On 13 May 2014, the government announced a $15 million package to assist small exporters, comprising:
- a rebate for eligible small exporters was available in 2014–15 to assist with export registration charges. The rebate has now closed with establishments receiving an estimated $1.3 million across 660 establishments nationally;
- a review of export fees and charges; and
- funding for projects that will help improve market access for small exporters.
Rebate for small exporters
The rebate for eligible small exporters was only available for one financial year (2014-15) to assist with export registration charges. The rebate is no longer available.
The department received 660 applications across all sectors. We have advised those establishments of the outcome of their applications for rebate, and eligible establishments have had the rebate applied to their 2014–15 registration invoices.
The department randomly selected a sample of eligible rebate applications to verify the accuracy of information. The department requested selected applicants to confirm the details supplied in their rebate application.
Review of fees and charges
The department will undertake the review of export certification fees and charges for each export sector in consultation with industry consultative committees. We are committed to working with stakeholders throughout this process.
Key objectives for the review are to ensure the department’s costs of export certification activities are fully recovered and that costs are imposed on all users of these services in an equitable and transparent way.
- Round 1 of consultation on the fees and charges with Industry Consultative Committees was undertaken in October and November 2014. Discussions focused on the context for the redesign of the frameworks, the future cost base and its implications and highlighted the department’s position on key issues.
- Round 2 of meetings, held in December 2014, introduced the conceptual model to stakeholders and involved preliminary discussions on charging points.
- Round 3 of consultation was held in April 2015.
- Round 4 of consultations was held in July 2015.
Projects to help improve market access for small exporters
The Minister for Agriculture had asked the
government-industry consultative committees to recommend projects that would help improve market access for small exporters.
Applications for funding closed on 30 April 2015.
A large volume of applications were received across all sectors. Assessment panels for each of the sectors evaluated and ranked the applications for recommendations to the Minister. On 24 September 2015, it was announced that 31 projects had been successful in receiving funding.
The projects that have been selected for grant funding by sector are;
Australian Table Grape Association - Table grape growers will be able to get faster, simpler export accreditation. The association will receive a grant to develop an online system to enable small exporters to undergo the export accreditation process.
Cherry Growers Australia - Cherry growers receive a grant to keep their fruit pest and disease free and expand export markets. The funding will be used to enhance the Australian Cherry Industry Biosecurity Management Programme.
Citrus Australia - Citrus growers will be able to get faster, simpler export accreditation through a project funded to develop an online export registration system.
Summerfruit Australia - Stone fruit growers receive help to control pests and diseases and improve their export prospects. The grant will be used to create a pest and disease control strategy.
Australian Mangoes Industry Association - Mango growers will boost their export potential with help to develop an export strategy. The grant will help the Australian Mangoes Industry Association prioritise the strategic direction for exports.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Will look for ways to improve the shelf life and quality of the vegetables. Enabling better returns for exporters of green leafy vegetables will flow from a 12 month study into innovative packaging for air freight.
Cedar Hill Flowers - A grant provided to Cedar Flowers is to assess the efficacy of a fumigant, Vapormate, and its effects on Australian wildflowers. The chemical may have wider benefits too, potentially as a fumigant for horticultural products.
Ausveg SA - Will develop an export training package to assist South Australian vegetable growers become more export ready. A grant will help growers increase their knowledge of exporting and better understand supply chain logistics.
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.
Ausveg - Vegetable growers will get a boost to their knowledge and understanding of supply chains a grant to Ausveg will develop a training package for vegetable growers in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia to increase exporting skills.
Dairy Australia - Small to medium dairy businesses will be better placed to start exporting with a grant to enhance the food safety culture of the industry. A grant will ensure that the export reputation of dairy is maintained by developing the knowledge and capabilities of producers.
Fish and Egg
Woodbridge Smokehouse - A Tasmanian smokehouse is to promote its smoked fish to new export markets, the grant will be used to develop market access for its smoked trout and salmon products.
Australian Egg Corporation - The funding will be used to develop a national Salmonella Entertidis Monitoring and Accreditation Programme that demonstrates food safety and could assist in gaining access to multiple export markets.
Abalone Council Australia - Abalone growers receive a boost to their exporting potential, through the development of market access strategies.
Tasmanian Oyster Research Council - Oyster growers are one step closer to restarting exports to the United States through a project aimed at regaining market access.
Commonwealth Fisheries Association - Australia’s export reputation for clean seafood will be further enhanced through a grant for a national residue testing program.
McMullen Consulting - Grain growers receive help to maintain the high standard of their produce with a grant to improve the sampling system for grain containers which will help establish supply chain assurance and support exports.
Australian Tea Tree Industry - Grant funding will be used to craft an Australian Tea Tree Industry submission to the EU on the cosmetic use and functions of tea tree oil which could open up broad export markets.
Grain Trade Australia - Was funded for four unique projects under PASE.
A grant for Grain Trade Australia addresses an industry need for a standardised truck cleaning procedure to reduce the prevalence of contaminations. Improving procedures to clean grain trucks and reduce contamination will boost the export potential of small grain growers.
Small grain growers get help negotiating grain prices with a grant to develop a food safety database, the online database which records any contamination that has occurred.
A manual to help small grain growers during market access negotiations will be developed, the container packer operational manual. Will build the export capabilities of small grain growers new to exporting.
A one-stop-shop online trading standards data base will be developed by Grain Trade Australia, making it easier for small exporters to do business. Allowing Small grain exporters to get faster access to accurate trading standards information.
Grains Industry Market Access Forum - was funded for two projects under PASE
A weed seed data base that will help grain growers’ gain the best prices for quality grain will be drawn up. The data base which records any contaminations and provide data for growers.
New standards for biological grain producers have the potential to grow our exports of this niche market, with the development of a biological farming standard. This will provide an audit framework that growers can use in market access negotiations.
Southern Cross Agriculture Exports - New standards for biological grain producers have the potential to grow our exports of this niche market. Southern Cross Agriculture Exports will develop a biological farming standard and an audit framework that growers can use in market access negotiations.
Grain Industry Association of Western Australia - Sweet Lupin growers’ get backing to open up Middle Eastern markets for their legume. The Grain Industry Association will develop a market export strategy to help growers enter this new market.
Primal Foods - An online trading portal to match organic and alternative grains producers with exporters will be developed. This will allow farmers and growers to access better prices for their grain.
Vanderlinde Consulting - Kangaroo meat exports to the European Union will be one step closer through a project funded to develop an EU submission on lactic acid decontamination in kangaroo meat.
Zapple Software - A new mobile web app will make kangaroo products easier to trace, boosting their export potential. Zapple Software will create the app that makes it quicker and easier to trace where the products have come from.
M&S Food Consultants - Better kangaroo skinning and boning controls could improve market access for the industry. The grant will be spent developing process and procedure controls to ensure our export reputation is further enhanced.
Central Victorian Exporters Network - Small Victorian agribusinesses’ looking to export their produce will get specialist advice, from an advisory service, providing structured business support to agribusinesses to become export ready.
NSW Farmers Association –Is receiving funding to developing an alternative supply chain for small meat exporters. The project will assess alternative supply chain channels with the view to obtaining higher gate prices for small exporters.
Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia – Will receive funding to develop a market access stagey for Kangaroo meat products in additional international markets.
We issue regular updates on all components of the Package Assisting Small Exporters to stakeholders.