Package assisting small exporters

​​​​In 2019 the Australian Government extended grants under the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE). Grants will be extended for 4 years to 2022-23. These funds will support small exporters to overcome the barriers they face when exporting.


$5 million in grants will fund projects that support small exporters. Grants aren’t limited to small exporters, but projects must primarily be for the benefit of small exporters.

Eligible projects include:

  • developing systems to meet regulator and customer standards
  • market intelligence to allow small exporters to target or tailor their products
  • implementing systems to perform procedural and administrative tasks needed for exporting products
  • developing innovative solutions to address technical barriers to market access.

Applications will open on 17 December 2019.

Apply for a grant before 28 February 2020.

Find out more, including the guidelines, selection criteria and application details, on:


The PASE program started in 2014, consisted:

  • a rebate for eligible registered export establishments in the meat, dairy, fish, eggs, horticulture, grain and plant product sectors in 2014-15 (no longer available)
  • a review of export registration fees and charges (completed in 2015)
  • funding for projects that supported market access for small exporters.


We supported 58 projects under the previous package.

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Apple and Pear Australia - two projects under PASE:

  • create a series of documents for the Apple and Pear industry to assist with market access requirements and practices.
  • remove industry export barriers by providing a streamlined registration process for pome fruit growers.

Australian Mango Industry Association - develop an online export registration system for Australian mango growers to improve mapping and phytosanitary data recording.

Australian Native Food Industry Limited - develop a process that can be used to satisfy importing country requirements for Australian native plant food products and trial it to improve market access for three different native species.

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.

The Australian Melon Association received funding for two projects:

  • research and report on the Japanese melon market to improve decision making for Australian melon growers and exporters.
  • develop an Export Strategy and Plan for the Australian melon industry that can be utilised at both a national and business level.

Australian Table Grape Association – development of an online system to enable small exporters to undergo the export accreditation process.

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.

Cedar Hill Flowers – efficacy of a fumigant, Vapormate, and its effects on Australian wildflowers were assessed as a potential new pre-export treatment.

Cedar Hill Flowers & Foliage Pty. Ltd. - develop an ecolabel scheme for the Australian flower and foliage industry (AFFI) to enable Australian cut flower and foliage producers and exporters to maintain and grow their share of international floriculture markets.

Cherry Growers Australia – enhanced Biosecurity Management Programme, including an updated export manual.

Citrus Australia – two projects under PASE:

  • Part 1- develop the online Export Registration System for the Australian citrus export industry with functionality and improvements.
  • Part 2- further improve and automate the online Export Registration System by developing system capacity and tools.

Fruit Growers Tasmania - develop an Australian Apple Export Manual and Post-Harvest Guide to provide practical guidance for Australian apple growers and exporters to improve market access.

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

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.

Queensland Strawberry Growers Association - improve market access for Australian strawberries to Indonesia by trialling and practically evaluating irradiation technology treatments.

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – improved the shelf life and quality of the vegetables using new packaging technologies, enabling better returns for exporters.

Summerfruit Australia – adaptation of an export registration system for summer-fruit to improve orchard management, ensuring export market requirements are met.

Fish and Egg

Abalone Council Australia – improve the strength and potential of the abalone export industry through the development of market access strategies.

Australian Egg Corporation – develop a national Salmonella entertidis Monitoring and Accreditation Programme that demonstrates food safety and will assist in export 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.

Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) - drive the uptake of rapid screening tools for biotoxins in shellfish through the development of a national strategy and training package. The screening tools are a fraction of the cost of existing methods and are able to be completed in 30 minutes, providing significant savings to producers and exporters.

Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)– development of new, faster and cheaper technology to be used in detecting naturally occurring paralytic shellfish toxins.

Tasmanian Oyster Research Council – oyster growers will benefit from a project aimed at regaining market access to the US.

Woodbridge Smokehouse – a Tasmanian smokehouse developed new export markets and market knowledge for niche Australian seafood products.


Australian Native Food and Botanicals - develop and lodge an application for Lemon Myrtle leaf to achieve the status of ‘Generally Recognised As Safe (GRAS)’. If successful, this will significantly improve Australian exports of lemon myrtle leaf to the United States and globally.

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.

McMullen Consulting – improve the sampling system for grain containers to help establish supply chain assurance and support exports.

Go Resources Pty. Ltd. - develop and implement a stewardship protocol to support the export of super high oleic (SHO) safflower and create a framework for other biotech crops.

Grain Industry Association of Western Australia –development of a market export strategy for access to Middle Eastern markets for Sweet Lupins.

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.
  • enhance and extend pest surveillance activities to ensure importing country biosecurity requirements can continue to be met for export market access.

Grain Trade Australia - review the Australian Grain Industry Code of Practice to ensure the continued improvement, relevance and integrity of the Code to the industry, particularly small exporters. This will assure grain management practices in Australia accurately reflect current regulations and best practice initiatives.

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.

P Guinane Pty. Ltd.- complete and lodge a Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossier for Tea Tree Oil with the European Chemical Agency. This dossier is required to maintain and improve Australian tea tree oil access to the EU.

Primal Foods – online trading portal to match organic and alternative grains producers with exporters.

Southern Cross Agriculture Exports – develop a biological farming standard and audit framework that growers can use to differentiate their product in competitive export markets.

Ubatuba Amazonian Health Foods Pty. Ltd. - develop a digital marketing and advertising strategy that promotes the Kakadu Plum and the Australian Native Food Industry in China.


Dairy Australia - two projects under PASE:

  • Develop the knowledge and capability of producers through educational materials and training tools such as e-learning.
  • Further develop support for producers by undertaking market research and delivering workshops to industry. Dairy businesses will also benefit from specialised support for Asian market trade related issues.


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

Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia – funding to develop a market access strategy for kangaroo meat products in additional international markets and assistance to support market access activities in key Asian markets.

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.

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.

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.

Vanderlinde Consulting –development of an EU submission on lactic acid decontamination in kangaroo meat.

Zapple Software – Zapple Software will create an app that makes it quicker and easier to trace where the products have come from.

Last reviewed: 6 January 2020
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