What is the SME Export Hubs?

The SME Export Hubs is a grant opportunity that will help in the development of local, regional and Indigenous brands through business collaborations in the identified areas of competitive strength. The hubs will work with Growth Centres in each sector to take advantage of export opportunities.



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 for the SME Export Hubs 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 for the SME Export Hubs 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.



To be announced.


Round 2 Recipients

Project organisationProject descriptionGrant (excl. GST)Total project cost (excl. GST)Project activity location(s)
City of CanningThe project will establish a new SME Export Hub within its Canning Vale precinct, focusing on the Food and Agribusiness sector. The Hub aims to value-add to the existing cluster of food and agribusiness SMEs that are centred around the Market City facility and will serve as a one-stop-shop for all participants in the industry value chain both local, regional and international. Key activities of the Hub will include: workshops and training programs that build the capacity and capability of businesses, facilitation of collaboration opportunities, short-term working spaces, and the facilitation of research and development opportunities with academia.$347,334$1,042,000Canning Vale WA
Fruit Growers Tasmania IncThe project will establish an agrifood export hub for the Tasmanian region. This multi-industry hub will provide export support services and foster collaboration between SME producers of fruit, nuts, vegetables, salad greens and other horticultural products and build upon the strength of Tasmania’s brand. It will also operate as a receiving and meeting area for inbound trade delegations and buyer-meetings in the state’s capital and showcase the strong export culture and commitment to quality of Tasmania’s horticultural sector.$460,475$920,950North Hobart TAS
Defence Teaming Centre IncThe project will expand the Defence Teaming Centre’s pilot Teaming Program to support advanced manufacturing and cyber security SMEs in South Australia to capitalise on defence sector global supply chain and export opportunities. The Hub will be delivered in partnership with a national network of organisations, including industry, academia and government agencies, and will provide specialist educational on how to use collaboration to overcome traditional barriers to export. One on one business matching and an export coaching service will also be provided to support the implementation of teaming arrangements to achieve export success.$624,009$1,248,018Adelaide SA
Subsea Energy Australia IncThe project will expand Subsea Energy Australia’s (SEA) and Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia’s (SICA) existing activities with the aim of bringing Australia’s energy industry to the international stage, increasing competitiveness and facilitating access to export markets and global supply chains. The project will support SMEs to realise greater export opportunities, increase export revenue and grow employment opportunities by showcasing Australia’s world class subsea skills and technologies to the global energy sector.$1,402,658$2,805,316Perth WA
Life Sciences Queensland LimitedThe project will establish The Life Sciences Innovation Export Hub in Queensland in collaboration with Life Sciences Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the Australia China Technology Incubator. The Hub will bring together industry and research expertise from the Queensland life sciences sector with dedicated Asian export capability and knowledge. The Hub will support life sciences start-ups and SMEs to access Asian markets and provide access to specialised commercialisation training for export markets, export training and advice specific to the Asian life sciences and medical technology sector, the development of export and co