Navigating the Federal Budget 2023: What Small Business Owners Need to Know

Federal Budget Breakdown

Recently updated on December 28th, 2023 at 03:04 pm

The Australian Government has announced its Federal Budget for 2023-24, revealing a number of new stimulus schemes for small to medium-sized businesses. From tax relief to startup support, these measures are set to shape the economic landscape for years to come.

We’ve broken down the budget below to highlight the big-ticket items – the schemes you can take advantage of now to start growing your business. Read on to see when they take effect, how to be eligible, and what kind of support you can expect.

Support for Small Business

A big focus of the budget was providing financial support for small businesses. Here are all the new schemes and changes you need to be on top of:

$20,000 Instant Asset Write-off

For business entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million

Small Business Energy Incentive

For business entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million

Eligible assets:

Ineligible assets:

Tax Instalment Relief

For all businesses using the relevant instalment methods

Industry Growth Program for SMEs and Startups

The Australian government has announced the Industry Growth Program, a new $392.4 million initiative that will replace the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. It is expected to launch in late 2023 and will support the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups.

This initiative will provide advice and matched grant funding, focusing on growing businesses and commercialising their ideas. It will be open to any project that falls within the priority of funding areas of the National Reconstruction Fund.

Priority Funding Areas​

Renewables & low emissions technologies

Agriculture, forestry & fisheries sectors

Medical science



Defence capabilities

Enabling capabilities

Funding for Priority Rail and Road Infrastructure Projects

As part of the Government’s promised 10-year, $120 billion infrastructure pipeline, significant investments in priority rail and road infrastructure projects have been announced – across all states and territories.

It was stated that the “Government will work with states, territories and local governments to prioritise the delivery of projects currently under construction and election commitments.” So get ready for local construction to start ramping up again this year.

Big Wins for Small Businesses

This budget has set the stage for small businesses to thrive. Now is the time to start making investments into your company’s future. But if you’re not sure where to start – that’s ok! The team at Spark are here to support you. We’ll help you uncover the opportunities waiting for you to take your business to the next level.

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