centre for the energy resources sector, NERA. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said NERA’s program will help small to medium…

Better deal for local retirees as Liberal National income reforms pass Parliament

New laws giving Gold Coasters a better deal in retirement have passed the Parliament. Local MP, Karen Andrews, said The Retirement Incomes Bill 2018 will make a number of changes to give locals more financial options in retirement from July 1. The Pension Work Bonus – the amount that can be earned from work without affecting eligibility for the Age Pension –…

Funding to support women and children escaping domestic violence

Hundreds more women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have a safe place to sleep with a $78 million investment by the Liberal National Government. This investment includes a $60 million grants program for eligible organisations to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation facilities for those escaping domestic and family violence. Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews, said this program…

Liberal National Government record funding to strengthen aged care

Senior Australians on the Gold Coast will benefit from a nationwide allocation of an additional $662 million for essential aged care services, including 10,000 home care packages around Australia, as the Liberal National Government’s More Choices for a Longer Life program ramps up. Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews welcomed the investment, saying it will increase aged care access and…