Trade and Export Development

The ACT and Australian Governments offer a number of programs and services to help your business to expand globally.

Global Connect

Global Connect is a single program interface for the various export and trade development activities supported by the ACT Government. This includes:

  • The Trade Connect grant program providing funding to emerging Canberra exporters to support trade development activities.
  • The ACT Exporters’ Network which provides private sector leadership and network opportunities for new and experienced exporting companies.
  • The Trade Mission Program, an annual outbound ministerial-led mission providing companies with support in new markets. Details of upcoming trade missions will be provided on the Global Connect page. 
  • The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, which recognise excellence in export performance. These award feed into the National Export Awards.

Visit the Global Connect page to find out more.

Women in Global Business

The Women in Global Business (WIGB) program is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative.
Businesses owned and operated by women are one of the fastest growing business segments. The WIGB program aims to increase female participation in international trade and deliver greater economic benefit and job creation. To women in business it offers a central source of information and resources, support and connection.

Visit the Women in Global Business website External Link - opens in new window to find out more.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) Scheme

The EMDG scheme, administered by Austrade, provides assistance to SME Australian exporters developing export business by repaying part of their promotional expenses. Grants are subject to strict eligibility criteria.

Visit the Austrade website External Link - opens in new window to find out more.

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)

The Government-owned EFIC provides financial support to exporters and onshore contractors working on export-related projects. EFIC works alongside banks and supplements the availability of their financing to enable these companies to capture business opportunities that may otherwise be beyond their financial reach.

Visit the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation website External Link - opens in new window to find out more.

Invest Canberra

Invest Canberra is responsible for investment promotion by the ACT Government. Invest Canberra coordinates investor facilitation across Government to provide a case-managed service for major investors. Use the team to connect you to an extensive network of contacts for investment opportunities. For more information visit the Invest Canberra page.