Doing business internationally? Expand your business by exporting!

15 September 2015

With the help of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), your business can work overseas and have better access to markets, opportunities for faster revenue growth and stronger employment growth.

FTAs can allow your business to access cheaper inputs, new technologies and foster competition and innovation. They also allow us to showcase Australia as a trade and investment destination for offshore business!

Australia trading with the world – total value of exports A$318.5 billion,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The FTA outreach program

As part of the 2015 Budget, the Commonwealth Government is committed to ensuring that Australian businesses fully capitalise on the benefits they can receive through our FTAs with China, Japan and Korea.

‘Reaching out to business to help make our FTAs more accessible is something governments over the years haven’t always done as well as they could have; the agreements our Government has secured with three of our four biggest trading partners, offer too much promise to risk low utilisation,’ Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said.

The outreach program is a collaborative project undertaken by Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that will include a two-year national FTA seminar series, an online portal for business to use as a tool to make well informed decisions about trading internationally, help-desk support, grants program, training and FTA kits to show examples of Australian businesses already capitalising on FTA opportunities.

FTA information seminar series

Find out about how you can take advantage of Australia’s North Asia FTAs with China, Japan and Korea.Register online to attend Austrade’s free seminars and learn the practical benefits of FTAs.

Exporting and intellectual property (IP)

When you are considering exporting your goods and/or services, it’s important to think about IP protection. Australia’s negotiated trade agreements include IP chapters that facilitate trade and investment. Understanding IP protection can help you establish your market position, and also ensure you don’t infringe on existing IP in that country.

To protect your IP overseas, you have two options:

  1. seek IP protection in each country according to the laws and conventions of that country
  2. apply through one of the international agreements in place, which often result in an easier process to obtain rights in other countries.

There are important considerations to make when developing your international IP strategy and it’s wise to contact an IP professional before committing to any exportation.

Useful tools

  • Take a look at the Export Council of Australia’s article on issues to consider when going global.
  • Looking to expand your business through exporting? For information on how to export from Australia, check out
  • Business Envoy will give you the latest economic insights into overseas markets to help you make the right business decisions.
  • Read the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP media release outlining the Government’s broader program to boost the awareness and use of FTAs.
  • Visit the AusTrade website to find out about export markets, grants and assistance, and expanding your business outside Australia.
  • Check out the Export Council of Australia’s website for events, publications, services and other programs run for exporters. 
  • Use the Export Council of Australia’s FTA tool to help you navigate the basics of Australia's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) quickly and easily.

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