Several Northern Territory businesses are finalists in the 55th Australian Export Awards, recognising success in putting Australian innovation and expertise on a global stage.
Charles Darwin University is in the running to win the education and training award, to be announced at the ceremony in Canberra on 5 December.
The International College of Advanced Education is another Territory finalist in the small business award and ServiceM8, which created a management app for people operating their own field-based trade, in the digital technologies award.
SRA Information Technology, based in Darwin, offers solutions to assist clients to meet environment and sustainability goals and compliance requirements, is a finalist in the environmental solutions award.
The Consolidated Pastoral Company, which owns 16 cattle stations across Northern Australia, is a finalist in the agribusiness award while Ekistica, which provides engineering and project implementation services for infrastructure and essential services projects, is in the regional exporter award.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the awards celebrate the international success of local companies, recognising their export achievements and contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity.
“I am delighted that the Territory businesses continue to punch well above our weight with six of the 77 finalists from the Northern Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“More than a third of this year’s finalists are classified as small businesses, with 20 or fewer staff, and for 59 per cent of finalists, exports comprised more than half their revenue,” Senator Scullion said.
“Together, they generated more than $3.9 billion in export sales in 2016–17 and employed more than 31,000 people.”
“Businesses like these 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.”
One of the finalists will be named the Australian Exporter of the Year and the winner of the Investment Award will also be announced by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government recognises creating new and significant export opportunities for Australian businesses means more exports and jobs.
“The Coalition Government is pursuing the most ambitious trade agenda in Australia’s history to open up more opportunities for businesses like these NT finalists.”
The Australian Export Awards are co-presented by Austrade and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For more information and a full list of finalists visit:http://www.exportawards.gov.au.