June 2017

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New screening rules for US-bound air freight from 1 July

From 1 July 2017, all air freight sent directly from Australia to the US will need to comply with additional security screening requirements under new Australian legislation.

US Air FreightFrom 1 July 2017, all air freight sent directly from Australia to the US will need to comply with additional security screening requirements under new Australian legislation.

Queensland businesses that export or forward freight to the USA by air will be affected by the changes, and need to take steps to comply by the start date.

From 1 July, all air cargo being transported to the USA must either be examined at piece level (box, carton, pallet or another deconsolidated form) or originate from a ‘Known Consignor’. Affected businesses will either need to have their cargo inspected by an approved freight agent, or become approved as a Known Consignor.

You can find out more about the new requirements on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.

A free webinar on how to comply is also available from the Export Council of Australia.

The new requirements have been imposed on all airlines by the US Government, with a non-negotiable start date of 1 July.

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Cairns International Student Local Engagement Project

The Cairns Student Hub builds on the Cairns International Student Engagement program, which ensures international students feel both welcome and safe, and experience a strong sense of belonging to the local community throughout their stay in Cairns.

Cairns International StudentConsortium: Study Cairns

The Project: Cairns Student Hub

About the project:

The Cairns Student Hub builds on the Cairns International Student Engagement program, which ensures international students feel both welcome and safe, and experience a strong sense of belonging to the local community throughout their stay in Cairns.

Other initiatives of the program are The International Student Friendship Ceremony, Airport Welcome Desks, student and community integration programs, collection of data and research on student needs, and marketing activities.

During the ceremony students will be given a taste of Cairns tropical hospitality with a catered cruise alongside Study Cairns member organisation representatives. The Mayor, Cr Bob Manning OAM, will also formally welcome students.

The Cairns International Student Engagement program improves the experience of international students studying and living in Cairns. It provides a connected network of touch points for students so they feel supported and can make the most of their time in the region.

Learn more about the IET Partnership Fund and lodge your application before this round closes on 17 July 2017.

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IET Regional Roadshow proving to be a valuable experience

The IET Regional Roadshow is proving to be a valuable experience for all involved as representatives of the IETU travel around the state during June to consult and collaborate with industry.

IET Regional Roadshow 2017The IET Regional Roadshow is proving to be a valuable experience for all involved as representatives of the IETU travel around the state during June to consult and collaborate with industry.

The IETU have been very impressed so far with the turnout, which reflects the enthusiasm of the industry to get involved in networking and planning for the future of the sector. The start of the Roadshow also coincided with the announcement of the IET Partnership Plan – attendees have the chance to contribute their opinions at one of the Partnership Plan workshops when the Roadshow comes to their region.

The Roadshow will visit Cairns, Townsville, Gympie, the Sunshine Coast, and Rockhampton over the coming weeks. There is still time to register for the remaining Regional Roadshow events.

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Chinese investor migration agents focus on Townsville

Townsville is the focus of an inbound delegation of Chinese migration agents who help their clients identify investment opportunities.

Chinese investor migration agent focus on TownsvilleTownsville is the focus of an inbound delegation of Chinese migration agents who help their clients identify investment opportunities.

Nineteen delegates are taking part in the familiarisation visit from 12-16 June, which includes a day in Brisbane and four days in and around Townsville.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment welcomed the visitors as it was the perfect time to be looking to the north of the state for investment opportunities. Tour delegates will spend most of their time in and around Townsville.

Strong economic performance in North Queensland is driving opportunities in a diverse range of industries including agribusiness and aquaculture, biofutures, technology-based resource extraction of coal, LNG and minerals, renewable energy, tropical medical research and tourism.

Queensland offers diverse investment opportunities and has a number of unique mechanisms to support industry development for investors.

The Queensland Government is committed to attracting international investment as it is a key driver of the economy and with that comes jobs.

This mission, organised by Trade & Investment Queensland’s Business and Skilled Migration Unit (BSMQ), aligns with the focus of our Trade and Investment Strategy on north Queensland and with BSMQ’s regional engagement plan.

Delegates will see presentations from all levels of government, financial institutions and key business and investment stakeholders.

Other activities include site visits and a networking and business-matching event, which will be attended by 20 private local companies.

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Commonwealth Games boost trade and investment opportunities

Business leaders, investors and heads of government from across the world will be encouraged to tap into Queensland’s exciting investment, trade and business opportunities as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games 2018Business leaders, investors and heads of government from across the world will be encouraged to tap into Queensland’s exciting investment, trade and business opportunities as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As part of Trade 2018, a purpose-built international trade and investment centre will be used as a place for business and government leaders to meet during the Games – known as Commonwealth House and built on the beachfront in the heart of Broadbeach.

The Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the state of Queensland. This is about letting the world know that Queensland is open for business.

Commonwealth House is central to Trade 2018, which was launched in London in March, when the Queen’s Baton Relay began its journey across Commonwealth nations.

In London, the Premier invited key government, business and community leaders to join the Games in Queensland and experience the best it has to offer, including exciting investment and trade opportunities available through Trade 2018.

It’s a unique opportunity to strengthen Queensland’s ties with their trading partners.

Queensland has a lot of untapped potential and the Games, along with Trade 2018, will show the world what it has to offer. It’s about delivering a positive legacy.

Over the months leading up to the Games, the Gold Coast and Queensland will be showcased through inbound business and trade missions from key international markets in targeted industry sectors.

Trade 2018 would culminate with a program of trade and investment-focused activities delivered in parallel with the Games next year. These events will be hosted at Commonwealth House and the venue will welcome leaders from across the world, showcasing trade and investment opportunities.

It’s about establishing the Gold Coast as a world-class city, while creating a lasting legacy for years to come.

The Games aim to promote the Gold Coast beyond the sporting world, showcasing the city’s reputation as a place of unique opportunity with an enviable lifestyle – a place where people can live, work, study and invest.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from 4 – 15 April 2018. Commonwealth House will officially open from 25 March – 16 April 2018. For more information on the Games visit www.gc2018.com.

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Queenslanders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Queen's birthday honor listExtraordinary Queenslanders have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List, with 108 praised for their commitment and service to industry and community.

The Queen’s Honours List was an opportunity to recognise and congratulate outstanding Australians who have made a real difference in Queensland communities. The 108 great Queensland men and women are from all walks of life, but they all share the same outstanding quality – they have all worked tirelessly in their respective fields to enrich our community.

From extraordinary commitment to their profession, or dedication to community service, they are always striving to make Queensland and Australia a better place to live and for giving back to communities.

Deputy Chair of Trade and Investment Queensland, Professor Ian O’Connor, has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Premier acknowledged the diversity of recipients who come from a range of fields including business, medicine, law, primary industries, philanthropy, education and the arts.

They are leaders making life better in communities and, in many cases, around the world.
Some are well known to the public, but others are quiet achievers who work untiringly at a grassroots level to help others.

Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University Professor Ian O’Connor were among the group of 108 Queenslanders recognised with an honour – made a companion to the Order of Australia.

Professor O’Connor has been recognised for his eminent service and leadership in the tertiary education sector as Vice Chancellor of one of our State’s largest and most innovative universities, Griffith University, and is also Deputy Chair of Trade and Investment Queensland.

A full list of the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List is available on the Governor-General’s website at www.gg.gov.au.

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Apply now for 2017-18 IET Partnership Fund Round 1

The next round of the $6 million International Education and Training (IET) Partnership Fund opened on Thursday, 1 June 2017.

IET Partnership Fund Round 1

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Hon. Curtis Pitt MP, announcing the opening of the 2017–18 Round 1 IET Partnership Fund.

The next round of the $6 million International Education and Training (IET) Partnership Fund opened on Thursday, 1 June 2017. The pilot round of the program supported 21 projects totaling $1.2 million that have the capacity to boost Queensland’s IET sector.

The IET Partnership Fund supports grassroots initiatives from providers, local governments, community organisations and students. Projects dmay range from $5,000 to $150,000 and all sectors of the industry are invited to apply.

The fund is part of the Queensland Government’s $25.3 million International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland.

Applications close Monday, 17 July 2017.

See the IET Partnership Fund website for more information, or join us at an IET Regional Roadshow event in June, where you can participate in a Partnership Fund workshop or book a one-on-one consultation about your project.

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Treasurer congratulates Ipswich consortia at IET Regional Roadshow kick-off

The Ipswich Roadshow is the first of a series of events that will take representatives of Trade and Investment Queensland’s International Education and Training Unit (IETU) all over the state to consult and collaborate with industry.

IET Regional RoadshowThe Ipswich Roadshow is the first of a series of events that will take representatives of Trade and Investment Queensland’s International Education and Training Unit (IETU) all over the state to consult and collaborate with industry.

At the opening of the event, the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Hon. Curtis Pitt MP, announced the opening of the 2017–18 Round 1 IET Partnership Fund.

‘Regional enrolments are up with almost 35,000 students studying outside Brisbane. Our regional diversity is our strength. We want to capitalise on that and support as many great IET projects as we can’, said Hon. Curtis Pitt MP.

He congratulated the Ipswich Region Education Consortium who received funding to explore the feasibility of developing an education cluster in the Ipswich region.

The Treasurer also met with Ipswich City Council, and visited the Union Institute of Language in Springfield to welcome more than 100 international students from Japan and China.

The IETU were impressed with the turn out that reflects the enthusiasm of the industry to get involved in networking and planning for the future of the sector. The start of the Roadshow also coincided with the announcement of the IET Partnership Plan — attendees have the chance to contribute their opinions at one of the Partnership Plan workshops when the Roadshow comes to their region.

The Roadshow travelled to Moreton Bay on Friday, where the IETU met with many of the local providers, including schools looking to move into the international space. MPs and other local government representatives attended the event to network with businesses and to discuss IET issues that are important to the region.

The Roadshow will visit Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Toowoomba, Fraser Coast, Brisbane, Redlands, Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Mackay, Cairns, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast, and Rockhampton. Registration details for the Regional Roadshow can be found here.

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Export and investment success stories in new TIQ video

Five businesses in Queensland share their success stories in the new Advancing Trade and Investment video produced by TIQ.

TIQ video Advancing TIQFive businesses in Queensland share their success stories in the new Advancing Trade and Investment video produced by TIQ.

Three Queensland exporters reveal how TIQ helped them achieve their goal of breaking into foreign markets, while two overseas businesses explain why they chose to establish in Queensland with TIQ’s support.

Featured in the video are Dan Rodger from JBP Pacific, Bicheng Yang from BGI Genomics, Kees Versteeg from Qualipac, David McBryde from Taurus Mining Solutions, and Carol Doyle from Study Cairns.

If you are a Queensland business seeking export advice, or considering establishing or investing in an Australian business, TIQ can provide expert advice.

The video was produced as part of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022. The Strategy outlines 22 new initiatives, which are underpinned by $35 million in new funding over the next five years. Learn more and download the Strategy at www.tiq.qld.gov.au/ti-strategy/.

Themes include:

  • Developing future leaders
  • Improving the client experience
  • Supporting businesses
  • Strengthening the regions
  • Expanding our international presence
  • Promoting Queensland globally.

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Chinese students win Queensland Cup

A group of up 20 Chinese students from Chengdu High School were successful in securing a three week education and lifestyle trip in Queensland by winning the Queensland Cup.

A group of 20 Chinese students from Chengdu High School were successful in securing a three week education and lifestyle trip in Queensland by winning the Queensland Cup.

The Queensland Government has been running the Queensland Cup English speech competitions since 2001 in Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin to promote collaboration and friendship between Chinese and Australian students.

This is the ninth Queensland Cup competition and high school students from Chengdu were asked to submit videos introducing Chengdu’s cultural, natural or social environment with the winning students chosen for their communication and creativity skills.

These competitions are a fantastic opportunity to promote Queensland’s world-class international education and training sector in China.

Queensland’s international education and training sector generated $2.9 billion in export revenue and supported around 19,000 jobs, making it the state’s second-largest service export behind tourism. Deloitte Access Economics estimates that with the right strategy in place, this industry could be worth $7.5 billion in export income each year and create 6,800 more jobs for Queensland by 2026.

There are currently 22,000 Chinese students studying in Queensland, making up nearly 20 per cent of the overall international education and training numbers.

There were 180 video entries and the winners will experience Queensland’s wonderful lifestyle and participate in activities at a number of education institutes with local students. This will be a great opportunity for Australian and Chinese students to learn from each other and to promote respect and understanding of diverse experiences across the globe.

The Queensland Cup not only promotes Queensland as a study destination for Chinese students but also exposes Australian students to the benefits of international education opportunities.

The Government’s global business agency, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), promoted and managed the competition, supported by 19 organisations, which are providing more than $110,000 worth of in-kind sponsorship.

The winners arrive in August and will be based in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast.

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