An export business from the Northern Territory could become Australia’s exporter of the year.
Entries are now open for the 2018 Australian Export Awards, celebrating the success of Australian products and services on the global stage.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, encouraged local exporters to enter the 56th annual awards, co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Due to the efforts of the CLP in opening up new markets and expanding existing markets Territory exporters have never had more opportunities to sell their product overseas.
“At last year’s awards Territory company SRA Information Technology won the Environmental Solutions category for their excellence in business software solutions and environmental data management systems.
“Northern Territory export businesses contribute significantly to the local economy and jobs and it would be great to see a local business recognised again with a national award,” Senator Scullion said.
Applicants first enter into the Territory export awards program, before the winners progress to the finals of the national event in Canberra in December.
Applications are accepted across 13 national export award categories, including the new Emerging Exporters category for businesses just starting their export journey, demonstrating Australia’s diverse export sector. Other categories include Digital Technologies, e-Commerce, Health and Biotechnology, Regional Exporter and Small Business.
Australia’s exporters make a substantial contribution to our economy. Last year, the Australian Export Awards’ 77 national finalists generated more than $3.9 billion in export sales in 2016-17 and employed more than 31,000 people.
“Territory exporters are enjoying unprecedented access to the world as the Coalition Government pursues Australia’s most ambitious trade agenda,” Senator Scullion said.
“Earlier this year the Coalition concluded the TPP-11, which will eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in a trade zone with a combined GDP of $13.7 trillion, and next month we will launch negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union.
“These agreements build on the north Asian trade agreements the Coalition secured with China, Japan and Korean.”
Visit www.exportawards.gov.au for more information and how to enter.