The TradeStart network is a team of 35 experienced export advisers across Australia who provide practical export advice to businesses to start or grow their international markets. The network is an extension to Austrade’s own offices and is co-funded and delivered in partnership with State, Territory and local governments, industry associations and chambers of commerce.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) partners with Austrade in Brisbane to deliver Austrade services to businesses in areas south of the Brisbane River.  Advisers within Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) cover Brisbane north of the Brisbane River, and also Ipswich.

The TradeStart network’s prime objective is to assist small and medium sized exporters to achieve long term success in international markets. It offers exporters the combined resources of Austrade and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), providing local assistance and a direct link to Austrade’s services and overseas network. 

Austrade services include practical advice and general information on:

  • doing business in overseas markets, including market entry strategies
  • general international marketing and promotional advice
  • international industry insights
  • referrals to specialist professional service providers in Australia and overseas
  • business etiquette and cultural tips
  • selecting potential export markets for your product or service
  • upcoming overseas promotions such as trade missions
  • potential financial assistance and other government programs.

Tailored services

Working together with Austrade’s overseas offices, the TradeStart network offers five key services that are customised for your business and your specific needs.

  • Market or country research
  • Potential partner and customer identification
  • Appointments during your market visit
  • Market promotions
  • Austrade follow-up to initial introductions

These tailored services are offered through Austrade’s overseas offices on a fee for service basis. In established markets, such as North America and Europe, we may refer you to other organisations that can help you.

Financial assistance for exporters

The Export Market Development Grants scheme is a key Australian Government financial reimbursement program for current and aspiring exporters. The scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia. For more information go to

Courtney Ford – Export Adviser, TradeStart

Courtney has over 20 years’ experience in International trade advisory services, business development, market research and identifying and evaluating overseas partnership models.

She has worked in the United Kingdom in freight forwarding, logistics and customs brokerage roles and travelled extensively across Europe and Asia. Her role as an Export Adviser under the federal TradeStart network delivered in partnership with Austrade and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry assists Brisbane based businesses to identify export markets, address market barriers and implement export market development plans.

The role requires an in depth understanding of overseas markets, export channels, culturally sensitive marketing and sales, and regulatory frameworks. Courtney’s areas of specialisation are FMCG, Food and Beverage, International Health, Functional Foods, Advanced Manufacturing and Infrastructure. She works across all industries and facilitates introductions across all International markets through the Austrade network.

Contact Courtney:
T: 0439 545 422

TradeStart Banner