Diverse team meeting

We are seeking feedback on the development of an exciting new program that will kickstart the next generation of Australian entrepreneurs.

Startup Year is a joint initiative between our department and the Department of Education that will help young Australians bring their ideas to life.

The Startup Year program will provide up to 2000 HECS-style loans each year to allow final-year undergraduate students and current post-graduate students to participate in a higher education-based incubator or accelerator program. It will also include access to mentorship, networks, and industry to help Australians develop the skills to succeed locally and in international markets.

We are encouraging education providers, industry, entrepreneurs, investors and students to have their say on the Startup Year consultation paper on the Department of Education’s website.

Consultations close on 15 November 2022.