Advice and Assistance
Austrade provides general information about exporting and doing business in international markets, free of charge to Australian companies. It also offers a range of tailored trade services for areas where there's strong demand for Austrade services and where it can add the most value.
Austrade also leads on investment promotion, attraction and facilitation.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages Australia's overall international engagement through Australia's bilateral, regional and multilateral relationships, including trade and investment negotiations and aid programs.
Efic supports Australian business through specialist finance solutions, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) builds Australia's international agricultural research collaboration.
Tourism Australia leads on promotion of Australia as a tourism destination and offers information and advice to businesses.
• Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
• Chambers of Commerce
The Australian Government also offers export finance and support through:
The EMDG scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. The scheme is administered by Austrade.
The EMDG scheme:
- encourages small and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop their export markets
- reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000, provided that total expenses are at least $15,000
- provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.
For more information, see austrade.gov.au/EMDG
Australian businesses in ASEAN benefit from a range of chambers of commerce and business councils across the region. They:
- provide a forum to exchange ideas, experiences and information, develop contacts and facilitate interaction with Australian, national and international senior executives interested in enhancing trade and investment in ASEAN and Australia;
- act as a voice for Australian business and a conduit through which useful insights are provided to the Australian Government on policy considerations affecting Australian business in the region, and ASEAN investors into Australia.
The Australia-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce (AustCham ASEAN) was officially launched by the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, in June 2017.
AustCham ASEAN is a 'chamber of chambers' with its membership base the officially registered Australian chambers and business councils from across ASEAN. Its purpose is to support foundation members to deepen Australian business engagement with ASEAN, through:
- informing Australian business on regional integration developments and the business landscape with a particular focus on an annual business survey;
- explaining the contribution of Australian business to ASEAN markets; and
- advocating for policies, rules and regulations that support Australian business activities in ASEAN (including organising sector roundtables in key areas of interest for Australian business).
The Presidency of AustCham ASEAN will be held by AustCham Singapore for 2017–18. AustCham ASEAN's rotating presidency will align with the ASEAN Chair Country, which changes annually.
AustCham ASEAN and business chambers based in the region can provide advice, assistance and connections in ASEAN countries. Similarly, the Australia-ASEAN Business Council, based in Brisbane, helps raise the pro le of Australian business opportunities in ASEAN. Both AustCham ASEAN and the Australia-ASEAN Business Council are accredited to the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
The Industry Growth Centres Initiative is an industry-led approach driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority. Growth Centres are not-for-profit organisations, each led by a strategic board of industry experts who oversee the operation of their Growth Centre.
Growth Centres have been established in six industry sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Cyber Security (known as AustCyber)
- Food and Agribusiness (known as Food Innovation Australia Limited)
- Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals (known as MTPConnect)
- Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (known as METS Ignited)
- Oil, Gas and Energy Resources (known as National Energy Resources Australia)
Growth Centres identify common barriers for their sectors engaging with international opportunities, consider and facilitate collaboration on possible solutions, and help firms develop the capacity to participate in global markets, including in the ASEAN region.
For further information, see business.gov.au/about/industry-growth-centres-initiative