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23 May 2019

Will Hodgman MP

Minister for Trade

2019-20 Budget: Maintaining Tasmania’s momentum in exports and trade

Tasmania has what the rest of the world wants and now is the time to maintain the momentum and invest for growth in our trade to support local businesses and more jobs.

The 2019-20 State Budget invests an additional $4.4 million to support the Tasmania’s first Trade Strategy and empower Tasmanian businesses to get their products to the world.

Under the Strategy, this year we will release the first of the first Annual Action Plan to drive improved market access and support skills development to assist new and expanding businesses grow trade both nationally and internationally.

We will showcase our products and produce in key markets at targeted trade missions.

Through funding new positions for a Market Access Coordinator and a TradeStart Advisor within the Department of State Growth, we will assist export-ready small and medium enterprises and advise on technical issues to improve access to markets.

Tasmanian exports continue to rise, and this Budget provides the launching pad to take our trade to the next level and keep our economy strong.