Media Release

Big assistance for small exporters

5 September 2014

Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has today reminded small exporters that there is still time to apply for a rebate for 50 per cent of export registration charges this financial year.

"The rebate is worth up to a maximum of $5000 to eligible exporters and is available in 2014–15, as part of the Coalition's $15 million Package Assisting Small Exporters promised before the election and delivered in this year’s budget," Minister Joyce said.

"This four year package is all about helping small exporters of meat, dairy, grain, horticulture, eggs and seafood products improve their competitiveness and profitability in the international marketplace.

"Since this assistance package opened in August, my department has written to more than 2200 registered exporters inviting them to apply, and I’m pleased that we have already received 240 applications to date."

Minister Joyce said that Australia has a strong reputation for quality produce – a reputation built up over many years.

"To increase returns to our farmers we need to be developing niche markets alongside our traditional export commodities. We need to encourage participation from large and small exporters so our farmers can get the best return for their efforts in the international marketplace," Minister Joyce said.

"Export establishments with an annual revenue of less than $10 million, and less than $20 million total revenue for domestic and export activities, will be eligible to apply for the registration rebate.

"The rebate is an important part of the package that includes a fees and charges review of certification costs to ensure costs are fair to exporters – big and small.

"The package also includes funds for projects designed to benefit small exporters in securing and maintaining market access overseas.

"The application process itself is very straight forward and I would encourage exporters to look at the rebate eligibility criteria and to apply before applications close on 31 October 2014."

For more information about the rebate, or to apply, visit daff.gov.au/biosecurity/export/package-assisting-small-exporters.