Media Release

One week to apply for small exporter rebate

24 October 2014

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today reminded small exporters of agricultural commodities to apply for a rebate of 50 per cent, up to $5000, on export registration charges before 31 October.

"The small exporter rebate is available to eligible exporters for the 2014–15 financial year – but the window for applications closes in one week," Minister Joyce said.

"The application process is straightforward and information about eligibility is available on my department’s website to help exporters make a decision about whether to apply.

"This rebate is an important first step in the $15 million, four-year Package Assisting Small Exporters, which is designed to help small exporters of meat, dairy, grain, horticulture, eggs and seafood improve their competitiveness and profitability.

"We have to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial ventures alongside our established large-scale export endeavours to give our farmers – and the sector – the best chance to grow and be profitable.

"That is why this government promised assistance to small exporters before the election, and backed up this commitment by allocating the dollars at Budget time.

"The Package Assisting Small Exporters includes a fees and charges review as well as funds for projects to help small exporters secure and maintain overseas market access.

"Now I’m calling on exporters to take advantage of the rebate for this year to help grow their business," Minister Joyce said.

For more information about the programme or to find out more about the rebate and the application process visit www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/export/package-assisting-small-exporters.