Rebates and grants
Measures to assist small business adjust to a carbon price
The Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future package provides a range of assistance measures for small to medium enterprises:
Increasing the business asset write-off
For businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $2 million a year, the small business instant asset write-off threshold will be increased from $5,000 to $6,500 for depreciable assets from the 2012-13 income year.
Support for small business: information assistance grants
The Government will establish an Energy Efficiency Information Grants program to provide information to small to medium businesses and community organisations on practical measures they can take to reduce their energy costs.
Clean technology advice for small businesses
The Australian Government will invest in improving delivery of clean technology advice and other non-grant business support programs to small and medium businesses. These include:
Recognising carbon neutral businesses—Low Carbon Australia
Low Carbon Australia works with businesses to help them become carbon neutral.
The Clean Technology Program provides incentives for business to reduce emissions and invest in clean energy.
Small Business Support Line
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to get specific small business information and assistance? Find out about the Small Business Support Line...
Information and advice is also available online at www.business.gov.au. The website, which includes a grants finder, is a free service and provides information, tools and resources from the Australian and State and Territory Governments to assist in planning for, starting and running a small business.
Businesses and community groups that install small-scale solar PV, wind and hydro electricity systems may be eligible to receive solar credits in the form of tradeable Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). More information is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website.
Australia's Farming Future
Australia's Farming Future is the Australian Government’s climate change initiative for primary industries. It provides funding over four years to help primary producers adapt and respond to climate change.
There are five programs under Australia’s Farming Future:
The Climate Change Research Program
The Climate Change Research Program will provide funding for research projects and on-farm demonstration activities. Read more at:
Farm Ready will help industry and primary producers develop skills and strategies to help them deal with the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Adjustment Program
Climate Change Adjustment Program assists farmers in financial difficulty to manage the impacts of climate change. The program provides farm business analysis and financial assessments.
Transitional income support
Linked to the Climate Change Adjustment Program, the Transitional income support program provides short-term income support to farmers in serious financial difficulty while they adapt their farm to changing circumstances, including climate change. This program also provides advice and training opportunities.
Community Networks and Capacity Building
Community Networks and Capacity Building activities will focus on increasing the leadership and representative capacity of target groups including women, youth, Indigenous Australians and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program seeks to increase access to tools and resources to encourage these groups to improve their leadership and management skills, increase participation in industry and more effectively contribute to government and industry decision making.
For further information about helping small businesses, see: