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Media release by The Hon Steven Ciobo MP - Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

55th Australian Export Awards

The success of Australia’s exporters will be celebrated through the 55th Australian Export Awards program, which opens today.

The awards highlight the international business success of Australian companies based on export growth, marketing and financial strategies. I encourage exporters from all states and territories to enter.

Australia’s exporters generate far-reaching benefits for the Australian economy. The 81 national finalists in the 2016 Australian Export Awards generated more than $12.3 billion in export sales in 2015–16 and employed more than 34,500 people.

Applicants are first judged in their relevant state or territory’s export awards program, with the winners progressing to become national finalists in the Australian Export Awards.

Applications are accepted in 12 national export award categories, which demonstrate the diversity of Australia’s export sector, including Digital Technologies, e-Commerce, Health and Biotechnology, Regional Exporter and Small Business.

Last year’s national winners included a naval architectural firm, and producers of medical simulation technology, soil moisture control systems and modular mineral-processing plants. Envato, an online marketplace for digital content, was named the 2016 Australian Exporter of the Year.

The Awards also recognise an outstanding international company that has made a long-term contribution to the Australian economy, for the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award. The 2016 winner was Boeing Australia, which has been in Australia for almost 90 years and has invested more than $1 billion in its Australian operations over that time. Boeing now employs more than 3,000 people in 27 locations around Australia, and is a strong supporter of Australian suppliers looking to expand into global supply chains.

The 55th Australian Export Awards program is co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). Visit www.exportawards.gov.au for more information and to view each state and territories’ program opening and closing dates.

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