Queensland business groups and government agencies have until 19 September to apply for grants of up to $1.5 million to facilitate export opportunities under the Australian Government’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs funding program.

The program provides grants to help industry bodies, government agencies and regional development committees establish and operate SME ‘export hubs’ (collaborative groups) across Australia.

The export hubs must support SMEs in one of the following priority sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • cyber security
  • food and agribusiness
  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • mining equipment, technology and services
  • oil, gas and energy resources.

These sectors align with 6 Growth Centres funded by the Australian Government to drive national innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

The export hubs will be expected to collaborate with the relevant Growth Centre to support local SME development.

Grant amounts will range from $150,000 to $1.5 million. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be an incorporated not-for-profit group, a local or state government body, or a Regional Development Australia committee
  • have at least $300,000 in eligible expenditure
  • be able to provide at least 50% of the project cost.

Export hubs can support SMEs of all kinds, including regional, remote and Indigenous businesses.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for the grants close 5pm AEST Thursday 19 September.

Applicants shortlisted as a result of their EOI will then be invited to submit a full application.

For more information on funding programs available to support Queensland exporters, connect with TIQ.

Increasing Queensland exports is one of the targets of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.