International Trade and Investment Program

The International Trade and Investment Program has been designed to raise the city’s global profile, strengthen international networks and increase export-based and inward investment. The program includes trade missions and international business matching to assist export-ready businesses to generate export sales, build business capacity and increase jobs. A calendar of international trade missions is launched annually, identifying key markets and trade shows that the City will be collectively attending.

TradeStart – Gold Coast

In partnership with Austrade’s TradeStart network, City of Gold Coast provides small and medium-sized Gold Coast exporters access to resources from across all levels of government, including assistance with matching businesses with services and overseas networks. If your business would like more information about TradeStart, contact:

Craig Ford, TradeStart Adviser T +61 7 5581 7732 M +61 439 226 468 E

Investment Attraction Program

The Investment Attraction Program is designed to assist businesses to invest or set up a business on the Gold Coast. The Program incorporates a suite of services to facilitate investment or business relocation or expansion to the Gold Coast.

Queensland Government Resources

Trade Invest Queensland (TIQ)

TIQ is the state government’s global business agency, assisting exporters to break into emerging and established markets, and promoting Queensland as the perfect place for an Asia-Pacific headquarters. TIQ offers assistance and support through their:

  • global networks
  • investment attraction initiatives into Queensland
  • facilitation of buying from Queensland enterprises
  • assisting Queensland exporters.

Trade and Export Programs (TEP)

TEP provides information and advice to assist Queensland companies harness the endless exporting opportunities within markets across the globe. Programs include; consultation and planning, trade missions, networking and events, preparing for export.

Australian Government Resources


The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade, contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Austrade achieves this by generating market information and insight, promoting Australian capabilities, developing policy, making connections through an extensive global network of contacts, leveraging the badge of government offshore and providing quality advice and services.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

EMDG offers financial assistance to aspiring and current exporters. It supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic)

Efic is a specialist financier that delivers simple and creative solutions for Australian companies – to enable them to win business, grow internationally and achieve export success. Efic operates on a commercial basis and provides financial solutions for companies when the banks may not, that have an established track record, require $50,000 or more and are: SMEs that are exporters; OR Australian companies in an export supply chain (may assist within Australia if you supply to an Exporter); OR Australian companies looking to expand their business operations overseas to better service their clients.


The Tradex scheme allows an importer to gain an up-front exemption from Customs duty and GST on eligible imported goods that are intended for export. The goods may be exported in the same condition as imported, subjected to a process or treatment after importation, then exported or incorporated in other goods which are exported. Export may be carried out by the importer or a third party.

Guide to exporting

Guide to exporting

Exporting has been proven to be a profitable way of expanding a business, assisting companies to secure international markets and achieve foreign direct investment. If you're considering exporting, here is your guide.

Emerging Exporters Program

Emerging Exporters Program

Export training helps your business to develop new export markets and sales channels...

Investment support

Investment support

Are you looking to invest, set up, relocate or expand your business on the Gold Coast? To find out how, and to discuss your eligibility to access financial assistance and the timeframes involved, contact the City of Gold Coast.

For further information, contact Business Gold Coast