Applications are now open for the prestigious Australian Export Awards.

Now in its 55th year, the awards honour and reward our hard-working, risk-taking exporters who employ so many people around Tasmania, Australia and the world.

The Australian Export Awards are open to companies engaged in international business who have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment.

The Awards measure businesses against their peers based on the strength of their international growth, marketing and financial strategies.

The two-tier awards process commences with the Tasmanian Export Awards administered every year by Fransina Kennedy at the Department of State Growth.

The categories are Agribusiness, Business Services, Creative Industries, Digital Technologies, E-commerce, Education and Training, Environmental Solutions, Health and Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Minerals Energy and Related Services, Regional Exporter, and, Small Business.

The overall Tasmanian Exporter of the Year will be selected from the winners of these categories.   Exporters can enter more than one category to maximise their chance of success, but can only win one category.

I strongly encourage exporters to enter the Awards.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 15 August and applications are available online now.

The Awards ceremony will be held in Hobart on the 13th October. Award winners then go on to be category finalists in the Australian Export Awards which will be held on the 5th December.

Each national finalist receives an Australian Export Awards National Finalist Certificate and can use the national Australian Export Award Finalist logo for their corporate marketing material.

National category winners receive an Australian Export Awards National Winner trophy and Certificate and are entitled to use the national Australian Export Awards Winner logo for their corporate marketing material.   They also have the opportunity to win the ultimate award – The Australian Exporter of the Year.

For international trade and investment assistance contact the TCCI’s TradeStart Adviser, Sally Chandler, at or phone 1300 559 122.