17Up to $100,000 is available to promote business understanding of FTAs with China, Japan and Korea and assist companies to maximize commercial benefits.
The Free Trade Agreement Training Provider (FTA-TP) Grant has been established to assist eligible organisations deliver tailored technical training projects aimed at helping Australian small and medium-sized enterprises and stakeholders understand how to use and access FTAs with Korea, Japan, and China. Eligible organisations are as follows:
- member-based business organisations located in Australia such as chambers of commerce and industry, bilateral business councils and chambers or peak industry/business associations
- Australian education institutions (Universities and their associated Institutes and TAFE Colleges).
The objective of the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider (FTA-TP) Grant is to raise the awareness of Australian SMEs regarding the potential benefits of FTAs with China, Japan and Korea. The grants are designed to deliver information that clearly educates SMEs on how to use and access FTAs effectively. Eligible Australian business organisations, based in Australia, will be supported to deliver training solutions with a direct FTA focus aimed at building knowledge and understanding of FTAs and providing the tools required to access FTAs. They will also be supported to deliver in-market activities that directly increase FTA utilisation by Australian SMEs.
The key goals of the FTA-TP grant will be to leverage the capability of Australian business organisations to:
- increase awareness of FTAs in Korea, Japan and China
- increase understanding of how to use, access and benefit from FTAs in the target markets
- share accurate information and knowledge to foster greater engagement by Australian SMEs in target FTA markets
- encourage activities which assist in the development of business partnerships in the target FTA markets.
Grants of $20,000 to $100,000 are available per project for the 2016-17 round.
With consideration for the key program aim detailed above, projects must have a clearly defined purpose that links to the objective and goals of the FTA-TP grant:
- Projects must be based on sound training mechanisms including (but not limited to) seminars and workshops
- Projects can include FTA market visits to consolidate the learnings from FTA training, foster business development opportunities and build sustainable business links in target markets
- Projects must deliver an FTA training activity that is outcomes focused, promotes the benefits to Australian SMEs and which demonstrates substantial elements around FTA information sharing, awareness, utilisation and access
- Projects must demonstrate the ability to provide accurate information relating to rules of origin, relevant trade and investment regulations and tariff phase-outs in FTA target markets
- Projects must also address any non-FTA barriers in the three target FTA markets to ensure SMEs receive balanced information in relation to market entry
- Projects must focus on at least one of the target FTA markets
- Projects must demonstrate that the activity will add value and would not otherwise occur without support from grant funding. Therefore, existing or previously conducted FTA training projects will not be funded for the purpose of continuing or extending an activity without demonstrating significant new value-add content7 .
To be eligible for an FTA-TP grant, applicants need to meet the following requirements:
- be registered as an Australian member-based business organisation or a registered Australian education institution, be operating in Australia and have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have been constituted as a legal entity for at least 12 months prior to 1 September 2016
- be able to demonstrate capacity to deliver targeted FTA training that meets the goals and objectives of the FTA-TP grant, and have direct business engagement experience with Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- if successful in being awarded a grant, obtain appropriate levels of public liability insurance, professional indemnity and workers’ compensation, as required by law, prior to signing the Funding Agreement
- maintain appropriate business ethics and demonstrate a commitment to legal obligations including anti-bribery laws, both in Australia and overseas markets.
Applications close 10 February 2017.
2015-16 Grant Recipients
|Organisation||Type Organisation||*Location||Project Term (years)||Project Description||$ Amount Funded|
|Australia China Business Council||Bilateral Business Council or Chamber||VIC Melbourne||2||Through the ChAFTA Training Program, provide technical training aimed at assisting SMEs nation-wide to navigate ChAFTA to encourage greater uptake and utilisation of opportunities available as a result of the agreement.||$158,000|
|Australian Council for Private Education and Training||Peak Industry Body||QLD Brisbane||1||The Building Capability to Capitalise on North Asia FTAs training program will deliver online and face-to-face training aimed at building technical awareness, increasing utilisation and highlighting opportunities for SMEs in education services.||$60,000|
|Australian International Marine Export Group||Peak Industry Body||VIC Melbourne||1||The Demystifying FTA’s “What’s in it for me” training program will tailor technical FTA advice specifically for the marine industry nation-wide. Training will include seminars and networking to highlight opportunities and increase awareness and utilisation.||$61,000|
|Centre for Customs and Excise Studies||RTO||ACT||1||The North Asia FTA Agribusiness Workshops focused on Food and Fibre will be delivered online, through workshops and mentoring activities across NSW regional centres and the ACT. The workshops will increase technical awareness and upskill producers to utilise FTAs more effectively while exposing them to opportunities arising from the implementation of the target FTAs. The training will also encompass effective management of supply chains.||$70,000|
|Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia||Chamber of Commerce and Industry||WA Perth||2||Through the WA North Asia FTA Access Program, which includes seminars and workshops, CCIWA will promote awareness and utilisation of the North Asian FTA’s to exporters in both metropolitan and regional WA using sustainable education tools for ongoing service delivery and advice.||$130,000|
|HunterNet Co-operative Limited||Industry Association||NSW Newcastle||2||The HunterNet FTA-TP Project will provide SMEs in the Hunter and Central Coast region with an online FTA training portal housing sector specific training packages while also delivering seminars and workshops that increase technical awareness and promote utilisation of Australia’s North Asia FTAs.||$123,000|
|Law Council of Australia||Peak Industry Body||ACT||1||The Legal Exports to Asia Program (LEAP) will target SME law firms to increase FTA understanding and technical awareness to enable these firms to tap into North Asian FTA opportunities. LEAP will provide SME law firms with first-hand information on practical transnational business know-how and cultural knowledge required for them and their SME clients to succeed in China, Japan and Korea and navigate behind the border barriers in these complex markets.||$60,000|
|RMIT University||Education Institution||VIC Melbourne||2||RMIT’s Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant project will focus on delivering workshops that increase awareness and utilisation of FTAs in North Asia for target sectors in professional services including legal and accounting, ICT and Creative Services/Fintech, Food Manufacturing, Agri-Tech/Water and Mining and Energy Services (outlined in Australia’s Jobs Future report). Training will increase technical knowledge to assist SMEs to recognise and access opportunities.||$114,000|
|South Australian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.||Chamber of Commerce and Industry||SA Unley||2||The Understand and Utilise FTAs – Maximising your export opportunities and benefits in China, Japan and Koreaprogram will deliver information, guides and insights to the wider Australian business community significantly increasing FTA fluency through product/industry specific training sessions and coaching sessions.||$120,000|
|South West Institute of TAFE||Education Institution||VIC Warrnambool||1||The Getting Down to Business – You and the Free Trade Agreements project will address the diversity of the local regional economic landscape, and assist companies to navigate supply chains and understand pathways to FTA destination countries with core commercial/technical information and training provided to SMEs through public lectures, internet, and a series of workshops.||$75,000|
|The Australian Industry Group||Industry Association||VIC Melbourne||2||The Ai Group’s FTA Outreach Programwill assist SMEs to understand market access and movement of goods using FTAs with training aimed at increasing access to benefits and understanding key technical aspects of utilising FTAs in the target markets. Training will be delivered through video conferencing, one-on-one contact, seminars and webinars. The project will also identify a bank of FTA relevant case studies that support SME export aspirations.||$133,000|
|Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise||Business Association||QLD Toowoomba||1||The Unlocking Northern Asia – FTA’s Enabling the Darling Downs Export Opportunity will deliver awareness forums, webinars and workshops to sector specific SMEs in the Darling Downs region to increase understanding, technical expertise and utilisation of FTAs in the target markets. Development of an online platform for SMEs will also provide ongoing benefits and create a virtual learning management system with real-time interactive consultancy and learning.||$104,000|
|University of South Australia||Educational Institute||SA|
|1||The UniSA Free Trade Agreement Training Program, through the Australian Centre for Asian Business (ACAB), will raise awareness of the benefits of ChAFTA among South Australian SMEs and provide direct training to increase access and utilisation. A series of online webinars and industry sector training sessions targeting wine, agri-business, food processing, professional services, aged care and health will be delivered. The program will strengthen SME capability and open up mentoring opportunities.||$44,000|
|Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry||Chamber of Commerce and Industry||VIC Melbourne||2||The Victorian Chamber FTA Export Pathway Program will deliver training for SMEs in metropolitan and regional Victoria that builds greater awareness of FTA benefits and increases knowledge on how to utilise the agreements effectively. SMEs will have access to an online FTA Knowledge Centre, helpline, sector specific workshops, one-on-one coaching and mentoring and an alumni network.||$120,000|