AusIndustry is the Australian Government’s principal agency for delivering assistance, programmes and services which support industry, research and innovation.

Peter Masterson is the AusIndustry Regional Manager is based in Wollongong and provides businesses and business intenders across the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands of NSW with information about assistance programs from AusIndustry and other organisations. This helps them understand whether their business is eligible for, or could benefit from, available programs.

Please contact Peter to discuss:-

  • R&D Tax Incentive
  • Entrepreneurs’ Programme
  • Support for Exporting
  • An assessment of programs for which your business may be eligible

Peter can be contacted on 0451 632 141 or by email at

About the Entrepreneurs Programme

The Entrepreneurs Programme is an AusIndustry initiative. When you join the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, you get advice from someone who’s walked in your shoes and understands what it takes to build and run a successful business.  The Programme provides service to business operating in key growth sectors, pending eligibility criteria. In addition, any business affected by 2019 / 20 bushfires can access the Strengthening Business initiative if located within any fire affected Local Government Areas.


The Entrepreneurs’ Programme provides access to network of experienced facilitators.   Your dedicated facilitator will work with you to help you achieve your business vision. They’ll provide access to extensive networks, information, resources, strategies, and specialists unique to your business needs. They’ll help you develop a roadmap to success. They will also provide guidance on relevant funding and other assistance you may be eligible for.  Eligible business can access a $20,000 Growth Grant to implement actions within the roadmap.

To discuss your business eligibility,  please contact Mr. John Mills, Growth Facilitator  on 0410 687 735 or email

Innovation Connections

Innovation Connections helps businesses understand their research needs, find the right expertise in the research sector and fund collaborative research projects.  Innovation Connections facilitators work with businesses to identify research needs in areas such as developing and testing new products, improving existing products improving manufacturing processes, etc.  Facilitators then find the best scientists, engineers or technologies from across Australia’s research sector, recommend how best to proceed and help access funding.

For further information please contact Mr Bruce Thomson, Innovation Connections Facilitator on 0409 513 906 or email

 Strengthening Business    

Strengthening Business provides access to a network of experienced business facilitators who will help bushfire affected businesses in New South Wales recover and re-establish themselves to be stronger and more resilient businesses in the future.

Accelerating Commercialisation provides small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers with access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market.

Contact Mr Peter Masterson, AusIndustry Regional Manager – Illawarra and South Coast on telephone (02) 4258 3670, mobile 0451 632 141 or email

Contact Details

Peter Masterson
Regional Manager – Illawarra and South Coast.
0451 632 141
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