Austrade has launched the 2016 Australian Export Awards and is calling for industry applicants for the program, which showcases Australia’s finest exporting businesses.
The national program recognises Australian companies engaged in international business who have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment.
The Awards measure businesses against their peers based on the strength of their international growth, marketing and financial strategies.
Now in their 54th year, the honours will be co-presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), and CPA Australia. Apply now.
The Awards operates as a two-tier process: exporters first achieve state distinction through their local State and Territory export award program. Local winners then progress as national finalists and are benchmarked against their peers across the country, with winners receiving national recognition for their international success.
Victoria has been well represented at the national level, winning the Australian Exporter of the Year Award for the last three years in a row.
“I look forward to seeing another high quality field of entrants from all corners of our state in a diverse and inspiring range of fields, and encourage you to apply,” says Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau.
Aside from the Australian Exporter of the Year gong, there are 12 national categories: Agribusiness, Business Services, Creative Industries, Digital Technologies, E-Commerce, Education and Training, Environmental Solutions, Health and Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Minerals, Energy and Related Services, Regional Exporter and Small Business.
Finalists and winners gain not only from receiving recognition for their outstanding achievements, but also by networking with other successful exporters, attending events including a finalist master class and awards ceremony, and receiving feedback from national judges.
Hall of Fame members include LaserVison, Russell Mineral Equipment, Cochlear, BridgeClimb Sydney, Ausenco, Casella Wines, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Clough Engineering, The University of New South Wales and Constellation Wines Australia.
Following are the application closing dates for each state and territory: