Up to $1.5M is available from SME Export Hubs to help establish and/or operate SMEs export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors.


SME Export Hubs

The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) grant opportunity will support SME Export Hubs in the development of local, regional and Indigenous brands through business collaborations in the identified areas of competitive strength.



The objectives of the SME Export Hubs grant opportunity are to:

  • support the establishment and/or operation of SME export hubs (export hubs) in the six Growth Centre sectors:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Cyber Security
    • Food and Agribusiness
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.
  • support SME development through facilitation of export opportunities and working with the Growth Centres.



Applicants can apply for grant funding for a newly established export hub or an existing (mature) export hub.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $150,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $1.5 million.

The remaining 50 per cent of eligible project costs we consider your contribution. Your contribution must be cash, and not in-kind.

Your contribution must be from sources other than the Commonwealth and can include state, territory and local government and industry partners.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $300,000 in eligible expenditure
  • support the establishment and/or operation of a new or existing export hub
  • support participating SMEs to improve their capability to increase exports, and create jobs
  • develop and implement an export strategy, building on identified SME strengths and innovation potential.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), and
  • be one of the following entities:
    • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation such as:
      • an incorporated association
      • a company limited by guarantee
      • a non-distributing co-operative
      • an Indigenous not for profit corporation
      • a not-for-profit incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • an Australian local government agency or body
    • an Australian state/territory government agency or body
    • Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee.

If you are applying as a not for profit organisation you must demonstrate your not-for-profit status through one of the following:

  • current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) registration
  • state or territory incorporated association status
  • constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not for profit character of your organisation.



Applications close 19 September 2019.


Round 1 Recipients

Recipient organisationProject titleProject descriptionGrant (excl. GST)Total project cost (excl. GST)Project activity location(s)
Food South Australia IncorporatedSA Food and Beverage Export HubThe project will establish an Export Hub to bring together business, research and government organisations and agencies to support the food and beverages manufacturers and producers in South Australia. The Hub will offer specialist advice and support by offering tailored coaching and case management to allow SMEs to achieve their export goals.$234,933$470,795Urrbrae, SA
Tanunda, SA
Mount Gambier, SA
Murray Bridge, SA
Port Pirie, SA
Regional Development Australia – Northern RiversBerry SME Export HubThe project will establish the Berry Export Hub to target SME fruit growers in South East Queensland and Northern NSW. The Hub will focus on berry growers from the blueberry, raspberry and strawberry industries. The Hub is expected to facilitate an increase in employment and an increase in berry production and export revenues$199,125$398,250Lismore, NSW
Woolgoolga, NSW
Lindendale, NSW
Boynewood, QLD
Greater Whitsunday Alliance LimitedMackay-Isaac-Whitsunday METS Export HubThe project will establish the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday (MIW) Mining Equipment Technology and Services (METS) Export Hub in Mackay QLD. The hub will focus on the development and implementation of a targeted Export Strategy for the MIW METS sector, providing greater access to export specific training, market intelligence and financial support for MIW METS SMEs.$353,420$706,840Mackay, QLD
Hunternet Co-operative LimitedNSW Export HubThe project will establish the NSW Export Hub at offices in Newcastle and Ourimbah, NSW. The hub will focus on three industry sectors, mining equipment, technology and services (METS), food and advanced manufacturing and will provide the following services to SMEs: Provide an Export Hub Manager for each industry sector to develop partnerships and benefits to SMEs, provide a range of services and structured training to help encourage and maximize SME business entry into three main export markets, make available support services like cultural awareness training, marketing resources and engagement with all levels of government and the services they offer.$1,260,900$2,521,800Newcastle West, NSW
Ourimbah, NSW
TSBE Export and Investment Development LimitedSouthern Queensland Innovation in Export HubThe project will establish an Export Hub to establish the global reputation and capability of food and agribusiness and oil and gas SMEs in Southern Queensland. The project will help encourage SMEs to develop a collaborative export culture within the region to promote the premium products and services available. The project will provide professional support services, networking opportunities and stakeholder engagement.$839,416$1,678,833Toowoomba, QLD
Regional Development Australia – OranaOrana Opportunity Network METS Export HubThe project will establish an Export Hub which will focus on the support and development of mining equipment and technology services SME participants. The project will service the Orana and the Central West regions and will identify commercial opportunities, facilitate an increase in investment and develop an economic development strategy.$234,887$469,775Dubbo, NSW
East Gippsland Food Cluster IncorporatedGippsland ConnectThe project will establish the Gippsland Connect Export Hub in Morwell and Traralgon VIC. The hub will focus on the food industry sector by supporting participating Gippsland agrifood SMEs to improve their capabilities, increase exports and support business/industry growth. The project will develop and implement a collaborative targeted export strategy which connects Gippsland agrifood sector capabilities with export market demands.$200,000$400,000Morewell, VIC
Traralgon, VIC
Australian Wagyu Association LtdThe Australian Beef Export Capability Development HubThe project will establish an Export Hub to develop export capability for SMEs working in the Australian Wagyu Industry through the implementation of Japanese Meat Image carcass grading cameras. The Hub will assist SMEs to use and develop skills in the use of these cameras to assist the Australian Wagyu Industry to build on product quality and brand recognition.$801,847$1,603,695Armidale, NSW
Australian Manufacturing Technology institute LtdRail and Haulage Supply Chain Export HubThe project will establish the Rail and Haulage Supply Chain Export Hub in Wantirna VIC. The hub will focus on the manufacturing industry to deliver specialised education, and tailored support services with target market opportunities for SMEs engaged in rail and haulage supply chain commercial enterprise, thus enabling them to develop the knowledge, capability and capacity to successfully export their products and services.$1,500,000$4,200,000Wantirna, VIC
Agribusiness Regional Development Association IncorporatedCapital Regions Export HubThe project will establish the Capital Regions Export Hub at offices in Canberra, ACT and Wagga Wagga, NSW. The hub will focus on the food industry sector and will provide the following services to SMEs: a business assessment program to understand capacity to export, provide general and tailored advice, and develop products and services for businesses considering exporting, deliver seminars and workshops to provided business with relevant skills and knowledge.$280,000$560,000Griffith, ACT
Wagga Wagga, NSW


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