Many of you may have missed it, but we recently saw a major Government announcement for Australian exporters that will bring renewed confidence to many small and medium businesses.
The changes proposed to the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme will have significant and uplifting influence on the certainty of cashflow for all our exporters, who have been doing it tough this year due to the pandemic.
The outward show of support and backing began with an almost immediate response to the pandemic by the Morrison Government when in April, they poured a further circa $50 million into the EMDG on top of the funds that already existed in the current scheme.
We have seen firsthand how this funding has given our small-business clients a massive boost, and essentially the confidence and resolve, to push through the pandemic and continue to build their businesses and export their Australian products and services abroad.
The proposed amendments to the EMDG scheme, which followed the independent review conducted on the effectiveness of the EMDG for exporters, are more like a total renovation.
The review outlined 10 recommendations that highlighted the need for a streamlined approach to funding and a simplified application process.
The amendments are designed to offer Australian exporters several positive reassurances, to name a few:
One of the major issues with the current program is that the total amount of funding to be received was by in large unknown. A certain initial portion was predetermined, but the final amount effectively being an unknown.
The review also identified that the issue many exporters faced in the scheme was the delay of payment. This was often a frustration for many, with some
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has listened and taken on board recommendations for improvement of the current scheme made by a commercial review headed by Anna Fisher.
Here’s our summary of the main take-home points of the proposed recommendations and amendments:
These proposed changes highlight the review’s plan to remove and eradicate the complexity, delay, and difficulty in accessing the EMDG while maintaining the scheme’s rules and guidelines of eligibility and expenses. The clarity provided within these changes will allow our Aussie exporters to go out and reconquer this current and post COVID world, knowing the government will provide support and financial assistance along the way.
The amendments have been agreed by the government in principle. The intended implementation date is set for 1 July 2021, subject to the changes being implemented through legislation.
Gidon Pincus, Head of EMDG, Rimon Advisory