Initiatives and services


Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

We lead the process to responsibly manage our nation’s radioactive waste now and into the future.

Australian SKA Fellowships Programme

The Australian SKA Fellowships Programme establishes stronger links between Australian organisations and the SKA Observatory.

Australian Space Agency

We’re a non-statutory entity located within the department, and headquartered in Adelaide.
Expressions of interest for round 3 are now closed.

Boosting Female Founders (BFF) Initiative

We help women entrepreneurs grow their startups in national and international markets through the BFF Initiative.

If your female founded startup is eligible you may be offered access to expert mentoring and advice.

Successful applicants will also get targeted support on a co-contribution basis. These grants will cover up to 50% of the eligible costs to scale your business.

The initiative aims to increase the diversity of startup founders. If you meet additional diversity criteria you may be eligible to apply for grants contributing up to 70% of eligible project costs.

Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM (Elevate)

Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM (Elevate) partners with industry to grow the pool of future women science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders by co-funding university scholarships.

Building and construction

We aim to ensure Australia's building and plumbing industries are safe, accessible and sustainable.

State and territory governments regulate building and construction activities in Australia. 
The Australian Government collaborates with state and territory governments to promote nationally consistent regulations through the National Construction Code (NCC). 
We do this through the Building Ministers’ Meeting (BMM) and the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). 

Building Ministers’ Meeting

The Building Ministers' Meeting (BMM) oversees policy issues affecting Australia’s building and construction industries.

The BMM brings together Australian Government and state and territory government ministers responsibile for building and construction. The Australian Government minister responsible for the building industry chairs the BMM.

The BMM works to:

  • harmonise building regulations and standards
  • collaborate on compliance and enforcement.

It sets the strategic direction for the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). The ABCB is a multi-jurisdictional standards writing body. It oversees development of the National Construction Code (NCC).

Read more about these roles and responsibilities in the Intergovernmental Agreement on the ABCB website.

Read more about how we promote collaborative building and construction policy.

Contact us


Post: BMM Team, GPO Box 2013, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Business Registration Service

The Business Registration Service (BRS) enables Australian businesses to apply for key business and tax registrations in one place. It reduces the time and complexity to register a new business, or apply for additional registrations.

BRS connects with existing Australian Government registration services, and is a cost-effective way that government agencies can provide these services. 

Business Research and Innovation Initiative

We encourage Australian startups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative solutions to government challenges.
Feasibility study funding for this round is closed.

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII): automatic mutual recognition of occupational registrations (AMR) round

The Australian Government is seeking innovative solutions to improve occupational licencing information sharing and uptake of the AMR scheme.

AMR helps workers share their occupational registrations and licences across Australian states and territories.

The BRII program creates opportunities for businesses to find innovative solutions to government challenges.