Austrade Support

On 1 April, the Australian Government announced measures to help secure freight access for Australian agriculture and fisheries exporters.

The new $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) will assist Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.

Exporters wishing to access the mechanism can register their interest or call the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on (02) 6272 2444.

On 1 April, the Government also announced increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG). Funding for the scheme will increase by $49.8 million in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.  (Due to open 1 July 2020)

For details about the full range of programs the Australian Government has launched in support for Australian businesses go to


Current scheduled IFAM – International Freight Assistance Mechanism Flights

The IFAM is currently supporting the following outbound flights:

  • Adelaide to Hong Kong one way – NEW
  • Toowoomba to Hong Kong one way – NEW 
  • Melbourne to Abu Dhabi one way
  • Sydney to Shanghai one way
  • Sydney to Tokyo (Narita) return
  • Brisbane to Singapore return
  • Brisbane to Cairns to Hong Kong return
  • Brisbane to Auckland return
  • Melbourne to Singapore return
  • Melbourne to Hong Kong return
  • Melbourne to Auckland return
  • Adelaid to Singapore one way

There is capacity on the following inbound flights to support the importers of medical supplies:

  • Tokyo (Narita) – Sydney
  • Singapore – Brisbane
  • Singapore – Melbourne
  • Auckland – Brisbane
  • Auckland – Melbourne
  • Hong Kong – Brisbane
  • Hong Kong – Melbourne
  • Los Angeles – Brisbane
  • Los Angeles – Melbourne