Review of Financial Assistance to SME Exporters

Closed 11 Nov 2019

Opened 15 Oct 2019


The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has appointed Mrs Anna Fisher to undertake a review into government financial assistance to Australian SME exporters.  Anna has been asked to consider the most effective and efficient way to provide financial assistance to SME exporters to encourage additional export development and promotion activity.  

The Terms of Reference for the Review can be found here.

Reviewer biography – Anna Fisher

Anna Fisher is the co-owner of Zonte’s Footstep, a winery located in the McLaren Vale in South Australia. Zonte’s Footstep is a past EMDG grant recipient.   The business was established in 2003, and today exports into 17 Countries, including Canada, Sweden, the US, UK, Singapore, Thailand and China.  Exports make up about 50 per cent of the company’s revenue.  Anna is a board member of the McLaren Vale Grape and Wine Tourism Association and the regional representative of the Executive Committee for the South Australian Wine Industry Association.  Anna is a CPA and holds a Masters of Business from University of South Australia.

Why We Are Consulting

Why does Anna want to hear from you?

To help inform her report to Minister Birmingham, Anna is seeking the views of businesses through this online consultation. 

She will also run a series of face-to-face consultation sessions around Australia, and you can find details of these sessions here.

In this consultation, we will use the following terms:

EMDG – The Export Market Development Grants scheme – An Australian Government program providing financial assistance to Australian SME exporters to encourage them to enter and grow export markets by reimbursing a proportion of their export promotion expenditure. 

Exporter – a business that sells its products and services overseas, or does business with clients or customers in other countries.  In the case of tourism, this includes services to international visitors and in the case of international education it includes services to oversea students, provided either in Australia, overseas or online. This can also include curriculum or content developed in Australia and licensed to a third party.

Export promotion – activities a business undertakes to promote its products and services overseas.  This could include attending trade fairs, going on overseas promotional visits, engaging a marketing consultant or a person to represent your business overseas, developing advertising and promotional material, including websites and social media and giving away samples of your product to potential overseas buyers.

Financial assistance – any money a business receives from Government.  Can be in the form of a grant, reimbursement, offset or loan.