The most successful companies are the ones that are committed to achieving international competitiveness and to seizing overseas opportunities. Ai Group's International Trade Development team exists to help companies succeed in international business and to enhance Australian industry's export effort.  

Our team has a strong commercial background and in-depth knowledge and experience of many export markets. 

We can provide consultancy services to help you identify opportunities for your company to export overseas and show you how to take advantage of Australia's Free Trade Agreements to expand your business globally. 

We can advise you of the correct documentation you will need when exporting, including Certificates of Origin, Letters of Free Sale, Letters of Support for Visa Applications and Certificates of Manufacture. Ai Group members can also request Certificates of Origin using e-cert, saving time and money.  

We keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in trade policy, trade agreement factsheets, submissions to government. 


Representing Australian exporters 

Ai Group's International Trade Policy team is responsible for advocating industry's view to the Australian Government as it negotiates market access for Australian goods and services via a range of bilateral, regional and global forums. As a result, Ai Group works closely with Government and member companies to ensure industry's specific interests are safeguarded. 

For more information email Shirley Ng, National Manager, International Competitiveness or call her on tel: (02) 9466 5533.

Useful Australian links  

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides economic and political information on countries as well as travel warnings 

Austrade is the federal agency for Australia's export and trade promotion 

Australian Border Force-  - facilitates the movement of people and goods across the border. 

Ausindustry  is the Australian Government's business unit within the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. AusIndustry provides a range of incentives for Australian businesses to invest, innovate and be internationally competitive. AusIndustry products cover a range of industry sectors and business needs. They are delivered in the form of grants, loans, tax and duty concessions and access to venture capital. 

The Industry Capability Network or ICN - assists suppliers and buyers to maximise opportunities within the supply chain. ICN's extensive expert knowledge of the resources and capabilities of industry can assist you in getting the most out of your purchasing requirements 

Export Finance Australia.- provides a range of services to assist the export of Australian capital goods and services and investment in overseas projects. 

Investment NSW - Investment reinforces NSW’s global position as a safe and attractive place to do business. This is where the best of industry, innovation, trade and tourism and major events meet to grow investment and jobs in NSW.

The Queensland Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation -  drive economic growth agenda for Queensland, stimulating industry growth and creating jobs.  

The Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions - deliver on its vision of a productive, competitive and sustainable Victorian economy. 

The Western Australia State Government - New Industries WA 

South Australia Department of Trade and Investment - helps industry business and communities identify and capitalise upon opportunities for job cretion and economic growth. 

The City of Melbourne is Ai Group's partner in the Business Partner City Network. 

Need help?

The Workplace Advice Line is Ai Group’s national telephone advisory service for all your on the spot workplace related questions.

Call the Workplace Advice Line
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