Backing our SMEs to export to the world

10 April 2019

The Liberal-NationalGovernment is backing a $12 million program to help small and mediumenterprises (SMEs) across Australia realise their export dreams.

Minister for Trade,Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the Government's support for theTradeStart program would help SMEs to export their products and services to newmarkets around the world.

"We recognise the enormous contribution ourexporters make to the economy and to creating more jobs," Minister Birminghamsaid.

"Whether a business is exporting for the firsttime or considering developing new overseas markets, TradeStart puts businessesin touch with experts who can provide them with practical advice and connectthem with overseas customers.

"We have delivered more market access toAustralian businesses through our trade deals and we continue to back themthrough support programs such as TradeStart.

"Trade policy under our Government has been a keydriver of our economy, with our record levels of exports helping Australianbusinesses to grow and contribute to the 1.3 million new jobs created since2013."

TradeStart isdelivered in partnership with state, territory and local governments,member-based groups and chambers of commerce and offers Australian businesseswith practical advice and information to help them export overseas.

The fundingagreements and state partners under the 2019-2022 TradeStart framework are:

State/Territory State/Territorypartners
NSW NSWDepartment of Industry
ACT ACT EconomicDevelopment
NT TreetiBusiness Consulting
Qld Council ofthe City of Gold Coast, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Qld, Tradeand Investment Queensland
SA Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment
Tasmania Department ofState Growth, Tasmania Chamber of Commerce and Industry
WA Chamber ofCommerce and Industry of Western Australia, South West Development Commission
Victoria TBC

For more information go to: https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/How-Austrade-can-help/Trade-services/TradeStart

Media enquiries

  • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7420
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555