Regional Development Victoria

Market Access Program Stream

This Regional Jobs Fund program stream aims to grow regional export potential and access to new markets for business and industry groups. It will do this by supporting investments, projects and activities that enable more comprehensive engagement with new markets, domestically and abroad.

Overview

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This Regional Jobs Fund program stream aims to grow regional export potential and access to new markets for business and industry groups. It will do this by supporting investments, projects and activities that enable more comprehensive engagement with new markets, domestically and abroad. It will provide funding to support industry development, capability building, strategic export development planning and targeted industry cluster development projects for new markets.

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Objectives of Program

Growing international and domestic exports is crucial for regional Victoria’s long term development. Export-oriented firms have additional market opportunities to increase sales and grow their businesses, resulting in more competitive industries that contribute to wealth generation. There is significant potential for business growth and job creation as a result of improving access to new overseas markets.

The Victorian Government’s Back to Work plan has identified a number of high-growth sectors, which will be targeted for future jobs growth. The Market Access program stream will focus on areas of regional competitive advantage.

It will also give preference to those proposals that seek to enhance market access to grow new market opportunities and invest in potential high-growth and emerging sectors including but not limited to:

  • food and fibre
  • professional services
  • new energy technology
  • medical technology, life sciences and healthcare
  • transport, defence and construction technology
  • international education
  • the visitor economy.

This program stream includes the Food Source Victoria initiative.


Funding Details

Activities that will be considered

Through the market access program stream support may be available for:

  • strategic export development planning and capabilities development aimed at improving regional businesses’ understanding of and access to new and emerging markets
  • targeted industry cluster/network development projects (including educational activity and exploration of the feasibility of exporting, accessing new markets or building business capability).

Activities that will generally not be funded

The following activities will generally not be considered for funding:

  • population attraction and tourism infrastructure
  • marketing and promotional costs for an individual business.

Application Process

All project applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the core Regional Jobs Fund (RJF) criteria outlined in the Regional Jobs Fund application guidelines.

Applications will also need to address distinct criteria which include how the project will:

  • improve industry understanding of a new market opportunity
  • enhance the export capabilities of regional industry clusters/networks
  • directly support small regional businesses to develop export capabilities.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants are advised to:

  • read the RJF application guidelines and the relevant RJF program stream information sheet carefully to establish eligibility
  • read the terms and conditions for the fund offered
  • discuss the proposed project with your local RDV office.

Step 1

Familiarise yourself with the RJF application guidelines and relevant Market Access program stream information sheet

Step 2

Check you can demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the core Regional Jobs Fund criteria

Step 3

Contact your local RDV office to discuss your application

Download Resources

Project Category Download
Regional Jobs Fund (RJF) application guidelines (129.3 KB ) Download
Regional Jobs Fund (RJF) application guidelines (953.5 KB ) Download
Market Access information sheet (79.9 KB ) Download
Market Access information sheet (54.2 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Packhouse Optimisation in the Apple and Pear Industry (Apple & Pear Australia Ltd) Gippsland 2016 CiC
Scholarship - Barolli Orchards - Julie Barolli Goulburn (Hume) 2016 $3,500
Scholarship - Dashmir Sherif Goulburn (Hume) 2016 $4,000
Scholarship - Peter Moller (Rubicon Systems Australia Pty Ltd) Goulburn (Hume) 2017 $25,000
Scholarship - Jane Casey (Mountain Yuzu) Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $5,759
Central Highlands Straw Pellet Plant Feasibility Study Central Highlands (Grampians) 2017 CiC
King Valley Prosecco Road Plan (Wines of the King Valley Inc) Ovens Murray (Hume) 2018 CiC
Campbells Wines Interactive Visitor Journey to Discover Muscat of Rutherglen Ovens Murray (Hume) 2018 CiC
Destination Gippsland - Gippsland Winery Marketing Asset Development Plan Gippsland 2018 CiC
Implementing a regional brand, sales, communication strategy for Wine Gippsland Gippsland 2018 CiC
Kilter Pty Ltd: Organic Processed Tomatoes Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Holy Goat Cheese: Cheese Works Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Harcourt Consortium Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens: Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Murray Agri and Culinary Tourism Experience Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens: Creating the land of milk and honey in rural Australia Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Brand Macedon Ranges Wine - Naturally Cool Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2018 CiC
Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc. Loddon Campaspe (Loddon Mallee) 2017 CiC
Agribusiness Yarra Valley 2017 CiC
Cobram & District Fruit Growers Association Goulburn (Hume) 2017 CiC
InSense Pty Ltd Goulburn (Hume) 2017 CiC
Scholarship - SJDC Produce Pty Ltd - Domenic Sergi Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $1,044
Scholarship - DS Primarano - Dominic Primarano Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $1,650
Scholarship - Budou Farms - Junko Matsuzaki Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $6,900
Scholarship - Australian Table Grape Association - Rowena Norris Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2017 $6,400
Domestic and Export Market Development for an Expanded Dried Vine Fruit Sector Mallee (Loddon Mallee) 2018 $60,000
Southern Ocean Mariculture: Pilot scale production trial of an extract from abalone processing waste Great South Coast (Barwon South West) 2018 CiC
Scholarship - Tolpuddle Enterprise - Donovan Jacka Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $6,440
Scholarship - Tolpuddle Entrprise - Melissa Land Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 $10,400
Mansfield Shire Paddock to Plate Agri Tourism Alliance Ovens Murray (Hume) 2017 CiC
Tourism North East: Activating Cellar Door Research Ovens Murray (Hume) 2018 CiC
Goulburn River Valley Tourism Ltd: Discover Wines in the Heart of Victoria Goulburn (Hume) 2018 $3,000
Winemakers of Rutherglen Integrated Marketing Strategy 2018 Ovens Murray (Hume) 2018 $50,000
Australian Organic Milk Value-Adding Facility Barwon (Barwon South West) 2018 CiC
Sticky Balsamic Manufacturing, Innovation and Export Expansion Barwon (Barwon South West) 2018 CiC
Mantzaris Fisheries: Value Adding Australian Prawns Barwon (Barwon South West) 2018 CiC
Agropraisals Pty Ltd (Plums) Goulburn (Hume) 2018 CiC
Plant Biosecurity Co-opereative Research Centre Gippsland 2018 CiC
Victorian Certified Seed Potato Authority 2018 CiC
Monash University 2018 CiC
Australian Table Grape Association (On-line Accreditation Program) 2018 CiC
Australian Wine Research Institute (Climate Adaptation-Revised) Central Highlands (Grampians) 2018 CiC
Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation Wimmera Southern Mallee (Grampians) 2018 CiC
  • This may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced funding through the Regional Jobs Fund, Market Access Program Stream
  • CiC indicates the project funded amount is Commercial or Cabinet in Confidence
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