Trade, Market and Investment

Trade, Market & Investment

Trade, Market & Investment (TMI) Pillar is designed to help small to medium businesses operating in the Food & Agribusiness Sector to grow, export and generate local Australian jobs, through a collaborative export culture.

TMI works 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.

For more information please contact Rowena Beveridge M: 0417 783 313 E: [email protected]

International trade and investment is critical to the Australian economy, creating jobs and prosperity, and opening up opportunities for Australian businesses to expand. Find out more about Australia’s trade and investment agenda.

Free trade agreements

A free trade agreement (FTA) is an international treaty between two or more economies that reduces or eliminates certain barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as investment. FTAs can improve market access across all areas of trade – goods, services and investment – and help to maintain and stimulate the competitiveness of Australian firms. This benefits Australian consumers through access to an increased range of better-value goods and services.

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Foreign investment

Foreign investment has helped build Australia's economy and will continue to enhance the wellbeing of Australians by supporting economic growth and innovation into the future. Foreign investment supplements domestic savings: without foreign investment, production, employment and income would all be lower.

Find out more about foreign investment in Australia.

Trade and investment data and analysis

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade provides a range of data and information resources to help importers, exporters, producers, investors and other Australian businesses to trade and invest with other countries and regions

Key government bodies for assistance

Austrade support - 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. Austrade’s trade services help Australian businesses expand in overseas markets. We help eligible businesses:

  • assess market potential.
  • Develop export strategies.
  • find valuable contacts overseas.

Austrade had advisers in Australia and in international offices. To answer your questions on export potential and discover the right services for you, contact an Austrade industry specialist. Austrade also work with trade support in states and territories. Find a TradeStart adviser near you.

Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) - an international team of export experts Trade and Investment Queensland has the expertise, insights, and global connections to help you grow your exports and take your business further – faster. Access to  local advisors across regional Queensland, sector experts in our Brisbane office, and a global team on the ground in 12 overseas markets.  Services available

Key industry bodies

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.

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 (EMDG) – Administered by Austrade, the EMDG scheme covers marketing and promotion expenses for small to medium export businesses.
  • Export Finance Australia – Export Finance Australia provides loans, bonds and guarantees to help Australian export businesses when their bank is unable to help. Export Finance Australia has helped many Australian exporters and subcontractors take advantage of new contract opportunities that may otherwise have been out of reach. See how Export Finance Australia's finance solutions can help your business expand globally.
  • Duty Drawback and Tradex schemes – Claim a customs duty exemption on imported goods that will later be re-exported. Tradex also offers a GST exemption for the goods.
  • Women in Export – Austrade has scholarships for women involved in exporting and global business.
  • State- and territory-specific schemes – Most Australian states and territories have their own financial support schemes for export businesses. Austrade maintains a list of the main schemes, or you can find all the grants available in your region by using the Grants & Assistance tool.

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.

Upcoming Trade Events and Workshops:  

1.       TSBE Export Ready Training, 13-14 June 2024, Toowoomba.

2.       Austrade: Webinar, Tade Events, Exhibitions

3.       TIQ: Insight Workshops, Workshop 101 Series

4.       TIQ – Taste of Queensland, August 2024

5.       TIQ - Premier of Queensland's Export Awards 2024, November 2024

6.       ECA Upcoming Events

7.       Gardens by the Bay Trade Mission, September 2024


Calling for Expression of Interests:

o   Singapore: Gardens by the Bay, September 2024

o   India: Study Tour, Bengaluru and Mumbai, 2024-2025

o   Germany: Agritechnica, 9-15 November 2025

To discuss any of the above information further, please contact the Nilesh Prasad on (07) 4639 4600.