Queensland exporters are urged to have their say by completing this year’s Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) now.

The survey is an opportunity for businesses around Australia to highlight their export opportunities and challenges, giving the federal government important information it can act on.

More Queensland data in the survey will give decision-makers a more accurate picture of the state’s export performance.

AIBS is a collaboration between the Export Council of Australia (ECA), Austrade and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The annual study provides insights into Australia’s international business activity and evaluates the impact of international economic trends on Australian business.

ECA Head of Policy Heath Baker said it was a crucial time for businesses to have their voices heard on the international business issues that affect them the most.

‘The survey results inform the trade debate and assist organisations like the ECA to provide services that best support Australian businesses along their international journey,’ Mr Baker said.

Last year’s respondents painted a picture of an ambitious and diversified Australian international business community, providing insights into trade with emerging markets like Latin America as well as their use of ecommerce and digital technologies.

This year’s survey features additional questions on key markets like India, as well as the use of innovation in international market development activities.

Participants should allow about 20 minutes to complete the survey, which is due by 24 April.

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

The first 500 survey respondents will be eligible to receive a 30% discount on ECA membership, with the next 500 eligible to receive a 15% discount.

The first 25 existing ECA members who complete the survey and contact ECA will also be eligible to receive a 30% discount on the latest edition of the Australian Export Handbook.