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 has undertaken a review of export certification fees and charges for each export sector in consultation with industry consultative committees.
The key objectives for the review were 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.
The department’s redesigned cost recovery arrangements came into effect on 1 December 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.
Several additional projects have been approved for funding based on subsequent industry recommendations and have commenced.
The projects that have been selected for grant funding by sector are;
Apple and Pear Australia – The apple and pear industry will gain access to an export registration system for pome fruit growers, as well as new documents developed to assist with market access requirements and practices.
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 will benefit from an enhanced Biosecurity Management Programme, including an updated export manual.
Citrus Australia - Citrus growers will be able to get faster, simpler export accreditation through development of an online export registration system.
NSW Department of Primary Industries – will be funded for the development and implementation of a “seasonal pest absence approach” to addressing importing country biosecurity requirements, building potential for cherry export opportunities.
Summerfruit Australia - Stone fruit growers will receive funding to adapt an export registration system for summerfruit growers as well as improve orchard management, ensuring export market requirements are met.
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 improve the shelf life and quality of the vegetables using new packaging technologies, enabling better returns for exporters.
Cedar Hill Flowers - The efficacy of a fumigant, Vapormate, and its effects on Australian wildflowers will be assessed as a potential new pre-export treatment.
Ausveg SA - An export training package will be developed to assist South Australian vegetable growers become more export ready.
Ausveg - Vegetable growers will get a boost to their knowledge and understanding of supply chains via a grant to Ausveg to develop a training package for vegetable growers in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia to increase exporting skills.
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 - Small to medium dairy businesses will be better placed to start exporting with a grant to enhance the food safety culture of the industry. Dairy businesses will also benefit from specialised support for Asian-market trade related issues. These initiatives 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 will develop new export markets and market knowledge for niche Australian seafood products.
Australian Egg Corporation - The funding will be used to develop a national Salmonella Entertidis Monitoring and Accreditation Programme that demonstrates food safety and will assist in export market access.
Abalone Council Australia - 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 – Shellfish industries will benefit from new, faster and cheaper technology to be validated for use in detecting naturally occurring paralytic shellfish toxins.
McMullen Consulting - Grain growers will receive help to maintain the high standard of 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 container packer operational manual will be developed to build the export capabilities of small grain growers and help with market access negotiations.
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. By 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 contaminants data-set that will help grain growers’ manage export grain quality. The data-set will record contaminations and provide data for growers.
A second project will 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 - Will 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 - Sweet Lupin growers’ have received support to open up new Middle Eastern markets for their legume, including development of a market export strategy.
Primal Foods – Will create an online trading portal to match organic and alternative grains producers with exporters. 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 a 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 strategy for Kangaroo meat products in additional international markets.
Horticultural Authorised Officer Programme – Funding for Authorised Officer training will be provided to boost industry capacity to meet export market protocols.
The National Herd Improvement Association of Australia - has been funded for the development of a strategic export plan, a dedicated website for genetic exports, and the establishment of a genetics forum.
We issue regular updates on all components of the Package Assisting Small Exporters to stakeholders.