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Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services
The NSW Government's economic development agency, Industry & Investment NSW has been established to assist in building a diversified state economy that creates jobs. We aim to attract investment to NSW and support innovative, sustainable and globally competitive industries through our strong technical knowledge and scientific capabilities. We do this through effective partnerships with our industry sectors and by linking them to our state's knowledge and skills capacity

NSW Government

NSW Government Online Directory  

Australian Technology Showcase (ATS)
ATS is a national networking program aimed at promoting and developing export markets for innovative technology based products.  The program aims to encourage exports and increase employment by promoting member technologies on the domestic and international markets. The ATS is managed by state government departments in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. 

NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer
The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer helps stimulate innovation in NSW and ensure the State’s research capacity keeps pace with the needs of the NSW economy, environment and the community.

NSW Innovation Council
The NSW Government has established an Innovation Council with a secretariat, housed within State & Regional Development and Tourism, to implement NSW's innovation approach. The Council advises the Government on policies and strategies which create an environment where it is easier for businesses to innovate, improve the innovative capacity of the NSW private sector, help increase investment and build stronger rural and regional economies.
Small Business NSW
The NSW Government website dedicated to growing small business in NSW

Australian Government
Australian Government online directory

AusIndustry provides a range of incentives for Australian businesses to invest, innovate and be internationally competitive.  AusIndustry products cover a range of industry sectors and business needs.  They are delivered in the form of grants, loans, tax and duty concessions and access to venture capital.

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is a statutory agency within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, established by the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985. Austrade's mission is to contribute to community wealth by helping more Australians succeed in export and international business by providing advice, market intelligence and support to Australian companies to reduce the time, cost and risk involved in selecting, entering and developing international markets. In addition Austrade provides advice and guidance on overseas investment and joint venture opportunities.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
An agency of the Australian government, the ABS is the nation's official statistical service. The ABS produces a range of statistics, including the performance of our economy, the well-being of our population, the condition of our environment and the challenges faced by regional and rural communities

Australian Nuclear Scientific and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
ANSTO is Australia's national nuclear research and development organisation and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO is responsible for delivering specialised advice, scientific services and products to government, industry, academia and other research organisations.

Australian Research Council (ARC)
The ARC is a statutory authority within the Australian Government's Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (IISR) portfolio. Its mission is to advance Australia's capacity to undertake quality research that brings economic, social and cultural benefit to the Australian community and is the primary source of advice to the Commonwealth Government on investment in the national research effort. The ARC supports and funds the highest quality research and research training through national competition in all fields of science, social sciences and the humanities and brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
The Australian Government's principal online business resource 

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
CSIRO is one of the world's largest and most diverse scientific global research organisations. CSIRO is the single largest employer of scientists in Australia, with more than 6,500 people conducting and assisting with scientific research at 57 sites in Australia and around the world. CSIRO works in the following sectors: agribusiness, health, environment and natural resources, energy and transport, information, communication and services, manufacturing, and mineral resources.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)
The CRC Program provides funding to build critical mass in research ventures between end-users and researchers which tackle clearly-articulated, major challenges for the end-users. CRCs pursue solutions to these challenges that are innovative, of high impact and capable of being effectively deployed by the end-users.  CRCs must comprise at least one Australian end-user (either from the private, public or community sector) and one Australian higher education institution (or research institute affiliated with a university). 

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR)
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research encourages the sustainable growth of Australian industries by developing a national innovation system that drives knowledge creation, cutting edge science and research, international competitiveness and greater productivity. The Department provides policy advice to its Ministers and the Government, administers legislation, manages programs, undertakes analysis, and provides services and advice to the business, science and research community.

Enterprise Connect
Enterprise Connect is an Australian Government initiative that provides comprehensive support to eligible Australian small and medium sized enterprises, which include business reviews and grant assistance. 
National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)
NCRIS is the Australian Government’s strategic program to fund collaborative research infrastructure in areas including characterisation, fabrication, biofuels, proteomics, genomics and imaging. 

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The National Health and Medical Resarch Council is Australia's peak body for supporting and funding health and medical research, developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments, and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research. It brings together and draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers,

Regional Development Australia (RDA)
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that aims to bring together all levels of government to enhance the growth and development of regional Australia. The RDA network is being established throughout Australia to provide a strategic framework for economic growth in each region.

Registered Research Agencies (RRA)
The Registered Research Agencies (RRA) is an inititative by the Commonwealth Government through AusIndustry that has been approved and listed as a organisation which is capable of performing contracted R&D, in one or more classes of research activity, on behalf of eligible companies, or through a group of companies who have entered into an collaborative arrangement.

Organisations include:

  • private sector profit and non-profit R&D organisations;
  • educational institutions such as universities and other higher education institutions;
  • autonomous public sector science and technology research institutes, and
  • R&D units from Commonwealth and State Government institution

Advantages include:
  • expenditure for Australian R&D work contracted to an RRA, within approved classes of activity, is eligible for the full concession in the year of income, irrespective of the annual R&D expenditure of the claimant, that is the normal annual expenditure threshold of $20,000 is waived.
  • prepayments for contracted Australian R&D may be claimed by companies up to twelve months in advance of the work being carried out.
  • small and medium-sized firms are able to undertake R&D programs without having to invest in costly R&D equipment and expertise.

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