Addressing the high start-up costs of e-commerce solutions, the Federal Government has endorsed nearly $1 million worth of grants to support 13 industry-specific e-commerce projects.
Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communication, Information Technology and the Arts, this week announced grants totalling $950,000 for online projects over a number of industries including automotive, wine, building and construction, franchising, beverage and mining supply.
The grants come as part of the Government's Information Technology Online Program, an annual competitive grants scheme, which matches funding from industry consortia to nurture collaborative ventures in the adoption of online solutions by Australian businesses.
"The support and participation of industry and business associations in most of the projects, across a range of industries, will stimulate the delivery of new and innovative services for their members," said Alston.
Securing the largest grant of $115,000, the Building and Construction Online project will see the rollout of hardware and software technology in the development of online Web-based services and information including product ordering.
The establishment of a Wine Industry Network in the Barossa Valley took out the second-highest grant with $110,000. The grant will see the development of online information and transaction services between grape growers and wine makers.