The Minister for Small Business, The Hon Michael McCormack MP, has announced a new funding round for the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) – Digital Solutions program.

The $18.02 million program will support service providers to offer low cost, high quality digital advisory services to Australian small businesses in metropolitan and regional parts of Australia. $6.09 million has been committed to New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

Advisory services will be provided through a combination of channels and formats, including face-to-face, video calls online, webchats, interactive webinars and phone calls.

The services will include assessment of small businesses’ needs, tailored digital engagement plans and advisory support in relation to one or more of the priority digital capabilities: websites and selling online; social media and digital marketing; using small business software; and online security and data privacy.

The program forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to helping small businesses create jobs, opportunity and growth, and complements general business advisory services offered by State and Territory governments.

Applications will open at 9.00am AEDT on Tuesday 23 January 2018 and will close at 5.00pm AEDT on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

More information is available from the Australian Government’s Business website.