The Southern Queensland Innovation in Export Hub (SQ Export Hub) is a new initiative designed to help small to medium businesses operating in the Food & Agribusiness and Oil, Gas & Energy Sectors to grow, export and generate local Australian jobs, through a collaborative export culture.
The SQ Export Hub developed and delivered by TSBE, will work with businesses to build their skills and know-how to harness domestic and global opportunities leading to economic growth including global reach through local infrastructure and job creation across the region by developing globally competitive SME’s.
To find out more, go to www.sqexporthub.com.au
COVID-19 Assistance and Opportunities for Exporters
Business Events & Sales Platforms
Australian Food Catalogue (AFC) - Export-ready Australian suppliers have the opportunity to create a personalised profile page on AFC. This allows suppliers to showcase their unique products and promote their businesses. International buyers can browse profile-pages across 100 product-categories and connect with Australian companies that are export-capable and mean business.
Key government bodies for assistance
Austrade support - Austrade is open for business and their network of 1,100 staff is committed to helping you through this time.
The Australian Trade & Investment Commission – Austrade – is Australia’s lead trade and investment agency. Austrade has a strong network and expertise in connecting Australian businesses to the world. We at TSBE have key connections with the Austrade team and are here to assist.
Trade and Investment Qld support - TIQ has a range of measures in place to manage the impact of COVID-19.
Trade & Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency, assisting Queensland exporters to take their products to world markets and promoting Queensland as the place for investment. TSBE keeps in contact with TIQ and is here to assist you during this time.
Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning - DSDMIP is mobilising and supporting Queensland Manufacturers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Manufacturer’s supply matching us underway to assist Queensland manufacturers and businesses to connect with businesses to solve supply issues.
TSBE has been working with DSDMIP to assist our members in these opportunities. Please get in contact if you are a supplier able to meet the needs of businesses seeking vital materials and supplies, or conversely seeking these supplies, so we can draw on our local network of contacts.
Key industry bodies
National Energy Resource Association – NERA is an industry broker and source of insight into challenges, solutions, skills, and regulations to ensure Australia maximises its energy resources advantage. NERA has developed a hub with fellow Growth centres AMGC (Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre), AustCyber and MTP Connect in developing opportunities to assist our sectors at this time.
Export Council of Australia (ECA) - The Peak Membership Body for companies involved in International Business. TSBE has contacts within the ECA who have expertise in supply chain and business management. We are here to assist where we can.
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association – APPEA is providing regular updates for the Oil & Gas Industry in responding to the personnel and operational challenges faced at this time, to ensure vital energy supplies are maintained. APPEA is providing regular updates on its website which includes specific information for Queensland employees and border restrictions.
Experiencing trade and logistics barriers?
Trade Barriers Register - The Industry Growth Centres, led by Food Innovation Australia Limited, have partnered with the Export Council of Australia to give visibility to trade barriers affecting Australian businesses.
The register allows businesses to be more prepared and provides data for trade negotiations and policies. The register provides visibility and helps resolve trade barriers affecting Australian businesses
International Freight Support Measures – There is support to the agriculture and seafood sector to assist with the current air freight constraints. This includes $110 million to ensure air freight capacity remains open for critical markets. Register your feedback here if you rely on the export of high-value agriculture & fishery products including seafood, red meat, dairy & horticulture.
Seeking financial assistance?
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian exporters and importers can access several types of financial assistance including grants, loans, and duty concessions. These include, but are not limited to:
- Export Market Development Grants (administered by Austrade)
- Export Finance Australia
- Duty Drawback & Tradex schemes
AusIndustry – Grants & Assistance Tool – A whole government website for the Australian Business Community to access information from all 3 levels of government. The tool is for everyone within the business community including start-ups, small & medium businesses, family enterprises, and business advisors.
To discuss any of the above information further, please contact the TSBE office on (07) 4639 4600.