The Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) is a $15 million grant programme for small exporters administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The PASE programme funds activities aimed at improving market access for small exporters.
Funding is available for projects in 2016-17 to 2017-18.
Applications for Round 2 funding are now open and applications must be lodged by
5:00pm AEDT on 27 March 2017.
Eligible commodities for PASE grants are:
Apply for Round 2 funding
Applications for PASE grants should be made through the Australian Government GrantsConnect website.
Before you apply for a PASE grant through GrantsConnect:
Applications must be lodged through GrantsConnect by 5:00pm AEDT on 27 March 2017.
Successful applicants will be advised within six weeks of the closing date.
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Projects funded in Round 1
Apple and Pear Australia – access to an export registration system for pome fruit growers, as well as new documents developed to assist with market access requirements and practices. - COMPLETE
Australian Table Grape Association –Development an online system to enable small exporters to undergo the export accreditation process.
Cherry Growers Australia –enhanced Biosecurity Management Programme, including an updated export manual.
Citrus Australia –development of an online export registration system for citrus growers to facilitate faster, simpler export accreditation.
NSW Department of Primary Industries – development and implementation of a “seasonal pest absence approach” to addressing importing country biosecurity requirements, building potential for cherry export opportunities.
Summerfruit Australia –adaptation of an export registration system for summer fruit to improve orchard management, ensuring export market requirements are met.
Australian Mangoes Industry Association –The grant will help the Australian Mangoes Industry Association prioritise the strategic direction for exports and develop an export market strategy
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – improved the shelf life and quality of the vegetables using new packaging technologies, enabling better returns for exporters. – COMPLETE
Cedar Hill Flowers – efficacy of a fumigant, Vapormate, and its effects on Australian wildflowers were assessed as a potential new pre-export treatment. – COMPLETE
Ausveg SA – export training package developed to assist South Australian vegetable growers become more export ready.
Ausveg –development of a training package for vegetable growers in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia to increase knowledge and understanding of supply chains.
Avocados Australia – avocado growers will receive help to access markets in Asia and the Middle East with a grant to develop a market access strategy.
Dairy Australia - enhance the food safety culture of the industry. Dairy businesses will also benefit from specialised support for Asian-market trade related issues.
Fish and Egg
Woodbridge Smokehouse – a Tasmanian smokehouse developed new export markets and market knowledge for niche Australian seafood products. – COMPLETE
Australian Egg Corporation – develop a national Salmonella Entertidis Monitoring and Accreditation Programme that demonstrates food safety and will assist in export market access.
Abalone Council Australia – improve the strength and potential of the abalone export industry will be consolidated through the development of market access strategies.
Tasmanian Oyster Research Council – oyster growers will benefit from a project aimed at regaining market access to the US.
Commonwealth Fisheries Association – Australia’s export reputation for clean seafood will be further enhanced through a grant for a national residue testing program.
South Australian Research and Development Institute – development of new, faster and cheaper technology to be used in detecting naturally occurring paralytic shellfish toxins.
McMullen Consulting – improve the sampling system for grain containers to help establish supply chain assurance and support exports.
Australian Tea Tree Industry – Australian Tea Tree Industry made a submission to the EU on the cosmetic use and functions of tea tree oil with the view to open up broad export markets. - COMPLETED
Grain Trade Australia – four unique projects under PASE:
- to address an industry need for a standardised truck cleaning procedure to reduce the prevalence of contaminations.
- small grain growers will be provided with assistance in developing a food safety database, which records any contamination that has occurred.
- container packer operational manual will be developed to build the export capabilities of small grain growers and help with market access negotiations.
- one-stop-shop online trading standards data base allowing faster access to accurate trading standards information.
Grains Industry Market Access Forum – two projects under PASE:
- A contaminants data-set that will help grain growers’ manage export grain quality. The data-set will record contaminations and provide data for growers. – CONCLUDED
- enhance and extend pest surveillance activities to ensure importing country biosecurity requirements can continue to be met for export market access.
Southern Cross Agriculture Exports – develop a biological farming standard and audit framework that growers can use to differentiate their product in competitive export markets.
Grain Industry Association of Western Australia –development of a market export strategy for access to Middle Eastern markets for Sweet Lupins.
Primal Foods – online trading portal to match organic and alternative grains producers with exporters.
Vanderlinde Consulting –development of an EU submission on lactic acid decontamination in kangaroo meat. – COMPLETE
Zapple Software – Zapple Software will create the app that makes it quicker and easier to trace where the products have come from.
M&S Food Consultants –development of process and procedure controls for the skinning and boning of kangaroos to ensure Australia’s export reputation is further enhanced.
Central Victorian Exporters Network – small Victorian agribusinesses will be provided with specialist advice, providing structured business support to agribusinesses to become export ready.