Support for exporters

Exporting can be a profitable way of expanding your business, spreading your risks and reducing your dependence on the local market.

Our home Liverpool is developing into a vibrant international city. With the Western Sydney International Airport on our doorstep, there is support at all three levels of government to support you to think and act globally to take advantage of international opportunities for your business.

Even if you have a limited domestic market, you should think about exporting - around a quarter of new exporters are born globals. Many small local companies have built global brands. Liverpool City Council is here to assist and celebrate you along the way.

Read on for more information of support material from various organisations to get you started with exporting and if you would like to speak to a Council business officer, email us at or call 1300 36 2170.

Austrade provides a range of services and assistance to Australian exporters and education providers covering:

  • Information and advice on exporting and international business
  • International trade and education alerts
  • Services including market-entry and expansion assistance
  • Referrals to specialist service providers

The Find Export Markets and Export Market Profiles tools are an excellent place to start. Both products will continue to grow as Austrade add data about more markets and sectors, and incorporate feedback from clients.

Not sure if your business is ready to export? Start here: Getting ready for export

Funding assistance

The Export Market Development Grants scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

COVID-19 funding assistance

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism is a targeted, temporary, emergency measure put in place by the Australian Government in response to COVID-19. The mechanism provides funding to help keep international freight routes and flights operating into and out of Australia.

Find out about support available for businesses.

The NSW Global export advisers encourage and assist companies in taking full advantage of international market opportunities. They assist businesses in setting and achieving their export goals, and specialist export advisers are located in Western Sydney, Sydney and regional centres. This service is free and available to Australian businesses.

COVID-19 funding assistance

The NSW Export Assistance Grant program provides reimbursement to eligible businesses to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and drought on their international markets.

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has a long, proud history of supporting Australian international business. ECA has been supporting companies to grow internationally for over 60 years and are the peak membership body for companies involved in International Business. Membership details here.

The ECA has the development of Australia’s resources via the promotion of Australian industry in international markets as their primary goal. They achieve this goal by:

  • Developing international business skills
  • Building Australian business capacity
  • Conducting international market research
  • Helping to break down barriers to trade
  • Building global networks
  • Informing Australian trade policy

Export Finance Australia (EFA) is the Australian Government’s export credit agency.

EFA provide financial expertise and solutions to drive sustainable growth that benefits Australia and our partners. Through their loans, guarantees, bonds and insurance options they:

  • support SMEs, corporates and governments to realise export opportunities or contribute to the export supply chain;
  • help finance sustainable infrastructure in the Pacific region and beyond; and
  • provide defence export finance through the Defence Export Facility.