$2.8M in grants to boost Aussie innovation

Technology that brings WiFi to farms in mobile blackspots and smart ear tags which improve traceability of livestock are among a series of projects to receive support from the Morrison Government.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said seven businesses will share in $2.8 million in the latest round of Accelerating Commercialisation grants.

“The Government is continuing to invest in bold ideas to help industry grow and create new jobs for Australians,” Minister Andrews said.

“These latest recipients of Accelerating Commercialisation grants have potential to increase productivity and create new jobs, but the innovative ideas they are developing also have potential to improve our everyday lives through technology.”

The latest Accelerating Commercialisation grants will assist:

  • Ceres Tag Pty Ltd (QLD) with a grant of $700,000 to commercialise smart ear tag technology to provide whole-of-life traceability of livestock.
  • Agsensio Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $644,370 to complete commercial prototypes, accreditation and develop distribution channels for technology that enables farmers in mobile black spot areas to have farm-wide, high-bandwidth WiFi connectivity.
  • Origo Pty Ltd (WA) with a grant of $375,000 to complete development of a scalable platform and commercialise an end-to-end packaging solution for farmers to control and monitor assets and applications across the whole farm.
  • Wildlife Drones Pty Ltd (ACT) with a grant of $419,270 to undertake market sector demonstrations of its technology that allows real-time simultaneous tracking of up to 100 tagged animals.
  • Athlete’s AI will receive $287,350 in funding to help commercialise AI software to help athletes analyse their skills and improve their performance.
  • Become. Life Design Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $200,000 to complete personalisation features of a digital career development tool for students in years 5 to 10.
  • Curtin University (WA) with a grant of $174,354 to commercialise its cyber security solution for businesses, government organisations, universities and internet service providers.

The Coalition Government established the Accelerating Commercialisation grants in 2014 and since then more than 410 grants worth $200 million have been offered to Australian businesses.

More information on the grant recipients is available at www.business.gov.au/ac-funding-offers. You can apply for an Entrepreneurs’ Programme Accelerating Commercialisation grant at www.business.gov.au/ep.

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070