Close this search box.

Up to $2100 in Cyber Security Small Business Grants Now Available in Australian Government Scheme


Cyber Security Small Business Grants Now Available

As cyber threats continue to grow and have even more devastating results, the Australian Government has started to take its cyber security policy more seriously. In its most recent initiative, $10 million has been set aside for small business grants.

Over the next two years, eligible small businesses will be able to access grants of up to $2,100 to go towards cyber security health checks. The grants will help small businesses to bolster their security by partially funding tests from providers that have been approved by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST).

According to the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the grant is available to businesses with up to and including 19 employees, and covers “up to 50 per cent of the cost of a micro, small or standard certified small business check.”

Micro health checks cover between one and five devices. The price was originally $650, but with the grant, they are now half price at $325. Small checks are for six to 12 devices, and the price is now $600 instead of $1,200. Standard checks allow for between 13 and 40 devices. The grant brings the price down from $4,200 to $2,100.

What do the health checks cover?

Each of these tests are based on the Australian Government’s list of mitigation strategies, known as the Essential Eight. The health checks are performed in your place of business and assess how your business fares in several different dimensions of cyber security.

A health check can identify security issues that your business may have and provides recommendations for mitigating them. The tests cover the following areas:

  • Application updates and patching
  • Microsoft Office macro settings
  • User application hardening
  • Restricted administration privileges
  • Operating system patching
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Daily backups
  • Trusted applications
  • Malware/virus scans
  • Mobile/BYOD

These audits can give businesses the foundation they need to plan their cyber security defences. An adequate cyber security policy is a key part of preventing future attacks that can potentially cripple small businesses.

CREST Australian New Zealand is a body that certifies both companies and staff members that have proven themselves to be high-quality information security testing providers. The small business health check must be undertaken by a CREST-approved provider to qualify for the grant.

Gridware is a CREST-approved testing provider that can help your business get its cyber defences on track. To begin the journey towards a safer workplace and reduce the chances of devastating attacks, register for your test now.

Once you have registered, contact Gridware to set up your small business health check. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, see CREST’s small business health checks page.

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji is the CEO of Gridware, a leading cybersecurity consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. An emerging thought leader in cybersecurity, Ahmed is an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and regularly contributes to cybersecurity conversations in Australia. As well as his extensive background as a security advisor to large Australian Enterprises, he is a regular keynote speaker and guest lecturer on offensive cybersecurity topics and blockchain.


Sydney Offices
Level 12, Suite 6
189 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
1300 211 235

Melbourne Offices
Level 13, 114 William Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
1300 211 235

Perth Offices
Level 32, 152 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
1300 211 235


Learn more about the team at the forefront of the Australian Cyber Security scene.

About Us →

Meet the Team →

Partnerships →

Learn more about the team at the forefront of the Australian Cyber Security scene.

Career Opportunities →

Internships →

Media appearances and contributions by Gridware and our staff.

See More →



Whether you need us to take care of security for you, respond to incidents, or provide consulting advice, we help you stay protected.

View all services →

Web App Pen. Test Calculator →

Network Pen. Test Calculator →

Governance & Audit

Legal and regulatory protection

Penetration Testing

Uncover system vulnerabilities

Remote Working & Phishing

Fortify your defenses

Cyber Security Strategy

Adaptation to evolving threats

Cloud & Infrastructure

Secure cloud computing solutions

Gridware 360

End-to-end security suite

Gridware Managed Services

Comprehensive & proactive security

Gridware CloudControl

Harness the benefits of cloud technology

Gridware Incident Response 24/7

Swift, expert-led incident resolution



A collection of our published insights, whitepapers, customer success stories and more.

Customer success stories from real Gridware customers. Find out how we have helped others stay on top of their Cyber Security.

Read More →