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Round 2 postponed due to COVID-19

As international business and travel plans continue to be impacted by COVID-19, Round 2 of the Access Asia Business Grants is postponed until further notice.

We apologise for the inconvenience and will update this page regularly as information becomes available. Registered users will also receive regular updates.

Additional COVID-19 information is available from the Western Australian Government, Smart Traveller and the World Health Organisation and we recommend you check these sites on a regular basis to stay informed.

Please contact the grants team if you have any questions about applying for grant funding in the future.

Access Asia Business Grants Guidelines

About the grants

The Access Asia Business Grants program is an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and administered by Invest and Trade Western Australia, to support Western Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs), industry associations and bilateral business councils advance their international business efforts in Asian markets.

Funding available
Funding of up to $10,000 (excl. GST) is available in each funding round to eligible Western Australian small to medium business organisations and associations working in one of the six priority sectors as identified by the state government’s economic development framework, Diversify WA, and Western Australia’s Asian Engagement Strategy 2019-2030: Our Future with Asia.

Priority sectors

  • Energy
  • International education
  • Mining and mining equipment, technology and services
  • Primary industries (agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries)
  • Technology and advanced manufacturing
  • Tourism, events and creative industries


  • Increase investment, trade and exports between Western Australia and Asia
  • Support the diversification of the Western Australian economy
  • Increase jobs for Western Australians

Asian markets 

Northeast Asia – China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan.

South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Southeast Asia –  Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam

What the grant will fund
Grants can be used to support attendance or hosting Asian business events/ expo/trade visits, developing Asian business marketing collateral, cultural business competency and other strategic trade and investment activities that help build businesses' capacity to trade with Asia. 

Who can apply

  • Western Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • Western Australian Asian business organisations
  • Western Australian Industry associations, Asian business councils and not for profit groups or entities

How to apply 

  1. Refer to the Grants Guidelines
  2. Register online
  3. Contact Access Asia Business Grants
    Phone: 61+ 8 6277 2927
  4. Contact the Government of Western Australia global offices 
  5. Apply online

Round 1

Opened Friday 16 September 2019
              9am AWST
Closed Friday 8 November 2019 
             11am AWST

Businesses granted over $120,000 to access market opportunities across Asia

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has awarded more than $120,000 to 14 Western Australian businesses in Round 1 of the 2019-20 Access Asia Business Grants as a strategy to increase investment, trade and exports between Western Australia and Asia, increase jobs for Western Australians and support the diversification of the Western Australian economy.

Congratulations to the 14 recipients and over 100 Western Australian businesses that applied who are working across a range of priority sectors in Asia.


Aviair  Grow Singapore and Japanese tourism in the Kimberley by attending Tourism WA Japan Roadshow in Osaka and Tokyo, provide translated information for guests and engage with in-market visits to the Singaporean trade.
Azurra Education Attend Education Fair Kuala Lumpur 2020 to increase international schools in West Peninsula Malaysia to adopt the Western Australian Certificate Education program.
Busselton Jetty Inc Develop tourism video for the jetty ‘s growing Asian tourism market.
Creative Corner for the Emergence Creative Festival Develop Singapore promotional campaign for Emergence Creative Festival Margaret River March 25 to 27, 2020.
Far West Scallops Industries Pty Ltd Showcase award winning scallops at the FHA Food and Beverage Asia Singapore Expo (Mar 31 to Apr 3, 2020), the largest food and drinks trade event in the South East Asian region.
Frankland Estate Wines Pty Ltd Attend VineExpo Hong Kong Wine Fair 26 to 28 May 2020, the most significant wine fair in the region attracting wine importers and distributors from across Asia.
Howard Park Wines Pty Ltd MadFish wines will launch at the 20th Anniversary of SIAL China in Shanghai May 13 to 15, 2020 (Asia’s largest food innovation exhibition) to gain valuable market insights and provide product tastings to potential wholesale and retail outlets, hospitality venues  and distributors.
Legend Media Group Pty Ltd Attendance at the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2020 to showcase the creative and economic benefits co-producing with Western Australia.
Mapizy Pty Ltd Attend Geo Connect Asia 2020 in Singapore to showcase Mine Rehabilitation and Monitoring through innovative Artificial Intelligence and Earth Observation technologies.
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Inc Promote Margaret River’s fine food and wine Cabin Fever Festival to increase Singaporean visitors to the region during winter.
Naturaliste Vintners Pty Ltd Deliver a strategy to identify and secure distributors, importers and business partners through clearly identified Asian markets.
Swan River Seaplanes Following direct flights from Japan to Perth aim to implement market strategy for translation of marketing to better suit the needs of the Japanese luxury traveller.
Trade Vine Pty Ltd Develop WA craft beer social media campaign over the Chinese New Year for South East Asian markets.
West Cape Howe Wines In-bound tour of winemaking facility in Mount Barker for Chinese distributors to immerse in the experience of viniculture and winemaking at West Cape Howe while experiencing local attractions and events in regional Western Australia.