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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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Applications open for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards

Applications are now open for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, with small and large exporters across the state encouraged to enter.

Export Awards Launch Brisbane

Dush Wimal, CEO of SmartCap Technologies (winner of Queensland’s 2016 Exporter of the Year award), with Minister Curtis Pitt, at the 2017 launch.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, with small and large exporters across the state encouraged to enter.

Entrants can choose from twelve national award categories and three Queensland-specific categories, including agribusiness, manufacturing, digital technologies, education and training, and, for the first time, a Queensland Defence Industry Award.

Speaking at the Brisbane launch of the awards on 17 May, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt acknowledged the tremendous effort made by local exporters.

Also speaking at the launch, Export Council of Australia CEO Lisa McAuley urged local exporters to enter.

“The Queensland Export Awards are about rewarding businesses that have shown a commitment and determination to grow their global business and who, against adversity, seek new innovative ways to compete on the international stage,” Ms McAuley said.

“The program is open to all companies engaged in international business activities, regardless of size or location, and is a fantastic opportunity for any business to raise their profile both in Australia and overseas.”

More than 100 exporters attended the launch, where they also heard a panel of export leaders discuss ways to increase market access for trade.

Applications for the awards close 7 August, with finalists notified in September and winners announced at a presentation dinner on 19 October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

2017 National Award Categories 2017 Qld-specific Award Categories
Agribusiness Dermot McManus Award for Innovation
Creative Industries Tom Burns Award for Women in International Business
Education and Training Richard Joel Award for Emerging Exporter
Environmental Solutions Defence Industry Award
Digital Technologies
e-Commerce
Manufacturing
Health and Biotechnology
Minerals and Energy
Business Services
Regional Exporter
Small Business
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Queensland English Language Schools on show for Taiwanese Inbound Delegation Tour

Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) were pleased to host the Queensland leg of the Austrade Taiwan agents familiarisation (famil).

Queensland English Language Schools tourTrade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) were pleased to host the Queensland leg of the Austrade Taiwan agents familiarisation (famil). Taiwan is one of Queensland’s most important markets – one in three Taiwanese students in Australia chooses to study in Queensland.

The tour was very successful in promoting Queensland English Language institutions. Delegates started their first day of touring at Aviation Australia, followed by a meeting with Hon. Curtis Pitt MP and finishing with the grand opening of a new campus for BROWNS English Language School. In the following days they visited Viva College, Site International, TAFE Queensland Skillstech, Brisbane Student Hub and Student One.

Thank you to all our partners for providing an engaging program and highlighting the prestigious institutions we have on offer in Queensland.

Get in touch with us if you are interested in being involved in our upcoming tours.

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Featured IET Partnership Consortium: Spotlight on the 2017 Gold Coast Careers Festival

The 2017 Gold Coast Careers Festival was held last week attracting over 5,000 attendees including current and prospective students, and job seekers.

IETU International Student Zone Gold CoastThe 2017 Gold Coast Careers Festival was held last week attracting over 5,000 attendees – it is the Gold Coast’s largest and most comprehensive careers event and it was supported by the Queensland State Government as part of the IET Partnership Fund.

Total Grant: $27,680.

Consortium members: Study Gold Coast and its members.

Project goal: Deliver a tailored, valuable and relevant Careers Festival experience and; raise the Gold Coast’s profile as a world class education and training destination offering exciting and diverse career opportunities.

Who attended: Over 5,000 attendees — current and prospective students, and job seekers.

Project firsts: The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games recruitment hub; and a dedicated International Student Zone, which provided study, visa, accommodation and lifestyle information all in one place.

Program highlights: Inspiring presentations, practical skills workshops, and an Employment Precinct where students met with prospective employers.

Project achievements and outcomes: ‘We were thrilled with the turn-out for the Festival. We provided a great mix of information, practical help, networking and inspiration that will help students achieve better employment outcomes.

“It has been really satisfying to hear students say they can now see a pathway from study right through to a long-term career.” Shannon Willoughby, CEO, Study Gold Coast.

Read about more projects that have received funding from the Queensland Government in the Fast-tracked Pilot Round. If you would like more information on how to apply for Round 1 of the IET Partnership Fund, please contact us or book a one-on-one consultation at one of our IET Regional Roadshow events.

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Argentina becomes new market focus for Queensland METS

Queensland’s world-class mining technology and innovation will be on show when five Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies head to Latin America to take part in a major mining exhibition from 9 May to 11 May in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Queensland’s world-class mining technology and innovation will be on show when five Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies head to Latin America to take part in a major mining exhibition from 9 May to 11 May in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Arminera trade show is an ideal opportunity for local METS companies to put their products and services in front of international mining professionals.

Arminera attracts the main players from the global mining sector for three days of exhibits, which includes the latest technological developments in machinery, tools, accessories, services and logistics.

Queensland’s METS companies have already secured over $4 million in export deals into Latin America this financial year thanks to assistance from Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), the government’s global business agency.

TIQ is working hard to find new opportunities and partners for Queensland METS companies, which have been hit by the slowdown in the global mining industry. Recent reforms and new policies aimed at attracting increased foreign investment to Argentina means there are now many new opportunities for Queensland METS companies.

Queensland companies have extensive experience meeting the varied and complex needs of our own resource industry so they are well positioned to help Argentina realise the potential of its mining industry.

TIQ has also arranged a networking event that will put Queensland companies in direct contact with key players in the Latin American mining sector. This supports the recently launched Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022 and $35 million funding available over five years aimed to take advantage of new opportunities around the world.

Five Queensland METS companies are attending Arminera:

  • Diamond Grid: Beaudesert-based inventor and manufacturer of an interlocking grid to produces a multi-layer drainage system that reduces erosion and compaction.
  • Ausenco – South Brisbane-based engineering and project management company that services the global resource and energy sectors.
  • Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) – St Lucia-based leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry.
  • Dynamics G-EX – Sunshine Coast-based company that supplies a range of geological and exploration equipment nationally and internationally, particularly the world-renowned Discoverer Core Tray range of products.
  • GroundProbe – Newmarket-based technology company behind slope stability radars, which enable mines to increase productivity, profitability and safety.

Trade & Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s global business agency for business trade and investment and can help your business expand globally, connect with TIQ today.

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Queensland’s produce on show at Asia’s premier food and hospitality show

HOFEX – Asia’s biggest food and hospitality show in Hong Kong has Queensland’s produce on display with almost 20 businesses on the trade mission this month.

HOFEX – Asia’s biggest food and hospitality show in Hong Kong has Queensland’s produce on display with almost 20 businesses on the trade mission this month.

Cairns-based professional chef Clinton Fang Yuen gave a cooking demonstration at the Taste of Queensland networking luncheon as part of HOFEX using produce from co-exhibitors at the show.

Nineteen companies producing wines, dried fruit and nuts, honey, fruit juices, poultry, seafood, bakery products and even ice cream were on display as part of the Queensland Government booth at HOFEX.

It was the first trade mission under the new Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022, which was launched recently.

HOFEX is a biennial food and beverage trade show targeting the hospitality and food sector that attracts over 40,000 buyers from Hong Kong, China, and north-east Asian markets.

As part of the new strategy, the Queensland Government committed to helping more local companies into overseas markets through key showcase events.

HOFEX is the first of these and is able to start delivering on commitments within a month of the launch of the strategy.

The opportunity for delegates on the mission allows them to showcase Queensland’s outstanding food and beverage products to key importers, buyers, supermarkets and food servicing companies in a region which simply can’t get enough of what our state has to offer.

Queensland has a reputation for producing a range of premium food and beverages in a clean, green and safe environment which is why demand for Queensland products continues to grow, particularly in Asia.

Delegates from 23 companies from the Gold Coast to Cairns are participating in the mission, which runs from 8-13 May 2017.

There are two stages to the mission:

  • HOFEX 2017, Hong Kong (8-11 May)
  • Taipei, Taiwan (12-13 May)

Eleven companies will continue on to Taiwan to explore further business opportunities where they will meet with prospective buyers ranging from food importers, food distribution companies to supermarket buyers.

Contact Trade & Investment Queensland to find out how to expand your business opportunities.

April 2017

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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.

Connect with Trade and Investment Queensland today to further opportunities for your business.

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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.

Contact Trade & Investment Queensland to find out how to expand your business opportunities.

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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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