September 2019

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TIQ welcomes new Townsville Manufacturing Hub

TIQ is one of a number of agencies that will help regional businesses through the new Townsville Manufacturing Hub, which opened on 9 September.

TIQ will work alongside other agencies to support regional businesses through the new Townsville Manufacturing Hub, which opened on 9 September.

The $10 million hub, located at the TAFE Queensland Bohle campus, is expected to help boost the region’s manufacturing productivity and innovation.

The hub is a Queensland Government initiative established to bring local businesses, governments, economic development agencies and educational institutions together and set a path for regional manufacturing growth.

Director of TIQ’s Regional Network Denise Kreymborg said TIQ would support potential exporters who used the hub.

‘Our Regional Action Plan will provide an opportunity for the hub to connect with TIQ and support our clients,’ Ms Kreymborg said.

‘We’re also planning to roll out export and investment workshops that will be promoted through the hub.

‘And we’ll provide hub clients with access to our export and investment support programs.’

The Queensland Government has similar hubs planned for Cairns and Rockhampton as part of its Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

Local businesses in all 3 regions will be able to drop into the hubs and access streamlined help and advice in areas such as:

  • business development
  • skills development and training
  • advanced manufacturing.

The hubs are designed to help regional manufacturers maximise their potential and contribute even more to both local and Queensland economies.

Townsville businesses contributed $840 million to the Queensland economy in 2017–18.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queensland-Tokyo education connection

Queensland’s educational expertise will be shared with Japanese teachers after Study Queensland and the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (TMBOE) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently.

Queensland’s educational expertise will be shared with Japanese teachers after Study Queensland and the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (TMBOE) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently.

The MOU also commits Study Queensland and TMBOE to collaborating on a new initiative, Diverse Link Tokyo (DLT).

TMBOE Director Ms Akiko Mori visited Brisbane in late June to meet with 3 Queensland universities and attend the Queensland International Education and Training Summit.

While she was here, she met with Study Queensland representatives to sign the MOU.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said the MOU would generate opportunities for Queensland’s education professionals to export their world-class expertise.

‘Under the MOU, Queensland institutions will have the opportunity to co-design curriculum with TMBOE and deliver new teacher-training programs to Japanese educators,’ she said.

‘The agreement will also create opportunities to showcase our state’s expertise in the area of STEAM education, and I expect further collaborative projects between Queensland and Japanese students will emerge as a result of this partnership.’

The new DLT initiative is designed to nurture global talent for Society 5.0 – Japan’s blueprint for a ‘super-smart’ society – through science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and experiential leaning, using English as the medium for learning.

More than 5,300 students from Japan chose Queensland as a study destination in 2018.

International education is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with around 135,000 international students injecting more than $5 billion into the state’s economy in 2018.

Along with tourism, it is identified as one of the state’s services export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Exporters asked to share thoughts with federal inquiry

Queensland’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have until 23 September to make submissions to a parliamentary inquiry exploring barriers facing Australian businesses that want to export to overseas markets or attract investment.

Queensland’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have until 23 September to make submissions to a parliamentary inquiry exploring barriers facing Australian businesses that want to export to overseas markets or attract investment.

The Trade and Investment Growth Committee is interested to hear how the Australian Government is facilitating trade and investment – with a focus on new and rapidly growing areas of export – and what they can do better.

Queensland SMEs are encouraged to contribute their thoughts to the inquiry.

The committee is keen to:

  • understand Australian businesses’ ambitions to grow via export and attracting investment
  • identify local regulatory barriers to businesses realising their ambitions
  • identify best-practice regulation that supports export and investment growth while protecting the national interest.

The committee is made up of 9 MPs drawn from both sides of federal politics.

The inquiry was announced on 31 July and will accept submissions until Monday 23 September.

A previous federal inquiry looked at how government can best help Australia’s SMEs take advantage of the export opportunities created by free trade agreements (FTAs).

It found that future FTAs should do more to address the trade barriers facing Australia’s SMEs, and made 10 recommendations to improve trade outcomes for smaller businesses.

Increasing Queensland’s share of national overseas exports and increasing foreign direct investment in Queensland are both goals of the Queensland Government’s Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Grants closing soon for SME export hubs

Queensland business groups and government agencies have until 19 September to apply for grants of up to $1.5 million to facilitate SME export opportunities under the Australian Government’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs funding program.

Queensland business groups and government agencies have until 19 September to apply for grants of up to $1.5 million to facilitate export opportunities under the Australian Government’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs funding program.

The program provides grants to help industry bodies, government agencies and regional development committees establish and operate SME ‘export hubs’ (collaborative groups) across Australia.

The export hubs must support SMEs in one of the following priority sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • cyber security
  • food and agribusiness
  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • mining equipment, technology and services
  • oil, gas and energy resources.

These sectors align with 6 Growth Centres funded by the Australian Government to drive national innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

The export hubs will be expected to collaborate with the relevant Growth Centre to support local SME development.

Grant amounts will range from $150,000 to $1.5 million. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be an incorporated not-for-profit group, a local or state government body, or a Regional Development Australia committee
  • have at least $300,000 in eligible expenditure
  • be able to provide at least 50% of the project cost.

Export hubs can support SMEs of all kinds, including regional, remote and Indigenous businesses.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for the grants close 5pm AEST Thursday 19 September.

Applicants shortlisted as a result of their EOI will then be invited to submit a full application.

For more information on funding programs available to support Queensland exporters, connect with TIQ.

Increasing Queensland exports is one of the targets of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Conference takes Taiwan ties in new directions

Queensland and Taiwan explored opportunities for partnerships in innovation and new energy when delegates got together at the 33rd Joint Conference of the Australia-Taiwan Business Council and the Republic of China-Australia Business Council in Brisbane in August.

Queensland and Taiwan explored opportunities for partnerships in innovation and new energy when delegates got together at the 33rd Joint Conference of the Australia-Taiwan Business Council and the Republic of China-Australia Business Council in Brisbane in August.

The annual conference, sponsored by TIQ and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, is a key platform for dialogue on trade and investment opportunities between Australian states and Taiwan and China.

This year’s program included more than 30 presenters and contributors across a range of sectors, including biomedicine, innovation, energy and resources, and financial services.

TIQ’s Taiwan team secured several speaking slots at the conference for Queensland representatives, including a forum devoted to shared interests between the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan Patrick Hafenstein said the conference had taken the already strong relationship between Queensland and Taiwan in exciting new directions.

‘It was a great opportunity for senior business leaders across industries to share their experiences, opportunities and insights on how we can strengthen the Queensland-Taiwan relationship,’ Mr Hafenstein said.

‘Queensland already has one of the strongest relationships with Taiwan of any Australian state, leading in business partnerships with Taiwan across areas such as resources, tourism, international education, agriculture, migration and investment.

‘And we’re now forging new partnerships across innovation and new energy.’

Mr Hafenstein and Senior Business Development Manager Chris Lin travelled from TIQ Taipei to attend the conference and coordinate a program of meetings between the Taiwanese delegates and Queensland leaders in drones, smart cities, robotics research and innovation.

The program included visits to:

  • Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO’s Data61 to explore research collaborations
  • River City Labs and Fishburners to understand Queensland’s start-up ecosystem
  • TIQ and other Queensland Government agencies to discuss investment opportunities.

During the conference, TIQ Chair Steve Bredhauer also delivered a speech, highlighting recent successful partnerships between Taiwan and Queensland in agriculture, health and innovation.

Mr Bredhauer also talked about opportunities to further strengthen commercial engagement.

The conference ran from 29 to 31 August at the Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art, and was attended by around 200 local, national and overseas delegates.

Showcasing Queensland to world markets and increasing investment outcomes are both priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Finalists announced in Queensland export awards

Forty-four of the state’s leading exporters have been named finalists in this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

Forty-four of the state’s leading exporters have been named finalists in this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

This year’s finalists include businesses from the Gold Coast to Far North Queensland, and showcase the diversity of Queensland’s export sectors across 16 awards categories.

Finalists and winners from previous years are well represented, including Circa Contemporary Circus (finalist – Creative Industries), Australian Language Schools (finalist – International Education and Training), and earthmoving machinery manufacturers Digga Australia, (finalist – Dermot McManus Award for Innovation; also Manufacturing and Advanced Materials).

They are joined by companies named finalists for the first time, including industrial mathematics firm Polymathian (finalist – Technology and Innovation); bikini manufacturer Moana Lifestyle (finalist – E-Commerce); and ‘superfoods’ producer Natural Evolution (finalist – Sustainability; also Emerging Exporter).

This year’s winners will be announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala at Brisbane City Hall on Thursday 10 October.

The black-tie Gala is a key event on Queensland’s business calendar, and is a unique opportunity to network with the state’s most exciting exporters and business influencers.

Guests will include Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and TIQ’s 12 overseas trade commissioners.

Tickets are now available.

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards is one of the many ways that the Queensland Government showcases Queensland’s export strengths, and highlights the contributions exports make to the Queensland economy.

Fostering export growth is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Read the full list of Awards 2019 finalists.

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Torres Strait’s Erub Arts wows London

Remarkable Indigenous artworks from Erub Island in the Torres Strait have wowed London’s art scene and raised awareness of a critical environmental issue, with support from TIQ.

Remarkable Indigenous artworks from Erub Island in the Torres Strait have wowed London’s art scene and raised awareness of a critical environmental issue, with support from TIQ.

The Caught in the Net exhibition at London’s JGM Gallery featured 49 striking, large-scale works by ‘ghost net’ artists from Erub (Darnley) Island, created using plastic pollution collected from the ocean near their home.

Ghost net artists around the world are taking one of the most harmful types of sea plastic – abandoned fishing nets – and transforming it into bold and colorful installations that highlight the growing problem of ocean waste.

In London, the Erub Arts exhibition was opened by Queensland Agent-General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commisisoner for Europe Linda Apelt.

Speaking at the opening, Ms Apelt said the exhibition showcased the vibrant culture and talents of Erub Islanders while also drawing attention to a critical environmental issue.

‘As a Queensland girl who hails from far North Queensland, it gives me great pleasure and is such an honour to welcome the wonderful artists and people of the Erub Islands to London this evening,’ she said.

‘I am delighted to open this magificient exhibition that connects culture and the environment through unique and exceptional creativity.

‘The global campaign against the enormous and harmful impact of ocean plastic waste is brought directly to the forefront through these wonderful marine installations and this growing and hugely respected ghost nets artistic movement.’

The critical and commercial response to the exhibition was extremely positive, with almost half the pieces selling to private and public galleries and collectors, for a total value of around $300,000.

Ms Apelt said this was a very satisfying outcome for both the artists and an ocean charity that would benefit as a result.

‘The UK is the world’s third-largest art market and it’s gratifying to see the appreciation here for unique Indigenous art from Far North Queensland,’ she said.

‘I’d also like to commend JGM Gallery Director Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi, who has committed to donating 10% of sales to the Blue Marine Foundation, a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing.’

The exhibition was accompanied on its trip to London by an Erub Arts delegation led by Elder Uncle Walter Lui and artists Lynette Griffith and Marion Gaemers.

Funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts enabled the delegation to travel to the UK to install the artworks, attend the opening night reception and undertake a study tour in London and Cambridge afterwards.

TIQ supported the exhibition by co-hosting the opening with the Australian High Commission, and promoting the exhibition through its networks, including through a special viewing for TIQ Europe’s ‘Friends of Queensland’ network.

The exhibition ran from 13 June to 17 August.

Promoting Queensland exports is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queensland Parliament welcomes international students

More than 100 students from 35 countries met with members of parliament and experts from education and industry at Study Queensland’s ‘International Students Meet Parliament’ (ISMP) event at Parliament House in Brisbane recently.

More than 100 students from 35 countries met with members of parliament and experts from education and industry at Study Queensland’s ‘International Students Meet Parliament’ (ISMP) event at Parliament House in Brisbane recently.

The event wrapped up the International Student Leaders’ Forum (ISLF), a leadership program held in Brisbane on 20 August.

During the forum, students participated in a variety of workshops that connected them with experts in employability, cultural capability, and other areas essential to building their future careers and developing leadership skills.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said it was important for international students to know they are welcome in Queensland and that they have a great deal to contribute here.

‘We appreciate international students choosing our state to enhance their futures,’ Mr Martyn said.

‘But the contribution they make to Queensland’s social fabric is just as important.

‘They enrich our communities, establish international networks, enhance Queensland’s global standing, and create lifelong friendships.’

International and domestic student leaders taking part in the event were drawn from areas around the state, including Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

This is the third year for both the ISLF and ISMP events.

The forum was hosted by TIQ’s Study Queensland team in partnership with the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP).

QISAP, an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026, brings together international students from across the state to provide Study Queensland with insights and input.

International education and training is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with more than 137,000 international students enrolling in Queensland in 2018 – a record number.

It is identified as one of Queensland’s export priorities in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Summer Land Camels joins Amazon Launchpad

Queensland’s Summer Land Camels is set to write the next chapter of its export success story after being invited to participate in Amazon Launchpad, which recently opened in Australia.

Queensland’s Summer Land Camels is set to write the next chapter of its export success story after being invited to participate in Amazon Launchpad, which recently opened in Australia.

Launchpad is essentially a store-within-a-store on the Amazon site, giving local direct-to-consumer brands a new platform to launch, promote, market and distribute their products.

Amazon also gives Launchpad businesses marketing support, along with access to Amazon’s local delivery network for free.

Summer Land Camels was the only Queensland company selected to participate in the Australian Launchpad program after TIQ Ipswich suggested they apply.

Summer Land is Australia’s largest camel dairy, producing milk, cheese, feta and skincare products on its 850-acre property in Harrisville within Brisbane’s Scenic Rim.

Principal Trade and Investment Officer Julie Mark, from TIQ’s Ipswich office, said the initiative would be a great way for the company to test its unique range of pure camel milk skincare products in new export markets.

‘Amazon Launchpad is a great platform for testing products internationally to see where the demand is,’ Ms Mark said.

‘It can also ease some of the challenges new exporters face when exporting into new markets.

‘TIQ has been helping Summer Land Camels with their export journey for more than 2 years, and we’re very pleased to see them selected for this amazing opportunity with Amazon.’

Summer Land Camels is currently exporting to Hong Kong and New Zealand, with co-founder Jeff Flood reporting the company is actively seeking to expand its export markets to include Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the EU and USA.

‘The lead TIQ gave us about the Amazon Launchpad program has given us another platform to grow our business,’ Mr Flood said.

‘It’s also helping us showcase what Brisbane’s Scenic Rim and Queensland have to offer.

‘The advice, guidance and support we’ve received from Julie have been instrumental in growing our business.’

Summer Land Camels products will appear in 9 Amazon markets around the world, with 13 products in its Pure Camel Milk Artisan Range already available on Amazon.

If you’re in the Ipswich region and would like some help exporting your products, contact TIQ.

Showcasing Queensland products to international markets is one of the initiatives of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Gold Coast lifeguards keep surfers safe during Peru Games

Gold Coast Surf City Inc (GCSC) lifeguards helped keep competitors safe at the recent Pan American Games in Peru, after TIQ introduced GCSC to the Games organisers.

Gold Coast Surf City Inc (GCSC) lifeguards helped keep competitors safe at the recent Pan American Games in Peru, after TIQ introduced GCSC to the Games organisers.

TIQ Latin America (LatAm) worked with GCSC to help them win the tender to provide lifeguards during the Games’ surfing events.

GCSC is a not-for-profit association set up in 2010 by City of Gold Coast to encourage and liaise with the local surf industry, which injects around $3.3 billion into the Coast economy each year.

GCSC President John Nielsen said Queensland’s excellent surf safety skills meant the GCSC team was perfect for this challenging role at the Games.

‘The key to our success was a safe, incident-free event in very dangerous conditions with waves of 12–15 feet,’ Mr Nielsen said.

‘I believe only our GCSC Water Patrol had the elite ocean skills to deliver such a perfect preventative-action performance.

‘And only a Queenslander, and maybe a handful of Big Wave Hawaiian Lifeguard tow-in pros, could have delivered such an effort.’

Mr Nielsen and his team of 2 professional lifeguards were on standby as the surfers and stand-up paddle (SUP) competitors took to the water.

They were supported by Peru’s National Police Rescue Squad, who received 4 days of intense training from GCSC before the event.

TIQ’s Santiago office has been introducing GCSC to industries and government agencies in Chile and Peru.

In July and August 2018 GCSC lifeguards and trainers travelled to Arica in northern Chile, where they provided training for 28 of the city’s beach lifeguards.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Latin America Alex Pessagno said the Gold Coast’s surf culture played a big part in GCSC securing the tender.

‘The Gold Coast surf lifeguards have an incredible reputation, both in Australia and around the world,’ Mr Pessagno said.

‘And with surfing making its debut at the Pan American Games, we knew the organisers would want the event to go as smoothly as possible.

‘So it made sense to back the GCSC bid as much as we could.’

The XVIII Pan American Games ran from 26 July to 11 August, with the surfing events held at Punta Rocas beach in Lima.

Forming international partnerships is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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