State and Federal grant assistance and program details

Victorian Government

Global Victoria


Regional Development Victoria (RDV)  
The Regional Jobs Fund program stream aims to grow regional export potential and access to new markets for business and industry groups. It will do this by supporting investments, projects and activities that enable more comprehensive engagement with new markets, domestically and abroad.

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Business Victoria 

Visit the Business Victoria website to find detailed information about grants and programs available for Victorian small to medium enterprises (SMEs).


Federal Government

Austrade's Export Market Development Grants

From 1 July 2021, the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program now provides upfront funding certainty so you know how much you will receive over the life of your grant agreement (2 or 3 years) and you can plan your promotional activities with confidence. Grant applications open between 9am AEST on 16 August and close 5pm AEDT on 30 November 2021.

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Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions
Looking for tailored advice for your small business? The Digital Solutions program works with you to adopt digital tools to save you time and money, and to help grow your business.

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Australian Trusted Trader
Provides Australian businesses involved in importing and exporting with an accreditation which enables them to streamline and simplify customs processes.

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Export Finance Australia

Export Finance Australia (EFA) is the Australian Government’s export credit agency, and has been providing Australian businesses with export finance solutions so they can take on the world.

Bond Facilities
If you’re a direct exporter or a company in an export supply chain, EFC's bond facility can help your business secure your next export-related project.

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Export Finance Australia  
Export Finance Australia's Small Business Export Loan is an unsecured, government-backed loan solution with an easy online application and fast approvals for businesses with a turnover of more than $250K.

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Export Finance Australia Small Business Export Loan
Export Finance Australia's Small Business Export Loans helps businesses looking to grow through exporting.

The loans are designed to meet the specific needs of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to help them take advantage of export opportunities when financial institutions can't help.

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Tradex Scheme
The Tradex Scheme provides an upfront exemption from Customs duty and GST for eligible goods imported to Australia that are then exported within one year or other approved period.

This provides a cash-flow benefit to the importer.

The goods may be:

  • exported in the same condition as imported processed or treated then exported
  • incorporated in other goods which are exported.

Export may be carried out by the importer or a third party. The goods must be exported within one year although approval can be sought to extend this period. The Tradex Scheme is an alternative to the duty drawback arrangements under the Customs Act 1901. Duty drawback allows the importer to claim back Customs duty paid on goods that are then exported.

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