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Biz Secure - Cluster Business Grant Applications

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at 5:00PM 30 June 2020 (ACST).

Welcome to the Northern Territory Government's

Business Security Assistance Program (Biz Secure).

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has rolled out a new program to help eligible Territory businesses improve their security against the risk of break-ins.

Territory businesses are able to make a range of permanent security improvements to better protect themselves against break-ins using Territory enterprises.

Individual businesses may be eligible for up to $20,000 on a co-contribution basis towards a mandatory, independent security audit and to complete one or more eligible security improvement jobs. Clusters of businesses, such as small shopping complexes can also apply for up to $50,000 on a co-contribution basis.

The works undertaken on each premises will vary depending on individual circumstances and the outcomes of the mandatory security audit.

How Biz Secure works

  1. A business wanting to make security improvements to their premises to better protect themselves against the risk of break-ins submits their application online through the Biz Secure program - by clicking on "Start a Submission"

  2. If the business is approved to access the program, they will have a mandatory, independent security audit on the business premises by a registered security audit contractor. The costs of the security audit is covered by the program ($2,000 for individual businesses and up to $7,000 for a cluster of businesses).

  3. Once the security audit has been completed, the business will be able to seek quotes from a registered security supplier and apply for a voucher to carry out eligible security improvement works.

  4. For individual business applicants, up to $18,000 will be available in contribution toward the cost of eligible works on the basis that the program will contribute the first $8,000, and the eligible recipient matches dollar-for-dollar the contribution sought from the program thereafter.

  5. For cluster business applicants, up to $43,000 will be available on a dollar-for-dollar matching basis to make improvements based on the security audit.

  6. In line with the above, the NT Government will provide a voucher to the business receiving the security improvements.

  7. Once the job is done, the supplier doing the work receives the voucher as part or full payment. If applicable, the business receiving the work pays the balance.

  8. The supplier that has done the work redeems the voucher from the NT Government.

Suppliers interested in registering to carry out the security works through the Biz Secure program can apply online - apply to register as a security supplier now.

For further details please see the program terms and conditions.

Who can apply?

To apply you must:

  • be incorporated under an Act of the Northern Territory (NT) or the Commonwealth, or is a sole trader or partnership operating with a NT registered business name
  • be physically located in the NT
  • operate from commercial premises
  • offer services to customers from a shopfront premises or have at least one external publicly accessible entry / exit point
  • offer goods and / or services to the public
  • have no more than 100 employees
  • have been incorporated / registered, and
  • hold a valid ABN.

Who can’t apply?

  • Businesses that don’t operate from a fixed premises (for example, mobile businesses).
  • Publicly listed companies.
  • Home based businesses or businesses operating from residential premises.
  • Businesses that do not operate from commercial premises.
  • Large shopping centres
  • Government and local government bodies, businesses and organisations
  • Educational institutions, schools and businesses / organisations operating out of educational institution / school grounds, including pre-schools.

 

The Alcohol Secure Grants Program 

is also available to support licensed venues to create a physical barrier to liquor supplies.

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to assist you in completing your application online.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Welcome to the Business Security Assistance Program online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please email bizsecure@nt.gov.au and quote your application number.

SmartyGrants Assistance:  For help with using the SmartyGrants form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Navigating the Application form:

  • You are able to begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.
  • Every screen (page of the form) has a form navigation contents box. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want as it links directly to every page.
  • Click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.

Saving the draft application:

  • To leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out.
  • When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. Reopen your draft application and start where you left off.
  • To download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button at the bottom of the application navigation panel.

Submitting your application:

  • Review and Submit button is at the bottom of the Navigation Panel so you can review before you submit.
  • To submit, click on ‘Submit’ at the top of the screen or navigation panel.
  • All compulsory questions need to be answered before you are able to submit.
  • Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.
  • Upon submission, an automated confirmation email along with a copy of your submitted application attached will be sent to the email you registered with SmartyGrants.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.

Attachments and Support Documents:

  • Attachments can be used to support your application. Save documents to your computer or storage device prior to uploading.
  • You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.

Completing the application in a group/ team:

  • A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.

Spell Check:

  • Most internet browsers (including Firefox v2.0 and above; Safari; and Google Chrome) have spell checking facilities built in – you can switch this function on or off by adjusting your browser settings.

Regards

The Biz Secure Team