Trade Minister Craig Emerson today announced that Austrade was ready to assist businesses whose exports and international investment activities had been affected by Australia's recent natural disasters.
Devastating floods in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as Cyclone Yasi in far North Queensland and bushfires in Western Australia, have reduced the exporting capacity of many small to medium-sized enterprises.
"Austrade officials in overseas markets stand at the ready to help Australian businesses in their dealings with overseas buyers," Dr Emerson said.
"Those small and medium-sized firms directly affected by recent natural disasters may also be able to receive some of Austrade's services free of charge."
Queensland has been especially hard-hit by floods and the cyclone. The State accounts for 20 per cent of the Australian economy, 60 per cent of global coking coal exports and around 30 per cent of Australia's fruit and vegetables production.
"While a broader recovery effort is underway, the Australian economy has suffered billions of dollars in lost output," Dr Emerson said.
"Through its on-the-ground expertise and its international networks, Austrade will reinforce the message that Australia is open for business."
Small to medium-sized enterprises whose exports or international investment activities have been affected by natural disaster should contact Austrade on 13 28 78.
- Minister Emerson's Office: (02) 6277 7420
- DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555