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AIS Water makes a splash at SPASA Awards

Queensland manufacturer and exporter of water disinfection technology for swimming pools AIS Water has been making a splash lately, with the company taking out 2 prestigious national industry awards and its CEO nominated for multiple other awards.

Queensland manufacturer and exporter of water disinfection technology for swimming pools AIS Water has been making a splash lately, with the company taking out 2 national industry awards and its CEO nominated for multiple other awards.

The Brisbane-based company won the Marketing Campaign Award for its ‘Enhancing Life’ campaign and the Sustainable Product Award for its commercial chlorinators at the national 2020 Swimming Pool & Spa Association (SPASA) Awards of Excellence last month.

CEO Elena Gosse said the company understood that clean, disinfected water was much more than just a commodity.

‘Water is life-giving and enhancing and should be treated accordingly which is what our “Enhancing Life” marketing campaign focused on,’ she said.

‘We are incredibly proud the campaign has been recognised with such a prestigious national award and excited it may help us to reach even more people with our message about the need for everyone to have access to safe, clean water.’

The campaign used rich images and clear information to promote AIS Water’s innovative method for disinfecting pool water, which is helping save millions of litres of water annually across the globe.

Ms Gosse said winning the Sustainable Product Award was satisfying recognition for the company’s commitment to developing simpler, safer and smarter chlorination solutions that are also eco-friendly.

‘Chlorine is the only globally recognised disinfectant for swimming pool water,’ she said.

‘Our technology effectively creates a small chlorine factory next to a swimming pool, and then produces chlorine within the water itself, without a need to purchase, store or handle liquid, granular or gaseous chlorine.

‘Our technology is unique in that it is capable of producing chlorine in water of much lower salinity levels than our competitors thereby enabling it to disinfect water of any salinity range.’

AIS Water’s systems are installed in 90 Queensland school pools and the majority of Brisbane City Council municipal pools.

The company also exports its commercial and residential inline chlorination systems to 55 countries worldwide, with its technology even installed on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Virgin Islands.

Ms Gosse has also recently been named a finalist in the QCF Philanthropy Awards, in 5 categories at the AusMumpreneur Awards and in the 2020 Westfield Local Hero Awards. The latter is a grants and community recognition program designed to shine a light on those who are working to enrich their local community.

TIQ has been working with AIS Water to explore opportunities in the US market.

TIQ Senior Client Relationship Officer Sharyn Byrnes congratulated Ms Gosse on her nominations.

‘It’s great to see Ms Gosse recognised alongside so many amazing women who are leaders within the business and wider community.

‘We look forward to working with Ms Gosse and the AIS team as they explore opportunities to promote Queensland ingenuity in the USA and elsewhere.’

Supporting exporters to enter new markets is a key priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queenslanders help build UK's COVID HEROES website

Two Queenslanders are among a group of volunteers who have received an award for their efforts to support frontline medical staff fighting COVID-19 in the UK.

Two Queenslanders are among a group of volunteers who have received an award for their efforts to support frontline medical staff fighting COVID-19 in the UK.

Queenslanders Raymond Siems and Callum MacBeth are part of a group of Aussie expats who received a prestigious Pandemic Service Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for their IT engineering work on the HEROES charity platform.

Both Mr Siems and Mr MacBeth are IT entrepreneurs who have been supported in their start-up ventures in the UK by TIQ.

They are part of a group that was recognised for taking just 2 days to develop and launch the HEROES platform, which supports National Health Service (NHS) workers in the UK.

The platform has now raised more than 2 million pounds, which is being used to provide direct support to NHS workers on the COVID-19 frontline.

Queensland Agent-General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt commended Mr Siems and Mr MacBeth for their selfless efforts.

‘Queenslanders, like all Australians, are prepared to roll up their sleeves and help others when and where it is needed,’ Ms Apelt said.

‘To hear that these people far from home are helping others in very trying and stressful situations is inspiring.’

To date, HEROES has helped 90,000 NHS workers with mental health support and physical support, generating donations to offset personal costs, childcare, meals during shifts and PPE gear.

Information technology is the common thread among the group of expats, who left Australia for Helsinki in Finland in 2014 to start their own company and are now based in Cambridge.

Today they all have full-time work but dedicate volunteer hours to HEROES.

Mr Siems said it was fulfilling for all the expats to be involved in the platform and do something for the many thousands of people working to help others during the pandemic.

‘We would love to be home right now, but we’ve stayed and tried to make a difference by helping meet the need here,’ he said.

The charity has been supported by household names in the UK, including Robbie Williams and former Spice Girl Mel B, plus a swag of Premier League football personalities including former star Joe Cole.

The charity’s central campaign has been Help Them Help Us, with the www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk website allowing NHS workers to apply for donations to help them with their additional costs during the pandemic.

Mr Siems is the charity’s Chief Technology Officer and was named on the award citation along with Dr Ravi Solanki. Mr MacBeth is the Systems Administrator.

The engineering awards honour those who have contributed to helping address the challenges of the pandemic, across all technical specialities, disciplines and career stages.

The start-ups and technology sector is identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2020.

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Mizzie pivots on the hop towards online sales

Australia’s original natural teething and educational toy maker Mizzie The Kangaroo has achieved a surge in online sales despite the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying their digital promotional.

Australia’s original natural teething and educational toy maker Mizzie The Kangaroo has achieved a surge in online sales despite the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying their digital promotion.

The Brisbane-based company pivoted to focus on online sales after the wholesale side of the business was hit hard by the pandemic.

The company’s appetite for exploring new promotional opportunities also saw Mizzie open its first pop-up shop in Brisbane last month which will run until the end of September.

Founder and Managing Director Sandra Ebbott said redirecting the company’s focus from wholesale to online sales had been an interesting journey.

‘Up until March, 80% of our business was wholesale and that was gone almost overnight when the pandemic started – but our customers weren’t,’ she said.

‘Babies were still teething, and toddlers were still needing to learn and explore, and perhaps even more so than before parents were looking for toys that entertain and help their children to learn and develop through fun.

‘We’ve always had a website but it wasn’t our focus – when online sales are only 20% of your business, a website is something that’s there and ticking along only.

‘But when the pandemic hit, we started creating additional relevant content for our customers including blog posts, newsletters and baby tips to keep people interested and engaged.

‘Now 70% of our business comes from online sales.’

Mizzie was founded almost 5 years ago after a group of Brisbane parents having coffee lamented not being able to find suitable teething and fun educational toys for their babies and toddlers.

The company now has 6 staff and exports to Europe, the UK and the US.

As part of their new strategy to rapidly boost the company’s online presence, Mizzie recently recruited 25 brand ambassadors in 6 countries.

‘In a time that we can’t physically travel, our followers can travel with our ambassadors and it gives parents the opportunity to exchange stories about what’s going on in Italy, Spain or anywhere,’ Ms Ebbott said.

‘The ambassadors shoot life with their kids having fun with Mizzie and through their social media followings, we now have a social media reach that’s over hundreds of thousands.

‘We’ve also got people in Spain, Germany and Italy who simultaneously translate our social media posts meaning our international customers can read about Mizzie in their own language, which helps make our content more relevant to them.’

Ms Ebbott said online retail sales and the company’s first pop-up shop at Ascot had both boosted brand awareness by allowing the company to communicate their message of ‘developing children through fun’ more directly to customers.

‘It’s been hugely gratifying talking to customers face-to-face in the shop because usually we’re normally only at trade fairs,’ she said.

‘Sometimes shopping online can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know our brand, but in the shop new customers can immerse themselves into our brand and ask questions easily.

‘I’ve been very grateful of the government support from all sides including TIQ, Advance Queensland and the Brisbane City Council.

‘It’s been impressive how they have tried to support scaleups like us as much as possible though opportunities like our pop up shop as part of the Brisbane City Council Shopfront Activation Program – that’s something we would never had had the opportunity to do on our own.’

Looking ahead, Ms Ebbott said the company remained focused on global expansion despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.

‘Our biggest focus now is getting the UK and EU markets, which we entered last year, really right, then next year we can refocus on US.’

Mizzie The Kangaroo is proud to join TIQ’s #SupportQLDExport campaign to celebrate exporters who have been succeeding globally and locally, showing resilience, adaptability and dedication over the past year.

Learn more about the campaign and share your #SupportQLDExport story.

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Idemitsu starts biomass trial at Ensham mine

Idemitsu Australia Resources has launched a biomass trial at its Ensham coal mine near Emerald, which will see crops grown at the site harvested and turned into pellets to fuel Japanese power stations.

Idemitsu Australia Resources has launched a biomass trial at its Ensham coal mine near Emerald, which will see crops grown at the site harvested and turned into pellets to fuel Japanese power stations.

The project is trialling different crops for commercial pelletisation, in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to expand its renewable energy activities.

Idemitsu Australia Resources Chief Commercial Officer Chris Walsh said sustainable pelletisation was one option the company was keen to explore.

‘While Ensham is a long-life asset for the company, with production plans out to 2038, Idemitsu is also embracing opportunities in renewables,’ Mr Walsh said.

‘The development of a viable biomass supply is a key long-term strategy for Idemitsu, including the possibility of a biomass hub being developed and operated at Ensham.

‘Successful development of a viable biomass supply chain would place Queensland at the forefront of this emerging global sector.’

Pelletisation involves creating pellets from organic substances, which can then be used as an alternative to fossil fuels, creating fewer emissions when burned.

The Ensham project is trialling fast-growing crops such as sorghum, which are designed to provide a sustainable source for pellets.

The project is being supported by the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, and TIQ,  including via introductions to Brisbane pelletisation company Moxiepel Australia.

Mr Walsh said the trial was the first step in a project that could have wider implications.

‘Depending on the trial outcomes, we may be able to develop a large-scale cropping and pelletisation plant at Ensham,’ he said.

‘The project is also being watched with interest by our parent company, Idemitsu Kosan Co., in Japan.

‘And, of course, we’re continuing to talk to TIQ about other investment opportunities that may emerge here in Queensland.’

The first sorghum crop was harvested at Ensham in May this year and pelletised before being shipped to Japan for testing in Idemitsu Kosan Co’s research and development laboratories in September.

The test results will determine next steps, including crop suitability for scaling up Idemitsu’s biomass operations in Queensland.

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

The Queensland Government has also committed to developing an export-oriented bioproducts sector in its Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

 

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Gotzinger sausages snag Hong Kong deal

Queensland smallgoods maker Gotzinger Smallgoods has shipped its first consignment of German sausages to Hong Kong after striking a deal with a major distributor.

Queensland smallgoods maker Gotzinger Smallgoods has shipped its first consignment of German sausages to Hong Kong after striking a deal with a major distributor.

The deal was secured after TIQ and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries connected the Yatala-based company with international distributor Century Food in Brisbane last year.

The Canadian-owned firm sources quality foods from around the globe for sale throughout Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific.

Gotzinger Smallgoods National Sales and Export Manager George Ganis said the family-owned business was committed to expanding its export footprint from its Gold Coast base.

‘We’re delighted to achieve this deal into a new market because we see export as a key part of our business,’ Mr Ganis said.

‘If anything, this most unusual of years has shown that we need to spread risk over different markets and export is another good leg for our business to stand on while industries like food service are disrupted.

‘We’ve been expanding our exports since we started supplying the Philippines last year and we’re about to commence exports to Vietnam and Singapore shortly.

‘This new, exclusive deal with a Hong Kong distributor will see us sending approximately 1.4 tonnes of five lines of smallgoods like cheese kransky sausages every two weeks direct from Brisbane.’

The 108-year-old company employs about 130 staff with almost all of them in Queensland and has a purpose-built factory at Yatala.

For the past 20 years, under the leadership of its managing Director Antony van der Drift, Gotzinger Smallgoods has experienced significant growth in the Australian market.

Gotzinger Smallgoods was also part of a trade mission to HOFEX in Hong Kong last year supported by TIQ and led by Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner, who met with Century Food to promote Queensland produce.

Mr Ganis said TIQ was a valuable resource for Queensland companies wanting to explore export opportunities.

‘Attending major trade shows like HOFEX in Hong Kong as part of TIQ-led missions helps to keep costs down and TIQ’s standing and connections within the export sector gives companies like us that little extra clout when pursuing new deals,’ he said.

The Gotzinger Smallgoods range of sausages is available nationally in Coles and Woolworths stores.

The first shipment of sausages left Brisbane in mid-August and the next is due for export on 10 September.

Supporting exporters to enter new markets is a key priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–22.

Businesses interested in exploring export opportunities for food products should connect with TIQ today.

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Banana Feeds look overseas with Trade Accelerator

Queensland businesses are benefiting from a new program that connects international students to companies wanting to better understand overseas markets – including innovative Cairns business Banana Feeds Australia.

Queensland businesses are benefiting from a new program that connects international students to companies wanting to explore overseas markets – including innovative Cairns business Banana Feeds Australia.

Banana Feeds has developed an equine green-banana supplement, which is being used to improve horse performance by thoroughbred and harness racing trainers and dressage, endurance and show jumping competitors.

Banana Feeds has joined 60 other businesses participating in the Queensland Government’s Launch U Trade Accelerator program, which connects international students with Queensland exporters to help create tailored export plans.

Banana Feeds Co-director John McArthur said the company had asked students to identify potential customers, competitors and export challenges in various markets.

‘As a company, we didn’t have the time to go into the level of initial research the students have done,’ Mr McArthur said.

‘Everyone in the company is very busy, having only launched the product to market in February.

‘We’ve had a few different cohorts come through so far, undertaking market research for us on the UK, US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

‘The research has provided us with a really good grounding from which we can consider our export options.’

Mr McArthur said he and co-director Mr Robert Borsato had worked together in previous horticultural enterprises.

Mr Borsato, a third-generation FNQ banana farmer, knew there was an opportunity to utilise unused and downgraded farm product.

After much research and testing, the pair discovered the benefits of processed whole green bananas for horse performance.

Following on from domestic interest, the directors began to field enquiries from international entities, with the recent research another step towards successful exporting.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said the Trade Accelerator program also benefited international students.

‘In addition to the core skills and process required for the future workplace, the Launch U program offers students real-world business experiences through the program’s Trade Accelerator module,’ said Ms Willoughby.

‘Real-world experience is a critical for modern-day employers and the Trade Accelerator program helps students’ resumés stand out in the jobs market.’

Launch U is delivered by TIQ’s Study Queensland team.

If you’re a business who would like to be involved in the Trade Accelerator, you can find out more here.

If you’re an education provider interested in getting involved, you can register here.

If you’re a student who’d like to participate, you can read more here and then click on your institution’s logo to get involved.

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Trisco pivots to lend a hand during COVID-19

Trisco Foods – Queensland’s Exporter of the Year for 2019 – hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic slow it down, instead diversifying production lines to make much-needed hand sanitiser.

Trisco Foods – Queensland’s Exporter of the Year for 2019 – hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic slow it down, instead diversifying production lines to make much-needed hand sanitiser.

The family-owned food manufacturing business is currently producing 5,000L a week of Precise Defend hand sanitiser at its Carole Park factory in Ipswich.

The hand sanitiser is part of Trisco’s long-term expansion into products approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in clinical settings such as hospitals and aged-care facilities.

Trisco Foods Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Halloran said the company had harnessed its industry connections to diversify product lines and minimise the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘As the pandemic began, we saw a decline in demand for our traditional product lines such as toppings, sundaes and bakery fillings, which we supply to the food-services sector, quick-service restaurants and bakery markets,’ Mr Halloran said.

‘We already had a strong existing brand presence through our Precise products, which we’ve been supplying to the clinical industry for 8 years.

‘We were discussing releasing some TGA-approved products before the pandemic, so the launch of our hand sanitiser has assisted us with becoming TGA-compliant.

‘These types of products are a natural fit within the health and nutrition segment of our business.’

Trisco’s Precise brand already included a range of thickeners and cups for people who have difficulty swallowing.

The new Precise Defend hand sanitiser is being supplied Australia-wide to wholesale clients including Queensland Health, aged-care facilities and hospitals.

Mr Halloran said production of the hand sanitiser commenced on 1 May and the company started selling immediately.

‘We had pre-orders from existing customers, which meant we were able to manufacture and ship immediately – certainly one of the joys of having good relationships with customers,’ he said.

Trisco Foods is owned by the Tristram family, which has been manufacturing food and beverage products in Queensland since 1875.

TIQ has worked with the company for more than 16 years, supporting Trisco’s export activities through both TIQ Ipswich and a number of TIQ overseas offices.

TIQ Acting CEO Richard Watson said Trisco Food’s ability to continue to grow during challenging times was to be commended.

‘Queenslanders should be immensely proud to see a family-owned company that’s been operating for over 100 years remaining committed to developing new products,’ he said.

‘TIQ looks forward to continuing to work with Trisco Foods as they enter this new chapter of developing TGA-approved products.’

Mr Halloran said the company would continue to manufacture hand sanitiser and intended to export sanitiser products in the near future.

‘We’ve been working the export area for a long time, exporting to over 20 countries across Asia, the Middle East, the US and Europe,’ he said.

‘We’ve registered the Precise Hand Sanitiser brand in New Zealand and, once we have a wider range of these sanitiser products in production, we will start looking at other markets like Singapore.’

Trisco Foods currently employs more than 80 staff at its Carole Park factory and plans to hire more production staff and specialist sales staff to promote the new sanitiser.

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

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EGR Auto shielding community from COVID-19

Automotive accessory manufacturer EGR Group is helping keep Queenslanders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, producing face shields and rigid, clear plastic protective screens in Brisbane.

Automotive accessory manufacturer EGR Group is helping keep Queenslanders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, producing face shields and rigid, clear plastic protective screens in Brisbane.

The company was among the first Queensland companies to pivot as the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Continued local and international demand for the Salisbury company’s new products means they are looking to continue manufacturing these items long term.

General Manager Sales and Marketing Noel O’Malley said EGR Group’s success in pivoting was due to their existing manufacturing capabilities.

‘We’re a Brisbane-based manufacturer employing 700 staff here and we’re quite unique in that we have a large plastics extrusion plant with state-of-the-art German machines able to make the components for protective screens and face shields,’ Mr O’Malley said.

‘When the pandemic started, we received intense domestic and international interest to buy these products.

‘With the face shields, we quickly designed and tooled up all the required injection-moulded components.

‘The clear shield part is made in Brisbane along with the halo and the straps, and we put it together – even the box is made in Brisbane.

‘It’s hard to get a product that’s more Australian-made than that unless it’s grown in the ground!

‘Within 4 weeks of starting in April, we were making 10,000 face shields a day and we are currently producing 25,000 a day.

‘We now have a team of 25 manufacturing staff just making the face shields and we produced 117,000 last week.’

The family-owned advanced manufacturing business traditionally specialises in making ute canopies and bull bars for motor companies in Australia and internationally, exporting to over 40 countries.

The company’s face shields have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association in Australia and are made from high optical quality PETG which is recyclable.

Mr O’Malley said EGR Group had been working with state and federal governments to pursue contract orders while also exploring export opportunities.

‘We’ve recently secured an order for 500,000 face shields via a medical supply company to be added to Australia’s national stockpile of PPE,’ he said.

‘In the USA, we’re working with a number of companies to trial our product and we’re hopeful of securing some orders in the next few weeks to be shipped via sea from our Brisbane factory.’

Mr O’Malley said pivoting to sell products outside of the automotive industry during the pandemic had been challenging at times.

‘COVID-19 meant we had a massive drop off in sales of our automotive products in March and April before we pivoted.

‘But because selling medical supplies is not our core business, navigating government regulations and trying to secure contracts has been challenging.

‘We’ve seen a surge in demand in recent weeks – the situation in Victoria and a few of the scares in Queensland and New South Wales has resulted in companies being even more conscious of the need to create a safer environment for their workers.’

EGR Group is committed to producing these products long-term and is currently working on adding additional features.

‘For example, we are undertaking product development to make the product truly anti-fog,’ Mr O’Malley said.

‘Our aim is to make the best reusable face shield in Australia with a replaceable shield and easy-to-clean parts.

‘We’re finding in this recent second round of demand that consumers are looking for reusable products to reduce waste.

‘We think we will have one of the best, most cost-effective reusable face shields in the market and we think there’s an opportunity to offer this product long term.’

EGR Group is based at Salisbury, Brisbane, with factories in the UK, North America, China and Thailand.

EGR is proud to join TIQ’s #SupportQLDExport campaign to celebrate exporters who have been succeeding globally and locally, showing resilience, adaptability and dedication over the past year.

Learn more about the campaign and share your #SupportQLDExport story.

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Make connections at Market Connect – Japan

Queensland companies can share information, hear from experts, and discuss the current Japanese business environment at a free online forum on 24 September.

Queensland companies can share information, hear from experts, and discuss the current Japanese business environment at a free online forum on 24 September.

The interactive Market Connect – Japan forum is the second in a series that gives Queensland businesses the latest information on overseas markets in the ‘new normal’ created by COVID-19.

Experts speaking at the Japan forum will include Mr Tak Adachi, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan; Mr John Moriwaka, CEO of Silicon Valley Ventures and Executive Vice President and CIO of Moriwaka Medical; and Mr Jamie Wilson, Founder and Executive Chairman of award-winning Queensland business Cryptoloc Technology, which recently opened an office in Tokyo.

Queensland businesspeople who participated in the previous forum on Taiwan have given very positive feedback.

Cairns businesswoman Johanna Kloot said she particularly valued getting up-to-date information direct from overseas markets.

‘The forum was a great opportunity to ask questions directly in a room of people who are most likely to know the answers, including people based in Taiwan,’ she said

‘I really believe that local knowledge and experience can be, and often are, critical to business survival.

‘I’d encourage other businesses to go along – the information helps you make sure that your time and other resources are focused in the areas where you have the greatest chance of success.’

Ms Kloot is CEO of GreenKPI, which provides software to help businesses become more environmentally sustainable. The company intends to export to the UK and APAC regions.

Participant Simona Valev from Brisbane natural skincare firm RAWKANVAS also attended the Taiwan forum and found it a great opportunity to learn from other businesspeople.

‘It was great to network with other businesses that are exporting or looking at exporting, to learn from others and to hear about their challenges and insights,’ she said.

‘Sometimes being in business can be a little lonely, so it’s good to relate to others who are in the same position and have an opportunity to build your business by learning from them.

‘I’d definitely encourage others business owners to participate in a workshop if they can.’

RAWKANVAS is currently exporting to New Zealand.

The Market Connect – Japan webinar will be held on Thursday 24 September from 10.30am to 12.30pm Queensland time.

Attendance is free but you must register beforehand. Please note that this forum is specifically tailored for businesses that are export-ready or investment-ready.

TIQ provides a range of training and support to Queensland exporters through 8 offices in regional Queensland and 16 overseas offices. For more information, connect with TIQ today.

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Queensland still smart choice for Chinese students

Queensland's education sector was showcased to almost 600,000 Chinese students and agents earlier this month during a live broadcast held as part of China’s leading international education expo.

Queensland’s education sector was showcased to almost 600,000 Chinese students and agents earlier this month during a live broadcast held as part of China’s leading international education expo.

The China International Education and Exhibition Tour (CIEET) has been held annually in China since 1999 and moved online this year for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

TIQ and Study Queensland partnered with education and training providers to reiterate the safety, diversity, and employability benefits of a Queensland education, highlight recent innovations in the sector, and promote the state’s iconic lifestyle.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said maintaining a strong relationship with China – the source of Queensland’s largest cohort of international students – was important.

‘While travel is on hold, it’s critical that we let current and future students who remain in China know that we keenly await their return when time permits,’ said Ms Willoughby.

‘It was also a great opportunity for us to share what Queensland has been doing in 2020: innovating in talent and employability through Study Queensland’s new Launch U program, as well as making exciting inroads into developing a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Queensland.’

According to data from Deloitte, there were 32,486 Chinese nationals studying in Queensland’s education system in 2019 – a 5% year-on-year rise in enrolments.

Study Queensland’s representatives in Beijing and Shanghai coordinated the Queensland showcase, working with the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, which is a public organisation under the Ministry of Education.

Study Queensland’s session was also promoted through sina.com (the main media partner of CIEET Online), Austrade social media and the newly launched Study Queensland WeChat account.

The broadcast included video presentations, panel discussions, alumni interviews and student updates on studying in Queensland.

Joining Ms Willoughby as presenters during the broadcast were:

  • Julie-Anne Nichols, Queensland Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – China
  • Wen Gu, CEO of the Australia-China Business Council – Queensland Branch
  • Professor Trent Munro, Senior Group Leader, Australian Institute of Bio-Engineering & Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland
  • Dr Dino Willox, Director of Student Employability at University of Queensland
  • Cassandra Baker, Senior Associate (Marketing) U&U
  • Megan Short, Senior Project Officer, Study Queensland
  • Aleesha Ware, Senior Partnerships Officer, Study Queensland.

Students and alumni Cheng Lei, Dr Sicong Zhu, Yichen Wang, Chloe Huang, Peng Yu, Erin Ma and Ziming Ye also shared their insights during the event.

TIQ’s Study Queensland team has been a key part of implementing the Queensland Government’s International Student Crisis Assistance Package, and recently received an award from the Council of International Students Australia for their exceptional COVID-19 response.