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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 931

(Question No. 1246)


Senator Brownhill asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 23 March 1994:

  (1) How many Australian companies have applied for assistance under any schemes available to assist companies in establishing overseas markets in the past 2 financial years.

  (2) What companies were successful.

  (3) What companies were not successful.


Senator McMullan —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) There are three schemes in the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio which are available to Australian companies to assist them in establishing overseas markets. They are the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) Scheme, the International Trade Enhancement Scheme (ITES), and the Innovative Agricultural Marketing Program (IAMP). These schemes are administered by Austrade.

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EMDG ETES IAMP

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1991/92 1992/93 1991/92 1992/93 1991/92 1992/93

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Number of companies

applying for assistance 2002 2473 21 24 74 67

Number of companies

which were successful 1855 *2267 14 17 10 22

Number of companies

which were unsuccessful 146 197 7 7 **56 **44

Number of applications

still under investigation 1 9

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* 23 Claims still under review.

** Not all applications received had been fully assessed at the end of the financial year.

  (2) Section 94 of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985, precludes the disclosure of this information, with the exception of the names to whom the Commission has authorised payments of grants under the EMDG Act 1974 and the respective amounts of those grants.

  Details of claimants of EMDG's in the years requested have been provided to Senator Brownhill direct.

  (3) Section 94 of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985, precludes the disclosure of this information.