Export awards open for applications

The previous winners of the Queensland Export Awards. Picture: FILE

The annual Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2024 is open for applications.

Queensland’s highest export honour acknowledges the innovation, passion, creativity and determination of the state’s most dynamic exporting businesses.

Trade and Investment Queensland CEO, Justin McGowan said export unquestionably drives Queensland’s economy, contributing billions of dollars each year while supporting one in five jobs.

“The talent and quality of Queensland businesses are world class, driving a growing demand for products and services, and positioning our state as a source of excellence globally,” Mr McGowan said.

He called on Queenslanders to enter the awards during a visit to the Brisbane offices of 2023 dual category award winners, Qlicksmart. 

Qlicksmart, based in West End in inner Brisbane, are the current holders of the International Health category and the Women in International Business award, presented to the company’s General Manager, Dr Chamindika Konara. 

Dr Konara said Winning the International Health category at the 2023 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards has had significant impact on Qlicksmart’s business overall.

“It’s not only a recognition of our company’s commitment to improving medical safety around the world, but also a recognition of our entire team’s contribution to our success,” Dr Konara said.

“It was such an honour to also receive the 2023 International Women in Business award, an enormous acknowledgement of the great work that women in Queensland do in the medical field around the world.

“It’s also commendable that TIQ and the Export Awards recognise the achievements and contribution of our first nations community and women to this important sector.”

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards boasts 15 categories including two which are state specific. The Women in International Business and First Nations awards celebrate groundbreaking Queenslanders driving significant business success overseas. 

For the finalists and winners, the Awards present an opportunity to promote their team’s success as well as open new opportunities, access new networks, and help the business reach its full potential.  

Applications for the Premier of Queensland Export Awards 2024 are open until 14 June, with finalists announced in July. 

The winners of each category, along with Queensland’s Exporter of the Year, will be announced in Brisbane at an awards dinner on 4 September 2024. Winners will progress to represent the state at the Australian Export Awards later in the year in Canberra.

Virtual workshop recordings to support and guide companies through the application process are published on the Export Awards website at tiq.qld.gov.au/queensland-business/premier-of-queensland-s-export-awards.

TIQ is striving to attract record-level entries in the categories of Creative Industries, eCommerce, First Nations, International Health, Professional Services, Resources and Energy, and Sustainability and Green Economy.