Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Applications open for the Premier’s NSW Export Awards

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APPLICATIONS are now open for the 56th annual Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) along with its principal partener the NSW Government, announced the launch of the awards at the Sydney Startup Hub.

New South Wales Treasurer and parliamentary secretary to the Premier Jonathan O’Dea discussed during his keynote speech the value of exports to the NSW economy.

“The NSW Government is determined to help more businesses reach the global markets; we want to see your business shine on the global stage.” he said.

Last year’s awards attracted a record number of companies, with 82 finalists across 21 awards categories.

ECA CEO Alina Bain said the Premier’s NSW Export Awards give exporters the opportunity to make their company and international business story known.

“We were pleased to have our 2017 NSW Women in International Business winner, Jane Lu, Founder & CEO of Showpo, talk about growing a multi-million-dollar eCommerce business and winning the prestigious award,” she said.

“It is an inspiring story and the eCommerce opportunity is one the awards program in 2018 will explore through its regional events, with upcoming locations in Griffith and Wollongong.”

A new category is to be included in this year’s awards: the Emerging Exporter Award. It will recognise outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector that has been exporting goods or services for three years or fewer.

“The awards program looks to celebrate international business success and innovation across NSW,” Ms Bain said.

“The ECA will be looking for diverse companies from every industry, location and size, companies both emerging and established are encouraged to apply.”

Information can be found at

Applications will officially close on 17 August 2018. The finalists will be notified in September with winners announced at an awards presentation dinner on the 24 October 2018 at The Star, Pyrmont.

Winners in the National Award categories will go on to represent the State at the Australian Export Awards National Ceremony in December.

2018 National award categories include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Business Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Technologies
  • E-commerce
  • Education and Training
  • Emerging Exporter (new)
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Health and Biotechnology
  • Manufacturing
  • Minerals, Energy and Related Services
  • Regional Exporter
  • Small Business

2018 NSW state specific award categories:

  • NSW Asian Exporter
  • NSW Innovation in Export
  • NSW International Development
  • NSW Women in International Business
  • Western Sydney Exporter
  • NSW Defence Industry

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