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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

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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Queensland-Japan bond strengthened with new agreement

The Queensland Government has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.

Japan-Queensland Memorandum of CooperationThe Queensland Government has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, providing new opportunities for growth in Queensland’s exports of agriculture and aquaculture industries.

The memorandum will further strengthen economic, trade and business relations especially for regional exporters and will seek to boost both Queensland and Japan’s exports of agricultural, food and fishery products into south-east Asian markets.

It will also allow Queensland and Japan to share knowledge and skills in a range of fields including crop cultivation, innovative technologies and supply chain transport and logistics.

Another key aspect of the memorandum is to encourage Japanese investment in collaborative agriculture and aquaculture projects in North Queensland.

As a region, North Queensland offers great diversity in the range of commodities being cultivated, counter seasonal production and proximity to south-east Asian markets which creates potential investment opportunities in aquaculture and the cultivation of culinary soy beans.

Last financial year, Queensland’s agricultural exports to Japan were valued at $1.5 billion with our primary producers providing 38 per cent of Australia’s agriculture exports to Japan.

Trade and Investment Queensland’s Commissioner in Japan, Tak Adachi, has been working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to facilitate the Memorandum of Cooperation and to expand Queensland’s relationship with the Japanese government.

TIQ also continues to work directly with Queensland companies to promote their products to Japanese consumers.

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Return visit from Jakarta Government sparks interest in Queensland beef

The Queensland beef industry sparks interest with a returning visit from Jakarta Province Government (Indonesia) in March to discuss livestock, transport welfare and food safety regulation.

Queensland Beef CattleThe Queensland beef industry sparks interest with a returning visit from Jakarta Province Government (Indonesia) in March to discuss livestock, transport welfare and food safety regulation.

The focus of the four day visit was to gain a detailed understanding of Queensland’s beef supply chains. The former Queensland Agriculture Minister met and visited with the Governor of Jakarta and his official staffs in Indonesia last September and this visit is a return visit from Jakarta Provincial Government to further build the connections and learn about the beef supply chain.

The Governor of Jakarta is implementing a program to provide cheap or subsidised meat for 600,000 students from low-income families. Therefore, Dharma Jaya as the state owned enterprise has been given a mandate to source secondary cuts to fulfill the Governor’s program. The delegates met with Queensland beef suppliers with the prospect of importing beef of 5-7 containers per month in the next 7 months.

Representatives visited a beef cattle breeding farm in Queensland and are currently planning to build the first breeding program in West Java and East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia and learn about best practice in breeding technique, feed management and cattle productivity.

Jakarta as capital city of Indonesia is consuming 60,000 tons of beef products annually, 90% of which is from import, mostly from Australia. Despite being in a moderate rate of consumption, they are still experiencing shortage of cattle supply. Through their breeding and farming program, they plan to further strengthen their beef supply for Jakarta.

Their tour of Port of Brisbane provided an opportunity to see what commodities flow through the port and see the stevedores use automated container handling equipment.

A visit to TAFE Queensland focussed on expert advice to assist and provide advice on how the abattoir in Jakarta can be improved for hygienic processing and review on their standard of procedure. TAFE Queensland is preparing their proposal for their services.

Delegates from DKI Jakarta Province Government (Indonesia) included the Department of Marine, Agriculture, and Food Security; Economic Bureau; Division of Animal Husbandry, Department of Marine, Agriculture, and Food Security; CEO of PD Dharma Jaya and staff of the Governor.

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Griffith University alumnus awarded prestigious Taiwan-Australia prize

Griffith University QueenslandThe prestigious Taiwan-Australia Distinguished Alumni of the Year 2017 prize was awarded to a high-profile international alumnus from Griffith University for ongoing research into public health.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt MP congratulated Professor Jin Ding Lin who was recognised at a gala dinner in Taipei in front of 300 Australian alumni, sponsors and guests.

Professor Jin Ding completed his PhD in public health at Griffith University in 2000 and went on to develop a world-class research and teaching team at the prestigious National Defence University in Taiwan.

The award acknowledged his distinguished career as Professor of Public Health where he developed an international reputation in health services management, health promotion, health welfare, disability and primary health care. His ongoing research addresses a range of health policy and health services issues, particularly concerning the elderly and people with disabilities.

Last year Queensland hosted over 111,500 international students in an industry that generates more than $2.9 billion per year in foreign exchange earnings and supports 19,000 jobs across the state.

Overseas students are encouraged to choose Queensland as their study destination of choice – it offers a great lifestyle in which to study and further their career opportunities.

Queensland is a preferred destination for students from Taiwan, with 4,500 of the 15,000 student enrolments from Taiwan coming to Queensland.

Australia is second only to the United States as the preferred international study destination for Taiwanese students and Queensland is the most popular state destination within Australia for those students. Taiwanese students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses generated growth by 29 per cent in 2016.

Contact Trade & Investment Queensland today to discuss education opportunities in Queensland.

March 2017

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Queensland’s smart cities technology embraced by Dubai

An innovative tech company in Queensland has signed a deal to progress its smart cities technology across a major development in Dubai thanks to support from the Queensland global business agency, Trade and Investment Queensland.

Redback Technologies Solar energyAn innovative tech company in Queensland has signed a deal to progress its smart cities technology across a major development in Dubai thanks to support from the Queensland global business agency, Trade and Investment Queensland.

Brisbane start-up Redback Technologies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Duserve Facilities Management to run a trial of its low-cost solar solutions in Dubai South, a major city currently under development in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Redback’s market-leading integrated hardware and software technology captures, stores and manages solar energy for residential and commercial customers. This agreement is the result of a trade mission, organised by Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), to the UAE that Deputy Premier and then Minister for Trade and Investment last year.

The MOU with Dubai South has come about as a result of a collaboration with Trade and Investment Queensland, the government’s lead business agency, and the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation under the Advance Queensland Global Partnerships fund.

It is a crucial step in Redback cementing a long-term sustainable position in the Middle East. Redback Technologies will have a strong partner in Dubai South and the relationship will pave the way for extensive use of its technology across the Middle East region and a tremendous success with the majority of the eight companies that participated achieving significant outcomes within the Middle East and North Africa region.

Redback Technologies will install its robust, scalable hardware and software solutions in 20 commercial and 20 residential properties in Dubai South. It will manage and monitor the project over 12months, providing real-time data and insights into energy usage.

The project was the first step towards overseas expansion and represents a huge opportunity to showcase Australia’s innovation in the region and an opportunity to demonstrate as a leader in smart energy management solutions on a global scale.

Redback’s smart software utilises the Internet of Things to distribute excess energy to smart appliances or to store in batteries, optimising energy consumption. The software also has machine-learning capabilities that become familiar with customer habits and controls energy depending on expected weather changes, ensuring effective management of energy, resulting in lower bills and a reduction in fossil fuel reliance.

Dubai South is one of the largest urban development projects in the world, based around the new Al Maktoum International Airport, which is forecast to become the world’s largest freight and passenger airport. On completion, the development will have approximately one million residents and will be a global example for sustainable urban solutions predominantly powered by renewable energy.

The other Queensland businesses that have successfully signed deals on the back of the trade mission are Greywater Solutions, Gruntify, Transit Australia Group and Real Serious Games.

The roll-out of the project will commence on 1st June 2017, with the potential to expand to include more commercial and residential properties.

To support the work surrounding the MOU, Redback Technologies is looking to grow its staff from an existing team of 52, including 35 developers, in turn creating jobs and contributing to the Queensland economy.

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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