Terms of Reference


Inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises


The Committee shall examine opportunities and challenges facing small and medium Australian export-oriented businesses that seek to leverage free trade agreements for the export of goods and services


The Inquiry will have particular regard to:


  • consideration of what products and services (e.g. inclusion and prioritisation) are negotiated in free trade agreements;
  • awareness of, and accessibility to, free trade agreements;
  • lessons learnt from attempts at leveraging free trade agreements, including barriers to implementation and success in fast-tracking export opportunities;
  • role and effectiveness of support structures and networks in helping leverage free trade agreements;
  • ongoing capacity building that will assist in creating opportunities and capturing more value from free trade agreements in the future; and
  • any other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313

Accepting submissions

The Committee shall examine access to free trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises for the export of goods and services



Past Public Hearings

15 Oct 2018: Parliament House
04 Oct 2018: Townsville City
17 Sep 2018:


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed


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