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State and local governments support trade promotion

The Queensland State Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) are joining forces to ensure regional businesses have even better access to overseas export and investment opportunities.

TIQ Statement of Intent Signing

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville looks on as Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt and Sunshine Coast Mayor and President of the LGAQ, Mayor Mark Jamieson sign the Statement of Intent

The Queensland State Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) are joining forces to ensure regional businesses have even better access to overseas export and investment opportunities.

A Statement of Intent was signed today as the first step in developing a Memorandum of Understanding for promoting and coordinating trade and investment opportunities in Queensland.

The signing took place at Glasshouse Mountains-based firm QCamel that recently started exporting camel milk to Singapore and is seeking wider world markets.

This agreement will allow for opportunities that will assist Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and local governments to better support small businesses like QCamel, which is taking its first steps into exporting its unique products.

The signing of the agreement will enable a faster delivery of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with collaborative actions, which is one of the key initiatives in the recently launched Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022.

The MOU is also one of the elements in the LGAQ’s Advocacy Action Plan recently launched by the LGAQ.

State and local government trade and investment activities need to be well coordinated to produce the best outcomes for exporters, especially SMEs.

Mayor Jamieson said local councils have been pushing for a greater level of cooperation with state government and really are best placed to identify the key export and investment opportunities in regional Queensland.

“With this Statement of Intent, we can now progress towards the MOU that LGAQ wants to see in place to capitalise on trade and investment opportunities that will connect local communities to global markets,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Queensland’s local governments play a key role in championing trade and investment opportunities both in Queensland and in overseas markets.”

Local Government Minister Mark Furner welcomed the signing of the MOU, saying it underlines the important role councils played in economic development.

“Council activities have far reaching impacts and one thing they all recognise is the need for a viable and growing economic base,” Mr Furner said.

“Councils can play a significant role in identifying new trade and investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver strong local economies and new jobs in communities right across our state.”

QCamel Director, Lauren Brisbane, said the company recently started exporting camel milk to Singapore and was looking expand into other markets.

“QCamel has been working with Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) to explore opportunities in New Zealand and the United States,” Ms Brisbane said.

“We have also taken part in the Grow Coastal food accelerator program, through the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast.

“The program has given us amazing opportunities to get a lot of input from a wide range of people who have been there and done that and from entrepreneurs who work with startups.”

Areas of collaboration agreed in the MOU include:

  • planning and coordinating inbound and outbound trade missions
  • trade and investment information programs for local council representatives
  • facilitating business programs such as training for exporters and proponents seeking investment
  • enhanced partnership in growing Queensland’s International Education and Training sector.

The Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022 launched last week by Mr Pitt includes a range of initiatives to increase the state’s share of national overseas exports to 20 per cent and boost the number of Queensland Government-assisted investment outcomes by 20 per cent by 2022.

The strategy’s vision is to position Queensland as Australia’s most innovative and dynamic trading economy.

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Townsville app set to rival world’s best

A humble app developed in Townsville has become a global leader – proving that when businesses are armed with the right tools, they can thrive in the global market from any region of Queensland.

SafetyCulture Townsville appA humble app developed in Townsville has become a global leader – proving that when businesses are armed with the right tools, they can thrive in the global market from any region of Queensland.

SafetyCulture is an innovation-driven North Queensland success story which has created a checklist app to maintain safety and quality in workplaces, and generates eighty per cent of its revenue from exports.

SafetyCulture’s app is currently used by approximately 9,000 companies to conduct 35 million inspections in 80 countries.

The company has gone from strength to strength, exploding in staff numbers from just three employees six years ago in 2011 to employing more than 100 workers today. The company expects to double its employee numbers over the next 12 months.

Having recently launched the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022, the state government’s goal is to assist other North Queensland businesses on their export journey. A new Trade and Investment Queensland office in Townsville is just one of the key elements in achieving this objective.

This strategy highlights the value of a dedicated focus on North Queensland to increase global exposure and access to Asian markets.

SafetyCulture CEO Luke Anear said that 28 per cent of their customers were in the United States, 26 per cent were in the United Kingdom and 18 per cent were Australian.

“The rest of the world is a much bigger opportunity for us and, provided we can keep creating great products, then we can reach even more customers,” Mr Anear said.

Read more on Queensland’s burgeoning knowledge industries sector or contact Trade & Investment Queensland to find out how to expand your business opportunities.

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Queensland citrus growers enjoy record season

Queensland citrus producers – especially in Bundaberg, Emerald, Mareeba and the Central Burnett regions – have been congratulated on a record export season in 2016.

Queensland citrus fruitQueensland citrus producers – especially in Bundaberg, Emerald, Mareeba and the Central Burnett regions – have been congratulated on a record export season in 2016.

The latest trade data from Citrus Australia showed Queensland growers shipped $67 million worth of fruit to overseas consumers, that’s a 30 per cent increase on the previous season’s export figures.

During the season, from January to November 2016, around 34,000 tonnes primarily of mandarins, but also lemons, grapefruit and limes from Queensland, were sent to markets in Asia, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Canada.

Queensland citrus growers are reporting that 2016 was their most successful export season for many years and they are looking to increasing their plantings of new export varieties to capitalise on their export opportunities.

Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), the government’s global business agency, coordinated and supported numerous outbound and inbound trade missions to and from China, Thailand, India, Vietnam and Taiwan during the 2016 season.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson thanked TIQ and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for working with local citrus exporters to overcome market impediments.

“This has included developing new market opportunities in a number of international markets like China, Thailand and India,” she said.

“Queensland has combined citrus plantings totalling approx. 3,590 ha and is the largest producer of mandarins in Australia.

“I’m proud to say that the Bundaberg and Central Burnett regions are the biggest contributor of mandarins to Queensland’s citrus output.”

Citrus Grower Michael McMahon of Abbotsleigh Citrus near Bundaberg said that last year had been a standout year for the Queensland citrus industry.

“We have had good demand and good prices,” Mr McMahon said.

“There has been a combination of factors that have assisted in boosting exports. Apart from the market development work undertaken by TIQ, the lower Australian dollar, which has had a big impact, and the Free Trade Agreements have certainly helped.

“We saw an immediate increase in sales to China once the CHAFTA came into effect.

“The industry is confident about the future of the export market, and certainly we expect that exporting will be where the growth is for our industry.”

Mr McMahon acknowledged the work of TIQ and DAF whose officers worked closely with the region’s citrus growers to find new opportunities after the 2013 floods.

Citrus Australia Market Access Manager David Daniels said demand from Asia has been particularly good for the last couple of seasons and China had really started to perform.

“The top five markets for Queensland mandarins are China, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates,” Mr Daniels said.

The seasonal data from Citrus Australia reflects a continued upward trend in citrus exports with ABS figures showing exports from Queensland in 2015-16 valued at $48.4 million, up 68 per cent from $28.8 million the previous financial year.

Other Queensland crops with surging exports are chickpeas, up 43 per cent from $635 million to $911 million in 2016; and cotton which is up 67 per cent from $439 million to $734 million.

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Queensland Achacha flying to Hong Kong

A north Queensland plantation has become the first in the world to export exotic Achacha fruit on a large scale to the prestigious Hong Kong market.

Queensland Achacha Fruit South Townsville

The Achacha fruit – also known as an achachairú or ‘honey kiss’

A north Queensland plantation has become the first in the world to export exotic Achacha fruit on a large scale to the prestigious Hong Kong market.

In March, Achacha Fruit Plantations at Giru, south of Townsville, flew 1,350kg of fruit (more than 30,000 Achachas) to Wing Kee Produce Ltd, distributors of premium fresh foods to Hong Kong and Macau.

Originally an Amazonian forest fruit known as an achachairu (or ‘honey kiss’), the Achacha is a small, golden fruit with white flesh and a sweet, tangy flavour.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said the Achacha shipment was a milestone for Queensland and Hong Kong.

“Achacha Fruit Plantations run the world’s biggest commercial Achacha farm and are the first growers ever to export Achachas on a large scale to Hong Kong,” he said.

“I’m proud to say that Queensland Achachas will soon be on sale in Hong Kong as a premium product.

“Not only will Achachas introduce a unique flavour to Hong Kong palates, they’ll spread the message that Queensland farmers grow some of the world’s most exclusive produce.”

Achacha Fruit Plantations CEO Bruce Hill said that support from Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) had been critical in securing the export deal.

“A TIQ trade adviser with experience in Hong Kong introduced us to the importer last month and, after a few email exchanges, they placed an order very quickly,” he said.

“We already export to the Middle East, UK and North America, but it’s great to add another premium market like Hong Kong to our export destinations.”

Mr Hill said that the Achacha harvest generally runs from January to April, and that Queenslanders wanting to try an Achacha should ask at their local fruit shop or supermarket.

Read more on Queensland’s food and agribusiness sector or contact TIQ to find out how to expand your business opportunities.

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Australia’s International Business Survey 2017

Queensland exporters and other businesses are being urged to complete Australia’s International Business Survey and add Queensland voices to this critical national study.

Australian International Business Survey 2017Queensland exporters and other businesses are being urged to complete Australia’s International Business Survey and add Queensland voices to this critical national study.

A project of the Export Council of Australia, the annual survey collects comprehensive information on the international activities of Australian companies.

The 2017 survey will be the fourth, and is being delivered by the Export Council in collaboration with Austrade, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, and UTS Business School.

Export Council CEO Lisa McAuley said the survey provided vital, up-to-date information for policy-makers.

“AIBS 2017 will help build our understanding of the international activities of Australian companies, with a specific focus on current international business activities and markets, future business outlook, experience with free trade agreements, and access to finance,” she said.

“Generating AIBS responses is critical to assisting policy-makers to better comprehend the needs of Australian companies engaged in international business.”

Current exporters are particularly encouraged to complete the survey, but other businesses are also urged to contribute their thoughts on any support required to enter the export market.

Businesses have until 31 May to complete the survey.

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Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy launched

A new trade and investment strategy launched in Brisbane on 18 April aims to make Queensland Australia’s most innovative and dynamic trading economy.

A new trade and investment strategy launched in Brisbane on 18 April aims to make Queensland Australia’s most innovative and dynamic trading economy.

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville with Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt at the Strategy launch

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville with Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt at the Strategy launch

Advancing Trade and Investment — Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017­–2022 is designed to increase exports, boost investment, and create more employment for Queenslanders.

Launching the Strategy before a group of business leaders and other stakeholders, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt noted that Queensland was ideally placed to take advantage of massive changes in global markets.

“The world economy is changing, with megatrends like the rise of Asia, a growing global middle class, and digital disruption all affecting our local economy,” he said.

“The new Strategy recognises these trends as immense opportunities for us to create local jobs and thrive in the world’s fastest-growing region.

“It recognises that Queensland is ideally positioned to take advantage of these opportunities – not just in terms of geography, but also because we have what the world needs.”

Treasurer Curtis Pitt launching the Trade and Investment Strategy in Brisbane 18 April 2017

Treasurer Curtis Pitt launching the Trade and Investment Strategy in Brisbane

Mr Pitt said that Queensland already had a strong economy, having outperformed the Australian average for two decades, but that it was critical to build on that strong foundation.

“We need to build and innovate in traditional industries like mining, agriculture, tourism, and education, and expand up-and-coming sectors like renewables, biofutures, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace.

“To achieve this, the Queensland Government has committed $35 million over five years to fund a range of initiatives, including export and e-commerce training for business, more international showcases and trade missions, and expanded overseas trade offices.

“In a fast-moving world, standing still is not an option.”

Learn more about the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy →


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India rise drives Queensland’s export growth

A recent visit to India by the Premier supercharged exports to India and return investment in Queensland.

India rise drives Queensland’s export growth 

Exports to India from Queensland boost economyA recent visit to India by the Premier supercharged exports to India and return investment in Queensland.

India is an important partner for Queensland, and the Government has worked hard to deepen the trading relationship.

Over the last two years export sales to India have increased by $2.2 billion or almost 50%. In the 12 months to January 2017, Queensland exports to India were valued at $6.9 billion compared to $4.7 billion for the 12 months ending January 2015.

India is now the third most valuable export market for Queensland, following China ($13.3 billion) and Japan ($8.7 billion), but ahead of Korea ($6.7 billion).

India is the largest member of the Commonwealth, and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games provide an important opportunity to showcase Queensland – its produce, its ingenuity and its people.

The Premier would be undertaking meetings with key Indian-based businesses, including the leadership of Adani, which is developing the $21 billion Carmichael Coal mine-rail-port project in regional Queensland.

The Carmichael Coal project promises to provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs in regional Queensland.  The Premier is determined to maximise the benefit of this project for Queensland communities and the state economy.

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Queensland’s regions get lion’s share of international education funding

Projects from regional Queensland have dominated the first round of distributions from the State Government’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund.

Queensland International Education FundingProjects from regional Queensland have dominated the first round of distributions from the State Government’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund.

The $6 million fund is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $25.3 million
International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland.

The fund supports innovative industry initiatives aimed at further boosting Queensland’s international education and training sector.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt told more than 350 delegates at the inaugural International Education and Training Summit on the Gold Coast on 28 March that the fund had fast-tracked the selection of an initial 15 projects for funding.

The regions have been big winners so far, receiving $423,645 out of the total $661,240 allocated for fast-tracked projects.

The first round of funding also includes support for a number of whole-of-state initiatives including:

  • Strengthening partnerships between Visitor Information Centre staff and the international education and training community to help them better assist international students;
  • Digital versions of Queensland independent school profiles translated into key languages for electronic marketing activities; and
  • A project to establish Queensland as the offshore delivery champion for vocational education and training in India.

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Queensland’s international education policy shaped by international student panel

Public policy formation in Queensland is taking a unique step by appointing a panel of international students to help shape the state’s international education and training industry.

From left: Sydney Jones, Townsville, USA Josh Alexander, Rockhampton, Namibia Estefania Arteta Molina, Brisbane, Columbia Sua Kim, Brisbane, South Korea Aileen Moore, Sunshine Coast, Scotland Imon Chowdhooree, Brisbane, Bangladesh Amy Nguyen, Gold Coast, Vietnam Dion Lee, Chair of QISAP, Singapore The Hon. Steve Bredhauer, Chair, TIQ Board

Public policy formation in Queensland is taking a unique step by appointing a panel of international students to help shape the state’s international education and training industry.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment met with 10 international student advisors ahead of the inaugural International Education and Training Summit, which opened on 28 March 2017 on the Gold Coast.

The Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP) members are volunteering their time to help develop initiatives that promote Queensland and enhance the student experience.

Young advocates from Colombia, Bangladesh, Germany, Vietnam, Canada, Namibia, Scotland, the United States, Korea and Singapore are enrolled in courses across six Queensland regions – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Rockhampton and Cairns and bring the voice of experience and a unique perspective on international student life.

Queensland is the first state to set up an international student advisory panel and has done so in collaboration with the Council for International Students Australia (CISA).

Members of QISAP and other initiatives in the IET Strategy will provide an excellent opportunity for improving the experience for international students in Queensland and ensuring that international students have a positive experience with the support from the Queensland Government.

The International Education and Training Summit gathers the whole sector, including education and training providers, supporting partners and government to explore ways to create a robust and sustainable IET industry. More than 350 summit delegates, including the panel of students, will explore how to future-proof the growth of the industry, and make Queensland a leading destination for IET in the Asia-Pacific region.

The IET sector generated $2.9 billion in revenue for 2016 and supported 19,000 jobs. The QISAP members will meet to explore and recommend other student-related initiatives such as the International Education Excellence Awards.

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Ground-breaking summit boosts international education sector

More than 350 delegates attended a ground-breaking education summit on the Gold Coast on 28 March 2017.

More than 350 delegates – including 47 visitors from 13 counties – attended a ground-breaking summit on the Gold Coast on 28 March 2017 to explore new ways to grow Queensland’s international education and training sector.

The inaugural International Education and Training (IET) Summit was organised by Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). It was the first time the whole IET sector, including education and training providers, supporting partners – both local and international – and government, had come together to explore ways to create a robust and sustainable IET industry.

The industry generated $2.9 billion in revenue for the state and supported 19,000 jobs in 2016. International education and training is the second largest service export, just behind tourism.

There is enormous potential for growth in the industry as it has increased market share by just 4 per cent, lift potential revenue to $7.5 billion and deliver an extra 6,800 jobs across the state.

Summit delegates explored how to future-proof the growth of the industry and make Queensland a leading destination for IET in the Asia-Pacific region.

A positive turnout at the summit signalled the high-level of interest, passion and energy in the industry to transform the sector.

The theme of the summit was ‘embracing disruption to support the growth of our sector’.

Disruption is one of the biggest challenges for the industry today but it can also be the catalyst for innovations in the sector that leads sustainable growth, more jobs and larger market share.

See here for more information about the International Education & Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026.

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