Most government assistance for small business is in the form of free or low-cost advisory services, information or guidance.

You may be eligible for a grant in certain circumstances, such as business expansion, research and development, innovation or exporting.

You can search a full database of federal, state and local government grants using the Business.gov.au online grant finder, or for federal government grants only visit the GrantConnect website. Both are a free service.

Read our frequently asked questions about government grants to find out more about the grants available to start or run a business.

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You may be approached by organisations claiming to offer exclusive access to government grant information in exchange for a fee. Information about government grants is free of charge and available to all businesses. Each grant will have eligibility criteria that you need to meet in order to apply.