December 2017

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International ed big winner this year

A new partnership fund, the first international education and training summit, and a brand new innovators program – these are just some of the achievements captured in the new 2017 Year in Review video from TIQ’s International Education and Training Unit (IETU).

A new partnership fund, the first international education and training summit, and a brand new innovators program – these are just some of the achievements captured in the new 2017 Year in Review video from TIQ’s International Education and Training Unit (IETU).

2017 has seen IETU working closely with Queensland’s IET sector to deliver the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026, launched in November 2016.

In February, the unit launched the IET Partnership Fund, which went on to allocate $1.77 million to 37 international education and training projects around Queensland.

Soon afterwards in March, more than 300 industry leaders came together for the inaugural IET Summit on the Gold Coast. With a focus on embracing disruption to support growth, the conference gave participants an opportunity to listen, learn and create a shared direction.

In August, the first-ever IET Partnership Plan was released. The plan has been a catalyst for collaborative, responsive initiatives in 20 markets, built on the priorities of local study clusters, clients and market needs.

IETU had many other achievements throughout the year, all captured in the video.

IETU staff are also excited about the year ahead, which will see:

  • the opening of the next round of the Partnership Fund
  • the second IET Summit in Cairns in May 2018
  • Study Queensland open days in India and Italy
  • a digital awareness campaign in Europe
  • and many other exciting initiatives.

Read more details in the IETU 2017 Year in Review document.

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Resources and agriculture top 2017 exports

2017 is almost over, the data is out, and it’s an opportune time to discuss the year’s export trends.

2017 is almost over, the data is out, and it’s an opportune time to discuss the year’s export trends.

TIQ Principal Trade and Investment Officer Simon Fischer said two of Queensland’s traditional sectors have continued to dominate the state’s exports this year.

‘Queensland’s exports in 2017 have been dominated by resource exports, largely coal and gas, which have been buoyed by higher prices and increased production,’ he said.

‘Our agricultural exports are also performing strongly, as rising demand from Asia creates opportunities for producers of Queensland horticulture and animal products.’

Simon said services exports were another key player in the state’s economy.

‘International education and training services are our flagship service export right now, with the number of international enrolments rising almost 12% in the year to end September 2017,’ he said.

‘And our financial services exports, valued at $877 million in 2017–17, have risen strongly in recent years to be Queensland’s third-largest services export after international education and tourism.

‘Queensland is building on Australia’s strong reputation in this sector and taking advantage of the massive growth of the Asian middle class, which is seeking a range of offshore financial services.’

Looking to the year ahead, Simon said TIQ had some exciting opportunities in store for Queensland exporters.

‘TIQ is involved in a number of exciting trade development activities in 2018, which we expect will contribute to improved export performances,’ he said.

‘Key events like the Commonwealth Games 2018 and Beef Australia 2018 will generate hundreds of potential business matches.’

For more insights and to sign up for future articles, read the full interview with Simon on Medium.

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Cox Architecture succeeding overseas

The Queensland office of Cox Architecture has notched up another international achievement with the recent completion of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Precinct in New Zealand.

Christchurch residents queue to view the new buildings at the precinct open day.

The Queensland office of Cox Architecture has notched up another international achievement with the recent completion of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Precinct in New Zealand.

The Christchurch project is the first in the world to combine justice, corrections, police and emergency services in one precinct – and also houses the first major public buildings built and opened since the city’s devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Cox Architecture participated in an international architectural consortium involved in the design and construction of the $3 million precinct, which includes three major buildings, all built to withstand future earthquakes.

Cox Architecture’s Project Manager Tim Morgan said the project broke with traditional norms for courts and corrections projects.

‘This project has questioned and rewritten the relationships between government departments, creating a precinct that works collaboratively across justice, police and correctional, and emergency services,’ he said.

‘It’s also broken down the traditional barriers between security and accessibility, humanising what is perceived as a tense and stressful environment.

‘For example, the public galleries are arranged around a large courtyard that’s free from the usual security screening areas and is directly linked to the surrounding streets. People can meet, drink coffee, find refuge for reflection or gain information in an expansive, open environment.’

Mr Morgan said that the precinct also incorporated sophisticated solutions to address earthquake risk.

‘From an Australian point of view, it was very interesting designing buildings that must survive major earthquakes,’ he said.

‘There’s a lot of complexity in allowing a building to shake in all directions and not fall down.

‘We used a strategy of base isolation, which involves separating the majority of the building from the ground or lowest level.’

Cox Architecture is an Australia-wide practice working and recognised internationally. Other current major overseas projects include the Jakarta International Velodrome and the National Maritime Museum of China project, which Cox won with the support of TIQ.

At home, the practice recently completed the revolutionary design for the Brisbane Flood Recovery Ferry Terminals project, which received the prestigious Brunel Medal for 2017 from the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers.

Warren and Mahoney and Opus were the two other architectural firms involved in the project consortium for the Christchurch project, which officially opened in September.

If you would like support to get your professional service into an overseas market, connect with TIQ today.

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Moffatdale wins Asian wine awards

South Burnett’s Moffatdale Ridge winery received an impressive 5 medals at the Wine Luxe International Awards held last week in Hong Kong.

The Moffatdale team.

The Moffatdale team.

South Burnett’s Moffatdale Ridge winery was awarded an impressive 5 medals at the Wine Luxe International Awards held last week in Hong Kong.

The family-run Murgon winery brought home 2 silver and 3 bronze medals from the awards, mixing it with big Australian players like Wolf Blass and Wynns Coonawarra Estate.

The Wine Luxe International Awards are run by Wine Luxe Magazine and judged by a panel of international wine professionals, who assess each wine’s quality and suitability for the Chinese palate and cuisine.

The 2017 awards received more than 500 wine and spirit entries from around the world.

Moffatdale Ridge owners Jason and Sue Kinsella said they were ecstatic with the results after entering the awards for the first time.

‘To have won so many medals in arguably Asia’s most prestigious wine awards is fantastic,’ Mr Kinsella said.

‘We see the export market into Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southern China as incredibly important to the future sustainability of our business and the wider South Burnett wine industry.

‘The credibility that comes with this win is exactly the shot in the arm we need to gain momentum in the Hong Kong market.’

Chairman of the awards Nelson Siu said he was impressed by South Burnett wines when he visited the region for a Wine Luxe feature story in January 2017.

He said he was not surprised that Moffatdale’s wines performed strongly, with South Burnett wines a good match for Asia’s tropical foods and climate.

Mr Kinsella said both nature and nurture played a role in the winery’s success at the awards.

‘I believe that the South Burnett’s temperate climate and soil structure are cementing a reputation for producing excellent wines, and the results in Hong Kong stand testament to this,’ he said.

‘We’ve also had tireless support from the staff at the Bundaberg and Hong Kong offices of Trade and Investment Queensland.

‘They were instrumental in facilitating a trade mission to Hong Kong in May 2017 and organising the visit by Mr Siu, and they’ve been invaluable in helping the region’s wine producers become export ready.’

The latest Wine Australia export report notes that China remains Australia’s most valuable wine export market, worth $853 million and growing 42% in the past 12 months.

If you think you have a product that could succeed in Asian markets, connect with TIQ today.

Moffatdale’s medals

New world red – silver

  • Moffatdale Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Spirits – silver

  • Moffatdale Ridge Cognac & Walnut Liqueur NV

Sweet wine – bronze

  • Moffatdale Ridge Late Harvest Red 2014
  • Moffatdale Ridge Late Harvest White 2014
  • Moffatdale Ridge Roasted Macadamia Liqueur NV
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First mango sea shipment from Townsville

The Port of Townsville celebrated a milestone – and so did Queensland’s mango industry – when the first direct sea shipment of mangoes from Townsville set sail for Asia on 12 December.

The Port of Townsville celebrated a milestone – and so did Queensland’s mango industry – when the port’s first direct sea shipment of mangoes set sail for Asia on 12 December.

A total of 3,250 cartons of Manbulloo mangoes grown in North Queensland left Townsville in refrigerated containers on Mariana Express Lines’ Kota Nasrat container vessel.

Manbulloo’s Quality and Export Manager Scott Ledger said that the company had worked closely with the shipping and stevedoring companies to devise a supply-chain solution that met export requirements and delivered commercial benefits.

‘Our team has been very busy heat-treating and packing mangoes over the past week at Manbulloo’s facility in Giru ready for export,’ said Mr Ledger.

‘Packing the mangoes directly into the refrigerated container at the packhouse, then exporting out of the Port of Townsville, means there is less physical handling of mangoes and the time in the supply chain is shorter, giving us greater control and confidence to deliver high-quality mangoes to our customers.

‘Our packhouse is only 50 minutes by road to the Port of Townsville where Northern Stevedoring Services arrange all the logistics for us.

‘Controlled atmosphere sea freight is also cheaper than sending mangoes via air to overseas markets, which will help Manbulloo to capture the opportunity to expand exports to Asia.’

The shipment contained R2E2 mangoes from Manbulloo’s four orchards in North Queensland, located in Giru and Bowen.

Mariana Express Lines Line Manager Lilian Auvaa said it was an extremely proud moment for the company.

‘Our first direct Townsville to Asia container service started back in 2009 carrying mainly dry cargo, both import and export,’ said Ms Auvaa.

‘We recognise the significance of a reliable supply-chain solution that will provide our valued partners with an opportunity to move their refrigerated products to Asia direct by sea.’

As well as growing R2E2 mangoes, Manbulloo is Australia’s largest grower of Australia’s favourite mango variety, Kensington Pride – also known as the famous ‘Bowen mango’.

If you’d like to discuss your export supply-chain requirements, connect with TIQ today.

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NEC wins 2017 Investment Award

Japan’s NEC has won the Investment Award at this year’s Australian Export Awards announced in Canberra recently.

Japan’s NEC has won the Investment Award at this year’s Australian Export Awards announced in Canberra recently.

The Investment Award was introduced to the Australian Export Awards in 2016 to recognise the critical role foreign direct investment plays in providing the capital required for Australia to grow and prosper.

The award honours an international company or joint venture making an enduring contribution to Australia’s economy through employment, innovation or industry expansion, with an emphasis on investors who make a difference to the local community

NEC Australia has invested in Australia’s ICT community for more than 50 years and employs more than 1,800 people in Australia.

Over the past 17 years, NEC has invested more than $200 million in research and development. In February 2016, the company opened a new Australian headquarters and innovation centre in Melbourne’s Docklands district. In June this year, NEC’s $4.8 million Global Security Intelligence Centre opened in Adelaide.

NEC took the Investment Award from a strong field of four other international nominees: Alibaba Group (China), Bosch Group/The Yield (Germany), Neoen (France) and Canberra Metro (China, Japan and UK).

Case studies on all 5 nominees and their investments in Australia can be found on the Australian Export Awards website.

Increasing investment in new Queensland projects is one of the main goals of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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