Australian Export Awards recognise international success

Media release

5 November 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today announced the 76 finalists in the 51st Australian Export Awards, the nation's premier award program for businesses engaged in international trade.

"This year's finalists represent some of the best performers in Australia's $300 billion a year export sector. The Export Awards recognise their efforts and celebrate their achievements," Mr Robb said.

"These awards are an important part of the Government's overall approach to promoting exports and energising Australia's commercial engagement with Asia and the rest of the world."

Exports comprise about 20 per cent of Australia's Gross Domestic Product and help support about 1.5 million jobs.

This year's finalists earned over $9 billion in export revenue in 2012 and employed more than 22,000 people.

There are 12 industry categories, as well as the Prime Minister's Australian Exporter of the Year Award. National winners receive a package of tailored export services from Austrade, valued at $10,000, which includes a trade adviser, free advice on selected markets, and market intelligence.

Before progressing to the 51st Australian Export Awards, the finalists must be selected as winners in their respective state and territory export awards programs.

"The finalists range from long-established companies with large operations to small family-run businesses. Some come from the traditional business precincts of major capital cities, others from regional centres," Mr Robb said.

"I congratulate the finalists on their selection. They are all making a significant contribution to the Australian economy, to employment and to the communities in which they operate."

The national winners will be announced on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at the NGV International (National Gallery of Victoria) in Melbourne.

The Australian Export Awards program is co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Awards are run in collaboration with the organisers of state and territory export awards programs.

For more information about the Australian Export Awards, including a full list of finalists, visit www.exportawards.gov.au.

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