May 2019

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New international student panel appointed

Students from 10 countries will be a grass-roots voice on international education in Queensland following their appointment to the 2019 Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP).

Students from 10 countries will be a grass-roots voice on international education in Queensland, following their appointment to the 2019 Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP).

The students will represent the 135,000 international students currently studying in Queensland from more than 160 countries.

Panel members will use their own experiences and those of their peers to advise the Queensland Government on ways to enhance the student experience in study destinations across the state.

The new panel members live and study in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Ipswich and on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, representing Queensland’s widespread study locations.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said that QISAP would report on emerging trends and issues from across the regions that affect students.

‘In a unique model of student engagement and governance, QISAP harnesses the diversity of the international student voice,’ he said.

‘Designing solutions for students by students is a powerful tool, and we are delighted that another panel of students will volunteer their time to work with us this year.’

The new panel members met for the first time in Brisbane on 8 April, attending a full-day induction program where they were able to network with key government stakeholders and discuss current issues facing the international student community.

This year QISAP will focus on key areas affecting the student experience.

The panel will consult with international and domestic students on new initiatives, student experience programs and how best to implement them.

QISAP members will also work with Study Queensland to design important events, including International Students Meet Parliament and the International Student Leaders Forum.

The 2019 panel has 10 new international student panellists, 2 returning QISAP mentors and a representative of the domestic student cohort.

QISAP is an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

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

 

Appointed QISAP members

Yanish Veerasawmy, Brisbane – Mauritius

Ziming Ye, Brisbane – China

Kritesh Patel, Brisbane – India

Stephanie Casas, Brisbane – Philippines

Dominic McCarthy, Brisbane – Australia

Jermaine Rusike, Gold Coast – Zimbabwe

Alexia David, Gold Coast – India

Jean Martha Degollacion, Sunshine Coast – Philippines

Talina Bayeleva, Brisbane – Kazakhstan

Fares Saleem, Townsville – India

Napoleon Vera, Ipswich – Venezuela

Long (Prince) Lo, Brisbane – Hong Kong

Carolina Merino Wells – Chile

 

Participating executive officers from the Council of International Students Australia

Ralph Teodoro – Philippines

Kasun Kalhara – Sri Lanka

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Superyacht grants to float Queensland boats overseas

Six Queensland companies will have extra support to enter overseas markets after sharing in more than $41,000 from the Superyacht Industry Development Fund.

Six Queensland companies will have extra support to enter overseas markets after sharing in more than $41,000 from the Superyacht Industry Development Fund.

The fund is part of the Queensland Superyacht Strategy, which aims to grow the industry and increase Queensland’s global market share by 10% by 2023.

Round 1 recipients of the Superyacht Industry Development Fund are:

  • Abell Point Marina (Airlie Beach)
  • Carter Marine Industries (Cairns)
  • Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (Gold Coast)
  • Rivergate Marina and Shipyard (Brisbane)
  • Seaspec Marine Services (Gold Coast)
  • Trinity Fire Services (Cairns).

Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development Meaghan Scanlon said the fund would help Queensland businesses secure more contracts.

‘We introduced this development fund late last year to support small-and-medium-sized businesses supplying to, or with the potential to supply to, the superyacht industry,’ Ms Scanlon said.

‘This first round of funding will help Queensland businesses build valuable relationships in the global superyacht market through participation in international trade shows in Singapore, Tahiti, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale.’

Superyacht Strategy Champion and Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the government’s efforts were crucial in promoting Queensland as a world-class Pacific destination for superyacht cruising, construction, fit-out and maintenance.

‘We want Queensland to be recognised as the key superyacht hub of Asia-Pacific, and initiatives like our Superyacht Industry Development Fund will help us achieve that,’ Mr Healy said.

Up to $335,000 will be provided over the life of the Superyacht Strategy – from 2018 to 2023 – to support businesses looking to access the industry.

Grants will be provided for a range of purposes, including attending international trade shows, bringing overseas delegations to Queensland and obtaining industry certifications.

One round of grants will be available each year.

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

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Queensland and India sign mine-safety training agreement

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Australian Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS) commits them to collaborating on a range of activities related to mine safety.

A new agreement between Queensland and India aims to improve mining safety.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Australian Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS) commits them to collaborating on a range of activities related to mine safety.

The MOU was signed in India by Mr Utpal Saha, Director General Mines Safety (DGMS), and Mr Gitesh Agarwal, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – India.

Speaking after the signing, Mr Agarwal said both countries would benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

‘Through the agreement, the groups will explore opportunities to share technical knowledge about the occupational safety, health and welfare of miners,’ he said.

‘They will work together to establish a risk-based safety-management system in India, and SIMTARS will train key personnel from DGMS, the mining industry and academia in best practice.

‘SIMTARS personnel will also gain valuable experiences as they share expertise across the industry in India.

‘Bringing these two agencies together is an important achievement for TIQ, and I hope that the outcomes will impact positively on the health and safety of many workers,’ he said.

DGMS is responsible for granting mining permits and enforcing safety legislation, and has made steady progress in reducing the number of mining accidents in India. However, illegal mining operations are not uncommon, and mining accidents caused 377 worker deaths in India between 2015 and 2017.

Queensland’s SIMTARS is a world-leading centre for mining safety and health research, delivering complementary scientific, engineering and training services nationally and internationally.

Australia pioneered risk-based safety-management plans for the mining sector using hazard identification and risk assessment. Mining sectors in the USA, South Africa, Germany and Russia use risk-based safety management.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on 16 January and will remain in place for 3 years.

Queensland continues to deepen its engagement with India as an initiative of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023 was released in late 2018.

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Bundaberg distiller Kalki Moon wins gold again

Bundaberg ginger and traditional botanicals are a winning combination for Queensland’s Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing Company, which has won gold for its unique gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Bundaberg ginger and traditional botanicals are a winning combination for Queensland’s Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing Company, which has won gold for its unique gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Australia’s only national spirits competition, the awards recognise distilling excellence across 11 categories.

This year’s awards were presented in Melbourne on 4 April, where Kalki Moon took the top prize for its Navy Gin.

Kalki Moon’s medal tally is growing quickly.

Last year, Kalki Moon’s London Dry Gin won gold at both the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Competition, London. They also won 2 silver medals and a bronze for other gin varieties and a chocolate liqueur at the international competition.

Master Distiller and Founder Rick Prosser said he was proud to win the Australian award.

‘Sales are going very well, with our products sold through most Queensland independent bottle shops and nationally in 90 stores,’ Rick said.

‘Our navy-strength gin is the ultimate in a classic gin and tonic or soda – one of the smoothest navy-strength gins to ever be released.’

Navy Gin is described as big and bold, full of juniper, heavy on the angelica and liquorice root, with a touch of Bundaberg ginger for spice.

The distillery recently expanded its premises and currently employs 6 people in the family business.

The Australian Distilled Spirits Awards highlight innovation and excellence in the industry, and give producers an essential benchmarking forum and platform to promote their spirits and liqueurs to industry and consumers.

Kalki Moon has worked closely over a number of years with TIQ’s Wide Bay–Burnett staff, including joining more than 20 other Queensland companies for TIQ’s Food and Hotel Asia mission to Singapore in 2018.

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

Image credit: Paul Beutel

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Queensland innovators farming fish in the desert

Sunshine Coast company RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are successfully farming fish in the desert to address food security concerns in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sunshine Coast company RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are successfully farming fish in the desert to address food security concerns in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The two companies began work in May 2015 when RADAQUA was contracted to design, construct and manage a 120-tonne proof-of-concept grouper production facility.

Visiting the farm during her recent Middle East trade mission, Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said the UAE currently imports around 90% of its food needs, giving the farm great potential.

‘Water scarcity and climate change have been identified as major hurdles to food security throughout the world, but particularly in the UAE,’ the Premier said.

‘Queensland has outstanding capability and technology in the food and agriculture sectors and today we celebrate a Queensland company, RADAQUA, exporting its aquaculture expertise to the world.’

RADAQUA specialises in recirculating aquaculture systems that provide a bio-secure production environment in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

First delivering the proof-of-concept grouper facility, RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are now expanding their site at Al Wathba to achieve a six-fold increase in its output in the years ahead.

Construction work will also start on a proof-of-concept prawn production facility in early 2020.

Running pilot projects in this way builds confidence with investors and government according to Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East Donna Massie.

‘Once that confidence, respect and trust is established, then you can talk about investment, commercialisation and expanding further in the region,’ Ms Massie said.

TIQ has been delighted to work with RADAQUA.

‘They have had exactly the right approach to market and are now beautifully positioned to expand even further in the region,’ she said.

Buderim-based RADAQUA began exporting its services internationally in 2014, securing contracts in China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

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

April 2019

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Urban Art Projects to design Australian pavilion for Dubai Expo

Queensland’s own Urban Art Projects (UAP) will co-design the Australian pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Queensland’s own Urban Art Projects (UAP) will co-design the Australian pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai.

A former Queensland export award winner, UAP collaborates with artists, architects and designers to create art in public spaces.

UAP Principal Carolyn Karnovsky said the studio partnered with Brisbane-based architects Bureau Proberts to propose the design.

‘With Bureau Proberts leading the architectural design and UAP developing the exhibition experience concept, we have endeavoured to create a pavilion that transports and connects visitors to the very heart of Australia,’ she said.

‘It will be an unforgettable experience where ancient narratives are interwoven with futuristic visions of Australian innovation.’

At the pavilion, Queensland businesses will meet with delegations from all over the world.

It will host a wide range of events, including trade and investment promotions, a targeted business program, VIP events and an arts program.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East Donna Massie congratulated UAP and said Expo 2020 could open many doors for Queensland businesses.

‘The expo will be an exciting opportunity for Queensland businesses to build relationships and forge new connections in the Middle East and globally,’ she said.

‘A total of 193 countries have now committed to Expo 2020 Dubai.’

Expo 2020 will be the first world expo staged in the Middle East, and more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend.

UAE is an important trading partner for Queensland, with two-way merchandise trade worth $343 million last financial year.

UAP was a 2017 Queensland export awards winner, and previously collaborated with Bureau Proberts on the centrepiece of the new UAE Martyrs’ Memorial Park, Wahat Al Karama, in Abu Dhabi.

Brothers Matthew and Daniel Tobin started UAP in 1993. The company now has studios and workshops in Brisbane, New York and Shanghai, and global satellite offices in Melbourne, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Singapore.

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

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Hong Kong export success for The Flour Shop Bakery

Pizza bases and ciabatta made in Queensland will soon be served in Italian restaurants in Hong Kong.

Pizza bases and ciabatta made in Queensland will soon be served in Italian restaurants in Hong Kong.

A new export deal for The Flour Shop Bakery is a direct result of TIQ’s Taste of Queensland display at the Food and Hotel China (FHC) trade show in Shanghai in November 2018.

Based in Brisbane, The Flour Shop Bakery is a family business producing an extensive range of quick-service restaurant, food-service and retail baked products.

Head of Sales and Marketing David Casey said the company’s success in Hong Kong could be credited to TIQ introductions and to having a product that could be easily exported.

‘I had pizza bases and ciabatta on display at the Taste of Queensland stand at Food and Hotel China, and met Ping Shan Foods from Hong Kong, who distribute to Italian restaurants,’ Mr Casey said.

‘After successful negotiations, we have just sent a 20-foot container to our new customer in Hong Kong.

‘Our products are fully baked and frozen, so getting them around the world is easy.’

TIQ Food and Agribusiness team member Geoff Goh said it was very satisfying to bring The Flour Shop Bakery together with the right buyer for their product, in a market that is looking for competitively priced, high-quality products.

‘There’s strong demand in Asia for imported premium food and beverage products, and growing interest in westernised foods and drinks,’ he said.

Queensland’s merchandise exports to Hong Kong were valued at $379.3 million in 2017–18, with the top export commodities being meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, and coal.

TIQ is now getting ready to take 18 Queensland food and beverage companies to Hong Kong to exhibit at HOFEX, one of Asia’s largest food and hospitality trade shows, from 6–10 May.

The Queensland companies will once more showcase their products to international buyers, importers and distributors.

If you’d like advice on exporting to Hong Kong or other overseas markets, contact TIQ today.

Showcasing Queensland companies in international markets is one of the initiatives of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Going global at QODE innovation festival

TIQ commissioners from around the world shared their tips for global business success recently at QODE, Brisbane’s newest tech and innovation festival.

TIQ commissioners from around the world shared their tips for global business success recently at QODE, Brisbane’s newest tech and innovation festival.

Scaling up for global expansion and building international teams were key topics at the Going Global session delivered by TIQ and the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur.

Hosted by TIQ CEO Paul Martyn and Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp, the popular session saw TIQ commissioners from Japan, Singapore, India and Taiwan highlight issues critical to succeeding in their markets.

Held over two days at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, QODE focused on the future business landscape and provided a forum for start-ups and tech companies to showcase their projects to potential investors.

Queensland tech companies also got to sit down with TIQ’s international commissioners and Brisbane-based advisors to explore global expansion and support available from TIQ to help them achieve their goals.

Commissioners Tak Adachi (Japan), Tom Calder (ASEAN), Gitesh Argawal (India) and Patrick Hafenstein (Taiwan) were at QODE to meet and mentor Queensland start-ups and explain opportunities in their markets.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan Patrick Hafenstein said it was exciting to speak to a number of local companies about taking their businesses to the next level.

‘I met with some really exciting start-ups in the VR and AR category who we are going to invite over to Taiwan to meet up with some of the big players in that space,’ he said.

TIQ contributed to QODE networking events, meeting spaces and stages, and promoted QODE to international networks to support the event.

QODE ran from 2–3 April and was part of the Curiocity event held in Brisbane during March and April.

Supporting start-ups and encouraging digital innovation are both priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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SMEs Grow with Google in Brisbane and Cairns

Covering the latest digital tools, tips and insights, recent Grow with Google workshops in Brisbane and Cairns gave Queensland businesses new skills to do business in a changing environment.

Covering the latest digital tools, tips and insights, recent Grow with Google workshops in Brisbane and Cairns gave Queensland businesses new skills to do business in a changing environment.

Grow with Google was in Queensland as the result of an invitation from TIQ, with support from the Cairns Chamber of Commerce for the Cairns event.

It was the first time Grow with Google had been held in collaboration with a state government in Australia.

Writing on the Google blog after the launch of the Brisbane workshop, Google Australia’s Director of Customer Solutions, John Ball, said the event had been a big success.

‘More than 500 small businesses, students, job-seekers, non-profits and individuals looking to grow their skills attended the workshops today at Brisbane City Hall,’ he wrote.

‘Grow with Google gives Australians access to digital skills training, both online and in person, to help them make the most of the web.

‘It includes a new online learning hub accessible by anyone, from anywhere, on any device, with hundreds of handy training modules to choose from.’

Also in attendance at the Brisbane workshops were TIQ commissioners from India, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and North America.

The workshops explored a range of digital tools and topics, including Google My Business and how to get started with search-engine marketing.

Several tools directly targeted exporters, including Market Finder, which helps businesses identify new opportunities and target global customers using market insights.

Google experts also took time at the events to give one-on-one advice on topics such as Google Ads and Google Analytics.

Grow with Google was held in Brisbane on 1–2 April and Cairns on 5 April. It was part of an initiative to provide ecommerce and digital training for SMEs under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Previous workshops with Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile ecommerce company, rolled out in 2017.

If you’re an SME interested in growing your business, TIQ is now inviting registrations for ‘Business growth essentials’ workshops running at locations from Ipswich to Townsville during May.

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Grants for ag businesses to grow trade with China

Queensland agricultural businesses and organisations interested in building trade ties with China can now apply to the 2019 Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) grants program.

Queensland agricultural businesses and organisations interested in building trade ties with China can now apply to the 2019 Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) grants program.

The program provides grants for trade missions to China, and for other projects in Australia or China that promote agricultural trade between the two countries.

Up to $12,500 is available for trade missions, and up to $40,000 for other projects, with a total grant pool of $100,000.

Applications are due by Tuesday 30 April. This year’s funding priorities are:

  • ecommerce innovation
  • sustainable agricultural technology
  • sanitary and phytosanitary training
  • agricultural products processing
  • science and technology cooperation
  • commodity production research
  • post-harvest storage and waste
  • animal husbandry
  • food safety
  • trade and investment cooperation
  • exploration of niche markets
  • advanced agriculture technologies
  • water in agriculture.

Proposed trade missions and other projects should be self-contained, not last longer than 12 months and preferably commence and conclude in 2019.

The ACACA program aims to promote bilateral cooperation between Australia and China, develop the agriculture trading relationship, and encourage the exchange of scientific information to enhance cooperation between Australia and China.

Find out if you are eligible and apply for the 2019 ACACA grants round at the Community Grants Hub.

China is Queensland’s second-largest food export market, with agricultural commodity exports valued at $1.34 billion in 2017–2018.

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