NSW Small Business Support

Investment in small business by the NSW Government

Business Connect is a personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business. Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect can support you on your journey to business success.

The NSW Small Business Commissioner has expanded the Easy to do Business program and in partnership with Service NSW provides a Business Concierge. The Business Concierge is a free service offered across a range of industries that gives you personalised help and support when starting or expanding a small business so you can focus on your business and save time and money.

The Boosting Business Innovation Program is an $18million program that gives small businesses access to research organisations to build strong local business communities and stimulate economic growth in metropolitan and regional NSW. The Program is a partnership with all 11 NSW universities and CSIRO to deliver a range of new innovation spaces and activities for business communities.

The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship helps to build a strong entrepreneurial workforce by connecting university and TAFE NSW students with industry to train and educate our future generation of entrepreneurs.

The NSW Government launched the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Regional Procurement Policyin February 2019The Policy is designed to increase participation of small businesses in government procurement of goods and services, through a range of initiatives, including: giving small businesses a voice through a new feedback tool, making it easier to buy directly from small businesses for values up to $50,000, first consideration of small and medium enterprises by government agencies for values up to $250, 000, making it easier to engage small businesses to do proof-of-concept testing or outcome-based trials valued up to $1,000,000 and requiring agencies to consider small and medium business in all procurements valued above $3 million through specific evaluation criteria.

The NSW Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) and Aboriginal participation in construction (APIC) policy provide NSW Government agencies permission to negotiate directly with Aboriginal owned businesses for values up to $250,000. The APP aims for Aboriginal owned businesses to be awarded at least three per cent of the total number of NSW Government domestic contracts for goods and services by 2021. The APIC policy requires that 1.5 per cent of spend on construction projects over $1 million be directed toward Aboriginal participation, including subcontracting of Aboriginal owned businesses.

To enable more Aboriginal owned businesses to gain access to government procurement opportunities, the NSW Government has commenced a “concierge service” to assist Aboriginal owned businesses through the prequalification scheme registration process.

General enquiries

For general enquiries, contact the
NSW Small Business Month team on 02 9934 0805.