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Thursday, 22 August 1996
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(Question No. 138)


Senator Bob Collins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 16 July 1996:

(1) How many recipients of grants through the Export Market Development Grant Scheme came from the primary industry sector in the 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 financial years.

(2)(a) What was the value of each grant; (b) what was the purpose of the grant; and (c) from which State did each recipient come.


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

(1) The number of Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) to recipients in the primary industry sector is shown in the following table:

Table 1: Primary industry recipients of EMDG grants, 1993-94 to 1995-96

Financial year   Number of grants

1993-94   136

1994-95   143

1995-96   158

(2) The confidentiality provisions of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 preclude the release of information concerning the affairs of individual claimants, such as the address of the claimant or purpose for which the grant monies were used. Therefore, these details have been provided on an aggregate rather than individual basis.

(2)(a), (c) The value of grants by State to primary industry recipients is shown in the table below.

Table 2: Value of EMDG grants to primary industry recipients, by State, 1993-94 to 1995-96 *

<SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC> <SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC> <SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC>
1993-941994-951995-96
StateNo. of grantsTotal valueNo. of grantsTotal valueNo. of grantsTotal value
NSW/ACT54$2,592,92949$2,261,61549$3,119,942
QLD14$548,22728$952,64334$1,804,270
SA/NT11$544,78416$596,20214$655,165
VIC/TAS31$1,658,74334$2,155,01739$1,857,848
WA26$1,416,33016$1,155,57822$1,563,385

* Note: The information in the table above has been summarised according to the State regions used by Austrade to administer the EMDG scheme i.e South Australia and the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the ACT, and Victoria and Tasmania are administered as single regions. The ACT, Northern Territory and South Australian figures have not been separated out from the regional sub-totals as this may indirectly reveal confidential claimant details, due to the small numbers involved in those areas.

(2)(b) The purpose of the EMDG scheme is to build an export culture in Australia and to boost Australia's exports, through reimbursing part of the export promotion expenditure of eligible firms. The Export Market Development grants were provided as partial reimbursement of eligible export promotion expenditure incurred by grant recipients, consistent with the overall purpose of the EMDG scheme.