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Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) – Project Grants


This program aims to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, egg/fish, grain and plant products, horticulture and meat products.

The program has three components:
- Rebates offered to small exporters for export certification registration costs in 2014-15 only.
- Review of export fees and charges, through government-industry consultative committees in 2014-15.
- The balance of funding would be used for projects that would directly benefit small exporters – PASE grants.

The projects component of PASE has approximately $10 million available. Approximately $2 million is available to meet the program objectives. This funding will be distributed through Round 2 and, if any issues emerge or other priorities arise, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources may use his discretion to consider other projects accordingly.

Funding under Round 2 will be available across all industries in scope. Projects must be delivered between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

As announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget, the Government will provide $6.1 million over four years from 2019-20 to extend the Package Assisting Small Exporters program to continue to support small exporters to overcome barriers to their participation in the export sector.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include organisations that are legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN) capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable deed with the Commonwealth. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- A company incorporated under the Corporation Act 2001(Cth).
- An incorporated association incorporated under the various State and Territory association incorporation legislation.
- An indigenous corporation incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).
- Australian State or Territory departments and agencies.
- A body corporate created under State or Territory legislation including a local government and a university.
- A legally constituted partnership.
- Individuals.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible applicants.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include those that:
- Address the program objectives.
- Are relevant to one or more of the commodity sectors (dairy, eggs, fish, grain and plant products, horticulture, meat). 

This program does not fund costs that are not directly related to the carrying out of the project. Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of these costs.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Contribution to program objectives (60%)
- Risk management (20%)
- Cost-benefit analysis (20%)

Assessors will give preference to projects that have potential benefits for more than one of the listed export commodity groups.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Recipients 2017-12-06 Download
Project Proposal Template 2017-12-06 Download
Guidelines 2017-12-06 Download
Risk Management Template 2017-12-06 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

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Status Pending
Start By Date 13 Mar 2017
Closing Date 27 Mar 2017
Closing Information
This program is currently closed to applications as all funding is fully allocated.

Funding Type Grant
Total Funding Pool $6.1M(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Program Administrator
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
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