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To assist Victorian exporters impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re providing information that may be helpful to them.
We’re also working to support exporters who have been impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus. Help us determine how we can best support your business by taking our short survey.
On this page
- Export Recovery Package
- Summary of government assistance to businesses impacted by coronavirus
- Help us to support you - take our coronavirus survey
- The International Freight Assistance Mechanism
- Permitted worker scheme
- Port of Melbourne Response to coronavirus - Update 8
- Business and Industry - coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants
- Useful links and resources
- Media releases and statements from Victorian Government
Victorian Export Recovery Package
On 13 September, 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.
Initiatives under the Export Recovery Package
Global Gateway Program
The Global Gateway program will support established Victorian exporters to help them stabilise their business and adapt their export strategies in response to the challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Grant applications are now open and will close at 11.59 pm on Sunday 17 January 2021. Find out more.
Applications have now closed for the Global Gateway Program
Virtual Trade Missions
Global Victoria will be delivering a suite of Virtual Trade Missions (VTMs) in 2020/21 to connect businesses to global opportunities and help them conduct their international business across digital platforms. Find a Virtual Trade Mission to help your business go global.
eCommerce Accelerator Program
The eCommerce program will provide Victorian businesses with opportunities to increase their export potential by engaging an eCommerce platform within a designated international market and through other eCommerce channels. Learn more.
Applications for the eCommerce Accelerator program have now closed
Summary of government assistance to businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
We've created a live document that summarises the Victorian and Commonwealth Government support (including both job and economic packages) for businesses impacted by coronavirus. We've also included a dedicated page on specific assistance for exporters, as well as useful resources.
Keep checking in with us - Global Victoria will review and update the document as new annoucements are made
Help us to support you
We're working to support Victorian exporters who have been impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Help us determine how we can best support your business by taking our short survey.
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism
On 6 October, the Federal Government announced it is committing an additional $317.1 million in funding for the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). With $95 million to directly address upcoming seasonal demand and $222.1 million to extend IFAM to the middle of 2021, the funding injection will help keep international supply chains open.
Exporters have an increasing range of options available to them. Find out what the other options are by downloading and reading the IFAM Fact Sheet PDF, 824.7 KB
Exporters should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to access IFAM flights. Further information on how IFAM works is available by visiting the IFAM website.
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Increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants
The Commonwealth Government has increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG). Funding for the scheme has been increased by $49.8 million in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.
This increase supplements the additional $60 million already committed by the Government and brings EMDG funding to its highest level in more than 20 years at $207.7 million for the 2019-20 financial year. More information.
The Commonwealth Government has announced that the EMDG scheme will be simplified and reoriented in 2021-22 from a scheme providing assistance through reimbursement after expenditure to an upfront grant agreement. This will give eligible exporters funding certainty before they embark on their marketing and promotion activities. In the reoriented EMDG program, multi-year grants will be available for eligible SMEs at three stages of their export journey and assistance to industry bodies and alliances will be expanded to provide help for members who are new to export to become export-ready. Current EMDG arrangements remain in place for 2020-21.More information
COVID-19 Export Capital Facility
The Commonwealth Government has established a $500 million COVID-19 Export Capital Facility to assist previously profitable Australian exporters whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.
Exporters will be able to access loans from $250,000 to $50 million under the Facility. The Facility will complement other measures announced by the Government which enable banks to support new and existing clients. Exporters should contact their banks in the first instance to determine what assistance may be available to them.
For further information visit the Export Finance Australia website or call 1800 093 724.