2016-17 Successful Free Trade Agreement Training Provider (FTA-TP) Grants

We are pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2016-17 FTA-TP grant round administered by Austrade. Congratulations to the 12 organisations that have been awarded funding. The agreements commence on the date signed by the program Delegate and projects will conclude by 30 June 2018.

Thank you to all grant applicants for your time and effort in the preparation and submission of proposals.

Organisation Type Organisation Location Project Title and Description Amount Funded Commencement date
Australia China Business Council Bilateral Business Council or Chamber VIC
The `ChAFTA Ready Podcast’ project will provide sustainable permanent guidance to Australian SME firms by utilising trade and China business specialists to explore ChAFTA topic areas. Dedicated episodes will inform on the export goods and services sectors relevant to ChAFTA, as well as providing demand-side workshop training in China to promote and inform on ChAFTA with the China-based Australian business community and the Chinese business community. $59,700.00 May 2017
Australian Marine Export group Peak Industry Body VIC
"What’s in it for me Phase 2" will deliver targeted FTA education to export ready Australian companies and provide engagement opportunities to build demand-side FTA knowledge. The China Boat Show 26-29 April 2017 will be leveraged to provide Australian companies with direct on the ground experience including interaction and relationship building with businesses in China aimed at maximising utilisation of ChAFTA. $38,200.00 April 2017
Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) Peak Industry Body VIC
`Links in the Chain’ addresses Free Trade Agreements and Non-Tariff Barriers to trade as they relate to exports, Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers. Content will be customised for SME export clients. The project leverages the central role service providers play in the international supply chain and strengthens the quality of FTA advice for SMEs. $99,020.00 May 2017
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia Inc. Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
WA Agribusiness Export Supply Chain FTA and Market Access Training Program – is focussed on improving WA’s food and agribusiness industry’s knowledge and utilisation of the North Asian Free Trade Agreements. Market understanding and training will include FTA tariff benefits as well as identifying and recommending resolution pathways for non-tariff market access issues across the agribusiness export supply chain to China, South Korea and Japan. $80,000.00 May 2017
Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. Peak Industry Body QLD
‘Getting your clients onboard with FTAs’ – this project reinforces the requirements of North Asian FTAs and the role of service providers such as freight forwarders and licensed customs brokers in assisting exporters to attain the best outcomes from the Agreements. In conjunction with training seminars across Australia, CBFCA, will produce a self-paced online course meeting ‘just-in-time’ demand and tailored with a ‘just-for-me’ approach. $34,800.00 May 2017
Export Council of Australia Industry Association / Peak Industry Body NSW
`The Korean perspective’ project builds demand-side KAFTA knowledge through direct in-market research capturing technical FTA information for dissemination to Australian export ready SMEs through booklets, webinars, one-on-one mentoring and FTA education videos. $29,000.00 May 2017
HunterNet Co-operative Ltd Industry Association NSW
The `FTA-TP Project 2’ provides an interactive FTA training forum in China, Korea, and Japan. Trainers will build relationships with key FTA experts including Chinese customs with technical information informing demand-side training materials for Australian SMEs. FTA experts from each target market will also be invited to Australia to educate HunterNet SME members and staff, increasing FTA outreach. $80,000.00 May 2017
Lockyer Valley Growers Inc. Industry Association QLD
The ` Understanding KAFTA and enhancing capability to export vegetables to Korea’ project provides targeted FTA training opportunities to producers and supply chain representatives involved in the vegetable industry in Queensland. The project will be delivered to all vegetable producers in Queensland. $78,617.00 May 2017
Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc.) Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD
The `Queensland-Japan FTA Seminar and Trade Mission’ conducted by the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI) will provide positive exposure for Australian businesses to JAEPA revealing the benefits and strengthening SME utilisation. A suite of training measures including market research, seminars/webinars and a market visit will ensure Queensland and Australian businesses fully leverage the benefits of JAEPA. $20,000.00 May 2017
South West Institute of TAFE Educational Institution VIC
The `Great South Coast Food to China Export Program’ will assist food and fibre producers (SMEs) navigate the supply chain and technical requirements for their sector in relation to ChAFTA. SMEs will participate in a China market visit to learn directly from companies involved in finance, logistics and utilisation of FTAs. Demand-side learning will be strengthened by FTA presentations from Chinese local government officials and Shanghai based supermarket chain executives. $88,663.00 May 2017
TAFE Directors Australia Peak Industry Body NSW
The project, Opportunity Calls: Building Business Knowledge and Understanding of FTAs, provides SMEs with information sessions aligned to the top 5 industry sectors operating in China and Korea including Tourism, Cookery and Hospitality, e-Commerce and ICT Marketing, Business and Marketing and Pharmaceuticals. Specific technical information and training will be provided to SMEs and their partner TAFEs and RTOs to increase understanding of opportunities and maximise utilisation of ChAFTA and KAFTA. $85,000.00 May 2017
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber of Commerce and Industry VIC
The `Victorian Chamber FTA Next Step Program’ will build the skills, capabilities and networks of small to medium sized enterprises in Metropolitan and Regional Victoria increasing access to FTA opportunities and building in-market relationships to pursue sustainable export growth. $80,000.00 May 2017