Export Design Program

Up to $10,000 is available to subsidise attendance at international trade fairs.

    Export Design Program

About

The Export Design Program helps connect Victorian designers with global markets by subsidising either the cost of conducting export market research or their attendance at:

    • international trade fairs and expos that have particular relevance and importance for designers
    • meetings to arrange or confirm sales contracts.

The Export Design Program offers opportunities for Victorian designers to:

    • explore new avenues for export
    • demonstrate their products and services to global markets
    • establish links with export markets leading to market outcomes.

 

Objectives

The Export Design Program offers opportunities for Victorian designers to:

    • explore new avenues for export;
    • demonstrate their products and services to global markets; and
    • establish links with export markets leading to market outcomes.

 

Eligible Projects

Market Research. Commissioned market research by external providers either offshore or in Australia which involves providing specific data on overseas markets, identification of overseas partners, agents and distributors, investigating procedures for certification or approval and the cost of interpreter in-market.

Economy Class Airfares. Cost of economy class airfares for up to two trips in 12 months, including visa and departure taxes.

Other Transport. Train, bus and taxi fares from the company’s Victorian location to the airport and within the overseas market/s.

Promotional Material. External costs of producing marketing materials relevant to overseas markets such as brochures, DVDs, videos, CDs, updating website, POS material, banners, signage, production of software presentation and translation of promotional material.

Trade Fair/Conference Participation. Cost of space and stand at a trade fair, hire of furniture, lighting and electrical equipment at the trade fair, cost of room rental for individual displays or training sessions offshore, cost of conference fees and admission cost to trade fair if not exhibiting.

Freight of Samples. Cost of freight or shipping samples of products to buyers, distributors etc. Cost of shipping samples to trade fairs in which the company is participating.

 

Funding

The Export Design Program provides grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 to subsidise attendance at international trade fairs, meetings to arrange or confirm sale contracts, and export market research.

Type of grant Description Grant amount
(excl GST)
Conference participant A person representing an eligible Victorian design firm attending a relevant international conference held overseas. Recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $2,500
Networker A person representing an eligible Victorian design firm attending a relevant international expo, trade fair or Victorian government-led business mission. Recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $2,500
Follow-up visitor A person representing an eligible Victorian design firm and traveling to a meeting or event overseas with the expectation of confirming a significant sales or service contract. Recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $2,500
Exhibitor in a shared stand An eligible Victorian design firm exhibiting at an international expo in a shared stand. This may include sharing a stand with a multinational company, industry association, educational institution, or an Australian government agency. 50 per cent recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $4,000
Sole exhibitor An eligible Victorian design firm exhibiting at an international expo in a non-shared stand. 50 per cent recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $8,000
First time sole exhibitor An eligible Victorian design firm exhibiting at an international expo that has not previously accessed funding from this, or any other Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) program, for the purpose of attending an event as a sole exhibitor. 50 per cent recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $10,000
Market research Commissioned market research focused on growing existing markets or targeting new markets of specific relevance to an eligible Victorian design firm. 50 per cent recovery of eligible expenses of up to a maximum of $7,500

 

Timing

Applications close 17 March 2015.

 

Recipients

The Minister for Innovation Louise Asher today announced a total of $130,000 in grants to support local design-focused businesses to harness design research and innovation to improve their products or services and to capture new export opportunities.

Ms Asher said the Smart Design Vouchers and Export Design Program grants were awarded under the Victorian’s Government $10 million Victorian Design Initiatives 2012-15 package.

“Smart Design Vouchers worth $100,000 have been awarded to four Victorian businesses to enable them to access design research and innovation research-related facilities, training, services, advice or expertise,” Ms Asher said.

“A further eight companies have been provided a total of more than $30,000 in Export Design Program grants to support their participation in international trade fairs and exhibitions and to conduct market research in key overseas markets.”

Launched in 2013, the Smart Design Vouchers program provides practical assistance to Victorian companies to obtain relevant design research expertise to test and improve their products or services.

The latest companies awarded Smart Design Vouchers are: Prue Gilbert Consulting; Hollier Dicksons; Collect Me; and 36T Pty Ltd.

The Export Design Program offers grants of up to $10,000 to enable Victorian designers to take part in international trade fairs and expos and participate in meetings with overseas clients.

Victorian businesses awarded Export Design Program grants include: BUL Pty Ltd ($5000); Palm Products ($5000); Taylor Surgical Instruments ($8000); DPMENG Pty Ltd ($2500); Inclusive Design ($2500); Bombshell Bay ($4600) and Integrated Design & Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd ($2500).

Across Victoria, design generates annual revenue of $7.3 billion and earns the state more than $200 million in exports while 195,000 are employed in design-related roles across all industries.

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