Bob Kucera

Bob Kucera

Former Minister for Disability Services; Sport and Recreation; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests; Seniors

    State Government's new export network a boost for small business

    12/10/2004 12:30 PM

    Small businesses looking to expand into the export market have a major new resource to give help and advice with the launch of the Small Business Exporters Network today.

    Small Business Minister Bob Kucera said the network highlighted the responsiveness of the State Government to the development needs of the small business sector.

    “Despite the enormous contribution Western Australia makes to the nation’s export earnings - almost 30 per cent of Australia's goods exports are from WA, generating $32billion - the percentage of Australian companies that export is still below the rate of comparable industrialised economies,” he said.

    “The information and support available through the Small Business Exporters Network will give small business operators the power to decide when is the right time for them to export.”

    Mr Kucera said with net exports forecast by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to grow by 7� per cent in 2004-05 and another 7� per cent in 2005-06, WA small businesses should focus on this important area.

    He said the State’s small business sector was well placed to produce the next generation of export earners - especially in the regions where they could generate jobs and make a vital contribution to the social fabric of local communities.

    “Our State’s prosperity rests with our ability to spread our export income streams over a diverse group of markets,” the Minister said.

    “To enhance our export achievements, we must continue to capitalise on our strengths and promote the reliability of our suppliers and the innovative products and services we have to offer.

    “There has never been a better time to consider exporting - especially with trade agreements opening up new markets and the growing recognition and appreciation of the quality of Australian goods in the international arena.

    “Advances in technology, including the widespread use of the Internet, also makes exporting more accessible.”

    Mr Kucera said the Small Business Exporters Network, developed by the Small Business Development Corporation, offered a realistic snapshot of exporting.

    Acknowledging the risks involved, the initiative has a strong emphasis on establishing readiness for export, as well as highlighting the political, legal, transport and financial challenges involved.

    “The inclusion of an interactive online forum is expected to be one of the most popular features of the network and will provide a focal point for discussion and generate a culture of peer support,” Mr Kucera said.

    The Small Business Exporters Network can be found at or by contacting the SBDC on 9220 0222.

    Minister's office: 9213 7000