Former Minister for Trade
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TradeStart Program

Media release

11 May 2010

The Rudd Government will help develop and expand trade and investment opportunities for Australian companies by investing $14.4 million over four years to continue the TradeStart program.

This funding will support a rationalised TradeStart program that will focus on increasing effectiveness through closer collaboration with partners including State and Territory Governments and appropriate industry bodies.

This investment to boost trade and investment opportunities is part of the Rudd Government’s plan to strengthen our economy and secure our future.

TradeStart is an Australian Government initiative, managed by Austrade, that helps small to medium-sized businesses become globally competitive, helping them create community wealth and promote jobs growth.

The TradeStart program was scheduled to conclude in June 2010. From July 2010 the program will continue the identified strengths of TradeStart and will deliver Austrade trade and investment services from a reduced number of locations across Australia.

Supporting this model, there will be continuing use of technology to provide information and advice in all locations. This will support integrated service delivery and improve access for businesses to the range of services offered by Austrade and partner organisations.

The program will provide small and medium business in metropolitan and regional areas with the help they need to compete in international markets.

It will also broaden the focus from pursuing export opportunities to assistance in both trade and investment.

By partnering with organisations like State/Territory Governments and appropriate industry bodies, the Australian Government will provide local companies with on-the-ground support and access to Austrade’s international network of 104 offices in 55 countries.

About Austrade

Austrade is the Government’s trade and investment development agency. It delivers trade and investment advice and assistance to Australian business through a network of overseas and domestic offices. Austrade also administers the Export Market Development Grant program, which last financial year made over 4,000 grants to help Australian companies reach their export potential.

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