New Grants

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Digital Enterprise initiative $12.4m for SME’s


The Digital Enterprise program will provide training to small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations in the first 40 communities to benefit from the National Broadband Network (NBN) to help them better understand how they can maximise the opportunities presented by the NBN.

Draft guidelines for the Digital Enterprise program  have been released for public comment.  Those interested in partaking in this program are advised to review this document in anticipation of application opening dates.

The draft guidelines are published at <> .  We would appreciate your feedback on the draft guidelines.  Please send any comments on the draft guidelines to by Friday 19 August 2011.


Download – DRAFT document


Overview of the Digital Enterprise program- Draft

The Digital Enterprise program will provide training and advice to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs)—including local cultural institutions—in communities that first benefit from the National Broadband Network (NBN). The program will help these organisations to better understand how they can maximise the opportunities from greater digital engagement, enabled by the NBN.

The program will provide group training seminars as well as advice to individual organisations on how to use high-speed broadband applications enabled by the NBN to diversify their operations. Such applications will help improve online presence, offer new products and services, expand markets, improve competitiveness, and increase the means for communicating with customers, suppliers and partners.

The program will also assist NFPs to engage online by using the NBN to extend their reach into the community, expand their donor pools to include, potentially, the entire world, and explore more innovative ways of creating awareness for their causes.

Local cultural institutions participating in the program will be assisted to use broadband services enabled by the NBN to engage online to enhance their standing as community -based centres and reach a wider audience, while helping foster an environment of shared knowledge and understanding.


Total funding

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (the department) will administer the Digital Enterprise program. The total program funding is $10 million for up to three years. The department will release funding in staged rounds, according to the NBN rollout schedule. Payments to grant recipients will follow the achievement of milestones described in the funding agreement.


Funding per eligible location

One Digital Enterprise service provider will be funded in each eligible location. The total amount of funding provided in each eligible location will generally be between $140 000 and $280 000 (GST-inclusive) over a period of up to three years. The amount of a grant will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and will be proportional to the size of the area and the activities within it proposed by the successful applicant.


Ability to co-contribute funding or in-kind contributions to the program, including personnel, equipment, premises, funding or other resources would be viewed favourably but is not essential and the department will consider each application on its individual merits (see Applicant Merit Criteria below).

Co-contributions may be a combination of cash and in-kind services. Any in-kind contributions should be valued at cost with the valuation method specified. Applicants should use market-based rates to value in-kind labour contributions from project team members.

Eligible locations—Round One

Funding rounds for the program will be aligned with the NBN rollout schedule and the first 40 communities to benefit from it. Funding under Round One will be available to:


· NBN mainland first-release sites

  • Armidale, NSW
  • Brunswick, VIC
  • Minnamurra/Kiama Downs, NSW
  • Townsville, QLD
  • Willunga, SA


· early-release sites in Tasmania

  • Midway Point/ Sorrell
  • Scottsdale
  • Smithton


Subsequent funding rounds will call for applications to deliver the program in the remaining NBN early-release sites.


Required activities

Funding recipients will establish Digital Enterprise services in eligible NBN release sites. They will provide group training and advice to individual organisations in eligible communities, and must source an appropriate venue for training and promote the program within the local community.

Funding recipients will provide training, mentoring and advice to help SMEs and NFPs in the local community to maximise the opportunities presented by the NBN.

Funding recipients will conduct initial group introductory seminars, followed by a graduated series of seminars on key topics.

Following attendance at one or more training seminars, training participants will be eligible to receive an additional four hours of personalised training and advice for their organisations.



See document for more details



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