Recognising international business success enhances Australia's economic diplomacy

Media release

26 November 2013

The 51st Australian Export Awards were an important way to recognise and reward international business success, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said tonight.

The 12 winners of the 2013 Australian Export Awards were announced tonight at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

The winners were selected from 76 finalists in a broad range of business categories. Together, the finalists generated export earnings of $9 billion in 2012-13 and employed 22,000 people.

"Congratulations to the winners. Their international success enhances our overall economic diplomacy. They represent the vanguard of Australia's international businesses and the awards recognise that," Mr Robb said.

Mr Robb said the Government was energising Australia's economic diplomacy by actively pursuing trade agreements to improve market access, and explaining the benefits of foreign investment to Australians.

"Trade and foreign investment add to economic growth and to the improvement of living standards for all Australians," he said.

The Prime Minister's Australian Exporter of the Year Award went to RightShip, a Victorian firm that provides one of the world's most comprehensive online marine and environmental risk management systems.

The 51st Australian Export Awards are the culmination of competitions at the State and Territory levels. Winners were selected using several criteria, including innovation in marketing strategy, the degree of export growth and the creation of competitive advantage.

Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry co-present the awards.

Company Award category
Walnuts Australia (Tas) Agribusiness
RightShip (Vic) Business Services
Animal Logic Creative Industries
Monash University (Vic) Education and Training
Ecotech (Vic) Environmental Solutions
Aspen Medical (ACT) Health and Biotechnology
Leadbolt (NSW) Information and Communication Technology
Cardno (Qld) Infrastructure and Construction
Rode Microphones (NSW) Manufacturing
Otraco International (WA) Minerals and Energy
Tasmanian Quality Meats (Tas) Regional Exporter
SWA Water Australia (NSW) Small Business Award

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