New tech adoption support for businesses

The Andrews Labor Government is helping small to medium-size businesses implement digital solutions that improve productivity, drive growth and create jobs through a new funding program.

The grants fall under one of two funding streams:

  • Stream 1 allows small to medium-sized enterprises to partner with a specialised technology provider to improve their productivity and competitiveness. The partnerships may include implementing new e-commerce systems, artificial intelligence or machine learning processes, data analytics, robotics or cyber security technology.
  • Stream 2 is for companies involved in technology development to create new products and services. Product development could be across areas including micro or nanotechnology, software for business-to-business messaging, fintech applications, healthcare equipment and retail technology.

The Labor Government will match contributions from applicants, with those applying required to contribute a minimum of $20,000 towards the total cost of projects.

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Modern Manufacturing Initiative Grant – Food and Beverage

What is it?

If you are undertaking a project to develop and commercialise new or improved products or manufacturing processes related to the Food and Beverage sector, you could be eligible to apply for MMI grant funding under the following streams:

  • The Manufacturing Translation Stream provides businesses with funding to support projects that translate high quality research into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and be more competitive and resilient.
  • The Manufacturing Integration Stream supports projects that integrate Australian businesses into domestic and international value chains, propelling their goods and services into new markets.

What is available?

Co-funding grants of between $1 million and $20 million are available to cover up to 50% of eligible project expenditure. Your eligible project expenditure must be at least $2 million to apply for the minimum funding amount.

To find out more about eligibility criteria before applications close on Tuesday, 27 April contact Berrin Daricili, Manager at William Buck on 9824 8555.


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Asses your debt and plant 100 trees!

At Smart Happy Money we have committed to making the world a better place by planting 10 trees for each loan application lodged.  To celebrate this we have decided to increase this to 100 trees for the next 5 loan applications.

We are offering a cost and obligation free debt check up across your residential, business, investment and equipment loans and if we can get you a better deal, we will plant 100 trees on your behalf.

How do you take part?

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Wages Subsidy Fund Open For Business

As part of the landmark Jobs Victoria initiative, Victorian small and medium-sized businesses, sole traders, local councils, social enterprises, universities and not-for-profits are invited to apply for a share of $250 million in wage subsidies to create new jobs for at least 10,000 people.

The Fund will help Victorian businesses and organisations to rebuild and grow by providing a wage subsidy of up to $20,000 per eligible employee to meet the costs of taking on new workers for the first 12 months of their employment.

The Jobs Victoria Fund recognises that women’s employment has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with $150 million of the fund dedicated to supporting women back into work, including $50 million supporting women over the age of 45.

The Fund also focuses on people looking for work who are young, those who have been unemployed for six months or more, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees and asylum seekers, and people living with a disability.

For more go here –

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Australian made inspection machines ship to the USA to support COVID-19 vaccine

ADDE have shipped the second of 3 specialist inspection machines to prefilled injector manufacturer ApiJect Systems Corp in the USA as part of the US Warp Speed program to accelerate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. ApiJect have assembled 3 high speed lines to enable the complete fill and finish of up to 1.5 million injectors per day. The first ADDE inspection machine shipped to the USA in November 2020 and has now been installed and fully tested.

The ApiJect injector system is based on Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) technology which ADDE has extensive experience building custom manufacturing and packing equipment for.

As expected for a program named Warp Speed, time was of the essence. Our first proposal was for a 6-month program to completely design, build and commission 3 machines, but ApiJect then asked us if we could do it in 3

The ApiJect prefilled injectors are produced in a card of 5 doses with each card needing to be inspected for general profile, liquid fill, particles, and geometry. Although we have built similar systems, this required significant innovation in the handling, lighting, and inspection processes to perform the specific inspections required.

Hungry 4 Success® – Training

Aged 16-25, out of school, out of work or an early school leaver?

To prepare young people for work in hospitality, cleaning, security, guest services and maintenance, Glen Park Community Centre have partnered with Glad Group and Eastland Shopping Centre for Hungry 4 Success®. You will learn essential employability skills, such as communication and working in a team.

Job opportunities available for successful learners at the conclusion of the program.

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Interns in Industry 2021 – Connecting Deakin students with local businesses

If your business is time or resource poor, or looking to bring fresh ideas and a new perspective into your workplace – then it may be time to consider hosting an intern.

Interns in Industry is an annual internship program run by Deakin Business School (DBS) where students complete a business internship with a local eastern region business. This prestigious internship program is in its 12th year and continues to grow.

This free program runs between July and September and provides reciprocal benefits for both students and businesses to have the opportunity to connect with and utilise skills, insights and the dedication of final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from Deakin Business School. Business hosts are not required to pay students, as participation forms part of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) internship unit and gains credit points towards their degree.

Students must complete between 100-120 hours (based around your business requirements) working on real business problems and projects relevant to their area of study.

Applications open from Monday, 22 March 2021 until Wednesday, 28 April 2021. 

For more information view the Interns in Industry flyer


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AMGC Commercialisation Fund

What is it?

The Australian Government’s $30 million Commercialisation Fund will support Australian manufacturers to turn good ideas into world-beating realities that create more local jobs.

If your business is commercialising and transitioning new manufacturing products and processes related to one of the above National Manufacturing Priorities, you could be eligible to apply for grant funding under the AMGC Commercialisation Fund.

What is available?

Co-funding grants of between $100,000 and $1 million are available to cover up to 50% of eligible project expenditure. Your eligible project expenditure must be at least $200,000 to be able to apply for the minimum funding amount.

Find out more about Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Translation Stream

Find out more about Modern Manufacturing Integration Stream

Applications will be open for submission until 30 June 2022 or until funding is exhausted.

For further information contact:

Dr. Rita Choueiri
Direct line: 8823 6840

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