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Queensland gives international students employment edge

The new Study Queensland Talent Program will give thousands of international students enrolled in Queensland stronger global employment prospects following graduation.

The new Study Queensland Talent Program will give international students who choose Queensland stronger global employment prospects following graduation.

The new program will offer students employer engagement initiatives to build their 21st-century skills, plus an e-portfolio app to help them record their experiences and achievements in real time.

Led by TIQ’s Study Queensland team, the $1.6 million program is Australia’s largest ever career-development initiative for international students.

Announcing the initiative in late June, International Education Ministerial Champion Kate Jones said it would boost student employability and give Queensland a competitive edge in attracting international students.

‘We have great education and training providers and some of the world’s leading tourism destinations,’ she said.

‘We want to make sure everyone who gets an education in Queensland builds authentic connections and has great employment prospects, both here and globally. That’s what this program is all about.

‘It’s also part of our plan to attract more international students to study in Queensland.’

The Start Here Go Anywhere e-portfolio and micro-credentialing app – currently being piloted in Cairns – will be rolled out across the state in coming months.

Ms Jones said the app would encourage students to take up new and existing employability programs and let them record their participation in activities to help build their extra-curricular profile, allowing them to be more attractive to global employers.

She said the program would be supported by new Study Queensland Employer Champions, including Urbis, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and Bank of Queensland.

The new program is being funded through the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

It was launched by Ms Jones at Study Queensland’s 2019 International Education and Training Summit, held in Brisbane from 25 to 26 June.

International education is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with around 135,000 international students injecting more than $5 billion into the state’s economy in 2018.

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

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Money to take Queensland’s artisan yummies overseas

Queensland’s gourmet-food artisans can take their treats to overseas markets with support from a new funding program and advice from TIQ.

Queensland’s gourmet-food artisans can take their treats to overseas markets with support from a new funding program and advice from TIQ.

The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program will provide funding of up to $5,000 to eligible artisan producers to engage business consultants, mentors or digital experts to help them establish and grow their businesses, and to seize international and domestic market opportunities as they arise.

Announcing the Supporting Artisan Producers plan earlier this month, Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the program would help to build bigger markets for Queensland’s niche artisan products.

‘Whether it’s honey or macadamia nuts, chocolates or jams, cheeses or gluten-free goodies, Queensland’s artisan producers are creating one-of-a-kind food and beverage products,’ Ms Fentiman said.

‘We want more artisan businesses to start, grow and employ more Queenslanders and that’s why we have detailed a range of measures, including the new Artisan Producer Grants.

‘These grants will provide up to $5,000 that can be used for professional advice to take their business to the next level or develop a website or digital marketing campaign to help them work smarter and enhance their online presence.’

The funding can be used to target local, national and international markets.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, businesses must:

  • be an artisan producer of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) based in Queensland
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have Queensland headquarters.

Queensland artisan producers interested in expanding into global markets can also contact TIQ’s regional offices or our specialist Food and Agriculture team for expert advice and support.

Other Queensland Government initiatives to support artisan producers are outlined on the Supporting Artisan Producers webpage.

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

Applications for the Small Business Artisan Producers Grants open 11 July 2019.

Image credit: Minister Fentiman’s office

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Super-sized quails from Queensland on menu in Hong Kong

Super-sized quails from the Brisbane Valley are heading to Hong Kong’s high-end restaurants and may enter the Singapore market later this year after TIQ opened doors in Asia for their producer.

Super-sized quails from the Brisbane Valley are heading to Hong Kong’s high-end restaurants and may enter the Singapore market later this year after TIQ opened doors in Asia for their producer.

Brisbane Valley Protein (BVP) aims to be processing 5,000 quails a week by the end of the year to meet demand from Hong Kong’s high-end food sector.

BVP Managing Director Duncan Brown began working with TIQ in 2017 to prepare for export and took part in TIQ trade missions to Hong Kong (2017 and 2019) and Singapore (2018).

He said TIQ’s support had put the company well ahead in its export journey.

‘Working with TIQ has helped BVP navigate the complex and daunting Asian food scene,’ he said.

‘We are farmers and growers on a fast-learning curve to become exporters, and their support and expertise has put us years ahead in terms of connections and know-how.

‘At the HOFEX and Food and Hotel Asia missions I had the opportunity to meet high-end supermarket buyers, executive chefs from fine dining restaurants, 5-star hotels and meat importers.

‘During the 2019 mission I chose premium food and meat importer Waves Pacific to represent Brisbane Valley Protein and our exporting goals became reality.’

Mr Brown encouraged other Queensland producers to have confidence and take their time to choose the right export partners.

‘Be yourself … people love dealing with the farmer direct,’ he said.

‘And find a niche – it is hard to compete on price so we need a clear quality differential.

‘Remember you are choosing them as well as them choosing you. Don’t be rushed into a partnership, you want to enjoy the relationship.’

Almost twice the size of the average bird, the super-sized quails are the result of careful selection over time by Hunter Valley farmer Charlie Scott, who painstakingly picked bigger quails and effectively developed his own breed.

An alliance between Mr Scott and BVP saw the Queensland business become custodians of what is now the world’s largest table quail.

‘70% of BVP’s quails have a dressed weight of 300 to 350 grams as compared to an average quail’s dressed weight of 180 to 200 grams,’ he said.

‘This makes the quails easier to cook and more enjoyable to eat.’

Mr Brown said the company’s three-year goal was to be exporting 10,000 birds a week into Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam.

Showcasing Queensland products in overseas markets and supporting Queensland exporters are both priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022.

Brisbane Valley Poultry with their products

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Queensland exporter Lightweave sees future in Seoul

Brisbane tech company Lightweave has taken its next step into Asia after featuring in a Seoul showcase with TIQ’s support.

Brisbane tech company Lightweave has taken its next step into Asia after featuring in a Seoul showcase with TIQ’s support.

Lightweave was one of the Queensland immersive tech companies showcased at Asia’s largest virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) expo in late May.

The Seoul VR/AR Expo 2019 was first stop for an Austrade mission to Korea, Taiwan and Japan, designed to gain insights and build partnerships with VR/AR platform providers and investors in Asia’s tech hotspots.

Queensland firms were supported on the mission by TIQ’s Korea office.

Lightweave creates customisable technology that can be applied to any sector. The company’s newest development is a world-first augmented reality arena, which uses VR technology to recreate physical spaces as virtual game worlds.

The first of the arenas was launched at Westfield Chermside’s Kingpin Bowling Arcade in May and the technology is slated to roll out in 5,000 locations around the world.

Lightweave founder Sam Hussey said the company was working with TIQ to grow in Asia and expand into Europe and North America.

‘As we expand internationally it is an amazing pathway to have the assistance of TIQ to help us connect with organisations in our target markets.

‘We are then speaking with the right people who align with our vision and can help us grow rapidly.

‘Growing internationally can be daunting when you are trying to find the right partners or introductions to client. The assistance of TIQ in our key markets has allowed us to move faster and be speaking with the organisations who want to do business with Australian companies like ours.’

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Korea Daniel Kim said Queensland companies were well positioned to capitalise on Asia’s impressive VR/AR ecosystem.

‘The Korean VR/AR market, worth US$1.3 billion in 2017, is forecast to reach US$5.2 billion by 2020,’ he said.

‘I think there are significant opportunities to partner with Korean VR/AR game platforms and theme park providers who are seeking fresh content.’

Queensland has a diverse range of capability in immersive technologies, spanning industries such as gaming, product development, training, data visualisation, smart cities and health.

Newstead VR studio EmergeWorlds, which also joined the mission, has created a world-first VR education app for St John Ambulance and for Canberra’s Questacon science and technology centre.

Digital technologies and start-ups are two of the emerging export strengths identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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‘Queenslander’ beef launched in Japan

A new beef brand ‘Queenslander’ was launched in Tokyo when Japan’s famous Iron Chef, Hiroyuki Sakai, featured the product at his La Rochelle restaurant.

New beef brand ‘Queenslander’ was launched in Tokyo recently when Japan’s famous Iron Chef, Hiroyuki Sakai, featured the product at his La Rochelle restaurant.

Chef Sakai prepared a meal showcasing the beef for government and industry leaders.

‘Queenslander’ is an original brand from Australia’s largest meat processing company, JBS Australia.

JBS Australia’s Commercial Manager Brendan Tatt said the beef would be shipped fresh and direct from Brisbane to Tokyo.

‘We identified a growing gap in the market for a particular style of beef that we could consistently supply from our state-of-the-art facility on the outskirts of Brisbane,’ he said.

‘More and more, we are finding Japanese consumers are interested in the provenance of their beef.

‘The release of the range-fed “Queenslander” brand allows JBS Australia to better tell that story direct to the consumer’s plate, building the relationship further and instilling their confidence in the clean, safe and healthy nature of our product.’

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan Tak Adachi said Japan is currently Queensland’s most valuable export market for beef.

‘With improving economic sentiment and a growing preference for leaner meat, demand for high-quality beef is increasing,’ he said.

Chef Sakai created a special menu for the launch, including Queenslander sirloin marinated in Saikyo-miso, Australian salmon meunière topped with clam sauce and spring radish, creamy carrot potage with a foam of nutmeg, and Queenslander beef fillet poêlé with smooth potato purée and apple mango with a scent of jasmine.

Chef Sakai said the beef worked well for a number of different cooking styles because it was lean and fresh.

‘In my opinion it is a lot tastier than beef with marbling because it is uncomplicated and easy to use,’ he said.

‘I’d like to carry on using this beef brand in my restaurants in the future.’

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially launched the beef brand at the event on 28 May, which was attended by representatives from government, industry associations and leading beef and agribusiness companies.

Queensland beef exporters are benefiting from reduced tariffs made possible by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement.

In 2017–2018, Queensland exported 583,090 tonnes of beef and veal, which made up 53% of Australia’s total beef and veal exports.

Agriculture is identified as one of the state’s traditional export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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RedEye continues rapid global expansion

Queensland engineering software company RedEye continues its rapid global expansion with a third office in North America, a new office in New Zealand and plans to enter Europe.

Queensland engineering software company RedEye is continuing its rapid global expansion with a third office in North America, a new office in New Zealand and plans to enter Europe.

RedEye’s Co-Founder and CEO Wayne Gerard said the company had raised $10.4 million from the Queensland Government’s Business Development Fund and US investor Energy Innovation Capital in 2018 to help fund the international expansion.

‘Receiving funding from Advance Queensland’s Ignite Ideas and the Business Development Fund has made a real impact on our ability to scale the business,’ he said.

‘Our strategic approach to the US also landed us key investment from Energy Innovation Capital who understood how to really scale up in the US market.

‘RedEye is now bringing in revenue of $5 million to $6 million a year, and our expansion in the US is set to help double that figure by mid 2020.

‘TIQ has assisted us from the beginning by opening doors and making introductions, which has ultimately led to our success in markets like the US and others.’

TIQ Acting Chief Executive Officer Paul Martyn said start-ups thinking about going global can take inspiration from RedEye’s success.

‘Understanding where your start-up sits competitively on the global market, doing your research on your target clients and visiting overseas markets is pivotal to successful international expansion,’ he said.

‘TIQ can assist start-ups with identifying pathways and opportunities that can scale their business into overseas markets.’

RedEye founders Wayne Gerard and Randall Makin saw a growing demand for cloud-based engineering software and started the Brisbane-based company in 2012.

The software allows secure sharing of engineering data across locations and teams in large-scale infrastructure projects in the mining, energy and water industries.

From a staff of 2, RedEye now employs more than 100 people and their clients manage more than $200 billion worth of critical infrastructure.

RedEye boasts an impressive list of clients, including Southern Nevada Water Authority, SA Power Networks, Snowy Hydro, BHP, BMA, Trans-Power, Queensland Health and Westside Oil and Gas.

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

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Training and grants to help grow wine exports

Queensland’s regional wineries can apply now for workshops and grants to help capture export opportunities in China and the USA.

Queensland’s regional wineries can apply now for workshops and grants to help capture export opportunities in China and the USA.

The Growing Wine Exports two-day workshop in Toowoomba on 10–11 July will share the latest insights on exporting wine, from refining plans to navigating export laws.

The workshops are part of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, which aims to transform the Australian grape and wine industry by driving demand for wine exports and showcasing Australia’s wine tourism to the world.

The package also includes $1 million in Wine Export Grants to help small and medium-sized wine producers compete in lucrative overseas markets.

Under the grants, wine producers can claim reimbursement of up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018, plus an allowance of $350 per day for travel costs for up to 14 days. The maximum total grant to any one applicant will be $25,000.

Applications for funding will be accepted from now until May 2020, or until all the export grant funding has been allocated. To learn more, read the export grants guidelines and FAQs.

Producers who cannot attend the Growing Wine Exports workshop in person can access it online by registering through Eventbrite.

Queensland winemakers are increasingly entering overseas markets, with wineries such as Murgon’s Moffatdale Ridge and Childers’ Ohana Winery recently beginning exports to Asia.

China and the USA are Australia’s largest and second-largest wine export markets respectively.

Food and agriculture is identified as one of Queensland’s export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

June 2019

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Queensland Day the UK way

Queensland Day celebrations at the Australian High Commission in London showcased the state’s culture, heritage, places and industry to influential UK and European networks on 6 June.

Queensland Day celebrations at the Australian High Commission in London showcased the state’s culture, heritage, places and industry to influential UK and European networks on 6 June.

Investors, Queensland exporters, business leaders and collaborators were among 350 guests at the networking reception hosted by Queensland Agent-General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt.

‘These are important occasions to celebrate in the UK as we are operating in competitive and important global markets – well-established centres for commerce, trade, industry and investment like London, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam,’ she said.

‘In fact, combined with Germany, the UK is currently the second-largest source of foreign direct investment into Australia.

‘We are here to unlock those opportunities for Queensland.’

Queensland exporters are succeeding in the region and great businesses from right across the state were able to exhibit and promote their products on the evening.

The interest in their products from attendees demonstrated a real appetite for Queensland’s quality offerings throughout the UK.

Participating businesses included Jewels of Queensland, Full Circle Fibres, Mount Uncle Distillery, the Good Beer Co. and JBS Australia’s Queenslander beef.

Speaking at the event, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said adaptability and entrepreneurial spirit are defining elements of the Queensland character.

‘In 2019 we continue to connect with the United Kingdom and the rest of the world through a record level of trade and investment and are establishing our leading position in the global innovation race,’ he said.

The evening was also an opportunity to collaborate with other Queensland organisations, such as Tourism and Events Queensland and corporate partners such as QIC, Technology One, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, ARUP, Etihad Airways, NAB and the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort.

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

If you’d like support to enter a European market, contact TIQ Europe.

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Great Barrier Beer good for the environment

Queensland’s Great Barrier Beer is going overseas to raise funds for ocean conservation, with the help of a unique social enterprise.

Queensland’s Great Barrier Beer is going overseas to raise funds for ocean conservation, with the help of a unique social enterprise.

The tasty lager will be helped on its journey by the Good Beer Co., a Brisbane-based social enterprise that has pioneered the concept of ‘a good beer to support good causes’.

The company brews and sells beer to raise funds and awareness for charities, with 10% from every beer sold going to charity partners.

Good Beer Co. founder James Grugeon said bringing Great Barrier Beer to the UK market would have environmental as well as business benefits.

‘We’ll be launching Great Barrier Beer in the UK later this year to raise funds for and support action on ocean conservation, plastic pollution and climate change, with our Australian charity partner the Australian Marine Conservation Society and some great new projects and causes in the UK too,’ he said.

‘As well as taking its important message to mainstream beer drinkers, Great Barrier Beer will be bringing its marine-life-friendly packaging – pioneered in BWS and Dan Murphy’s stores in Australia – to the UK, and is also working to become carbon-neutral.’

Mr Grugeon said heading overseas was a natural next step for the label, and help from TIQ had been much appreciated.

‘We aim to launch Great Barrier Beer where it will do well and help support action.

‘After strong sales and support in Australia, the UK was the natural next step, and we’re now talking to potential partners in the USA too.

‘As a Queensland start-up accessing the UK market, I’m very grateful for the support TIQ is continuing to provide.’

Agent-General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt said Queensland Day celebrations in London on 6 June featured products from UK brewer Adnams, which will partner with the Good Beer Co. to deliver Great Barrier Beer to market.

‘We were delighted to have the support of Adnams at our Queensland Day celebrations and were able to provide large exposure of the Great Barrier Beer brand to more than 350 high-level guests and friends of Queensland,’ she said.

‘This is a wonderful initiative that puts the message and impact of conserving our precious Great Barrier Reef directly in the hands of consumers. A brilliant idea and great example of Queensland creativity, innovation and leadership on important social issues.’

Crafted by Ballistic Beer in Brisbane, Great Barrier Beer was named in the GABS Hottest 100 New Aussie Craft Beers in 2018 and was a medal winner at the 2019 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Beer Awards.

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

In November 2018, the Queensland Government also released the Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy, a first for Australia.

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Senior-living business opportunity in Asia

The spotlight was on Queensland companies with expertise in senior living during a TIQ-led trade mission to China and Singapore in May.

The spotlight was on Queensland companies with expertise in senior living during a TIQ-led trade mission to China and Singapore in May.

It was the latest foray into the Asian market for the Australian Silver Industry Group (ASIG), a consortium of Queensland businesses with expertise in the aged-care sector.

China is a key market, with its ageing population predicted to reach 500 million by 2050.

This mission focused on the second-tier Chinese cities of Wuhan and Chengdu, where there is strong interest from the local governments and industry stakeholders to engage with the consortium.

A highlight of the mission was the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement between Chinese investment firm Yango Holding Co. and ASIG member RDNS (the China subsidiary of Queensland business Bolton Clarke).

This agreement provides a pathway for Yango and the consortium to commence detailed negotiations on projects and is the result of a relationship forged by the two companies and fostered by ASIG.

Bolton Clarke Group CEO Stephen Muggleton said the involvement of TIQ had been integral in taking the next step towards a joint venture with Yango in Shanghai, which supports a population of 30 million people.

Yango travelled to Queensland in March to meet with TIQ.

‘The strong support of TIQ and particularly Chair Steve Bredhauer has underpinned our success throughout the competitive bidding process,’ Mr Muggleton said.

‘TIQ’s leadership in coordinating Yango’s visit to Queensland was invaluable.

‘It has allowed us to progress this outstanding opportunity to share aged-care expertise, and support China’s growing ageing population across 8 sites and 3,000 senior living units.’

In Singapore, ASIG took part in the 10th International Ageing Asia Innovation Forum.

ASIG held meetings with the Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH), which represents Singapore Health Services, the National University Health System, and National Healthcare Group.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for ASEAN Tom Calder said ASIG shares MOHH’s vision to champion a healthy nation and ensure that people live well, long and with peace of mind.

‘In the coming months we will be working to unlock synergies between ASIG and MOHH,’ he said.

‘We will begin by finding ways to share Queensland’s approach to assisted living with local providers.’

Mission leader and TIQ Chair Steve Bredhauer said providing quality options for senior living was a global challenge that ASIG could help other countries meet.

‘ASIG was established by the Queensland Government to create a unique consortium that is working with senior-care providers around the world,’ he said.

‘Our members offer expertise in senior-living design and construction, operations, training and products and supplies, including technological innovation.’

This consortium is the first of its kind in Australia and was established in 2018 as an initiative of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

The latest mission ran from 5–15 May.

ASIG mission members