Whether you're an Australian company ready to internationalise your business or an international company looking for opportunities within Australia, Austrade can assist.
For Australian exporters and education providers, we have a comprehensive mix of information and customised services to help you do business in overseas markets and understand foreign regulations and business practices. For international companies, we provide the contacts and information you need to establish your business successfully in Australia or to make the right decision in sourcing Australian products or services.
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Eligibility for Austrade Services
To receive services from Austrade, your organisation must be:
- A registered business in your country
- Australian organisations must have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Seeking to conduct international business activities that:
- bring an economic benefit to the Australian economy such as exporting goods or services from Australia or foreign direct investment into Australia
- enhance the reputation of Australia or Australian industries
- Committed to obeying the laws of Australia and foreign nations, including compliance with anti-bribery legislations.
In addition, Australian organisations must be internationally ready. To determine if you are internationally ready, conduct a self-assessment at austrade.gov.au/International-Readiness-Indicator.
Services for Australian companies
Austrade provides information and advice to assist Australian companies reduce the time, cost and risk of exporting. We also provide a range of tailored services to Australian companies looking to expand their business in markets.
Services are provided directly by Austrade or through the TradeStart network of advisers located within state and territory governments, and industry bodies.
Austrade provides a range of general information about exporting and doing business in international markets through Austrade's website, seminars and events or Austrade staff.
The Austrade website provides comprehensive information on how to export and select export markets most suitable to your product or service. Use the Austrade website to research export opportunities and prepare your export strategy. You can also register to receive alerts and updates from Austrade in areas of interest, including international trade shows and missions where you can showcase your products overseas.
Once you have your plans in place, talk to Austrade about how we can help you execute your strategies in your target markets. As every company is different, Austrade can tailor its services to meet your business needs at your stage of the export journey, with a focus on market entry and expansion including:
- Market research
- Partner and customer identification
- Appointments during your market visit
- Follow-up to initial introductions
- Market promotions.
More detail on Austrade services to exporters is available at How Austrade can help.
Services for Australian education providers
Austrade's role includes the international marketing and promotion of Australian education and training.
We deliver branding, international marketing and promotion services on behalf of the Australian education sector. This includes positioning an Australian education internationally through the international education brand, Future Unlimited.
Austrade also supports Australian education and training providers through a range of tailored services to support their international education engagement strategies, including accurate and timely market intelligence and opportunities provided through Austrade's Market Information Package.
More detail is available from the Education section of this website.
Financial support for exporters
Austrade administers the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) Scheme, the Australian Government's financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.
More detail on other government assistance programs is available from the Export assistance and funding section of this website.
Services for international investors
Austrade is responsible for the promotion, attraction and facilitation of productive foreign direct investment (FDI) into Australia.
We are the first national point-of-contact for all investment enquiries. Working in partnership with Australian state and territory governments, we provide qualified investors with the information needed to establish or expand a business in Australia.
Available assistance to potential international investors includes:
- Coordination of Australian investment enquiries and government assistance
- Information on the Australian business and regulatory environment
- Market intelligence and investment opportunities
- Identification of suitable investment locations and partners in Australia
- Assistance with site visits to Australia
- Advice on Australian government programs and approval processes
Our services to international companies are free, comprehensive and confidential.
To deliver the greatest value to the Australian economy, our services are focused on promoting Australia as a competitive investment destination and attracting productive foreign direct investment (FDI) that is of strategic importance, builds Australian capabilities and enhances productivity.
More detail on how we can help is available from the Investment section of this website.
Services for international buyers
Austrade also assists international buyers to source goods and services from Australia identify strategic Australian business partners.
International buyers can also search for potential suppliers on the Australian Suppliers Database.
Austrade's referrals service
Austrade's referrals service provides lists of professional and business service providers to Australian exporters and education providers to assist them to navigate complex and unfamiliar international services markets. Referrals are also provided to international investors seeking specialist assistance with their investments in Australia.
Austrade provides the referrals service by maintaining a database of service providers across key areas of business which are critical to the success of businesses in international markets such as legal, financial and advisory services.
If you are interested in registering your business as a service provider, you can do so via the referrals database registration form.