Media release – Sarah Courtney, Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events, 10 May 2020

Support for our Regional Chambers of Commerce

The Tasmanian Government recognises the profound social and economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our small business community, especially in our rural and regional areas.

This is why I am pleased to announce that the Tasmanian Government has allocated a $100,000 support package for regional Chambers of Commerce, ensuring that they can continue to provide vital support services to Tasmania’s many regional businesses.

With the application period closing last week, grants of more than $8,300 will be provided to 12 regional Chambers of Commerce.

These funds will support activities and services identified by each of the Chambers as essential to their region and includes administration support, localised marketing campaigns, enhanced social media promotion, digital video conferencing and the development of regional recovery action plans.

This support is in addition to the broader Tasmanian Government’s Stimulus Package, which has already supported more than 14 500 businesses through the Small Business Emergency Support and Hardship, and Business Continuity Grants, with more than $38 million of payments made to Tasmanian businesses to date, from a total support package of $60 million.

While these grant programs have now closed to new applicants, any small business suffering hardship is encouraged to contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or www.business.tas.gov.au for information and advice on other assistance available, such as the Business Support Loan Scheme, how to access Free Business Advice through one of the Enterprise Centres, or referrals to digital coaches to assist managing businesses online.

We know that now, more than ever, regional and rural businesses are relying on the support and advice offered by their local chambers. This is why the Government will continue to engage with these organisations so they can assist with business outreach in relation to the industry COVID-19 Safety Plans and Guidelines that will allow businesses to re-open in accordance with our Roadmap to Recovery over the coming weeks and months.

List of Regional Chamber Grant Recipients

Bull kelp harvesting, King Island.

Break O’Day Chamber of Commerce

Business NorthWest (Burnie)

Central Coast Chamber of Commerce

Devonport Chamber of Commerce

George Town Chamber of Commerce

King Island Chamber of Commerce

Northern Midlands Business Association

Business Council of Sorell

Flinders Island Tourism & Business Inc

North East Tasmania Chamber of Commerce (Scottsdale)

Stanley Chamber of Commerce

Orford & Triabunna Chamber of Commerce


Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Trade, 10 May 2020

Supporting Tasmanian exporters prepare for post-COVID trade

With the disruption to trade worldwide due to COVID-19, the Tasmanian Government is working to support Tasmanian exporters to maintain access to key international markets and prepare for new opportunities.

We know that trade will be a key aspect of Tasmania’s economic recovery, so to assist local exporters we are running a series of webinars that will provide first-hand market knowledge, global trade insights and information as we adapt to the new normal.

The first webinar to be held on May 13 will provide the latest market update on India and Sri Lanka, and be delivered by TradeStart in Tasmania which is a partnership between Austrade, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Department of State Growth.

Over the next two months, further webinars will be rolled out for businesses who are already exporting or are interested in market diversification, specifically with snapshots and insights on Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, China and New Zealand.

Other topics to be covered in our webinar series include freight and logistics, marketing and branding and insights into developing an international ecommerce and social media marketing strategy; with a new wave of ecommerce purchasing globally.

We know Tasmania has what the world wants and we are committed, now more than ever, to empowering Tasmanian exporters to take their world-class products to consumers around the globe.

Our Tasmanian Trade Strategy 2019-2025, launched in February 2019, provides the cohesion and momentum to capture opportunities during changing market dynamics and to develop trade activities, both locally and abroad.

To see the upcoming webinars and to register go to tradeevents.tas.gov.au.