Over the years, TFIA has devoted a lot of resources to lobbying Government for TCF funding and support programs
There is a great deal on offer at present. If you need help in completing application forms, we run information nights and are happy to assist members or direct them to program specialist consultants.
AusIndustry is a specialist program delivery division within the Department of Industry that helps existing and new Australian businesses innovate, grow and succeed.
AusIndustry programs for the TCF industry:
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program provides grants of up to $50,000 for projects to improve the business enterprise culture of established TCF small businesses that have not received grants or qualify for assistance from other TCF programs. The program is competitive and applications are assessed on merit.
The TCF SCP is a five year, $35 million, competitive grant program. It supports large projects that will build innovative capability at the enterprise and workplace level. The program runs from July 2010 to June 2015.
The $112.5 million BIC scheme is aimed at fostering the development of a sustainable and internationally competitive clothing and household textile manufacturing and design industry in Australia, by providing incentives to promote innovation and associated investment.
The TCF Corporatewear Register allows employers to register non-compulsory occupational clothing, thereby avoiding liability for FBT and allowing employees to claim the cost of such clothing as a tax deduction.
Grants & Assistance Finder
business.gov.au's GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE FINDER helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business. Grants and other funding programs are available from the Australian, state and teritory governments, and in some cases from local councils.
Austrade provides information and advice to assist Australian companies reduce the time, cost and risk of exporting, and also administers EXPORT MARKET DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (EMDG) - a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.
The EMDG scheme:
- encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
- reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $10,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $20,000
- provides up to 7 grants to each eligible applicant
Small Business Support Line
The national SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT LINE provides small business owners with a first point of contact to access information and referral services to improve their business sustainability and help better manage their business.
An Australian Government initiative, the Support Line links into existing small business support mechanisms including:
- Business licensing information and referrals
- Business Enterprise Centres
- State and Territory government small business programs and services.
Speak with a team of agents that have extensive experience in the small business sector, and a diversity of knowledge including business start up information, banking, finance, accounting and marketing, advertising, small business counselling and information technology.
Phone 1800 777 275 or chat online in real time via Live Chat (Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm AEST).
The EMPLOYMENT START UP FOR BUSINESS PROGRAM program is a $7.5 million Victorian Government initiative to help SMEs hire young unemployed Victorians and provide them with skills training that delivers long term economic and community benefits. The program will offer individual businesses up to $4,000 for each successful employment opportunity.
The funding will support employers with the recruitment process and with the training and retention of a new young employee within the business.
The SMARTER RESOURCES SMARTER BUSINESS - ENERGY AND MATERIALS PROGRAM provides funding and support for small to medium sized businesses to improve their energy and materials efficiency and boost productivity. Eligible projects must be implemented in Victoria.
Enterprise Connect offers comprehensive, confidential advice and support to eligible Australian small and medium businesses to help them transform and reach their full potential.
With a national network of centres and around 100 experienced Business Advisers and Facilitators, Enterprise Connect provides business improvement services to businesses in industries as diverse as manufacturing, clean technology, resources, defence, tourism and the creative sector.
Enterprise Connect is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Supplier Advocate
The TCF SUPPLIER ADVOCATE works with the TCF industry, unions, Enterprise Connect and other stakeholders to champion practical activities that assist industry to be more competitive and which promote Australian TCF industry capabilities in key markets.