MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Government Small Business Program To Remain In Tasmanian Hands

1 June 2018

The Australian Government has announced that Tasmanian not for profit organisation, Switch Tasmania, is part of a successful joint bid to deliver its flagship small business support program. The ASBAS Digital Solutions program will offer small business operators low-cost, high-quality advice on a range of digital solutions across four priority areas:

  • websites and selling online
  • social media and digital marketing
  • using small business software, and
  • online security and data privacy

Switch Tasmania Executive Officer, Daryl Connelly, said that this was a fantastic result for Tasmania.
“This was a very competitive process, with the Government awarding only three contracts across the country. Our joint tender won the contract for all of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. It is a fantastic result for a relatively young, regionally based organisation, and good news for small businesses in Tasmania” said Mr Connelly.
“We worked very hard to develop a collaborative model with Melbourne Innovation Centre and Adelaide Business Hub, to ensure that here on the island, the program would be delivered by Tasmanians for Tasmanians. We came about to support business people in 2011, in response to widespread doom and gloom about the north-west Tasmanian economy. Our approach is a community based one, and this recent success, as well as our previous achievements is testament to the hard work of our volunteer board and the goodwill and generosity that the Tasmanian community has shown us since that time”.
Switch Tasmania also delivers the Tasmanian Government’s Enterprise Centres Tasmania program and Digital Ready program in north-west Tasmania. This will be the first time that Switch has been engaged to provide small business support services state-wide.


Daryl Connelly

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