Evolution of the Australian Export Awards
Against the backdrop of the 55th Australian Export Awards, which celebrates the achievements of Australia’s export community, another significant milestone will also be celebrated.
The 2017 National Export Awards Ceremony, held this year in Canberra on Tuesday 5 December, conducted in partnership by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), will also mark 30 years of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia sponsoring the national award program.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia came on board in 1988, the same year Australia celebrated its bicentenary and promoted itself to the world by hosting World Expo 88 in Brisbane.
During this partnership, the Australian Export Awards has become one of the longest running business awards programs in Australia and the categories expanded to recognise the achievements of Australian businesses in new industries, many of which have become industry leaders.
In 1988, the Australian Export Awards comprised seven national categories, namely Commodities, Emerging Exporter, Individual, Services, Small Manufacturer, Medium Manufacturer and Large Advanced Manufacturer.
Fast-forward 30 years, the 2017 program has grown to include 12 export categories and covers new sectors like Digital Technologies, e-Commerce and Health and Biotechnology, as well as a dedicated investment category for recognising international companies or joint ventures that have made an enduring contribution to the Australian economy.
The program continues to celebrate the achievements of Australian businesses that have evolved to become leaders in their respective fields and helped showcase Australia’s capabilities and innovation to the world.
To commemorate the Commonwealth Bank’s 30-year association with the Australian Export Awards, it has chosen three successful Australian exporters and past Export Award winners to share their experiences and discuss their export journey.
Nigel Scott, Managing Director Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance at Commonwealth Bank, says previous Export Award winners –
GBC Scientific Equipment Pty Ltd, NOJA Power Switchgear Pty Ltd and SunRice –
continue to achieve export success and are symbolic of hardworking businesses in the Australian export community.
'The Commonwealth Bank is both proud and privileged to have held this important sponsorship with the Australian Export Awards for 30 years now,‘ says Scott. ‘We want to sincerely congratulate all the award winners and nominees that have achieved this status, which reflects their commitment and success in the export field, and hope that the award recognition has helped to further their success in international markets.’
Australian exporters are facing a rapidly transforming global marketplace. As our economic history shows, Australians are resilient and innovative, and our exporters are showing how these changes can lead to amazing opportunities.