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The Australian Small Business Advisory Service Programme - ASBAS provides low cost business advisory services to grow the skills of small business operators within the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield local government areas.

The Northern Australia Tourism Initiative (NATI) round provides low cost small business advisory and information services to tourism small businesses and tourism small business intenders in the Top End and Central Australian regions of the Northern Territory whose products and/or services are or will be used by tourists.


Business Solution Workshops Eligibility

To be provided services under the ASBAS programme, participants MUST :-

  1. be a small businesses or a small business intender
  2. have less than 20 full time employees on the payroll; and
  3. be prepared to complete a relevant Business Diagnostic tool.

Focussing on the five business solution streams detailed below, delivery methods will include online and face to face business consultations, mentoring with an expert business advisor, completion of a business diagnostic tool, delivery of relevant small business workshops and seminars and access to a panel of professional business advisors, all designed and coordinated to assist businesses improve profits and reduce costs.

Tourism Workshops Eligibility

Tourism small businesses are defined as small businesses that must:

  • derive a significant portion of their revenue from tourists
  • operate in tourism related industries, including accommodation; cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services; clubs, pubs, taverns and bars; passenger transport; tour operator services; cultural services; sports and recreation services; and retail trade (not including intermediaries that resell tickets or vouchers for tourism-related products and services).

Tourism small business intenders are defined as a person/s who has/have a business idea and has/have the intention to develop the idea and/or start a new tourism small business or is exploring expanding, or purchasing, an existing tourism small business to operate in tourism related industries.

Tourist is defined as a traveller taking a trip to a main destination outside his/her usual environment, for less than a year, for any main purpose (business, leisure or other personal purpose) other than to be employed.

Larger Tourism Businesses

If you have more than 20 full time employees but you'd still like assistance, there are other Northern Australian Tourism Initiative programs available. Check out the Entrepreneurs Program. If you'll like more information, contact our local representative.

Rachel Telford B. Com, MBus(Res)
Business Adviser - Ausindustry Entrepreneurs' Programme
Deloitte Private
Mobile: 0418 473 853 email: rtelford@deloitte.com.au Website: www.business.gov.au

This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative