Frequently Asked Questions

61st Australian Export Awards

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Who can enter?

The Australian Export Awards are open to all exporting businesses, with a range of categories to choose from. If a business can adequately meet the criteria and requirements, it is eligible to enter.


Contact your state or territory program contact with any questions related to eligibility.


How do I apply?

Apply via this website,, by submitting an application online via your state or territory.


What is the relationship between the State and Territory export awards programs and the Australian Export Awards program?

Entering at the state or territory level is the only path to the national Australian Export Awards:


  • Step 1: Businesses apply online at, in one or more of the 13 national award categories.
  • Step 2: Businesses are judged in their local State or Territory Export Awards
  • Step 3: Winners of the 13 national award categories in all State and Territory award programs become ‘National Finalists’ of the Australian Export Awards.


Can I apply in multiple categories?

You are welcome to apply for more than one category at the state /territory level. However, please note that you can only win in one category.


Read the category descriptors to determine which categories clearly relate to your business.


If your organisation's head office is located in a non‐metropolitan area, you may also enter the Regional Exporter Award.


State and territory program coordinators reserve the right to determine the category you best belong in, normally they will adopt your stated preference.


Can I use my submission from previous years?

You are welcome to use generic information about your business, however any results or activity to substantiate your answer must have taken place in the qualifying period.


Questions do change from year to year, so be sure to read the criteria & questions at our 'apply' page before getting started.


Am I able to apply in multiple Export Awards programs?

You may only submit an application in one State or Territory Export Awards program. The application can only be submitted in the state or territory program where the organisation’s head office is located or where the majority of operations are established.


Am I able to re-enter in consecutive years?

Yes! All past entrants are encouraged to re-enter the Australian Export Awards.


By re-entering and winning at a state or territory level, you increase your chances of being recognised as the best in the country if you win at the Australian Export Awards.


If you win three times in the same national category you will then be inducted to the Australian Export Awards Hall of Fame.


How does entering the Australian Export Awards benefit my business?

Visit our 'why apply' page for all the reasons why entering the Australian Export Awards is a great move for your business.


Key Export Markets (Countries)

During the application process you will be requested to submit foreign revenue/export sales from each of your key export markets (up to 9 countries) over the past three (3) financial years.


If you export into one country but your product is distributed to another country, you should just enter the country you export directly to.


I have completed and submitted my application, but I want to add more information or images. Is it possible to edit my application?

You can log in to the online application portal any time to amend or add to your application until the application closing date. Please see your state / territory program for relevant closing dates.


National Program Only

How does the judging work for the Australian Export Awards (national program)?

  • Step 1: Winners of the 13 national award categories in all State and Territory award programs become ‘National Finalists’ of the Australian Export Awards. These businesses are referred to Austrade to facilitate national judging.
  • Step 2: Category Judges from Government and Industry assess National Finalists, providing a score against the judging criteria, and a recommendation for category winner. These judges also note feedback on strengths or areas for improvement.
  • Step 3: Financial experts assess the financial data of each National Finalist.
  • Step 4: The scoring and insight from Steps 2 and 3 are aggregated and presented to a National Judging Panel, made up of Government and Industry and Chaired by Austrade’s CEO. This panel reviews the recommendations and agrees on a winner for each category. They also make recommendations to the Minister for Trade and Tourism on the Australian Exporter of the Year.
  • Step 5: The Minister for Trade and Tourism endorses the National Judging Panel recommendations and selects Australian Exporter of the Year.


Insolvency of an entrant

At any time, following submission of an entry in the Awards, but prior to the presentation ceremony, should the business become insolvent, or their business is placed under administration, the applicant is no longer eligible to receive an award.


The next national finalist will not be elevated to the status of national finalist.


If, following the presentation ceremony, the business returns to solvency, then the award cannot be reclaimed.


What are the judges looking for? How do I make my submission stand out?

Answer the questions and provide accurate and concise information in conjunction with the Judging Criteria to see how the judges will be scoring your application.


Make use of the available word count to draw upon examples and use measurable data to support your claims.


Remember that judges often have a lot of submissions to consider, so make it entertaining and informative.


Judges assess how well you have answered each question. Ensure the information you provide is relevant to each question and your overall submission.


Don’t forget to check your spelling and grammar before you submit.


Why do we have to provide financial data as part of the application? How does the financial judging work for the Australian Export Awards?

  • Judges are looking for evidence of a sound capital base (substantial net profit) and sufficient capital (cash and resources) to support export/ international activity
  • Whilst estimates can be used for the 22/23 financial year, we encourage you to enter actual figures where available. If actual figures become available before the closing date, you can update your figures accordingly
  • Make sure to explain any losses or significant decreases in profits – the judges do not know your business and cannot assume what has caused unusual financial results
  • If you succeed as a national finalist the de-identified applications are assessed by Austrade financial team for confidentiality purposes

I am interested in Sponsorship opportunities. Who can I contact?

Please contact

Do I need a professional writer to win?

Many past winners have written their own submission. You know your business inside and out, that passion cannot be replicated. However, you may certainly use a professional writer if you prefer.


Can I get feedback on my application?

All national finalists have the opportunity to receive feedback on their submission from the judges at the end of the program in December. If you are a national finalist or national winner, you will receive an email from the AEA team regarding this.


I need help with my application, who do I contact?

Contact your state or territory Export Awards program contact with any questions related to your application.


I need help with the online application portal, who do I contact?

For technical support:

  • use the Help button at the bottom of your screen of the portal
  • email or
  • call 02 5100 4009 (support line available between 9:00am to 5:00pm AEST).

Who sees the information supplied in my submission?

All information supplied in your application will be treated as commercial in-confidence.


State and territory and national Export Awards coordinators use the information solely for the purpose of judging the 2023 Australian Export Awards.


All judges sign a confidentiality agreement and conflict of interest declaration.