I'm delighted to announce this week's Australian Export Awards will feature a new category acknowledging the important contribution of international investment into Australia's economy.

The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment's Investment Award will honour an international company or joint venture making a long-term contribution to our economy by creating employment, cultivating innovation and facilitating Australian industry expansion within global supply chains.

Seven companies are nominated for the inaugural Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment's Investment Award. These companies are:

  • Boeing Australia
  • Chevron Australia
  • Equinix
  • INPEX Australia
  • Mitsui & Co.
  • Neoen Australia
  • Vadain International

Foreign direct investment plays a critical role in Australia's economy, providing businesses with the capital they need to grow and prosper. It contributes to the development of new industries, securing the jobs of today and creating jobs of the future. 

The Turnbull Government understands the importance of foreign investment to our national prosperity, and the new Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment's Investment Award will be an important means to honour this contribution.

The Australian Export Awards are one of the nation's longest running business awards programs, with 12 export categories reflecting the breadth and depth of Australia's skill set – from biotech and health, to education, agribusiness and digital technologies.

I look forward to announcing the winner of the inaugural Investment Award at the 54th Australian Export Awards ceremony in Brisbane on 24 November 2016.

For further information on the Australian Export Awards, visit: www.exportawards.gov.au

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