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2023 key facts

  • The Australian Export Awards are Australia's longest running business awards program.
  • The program is celebrating its 61st year in 2023.
  • In 1963, the Export Development Council wanted to recognise Australian businesses with outstanding export success.  The inaugural Australian Export Awards national ceremony was held in Canberra on 27 November of that year.
  • Since the first national ceremony, the awards have recognised 2037 Australian businesses as national finalists, including 755 businesses that have gone on to win a national award.
  • The Australian Export Awards are presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
  • The Australian Export Awards recognises innovative, ambitious and successful exporters, providing those businesses a chance to tell their export story in Australia and on a global stage.
  • Businesses must apply in their home state or territory; state and territory winners of the 13 national categories become national finalists in the program.
  • National winners of each category and the Australian Exporter of the Year are announced at an award ceremony at Parliament House Canberra in late November.
  • The Minister for Trade and Tourism is invited to host the national awards ceremony.

Program statistics

  • 331 applications submitted across 8 states and territories.
  • 86 national finalists (State and Territory winners of the national award categories).   

National finalists statistics 

  • Employed more than 22,500 people in FY2022-23
  • Generated over $12 billion in export earnings in FY2022/23, including $900 million from 4 ASX listed companies.  
  • 29% (25 businesses) are new to the Australian Export Awards program.
  • 51% (44 businesses) are classified as small businesses with an annual turnover of less than 10 million. 
  • 37% (32 businesses) are led by women (either independently or jointly). 
  • One is a First Nations business (at least 50% owned by indigenous persons).
  • Two were established in 1900, and the youngest was established in 2021.
  • The finalist with the longest export history started exporting in 1933.

More information

All information on the Australian Export Awards can be found at exportawards.gov.au

All queries should be emailed to export.awards@austrade.gov.au