Australian government support programs

Government initiatives that help support investors.

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Australian governments – federal, state and territory – support multiple types of investment in Australia. This includes industry-specific grants and programs to up-skill employees.

Exporting from Australia

The Australian Government also provides tax incentives for research and development (R&D). Some investors may be eligible for additional support if they plan to export from Australia.

State and territory government help

Austrade works in partnership with state and territory governments. Each of these provide their own assistance programs to businesses and potential investors. This enables us to co-ordinate assistance.

Individual state and territory governments:

Grants and assistance

The online Grant and Assistance Finder tool allows a business to search for government grants and assistance. This includes support for specific business activies, such as research.

Training staff in Australia

Australian Government programs help businesses to train existing staff and improve productivity.

  • The Australian Department of Employment offers incentives, financial assistance and services. They help businesses find and train skilled staff through Job Services Australia.
  • Workforce Australia can help employers find staff. It also helps business to access programs that up-skill employees.
  • A national registry of 5,000 training organisation helps employers find the right training programs. For more information, see Your Career.

Australian R&D tax incentive

The Australian Government provides incentives for commercial R&D. These include the Research and Development Tax Incentive.

  • The incentive provides eligible companies with a tax offset for expenditure on some R&D activities.
  • R&D activities conducted overseas are eligible under certain circumstances.

The tax incentive program is jointly administered by AusIndustry (an Australian Government agency) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Businesses must register R&D activities each year with AusIndustry prior to making a claim towards the tax offset with the ATO.

Major Projects Facilitation Agency

The Major Projects Facilitation Agency (MPFA) helps companies navigate official approvals processes for large, complex projects. The MPFA can also identify assistance programs that could benefit large, strategically important projects.


  • provides an initial contact point in the Australian Government
  • helps establish working relationships with official agencies involved in approvals
  • provides referrals, guidance and contacts for assistance programs
  • helps identify Australian suppliers that are capable and competitive.

The MPFA is a facilitator. It helps co-ordinate official approvals processes. Where possible, it will try to ensure that state and territory approvals processes occur simultaneously without duplication.

The MPFA can also help investors respond to specific impediments. This includes policy issues raised during the approvals process or during project development. For example, the MPFA can forward issues to the relevant policy areas within the Australian Government.

Assistance exporting from Australia

If you are an Australian exporter, find information on grants, financing and other support. For more helpful information about exporting please visit the Go Global Toolkit.

Do business with Australia

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