Trade and export assistance

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The Local Economic Plan supports the notion of exporting goods and services outside of the region – including international trade, in order to grow the economy. There are a range of federal and state government programs that provide advice and assistance to business looking to expand their reach.

Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ)  is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency, with representation in 15 markets across the world who can help you find and take advantage of export opportunities.  There is a Sunshine Coast based TIQ office with experienced trade advisors linked to international network:

TIQ Office Sunshine Coast 
Level 2, 100 Sportsman Pde
Bokarina 4575

Ross Tilly 
Principal Trade & Investment Officer 
T: 07 5413 7501 M: 0403 580 016

Kelly Lambert 
Project Officer 
T: 07 5413 7502  M: 0457 767 935

  • The TradeStart Program provides a network of experienced trade advisors located all over Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast, that are linked to Austrade and Trade and Investment Queensland's international trade networks.  

    These advisors are trade professionals and support small and medium regional businesses approach the global marketplace. They provide existing and new exporters with:

    • export advice
    • workshops & skill development programs
    • access to international readiness indicators
    • information on overseas markets 
    • trade missions and business introductions 
    • personalised information for individual businesses. 

    More information

  • This guide, produced by Austrade, will guide you, step by step, through all stages of exporting, from getting ready to pricing, risk management, freight/logistics and legal issues.

    Visit the Guide here

  • In partnership with IP Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Export Council of Australia has launched the “Business Experience Survey on Intellectual Property in Asia” survey.

    The survey will collect data on the IP registration and enforcement issues faced by businesses exporting into China and the ASEAN region, and will be coupled with a further qualitative research piece in early 2020. More information is available on the IP Australia website.

  • For 30 years, the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards have been celebrating Queensland’s best exporters.

    The awards bring together Queensland’s most exciting exporters from around the state, culminating each October in a glittering Awards Gala, where sixteen category winners are honoured and one is crowned the Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year.  

    Our winners enjoy great prestige at home and in overseas markets, and every entrant has the opportunity to raise their profile and develop rewarding new business connections.

    Past winners have included small and large businesses from all over Queensland.

    More information 

    Come along to the Awards Briefing on the Sunshine Coast PLUS Exporter Info Session.

    • Find out how to enter the awards and be recognised for your export achievements
    • Hear the latest trends in international trade
    • Learn how to use R&D and innovation to futureproof your export business 

    Sunshine Coast Date: 19 June 
    Time: 10.00am - 11.45am 
    Venue: Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club
    Cost: $25.00
    Register here

  • The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports businesses in a wide range of industry sectors to promote:

    • the export of goods and most services
    • inbound tourism
    • the export of intellectual property and know-how

    The program provides up to eight grants to eligible applicants and is designed to:

    • encourage small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
    • reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion
    • assist with expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000

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  • The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)  is Australia’s export finance agency assisting small to medium sized enterprises that are in an export supply chain or looking to establish an overseas direct investment.

    They operate on a commercial basis and assist with export finance, working capital and export contract bonds.

    EFIC provide financial solutions to help business achieve international export success. Additionally EFIC undertake research to understand the export environment  and provide educational material and tools to inform businesses on their export journey.

    More information

  • Start Up Podcast

    This podcast series is produced by Austrade and the Aussie Founders Network and provides advice on navigating the USA market with real life stories from experienced and successful entrepreneurs.  

    Start Up Podcast