Package assisting small exporters

​​​​​​​​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.

The PASE programme commenced in 2014, consisting of:

  • a rebate for eligible export registered establishments in the meat, dairy, fish, eggs, horticulture and grain sectors (no longer available)
  • a fees and chargers review (now complete)
  • funding for projects that support market access for small exporters (round two funding now available).

The rebate covered export registration charges only. Applications closed on 31 October 2014 and the department received 603 applications across all eligible sectors. Each eligible establishment had the rebate applied to their 2014-15 registration invoice.

The department worked with industry consultative committees through the Cost Recovery Taskforce to undertake the fees and charges review, which was completed in 2015.

Applications for round two funding for projects that support market access for small exporters closed on 27 March 2017.

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Projects funded in Round 1

Read updates on completed and continuing projects funded under round one.

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Apple and Pear Australiaaccess 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 of 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.

Horticultural Authorised Officer Programme – Authorised Officer training to boost industry capacity to meet export market protocols.


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 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. (complete)

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. (complete)
  • 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 an 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. (complete)

Central Victorian Exporters Network – small Victorian agribusinesses will be provided with specialist advice, providing structured business support to agribusinesses to become export ready. (complete)

NSW Farmers Association – funding to develop 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. (complete)

Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia – funding to develop a market access strategy for kangaroo meat products in additional international markets.

The National Herd Improvement Association of Australia – development of a strategic export plan, a dedicated website for genetic exports, and the establishment of a genetics forum. (concluded)​