Several Northern Territory businesses have been showcased due to being finalists at the 56th Australian Export Awards as well as Inpex taking out a major award.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said Inpex took out the Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award.
Senator Scullion said the Australian Export Awards celebrate the international success of Territory companies like SRA Information Technology, Monsoon Aquatics, North Australia Yacht Support, International College of Advanced Education, and Australian Blue Cypress Pty Ltd who were all finalists and recognises their export achievements and contribution to our economic prosperity.
“I am delighted that these five NT businesses were among the 88 finalists at these prestigious awards,” Senator Scullion said.
“They exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation and I hope they can inspire hundreds of other small Territory businesses to take a punt and become exporters. SRA Information Technology won the Environmental Solutions category last year and it is great to see them named as a finalist again.
“Businesses like these Territory finalists represent the very best Australia has to offer – from small, family-owned businesses to listed corporations, they are making a tangible contribution to the nation.”
“Congratulations to Inpex on its award, with the Inpex project a demonstration of the benefits of collaboration, investment, and two-way trade.
“This project will generate $195 billion in exports over the next 40 years, supporting an average of 1800 full time jobs. Here in the NT, the construction phase of the Ichthys project has had a huge impact on the economy – with a forecast boost to the Territory’s economic footprint of 15 per cent at peak production.
“As well as the billions of export dollars they’re going to underpin 600 jobs year-on-year here in the Northern Territory, and support for contracts with hundreds of local small businesses including 62 indigenous business having been awarded contracts – bringing with a combined value of indigenous business engagement to over $175 million, with more opportunity on the horizon.
“This project is about Australia and Japan working together, together with traditional owners in the Northern Territory, to deliver long-lasting benefits: 40 plus years’ worth of economic dividend, jobs, growth, opportunities into the Northern Territory in particular, but across Australia into Japan and right around our Indo-Pacific region.”
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said this year’s awards recognise the enormous contribution exporters make to Australia.
“Exports create more Australian jobs and strengthen our economy. That’s why the Liberal-National Government continues to provide more opportunities for our exporters to secure new market access across the globe.
“This is an outstanding achievement by these Northern Territory businesses that started as small grassroots operations and are now global businesses exporting their high-quality products and services to the world.
“Congratulations to these NT businesses for the significant contribution you make to the Territory. You should be truly proud of your achievements.”
For more information and a full list of winners and finalists visit: www.exportawards.gov.au.