I am proud to announce 81 finalists in the 54th Australian Export Awards, which recognise success in taking Australian innovation to the world.

The awards highlight the international business success of Australian companies based on export growth, marketing and financial strategies.

This year’s finalists represent a diverse cross section of businesses ranging from family-owned firms to large listed corporations, including many in the growing field of services exports.

Together, they generated more than $12.3 billion in export sales in 2015–16 and employed more than 34,500 people. Businesses like these are driving Australia’s successful transition to a post-mining boom economy.

They represent the best we have to offer and their products include everything from sports technology to indigenous-designed fashion accessories, naval architecture, specialist manufacturing equipment, e-commerce platforms and cyber security.

Nearly 40 per cent of finalists are classified as small businesses with 20 staff or less, and 53 per cent generate more than half their revenue from exports.

Although they are active in almost every corner of the globe, their largest export markets are the United States and China. More than 60 per cent identified at least one of the new FTA markets of China, Japan or Korea as a key market.

National finalists are the category winners in their state or territory export award program.

The national winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brisbane on Thursday 24 November 2016. One of them will also be named the Australian Exporter of the Year.

The winner of the inaugural Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award will also be announced at this year’s Awards ceremony.

The Australian Export Awards are co-presented by Austrade, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and CPA Australia.  A full list of finalists can be viewed here: www.exportawards.gov.au/Finalists/2016

Article by: The Hon Steven Ciobo MP