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$6.5 million in grants for digital disrupters

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Member for Hume
The Hon Ben Morton MP
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Minister for the Public Service
Special Minister of State

Australian start-ups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) are being invited to submit innovative digital solutions to red-tape bottlenecks.

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor, said the grants, being delivered under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII), would target projects to improve access to information on state and territory occupational licences.

'We are looking for digital disruptors to come up with regtech solutions to improve information sharing for occupational registrations and licences,' Minister Taylor said.

'Through its reforms to the mutual recognition of occupational licences the Morrison Government is making it easier for licensed workers to work across jurisdictions but we need to streamline how states and territories share information on licence registrations and conditions.

'The most successful of these ideas may be eligible for a grant of up to $675,000 to develop a prototype or proof of concept.'

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton, said that grants are available for innovative proposals which address key regulatory requirements around information management.

'Information management and sharing is a significant issue for government regulators and the private sector is well placed to provide solutions.'

'The Government’s reforms to mutual recognition of occupational licences will add $2.4 billion to the economy over 10 years. Timely and accurate access to information is a critical part of this reform,' Minister Morton said.

'We encourage interested parties to start working on their proposal now. It's a great opportunity for SMEs and start-ups to develop their ideas. Applications will close on 30 November 2021.'

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, welcomed the BRII’s latest round of grants.

'As we secure our economic recovery, removing red tape across state and territory occupational licences will help our workforce move across the country, ensuring we can more easily realise economic opportunities, from major infrastructure projects through to our booming residential construction sector.'

'Whether it is streamlining occupational licences or bringing Australia’s skills and training system into alignment, the Morrison Government is leading a national effort to secure the workforce we need to grow our economy and build a better future.'

To date, the BRII program has provided 83 grants, totalling more than $30 million in funding.

For information on how to apply visit www.business.gov.au/BRII