The Liberal-National Government is backing a $12 million program to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia realise their export dreams.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the Government’s support for the TradeStart program would help SMEs to export their products and services to new markets around the world.

“We recognise the enormous contribution our exporters make to the economy and to creating more jobs,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Whether a business is exporting for the first time or considering developing new overseas markets, TradeStart puts businesses in touch with experts who can provide them with practical advice and connect them with overseas customers.

“We have delivered more market access to Australian businesses through our trade deals and we continue to back them through support programs such as TradeStart.

“Trade policy under our Government has been a key driver of our economy, with our record levels of exports helping Australian businesses to grow and contribute to the 1.3 million new jobs created since 2013.”

TradeStart is delivered in partnership with state, territory and local governments, member-based groups and chambers of commerce and offers Australian businesses with practical advice and information to help them export overseas.

The funding agreements and state partners under the 2019-2022 TradeStart framework are:

State/Territory State/Territory partners
NSW NSW Department of Industry
ACT ACT Economic Development
NT Treeti Business Consulting
Qld Council of the City of Gold Coast, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Qld, Trade and Investment Queensland
SA Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment
Tasmania Department of State Growth, Tasmania Chamber of Commerce and Industry
WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, South West Development Commission
Victoria TBC

For more information go to: https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/How-Austrade-can-help/Trade-services/TradeStart

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