April 2019

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Time to fill in International Business Survey 2019

This year’s survey features additional questions on key markets like India, as well as the use of innovation in international market development activities.

Queensland exporters are urged to have their say by completing this year’s Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) now.

The survey is an opportunity for businesses around Australia to highlight their export opportunities and challenges, giving the federal government important information it can act on.

More Queensland data in the survey will give decision-makers a more accurate picture of the state’s export performance.

AIBS is a collaboration between the Export Council of Australia (ECA), Austrade and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The annual study provides insights into Australia’s international business activity and evaluates the impact of international economic trends on Australian business.

ECA Head of Policy Heath Baker said it was a crucial time for businesses to have their voices heard on the international business issues that affect them the most.

‘The survey results inform the trade debate and assist organisations like the ECA to provide services that best support Australian businesses along their international journey,’ Mr Baker said.

Last year’s respondents painted a picture of an ambitious and diversified Australian international business community, providing insights into trade with emerging markets like Latin America as well as their use of ecommerce and digital technologies.

This year’s survey features additional questions on key markets like India, as well as the use of innovation in international market development activities.

Participants should allow about 20 minutes to complete the survey, which is due by 24 April.

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

The first 500 survey respondents will be eligible to receive a 30% discount on ECA membership, with the next 500 eligible to receive a 15% discount.

The first 25 existing ECA members who complete the survey and contact ECA will also be eligible to receive a 30% discount on the latest edition of the Australian Export Handbook.

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Hong Kong high-schoolers heading for Queensland

Parents, teenagers and education agents gathered in Hong Kong recently to hear how Queensland high schools can help international students learn the skills they need for 21st-century success.

Parents, teenagers and education agents gathered in Hong Kong recently to hear how Queensland high schools can help international students learn the skills they need for 21st-century success.

More than 70 people attended a forum with a panel of Queensland high-school principals, who were in town as part of an Independent Schools Queensland mission to Hong Kong.

Nine independent schools participated in events organised by TIQ Hong Kong to help spread the word about Queensland’s world-class education offering.

The principals’ forum was moderated by Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for China and Hong Kong Julie-Anne Nichols.

Ms Nichols said that Queensland’s holistic learning model was very different from a typical Hong Kong education.

‘Hong Kong schooling typically focuses on traditional core skills and STEM,’ she said.

‘In comparison, Queensland high schools take a more holistic approach that emphasises students’ emotional intelligence, independence, analytical skills and risk appetite in preparing them for their ongoing education and working life.’

Ms Nichols said TIQ was delighted to support the Hong Kong leg of the mission, which was coordinated by Mariana Lane from Independent Schools Queensland and also visited Macau and Taiwan.

As at December 2018, 3,321 students from Hong Kong were studying in Queensland, with around 10% enrolled in schools.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re a Queensland education provider interested in the Hong Kong market, email Diana Liu in TIQ’s Hong Kong office.

If you’re an overseas student interested in studying in Queensland, you can explore your options on the Study Queensland website.

Mission participants

  • All Saints Anglican School
  • Caloundra City Private School
  • Clayfield College
  • Ipswich Grammar School
  • John Paul International College
  • Redeemer Lutheran College
  • St Paul’s School
  • The Glennie School
  • West Moreton Anglican College
  • Independent Schools Queensland

March 2019

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Indian entrepreneurs set to promote Queensland

Two high-profile Indian entrepreneurs will tour Queensland as part of an initiative to boost trade and education links with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Two high-profile Indian entrepreneurs will tour Queensland as part of an initiative to boost trade and education links with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

The 2019 Queensland-India Innovators’ Experience will welcome two leading entrepreneurs to Queensland this April as part of the innovation festival QODE.

Zone Startups director Ajay Ramasubramania from Mumbai and Perfit 3D director Eobin George from Cochin will visit Queensland from 1 to 7 April, meeting local entrepreneurs and innovators, running workshops, and communicating with stakeholders in Queensland and India.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the entrepreneurs would have a chance to immerse themselves in Queensland’s world-class innovation and education culture, and share their experiences with networks across the state and in India.

‘They’ll participate in QODE and visit key centres for innovation and education around the state – including the Precinct in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct,’ she said.

‘These entrepreneurs will share their experiences with local innovators at The Precinct, with international students across the state and prospective entrepreneurs and students back at home in India.’

Ms Jones said international education was an important part of the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023.

‘Boosting our exchange of students is an important part of our strategy to strengthen our trade relationship with India,’ she said.

‘The Indian Government has a series of strong targets when it comes to providing higher education for a greater percentage of their population.

‘We’re making it crystal clear – we’re going to market Queensland aggressively in the subcontinent because we believe we’re in the perfect position to make the most of that growth – that’s exactly what this program is all about.’

The 2019 Queensland-India Innovators’ Experience is a joint initiative of Study Queensland and Advance Queensland.

The two entrepreneurs were selected through a competition that was open to graduate entrepreneurs, influencers and start-up founders.

Zone Startups is an Indian start-up accelerator that works closely with entrepreneurs and the digital innovation industry.

Perfit 3D provides a 3D body-scanning solution that rapidly captures measurements and transfers these to a robotic cutting machine.International education and training is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, worth $4.6 billion and supporting 21,000 jobs.

India is the state’s second-largest source market for students.

International education and training is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Ajay Ramasubramaniam from Zone Startups.

Eobin George

Eobin George from Perfit 3D.

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NQ farmers train next generation of Japanese ag experts

Nine Japanese agriculture students will spend 2019 living and training with farmers in the Whitsunday region as part of a new international education program.

Nine Japanese agriculture students will spend 2019 living and training with farmers in the Whitsunday region as part of a new international education program.

The Whitsunday Agri-Knowledge Sharing Project will give 5 female and 4 male students practical on-farm training to complement their classroom studies already completed in Japan.

The project, an Australian first, is a collaboration between the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association, Whitsunday Regional Council, TAFE Queensland and Study Queensland.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said the project was a win-win for regional Queensland and Japan’s agriculture sector.

‘International education and training is helping to diversify the Whitsunday region economy, and Japan’s future agriculture leaders are sharing in Queensland’s agricultural skills and expertise,’ she said.

‘The project also has the potential to extend into the future and attract agriculture students from other countries.

‘By supporting this first cohort of students to have a memorable and positive experience, we can create ambassadors for Queensland and attract further students to the region in coming years.’

The Japanese students’ North Queensland experience will begin with a month of English classes at Bowen TAFE before they move to on-farm activities.

The students will then work with local growers to learn Australian horticultural practices, including laying plastics, irrigation, planting, picking, packing and organic growing.

Five local farms, a seedling company and agronomy business will be involved, including growers of beans, corn, tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers, pumpkins and mangoes.

Study Queensland worked with TIQ’s Japan office and TIQ Mackay to connect with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council and the collaborating North Queensland groups.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan Tak Adachi said the project had the potential to contribute to trade outcomes in the future.

‘Bringing together the next generation of Japanese agricultural leaders with local Queensland farmers has great potential,’ he said.

‘It can contribute to a better understanding of opportunities arising from the Japan–Australia free trade agreement, and hopefully help to stimulate more agricultural trade between Queensland and Japan, especially from regional Queensland.’

The Whitsunday Agri-Knowledge Sharing Project is co-funded by the International Education and Training Partnership Fund under the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

It was initiated by the Bowen Chamber of Commerce and also supported by the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3).

The project launched in Bowen on Thursday 14 March.

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Kerb app team wins Toyota Hackathon

The team behind Kerb, Queensland’s own parking app, has taken out the Toyota Hackathon and is taking the world by storm with help from TIQ.

The team behind Kerb, Queensland’s own parking app, has taken out the first-ever Toyota Hackathon and is taking the world by storm with help from TIQ.

Kerb – sometimes called the Airbnb of parking – unlocks underutilised parking spaces in private driveways and other empty spaces to allow owners to rent out these spaces for a daily, weekly or monthly fee.

Founded in Brisbane in 2016 by locals Rob Brown and Matt Salmon, Kerb is now live in 15 countries, with plans to launch in another 18 countries in the near future.

And, in what is proving a landmark year for the company, the Kerb team also took out the inaugural Toyota Hackathon in Melbourne in late February.

Kerb Global Sales and Marketing Manager Harriet Harvey said the app was the world’s first self-service car park platform and had been welcomed everywhere it had launched.

‘Parking is a problem in every country and we have had a great response from some unexpected places,’ Ms Harvey said.

‘We now have a staff member on the ground in Ireland, for example, and the Netherlands was also a surprise.

‘We get emails from all over the world every day from people asking when we plan to launch in their city.’

Ms Harvey said winning the Toyota Hackathon was another step in Kerb’s global journey, with a trip to Japan now scheduled.

‘Kerb was invited to compete against five other teams in Melbourne to solve Toyota’s business problems,’ she said.

‘Firstly, to bring an existing application into an in-vehicle experience and, secondly, to utilise vehicle signals to promote new in-vehicle experiences.

‘The Kerb development team successfully integrated with Toyota’s SDL head units to allow Toyota owners to instantly book parking on the go, retrieve existing booking information and even open the boom gate or garage door from the in-car head unit.’

The Toyota Hackathon prize will see Kerb team-members visit Tokyo, the SDL team and the Toyota Mobility Centre.

‘A partnership with Toyota is now possible, which proves how advanced our platform is technically and also proves to future investors that we are doing what we say we will,’ Ms Harvey said.

‘We’re also working with TIQ to connect with new partners across the world.

‘This year will be massive for Kerb.’

Supporting Queensland start-ups is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you have a tech product you think could succeed in export markets, connect with TIQ.

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Queensland export deals a tasty legacy of GC2018

Two Queensland food companies are celebrating their first export deals after taking part in a buyers’ showcase event organised by TIQ during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Two Queensland food companies are celebrating their first export deals after taking part in a buyers’ showcase event organised by TIQ during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast company Dairy Free Down Under and Brisbane-based Youfoodz both secured export orders as a result of the Brookwater showcase event.

Dairy Free Down Under received its first export order for its range of non-dairy cheeses, which were shipped to the Middle East.

Director Kevin Flanagan said taking the first steps into exporting was exciting for the company.

‘We launched our Dairy Free Down Under range in March 2018 and we have managed to spread ourselves across Australia in a short amount of time but there are a number of dairy-free products coming in to Australia from overseas,’ Mr Flanagan said.

‘I began thinking that we should also be competing with them over there.’

Youfoodz, producer of ready-made meals, snacks and beverages, has sent its first shipment of cold-pressed juice, protein ice-cream and protein balls to Malaysia and the Middle East.

Chief Business Development Manager Aidan Gordon said the company met their buyer at the showcase and then cemented the relationship by joining TIQ’s trade mission to the Food and Hotel Asia trade show in Singapore.

‘The buyer tried our WheyWhip ice-cream range and loved it,’ Mr Gordon said.

‘This led to … the WheyWhip brand, which also includes a range of protein balls, being stocked across several retailers in the Middle East.’

‘These events are a great platform to showcase your wares to buyers and also meet and build relationships with other fantastic Australian brands that are in different stages of their export journey.’

The Brookwater showcase was held as part of the Trade 2018 program that ran in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games.

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

If you’re a Queensland food producer interested in exporting, contact TIQ today.

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Toowoomba and Cairns in running for ag export centre

Toowoomba and Cairns have made it to the final round of a selection process that will see a multimillion-dollar agricultural export centre established in one of these regional communities.

Toowoomba and Cairns have made it to the final round of a selection process that will see a multimillion-dollar agricultural export centre established in one of these regional communities.

The Regional Export Distribution Centre is a Queensland Government initiative designed to boost access to overseas markets for agricultural producers, stimulate high-value farming and processing, and create jobs in regional Queensland.

Toowoomba’s Wagner Group Holdings and Cairns business Air Freight Handling Services have been selected to submit business cases to locate the centre at their local airports.

They were chosen from more than 30 regional businesses and communities that submitted proposals to host the pilot centre as part of a selection process that began in May last year.

Minister for Agriculture Mark Furner said agricultural exports were major contributors to the Queensland economy.

‘The export of Queensland’s premium agriculture products contributed almost $12 billion to our economy last financial year,’ Mr Furner said.

‘Initiatives like the Regional Export Distribution Centre Pilot will ensure we can build on our reputation as a global leader in the production and processing of top-quality agricultural produce, driving additional jobs and growth for our regions.

‘This will mean more money for primary producers, and more jobs for Queensland.’

Wagner Group Holdings will submit a business case to locate the Regional Export Distribution Centre at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport, while Air Freight Handling Services will submit a case to locate the centre at Cairns Airport.

A final decision on the outcome of the process and the location of the centre is expected to be made later this year.

The Queensland Government has committed up to $10 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to help fund the pilot export distribution centre.

Agricultural exports are identified as one of Queensland’s export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you have an agricultural product you think could succeed in an overseas market, contact one of TIQ’s regional advisors.

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Indonesia-Australia economic agreement signed

The benefits of a free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia are one step closer with the signing of the new Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on 4 March in Jakarta.

The benefits of a free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia are one step closer with the signing of the new Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on 4 March in Jakarta.

Queensland primary producers, resources companies, education providers and other businesses are likely to enjoy improved export opportunities as a result of the agreement, which was signed by Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita.

The IA-CEPA is a free trade agreement designed to foster economic cooperation between Australia and Indonesia and expand and diversify bilateral economic partnerships.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Indonesia Ben Giles said the new agreement would have a number of benefits for Queensland producers.

‘The IA-CEPA will allow more than 99% of Australian goods exports to enter Indonesia either duty-free or under improved preferential arrangements by 2020, with the most noticeable trade benefits being in agriculture.’ Mr Giles said.

‘The new agreement will also provide greater certainty for services suppliers such as education and healthcare providers who want to enter and operate in the Indonesian market.

‘Queensland holds a significant share of Australia’s export market for Indonesia, and Queensland businesses are already active in providing professional services here, so I believe we are one of the state economies with most to gain.’

Queensland exported $1.2 billion worth of goods to Indonesia in 2017–18, a 17.3% increase on the previous year. Indonesian tourism, study and investment in Queensland are also increasing.

Both Indonesia and Australia must now complete their own domestic treaty-making processes before IA-CEPA can be implemented.

For Australia, this will include an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).

TIQ relocated and expanded its Jakarta office in 2018, supported by funding committed under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’d like advice on exporting into Indonesia, or other overseas markets, contact TIQ today.

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Queensland business on show at IDEX Abu Dhabi

Queensland companies were among the Australian contingent exhibiting at the IDEX Defence Trade Exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February.

Queensland companies were among the Australian contingent exhibiting at the IDEX Defence Trade Exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February.

IDEX is one of the Middle East’s largest defence events, and attracted exhibitors from around the world.

Seven Queensland companies showcased their products there, most under the banner of the Australian booth:

  • EM Solutions
  • Gaardtech
  • Hawker Pacific
  • Heat Treatment Australia
  • Holmwood Highgate
  • Tough Gear Trading (independent exhibitor)
  • Skyborne Technologies (under the banner of UAE partners Algorythma).

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East Donna Massie said local TIQ staff had spent time with Queensland exhibitors at IDEX and joined them for meetings with potential business partners.

‘It’s important to showcase products to the global market through trade shows like IDEX, but one-on-one meetings are also critical,’ Ms Massie said.

‘Those meetings can turn into major investments or deals that take a Queensland business to the next level.

‘In the case of Skyborne Technologies, which is a small Queensland start-up specialising in drones, we’ve recently seen major backing from a UAE investor that will enable Skyborne to take the next steps to commercialisation.

‘We’ll be working with other exhibitors on leads from IDEX, and I’m hopeful that we’ll see more sales and investment in coming months.’

Ms Massie said that Queensland exhibitors had reported making contact with many potential buyers, distributors and partners at IDEX.

IDEX is held every 2 years and ran 17–21 February 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

The aerospace and defence sector is identified as one of Queensland’s growing export priorities in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022, with a recent Ipswich summit exploring future opportunities in the state’s growing defence sector.

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On your marks for SportAccord 2019

The world’s biggest names in sports business will head to the Gold Coast this May for SportAccord 2019, with major benefits for both international delegates and Queensland businesses.

The world’s biggest names in sports business will head to the Gold Coast this May for SportAccord 2019, with major benefits for both international delegates and Queensland businesses.

That was the message at a SportAccord business briefing held at Australia House in London last month, hosted by TIQ Europe and the City of Gold Coast.

SportAccord is the world’s leading sports-business summit, bringing together sports decision-makers to network, discuss industry issues and seek commercial opportunities.

SportAccord 2019 will build on the international interest generated by last year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and its accompanying Trade 2018 program, which included sessions on the economic impact of major sporting events.

TIQ Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt said that representatives at the London briefing heard about the benefits of attending SportAccord, including the opportunity to connect with world-class Queensland businesses.

‘For the first time ever, SportAccord 2019 will include an extension program where international delegates and local Queensland businesses can participate in events including workshops, networking and site visits,’ Ms Apelt said.

‘This will be a unique opportunity for sports decision-makers, including delegates from influential international sports federations, to meet Queensland suppliers who can provide world-class products for sporting events.

‘Many of these Queensland businesses had the opportunity to scale up their operations as suppliers for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

‘They offer services in everything from venue construction and management to high-tech systems that manage transport flows during major sporting events.’

Sport Accord will run from 5 to 10 May this year at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Around 60 potential delegates attended the London briefing session, which was held on 20 February.

The briefing was held in collaboration with the UK Department of International Trade, which will lead a trade mission to SportAccord, and Major Events International, which will support and promote the mission.

Boosting exports, including services exports, is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re an overseas delegate interested in attending SportAccord, or a Queensland business interested in promoting your product there, contact TIQ