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December 2019

Navigating the Incentive with Integrity

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is committed to working with businesses in a fair and reasonable way; that’s why we’re improving the way we administer the program and interact with our customers, through a revised integrity management approach.
These improvements include a Service Commitment, outlining our commitment to two way engagement and transparent decision making.

We have also created an easy to follow Integrity Framework, outlining how we ensure the integrity of the program, and how we will work with businesses to get it right.
By ensuring that companies - from long term applicants, to first time registrants- have clear and comprehensive guidance, and a transparent view of the program journey, we ensure there are no surprises.
To see what your journey will look like, and discover more about the improvements, visit

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman R&DTI Review 

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) released a report this month on their review of the R&D Tax Incentive.

The Department welcomes the ASBFEO Report, and is considering the recommendations.

You can read the full ASBFEO Report here.

Want further information? Call us on 13 28 46

End of year reminders

If you intend to apply for Advanced or Overseas Findings, be sure to submit your application before the end of the income year in which the activities were conducted. The 1 January to 31 December 2019 income periods have until 31 December 2019 to apply.

The new year is a great time to ensure your business is prepared, and your R&D records are up to date and can support the activities prior to the 30 April application submission deadline. Need help knowing what records to keep? Handy guidance available at

The Entrepreneurs' Programme can help you! 

Do you want to grow your business, or need help to take an innovative idea to market?
Our business advisers and facilitators can work with you to help build your capacity, improve your capability, extend your networks and take advantage of growth opportunities in Australian and overseas markets.
We can provide advice and grants to find the right commercialisation solutions for novel products, processes and services. We can also help you develop research proposals to access research grants. These services are free to access.
For more information about the Entrepreneurs’ Programme visit or call 13 28 46

Say hello to the new website! has undergone an upgrade and is now better than ever.

There have been some significant changes to the R&D Tax Incentive information on the site - improvements include a refreshed look and feel, improved navigation and updated information. If you have saved links to some information, you may need to update them with the new links.
Happy Holidays!

The R&D Tax Incentive team would like to wish you and your family a happy holidays.
2020 will be a big year - keep an eye out for program updates, new resources and events from us in the early new year.
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