Queensland exporters urged to apply now for awards glory

Premier and Minister for Trade The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland exporters are being encouraged to showcase their efforts over the past year by applying for the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2021.

The prestigious awards are back this year after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said, despite the challenges of the past 18 months, the awards were committed to celebrating and elevating Queensland exporters.

“Our exporters have shown they are resilient, innovative and optimistic – even in these very unpredictable and difficult trading times,” the Premier said.

“They’ve had ups and downs like the rest of us due to the global pandemic, but they have overcome many obstacles.

“They are a critical part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan and probably all deserve an award.”

Queensland companies can apply now in 13 categories from agribusiness to creative industries, with entries closing on 6 August.

Judging is by a panel of experienced business leaders from across industry, with winners named at an Awards night in Brisbane in October.

The Premier said every Queensland exporter should consider entering.

“Past finalists and winners have included small and large exporters from all over Queensland,” she said.

“There are separate categories for the Small Business Award, Regional Exporter Award and Emerging Exporter Award, so regardless of your size, location or level of experience, it’s really worth submitting an application.”

Queensland winners in each of the 13 categories gain automatic entry to the Australian Export & Investment Awards, held by Austrade in November.

Queenslanders are in with a great chance at the national awards, with the reigning Australian Exporter of the Year the Brisbane-based global design firm Populous.

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