​Media Release

Funding to seed new exports

24 September 2015

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a funding boost of more than $1.1 million to export access for small grain exporters under the Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters programme.

The grants continue to deliver on the Coalition Government’s election commitment to support small exporters through its $15 million, four year programme.

“Access to premium overseas markets is an important element of driving profits back through the farmgate for our nation’s primary producers,” Minister Joyce said.

“It will give growers a competitive advantage in international trade with practical projects to support our enviable export reputation as a reliable supplier of clean, safe, quality produce.

“These grants are designed to help growers when they are negotiating grain prices or access to overseas markets.

“Niche markets get a boost too, with an online trading portal to match organic and alternative grain producers with potential customers and the development a biological farming standard.

“There’s also help for Sweet Lupin growers, helping them to crack lucrative Middle East markets.”

Small exporter grants for grain growers are:
  • ​A $102,485 grant for McMullen Consulting to identify a sampling system for grain containers
  • A $73,920 grant for Grain Trade Australia to develop truck cleaning procedures to reduce the prevalence of contaminations
  • A $76,230 grant for Grain Trade Australia to develop a food safety database that can be used by small grain growers in negotiating grain prices 
  • A $72,985 grant for Grain Trade Australia to develop a container packer operational manual to help small grain growers during market access negotiations
  • A $123,310 grant for Grain Trade Australia for a one-stop-shop trading standards data base giving exporters access to faster and accurate trading standards information
  • A $100,000 grant for the Grains Industry Market Access Forum for surveillance activities across the Australian grain growing region that will help exporters during market access negotiations
  • ​A $77,000 grant for the Grains Industry Market Access Forum to create a weed seed data base to help grain growers’ gain the best prices for quality grain 
  • An $82,250 grant for Southern Cross Agriculture Exports to develop a new biological farming standard and an audit framework 
  • A $132,000 grant for the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia to develop a market export strategy for sweet lupins for food markets in the Middle East region
  • A $82,500 grant for Primal Foods to create an online trading portal to match organic and alternative grains producers with exporters
  • A $195,575 grant for the Australian Tea Tree Industry to fund a submission to the European Union on the cosmetic use and functions of the oil.
​Minister Joyce said the grants were timely.

“This targeted support comes on the back of historic trade agreements the government has signed with China, Japan and Korea,” Minister Joyce said.

“Under the programme, a total of $5.3 million (GST inclusive) has been committed so far to small exporters of fish, meat, egg, dairy, grains and horticulture. This is in addition to the $1.3 million already provided in rebates to assist small exporters with export registration charges.”

Further information on the Package Assisting Small Exporters can be found at the Department of Agriculture’s website: www.agriculture.gov.au/export/product-overseas/package-assisting-small-exporters.