Grant assistance and program details

Victorian Government

Regional Development Victoria (RDV) Jobs Fund Program – Market Access program stream
This 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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Export Recovery Package

On 13 September 2020, the Victorian Government announced a $15.7 million export recovery package to address logistics and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, and establish new export channels.

Businesses will be connected to international markets through virtual trade missions as well as assistance to adapt their export strategies to respond to the rapidly changing global market.

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Boost your Business Program
Boost Your Business Vouchers support Victorian businesses to become more productive, employ more people, improve market access, increase export potential and in general,  scale, diversity and profitability.

Visit our Programs and Initiatives page to explore the Voucher Program and find out about application opening and closing dates.

Federal Government

Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions
ASBAS Digital Solutions provides small business with low cost, high quality advice on a range of digital solutions to help them meet their business needs and grow their digital capabilities.

Services are delivered through a mix of one-to-one and group sessions, including face-to-face and online. Assistance is available until June 2021.

Services can be accessed in the following areas:

  • websites and selling online
  • social media and digital marketing
  • using small business software
  • online security and data privacy.

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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 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.

Export Finance Australia's Bond Facilities
If you need to provide bonds (or guarantees) as part of a contract and your bank is unable to provide a bond or requires security you are unable to provide, Export Finance Australia may be able to help you.

The types of bonds available are:

  • advance payment bonds
  • performance bonds
  • warranty bonds
  • US Surety bonds.

Bonds from $100,000 are available.

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Export Finance Australia Export Contract Loan
Export Finance Australia's Export Contract Loan helps small and medium sized businesses secure the finance required to meet specific export contracts or purchase orders when traditional lenders are unable to help.

Flexible loans from $100,000 are available.

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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.

Loans of $20,000 - $350,000 are available, to cover up to 80 per cent of your export contract/s or purchase order/s.

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Export Market Development Grants

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) reimburses expenses incurred for export promotional activities to existing and potential Australian exporters.

Funding is provided to compensate eligible export businesses up to 50 per cent of their promotional expenses over $15,000. The minimum grant is $5000, the maximum $150,000. Each successful applicant may be entitled for up to eight consecutive grants.

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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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