With all the Economic Turmoil in the recent months businesses need all the assistance they can get from the government to stay competitive in this world market. For 35 years the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) has helped numerous businesses access assistance to expand into overseas markets and boost the Australian economy.

On the 25 February 2009 in a press Release by the Australian Minister for Trade, The Hon Simon Crean, MP the govermnent announced to cut this expenditure by 30% to 50% for grants over $40,000 due to the shortfall in the 2007/08 budget.

Since exporting is the most natural way of business growth and expansion it has helped many businesses to create jobs in Australia and contribute substantially to Australia's economy.

This new government announcement will mean significant cuts in what will be available to YOUR business in export expenditure.

BSI prides itself in providing specialist advice in helping companies access EMDG for over 15 years. This is why BSI is initiating an effort to lobby the government to prevent this expenditure cut from happening.

To be successful we need your support, which is why we’ve put together a list of templates, references and links that you can use to contact your government representative and ask them to correct this EMDG shortfall before 30 June 2009.

We are certain that this initiative will be successful with your help.

Please feel free to contact us on 02 9212 5505 if you have any further questions on EMDG or what effects the shortfall might have on your business.

List of Members of the House of Representatives: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/mi-alpha.asp

List of the electorates and the local member for each electorate: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/mi-alpha.asp

Here is how to find out which electorate you are in: http://apps.aec.gov.au/esearch/

List of Senators: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/senators/index.htm

Government Shortfall Announcement

Read the Government's letter which announces the EMDG shortfall

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Boost export grant to help overcome crisis

Article published in 'The Australian' by Andrew Maine, 2 Feb 09

The link to the article on the Australian website is http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,24993048-30538,00.html

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Template Letter - Prime Minister

Use this template to send a letter to the Prime Minister

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Template Letter - Treasurer

Use this template to send a letter to the Treasurer

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Template Letter - Minister of Trade

Use this template to send a letter to the Minister of Trade

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Template Letter - Small Business Minister

Use this template to send a letter to the Small Business Minister

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Template letter - Local Federal MP

Use this template to send a letter to the Local Federal MP

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