July 2018

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Calling all international ed innovators

World-class thinkers from Australia and beyond are being encouraged to apply for this year’s Study Queensland Industry Innovator in Residence program.

Gus Balbontin

Gus Balbontin, one of last year’s innovators in residence.

World-class thinkers from Australia and beyond are being encouraged to apply for this year’s Study Queensland Industry Innovator in Residence program.

The program will fund innovators to spend 1 to 6 months working with TIQ’s Study Queensland team to contribute innovative ideas or address policy challenges to support Queensland’s international education and training sector.

Innovators will devise their own projects, which this year must focus on employability programs and resources with the aim of reshaping how Queensland connects international students with employment outcomes.

Projects must also be significant, relevant, and have the capacity to transform international education and training in Queensland.

This is the second year for the program, which last year appointed Will Archer, founder of the i-graduate student benchmarking program, and Gus Balbontin, former Executive Director of Lonely Planet, as its inaugural innovators.

Tourism Industry Development Minister and Ministerial Champion for International Education Kate Jones said that Will and Gus had shared their thinking with educators around the state.

‘They have been crisscrossing Queensland as innovators in residence to grow international education,’ she said.

Funding under this year’s program is available to cover successful applicants’ salary costs and reasonable travel and project costs.

Expressions of interest are due by 31 August, with successful applicants notified in October and projects to start from November.

Potential applicants should read the program guidelines before applying.

The Industry Innovator in Residence program is an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-largest services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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North Goonyella extension secures mine jobs

The Queensland Government has welcomed news that US company Peabody Energy will extend its North Goonyella mine operations until 2026, creating 7 more years of work for mine employees.

The Queensland Government has welcomed news that US company Peabody Energy will extend its North Goonyella mine operations until 2026, creating 7 more years of work for mine employees.

Located 160km west of Mackay, North Goonyella produces high-strength coking coal that is exported to long-term customers in India for steel production.

Peabody has announced that it will extend North Goonyella’s life from 2019 to 2026, using advanced longwall technology.

Responding to the announcement, Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said it was good news for the local community and a sign of a resurgence in investor confidence.

‘This is welcome security for the mine workforce, local businesses who supply the mine, their families, and their communities,’ he said.

‘Stronger prices, stable government and policy, and access to world-class infrastructure, workers and supply chains is driving investor confidence.

‘I congratulate Peabody and their employees on their future.’

In 2017, Peabody sold 2.9 million tonnes of coal from North Goonyella, exporting it through Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal to global demand centres.

The Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 identifies mineral resources as one of Queensland’s major export strengths and investment opportunities.

Rising coking coal prices have been a major contributor to Queensland’s strong export figures in the past 12 months.

Image credit: Peabody Energy

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Grants available for export promotion costs

Queensland SMEs can now apply for an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) to help cover the cost of promoting their products in export markets.

Queensland SMEs can now apply for an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) to help cover the cost of promoting their products in export markets.

Run by Austrade, the EMDG program reimburses small and medium-sized Australian businesses with up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses.

It is open to aspiring and current exporters from a wide range of industries.

Austrade is now accepting applications for reimbursement of funds spent in the 2017–2018 financial year.

Applicants must:

  • have an income of less than $50 million for the year
  • have spent at least $15,000 on export promotion in the year.

Successful applicants can receive up to 50% reimbursement of eligible expenses, less the first $5,000, with a maximum grant of $150,000 per application.

Eligible export promotion expenses include the costs of:

  • overseas representation
  • marketing visits
  • trade fairs, seminars and in-store promotions
  • promotional literature and advertising
  • registration and insurance of eligible intellectual property.

Some expenses and export markets are excluded from the program, and potential applicants should check their eligibility before applying.

In 2016–17, more than 3,000 Australian businesses received EMDG funds totalling $131.4 million.

Applications for this year’s funding close 1 November 2018.

For further advice on promoting your product in export markets, connect with TIQ.

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UK award recognises TIQ's Trade 2018 work

TIQ has received the Outstanding Government Agency Award from Major Events International for its work on the Trade 2018 program held in conjunction with GC2018.

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Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt accepts the award at MEI’s Major Events Summit.

TIQ has received a UK award for its work on the Trade 2018 program carried out in conjunction with this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

UK sports business firm Major Events International (MEI) recognised TIQ’s Trade 2018 work with the Outstanding Government Agency Award at a ceremony in Liverpool recently.

Trade 2018 was a program of events leading up to and during the Commonwealth Games that was designed to strengthen Queensland’s trade ties with Commonwealth nations and boost the state’s global business profile.

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville said that MEI had sent a delegation to the Trade 2018 Major Events Forum, providing an ideal opportunity for delegates to network and see a major sports event in action.

‘TIQ’s team in London and our people on the ground in Queensland worked closely with MEI and its delegates to make sure they got full value from their trip,’ Ms Greville said.

‘The MEI delegates had an opportunity to engage with visiting international delegations active in Asia and the wider major events market, and connect with local companies and fellow mission delegates with a view to long-term collaboration on regional major events.

‘It is always more beneficial to see these events in action to better understand the latest and best practice for major sports events delivery – and it also gave MEI a chance to assess Gold Coast capabilities for future events.’

MEI delegates also met local companies at business-matching events.

TIQ’s Europe office previously supported MEI missions to the Gold Coast in 2015 and 2017, when delegates visited Commonwealth Games venues and participated in major-events workshops.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt accepted the award on TIQ’s behalf at MEI’s Major Events Summit 2018 in Liverpool on 27 June.

Promoting Queensland globally is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

 

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LGAQ Future Cities Summit 2018

Smart cities’ initiatives were on show at the Future Cities, Smart Communities Summit hosted by the Local Government Association of Queensland in Cairns earlier this month.

Smart cities’ initiatives were on show at the Future Cities, Smart Communities Summit hosted by the Local Government Association of Queensland in Cairns earlier this month.

The summit brought together all levels of government with businesses specialising in urban design and technologies to discuss new responses to managing urban communities.

Clinton de Bruyn, Director of TIQ’s Trade and Investment Strategy Implementation Team, said the summit was a good opportunity for TIQ staff to connect with local government representatives.

‘Our goals in attending the summit were twofold,’ he said.

‘First, staff from TIQ’s Urban Infrastructure and Knowledge Industries team were there promoting some of Queensland’s leading smart cities providers.

‘Second, it was an ideal opportunity to engage with our local government stakeholders and continue the discussion about rolling out the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy in regional communities across the state.’

In February, the LGAQ and Queensland Government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on trade and investment initiatives.

One of the key regional initiatives under the Strategy, the MOU includes actions to improve local councils’ capabilities, and a stronger role for councils in coordinating international missions with TIQ’s overseas offices.

The Cairns summit spent time exploring what it means to be a smart city and smart community, and what Australia’s cities and communities need to do to ensure the health and wellbeing of residents into the future.

Presentations included futurist and digital tech expert Chris Riddell discussing what it means to be a smart city; director of Place Design Group Chris Isles on the future of Queensland’s cities; and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Stephen Baxter on public policy responses to disruptive thinking.

The Future Cities Summit ran from 11 to 13 July at the Cairns Convention Centre.

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Happy Snack seals Sainsbury’s deal in UK

English shoppers will be able to buy healthier snacks with the news that pulse-based munchies from Queensland’s Happy Snack Company are now stocked in leading UK supermarket Sainsbury’s.

The Happy Snack Company's wide rangeEnglish shoppers will be able to buy healthier snacks with the news that pulse-based munchies from Queensland’s Happy Snack Company are now stocked in leading UK supermarket Sainsbury’s.

Landsborough-based Happy Snack manufactures innovative, healthy snacks for children and adults, using chickpeas and fava beans grown and processed in Queensland.

Happy Snack CEO Craig Agnew said that the company’s roasted chickpeas and fava beans were very different from other snacks available in the UK market.

‘Most children’s snacks in the UK are fruit-based and contain quite a lot of sugar, while other traditional savoury snacks tend to be high in fat and salt,’ he said.

‘Our products are genuinely healthy – low in sugar, high in protein, and free from all 14 major allergens.

‘Our company’s goal is to deliver healthy foods for UK families that taste great and are fun to eat.

‘There’s nothing similar in the UK market, and that is a really strong selling point.’

Mr Agnew said the company had spent two years planning its entry into the UK market, and the meticulous approach had paid off.

‘We put a lot of time and thought into pricing, which needed to be right for retail while still factoring in all the necessary tariffs and supermarket margins,’ he said.

‘We also did a lot of work on logistics to get our supply chain just right, identifying a freight company that had a presence in both Australia and the UK.

‘Last but not least, we established a presence on the ground in the UK to promote our products and liaise directly with potential buyers.

‘And it’s all paid off – it’s very exciting to now have fantastic shelf space in one of the UK’s most iconic supermarket chains.’

Happy Snack began operations in 1992 and built a new Queensland facility in 2015 to cope with growth and ensure all products are allergen-free.

The Sainsbury’s deal will see the Happy Snack Kid’s Lunchbox range on show in over 350 Sainsbury stores across the UK by the end of this month.

TIQ’s London office is working with Happy Snack to promote Australian food products and to support the company’s local marketing team.

Supporting Queensland companies to increase exports is one of the key priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queensland joins below50 biofuels campaign

Queensland has officially joined the global below50 campaign to support the production and use of sustainable biofuels, which are an emerging export strength for the state.

Queensland has officially joined the global below50 campaign to support the production and use of sustainable biofuels, which are an emerging export strength for the state.

below50 is an initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which aims to grow the global market for sustainable fuels and achieve a carbon-neutral transport sector.

In Australia, the regional hub for below50 is hosted by the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association.

Speaking at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Philadelphia this week, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Queensland was the first jurisdiction in the world to commit to sustainable fuel policies.

‘This government is firmly on board with below50’s push for the uptake of fuels that are at least 50% less carbon-intensive over their lifecycle when compared to conventional fossil fuels,’ he said.

‘I am delighted to be able to sign the statement of collaboration with below50 Australia on the world stage at the BIO World Congress, in a clear demonstration of Queensland’s leadership in growing an advanced bio-economy.’

The statement of collaboration will allow the Queensland Government to draw on the expertise of Australia’s below50 global community, which includes investors, businesses, biofuel producers and users, and government agencies.

Joining below50 is the latest biofuels initiative for the government, which released the Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan in 2016.

The document outlines steps to develop a thriving industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, including the production of sustainable biofuels.

Biofutures are also identified as an emerging export industry in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Biofuel projects currently underway in Queensland include clean hydrogen research at QUT, a Virgin Airlines biojet fuel trial at Brisbane Airport, and the production of bio crude oil at Gladstone’s Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant.

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Asian Market Forum talks trends at JCU

More than 130 people headed to Townsville last week for the Asian Market Forum at James Cook University (JCU), including a large contingent from overseas and interstate.

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TIQ Trade and Investment Officer Roger Kaus with investor rep Ken Yap and JCU’s Professor (Joe) Zhangyue Zhou at the forum.

More than 130 people headed to Townsville last week for the Asian Market Forum at James Cook University (JCU), including a large contingent from overseas and interstate.

Forum-goers included a delegation from China’s Nanjing Agricultural University, attending alongside researchers, businesspeople and potential investors from Melbourne, Sydney and centres across Queensland.

They heard from a range of expert speakers who discussed current trends in the Asian economy, with a focus on trends in China – Australia’s largest trading partner.

Key points to emerge from forum presentations included:

  • Chinese investment in Queensland resources projects has slowed in recent years but may rebound, and interest in renewables is increasing
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative is opening the Chinese economy even further to merchandise imports
  • ecommerce is a critical pathway to China’s increasingly affluent consumers
  • Australia’s ‘clean, green’ reputation is still a major selling point for Queensland produce
  • health and aged care for China’s ageing population are growing services exports for Queensland
  • increasing numbers of Chinese students are pursuing overseas education opportunities.
JCU Asia Forum

A delegation from Nanjing Agricultural University attended JCU’s Asian Market Forum and site visits to Charters Towers.

International speakers included Professor Harry Wu from Hitotsubashi University in Japan (discussing challenges and prospects in China), and Professor Xinpeng Xu from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (discussing the Belt and Road Initiative).

Local businesses also benefited from the forum, with a number of participants joining site visits to Charters Towers’ businesses after the forum concluded.

Held on 13 July, this was the tenth annual Asian Market Forum hosted by JCU. This year’s forum was supported by the Australia China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, TIQ, the Port of Townsville and Townsville Enterprise.

Asia is identified as one of Queensland’s most important export markets in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Queensland businesses wanting to export to Asia can receive advice and support from TIQ offices in a range of Asian locations.

The forum presentations will be available soon on the JCU website.