Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan has praised all the businesses involved in the Australian Export Awards for their contribution to supporting jobs, the economy and local communities.
Northern Territory business Monsoon Aquatics was named Australian Exporter of the Year at the 59th Australian Export Awards on 25 November.
“Despite the challenges of the past year, Monsoon Aquatics grew its sales by 35 per cent, and export sales by 18 per cent,” Mr Tehan said.
“This small business is supporting local jobs and businesses while also contributing to social and environmental initiatives, including academic research, youth employment and maintaining the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
“All 89 finalists should be proud of their businesses; together they have contributed more than $6.2 billion in export earnings to the Australian economy and employ more than 17,700 people.
“Our Government is supporting Australian entrepreneurs and businesspeople to engage with international trade and be innovative and adaptable to succeed.”
The 13 national category award winners were:
- Advanced Technologies – DroneShield, NSW
- Agribusiness, Food and Beverages – Monsoon Aquatics, NT
- Creative Industries – WildBear Entertainment, ACT
- E-commerce – Clean and Pure, WA
- Emerging Exporter – Penten, ACT
- International Education and Training – Engineering Institute of Technology, WA
- International Health – Invetech, VIC
- Manufacturing and Advanced Materials – AW Bell, VIC; Riviera Australia, QLD
- Minerals, Energy and Related Services – Consep, NSW
- Professional Services – CMAX Clinical Research, SA
- Regional Exporter – AirPhysio, NSW
- Small Business – iBuild Building Solutions, VIC
- Sustainability – True South Seafood, TAS
Aspen Medical was inducted into Australian Export Awards’ Hall of Fame, an accolade for Australian exporters which have won in their category on three occasions.
Full information on winners and finalists can be found at: www.exportawards.gov.au
The annual Australian Export Awards are presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), in collaboration with states and territories.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AWARD WINNER – DroneShield (NSW)
For outstanding international success in the field of information technology (IT), digital technologies, software, hardware or digital services including solutions utilising cloud-based platforms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, augmented /virtual reality and/or blockchain.
Established in 2014, DroneShield’s initial focus on counter-drone protection – where it is now a global market leader – drove innovation in radio frequency technologies, radar, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence. Today, the company designs and manufactures an expanding range of military-grade electronic warfare solutions to detect signals, objects, and vehicles across aerial, ground, and maritime spaces.
DroneShield has proven itself as a global player with commercial, governmental, and defence customers in more than 120 countries, including the Australian Defence Force and the US Department of Defense. The company concluded 2020 with revenue up 58% on 2019 despite the covid-19 slowdown – with revenue in the second quarter of 2021 exceeding that of the entire year prior.
AGRIBUSINESS, FOOD AND BEVERAGES AWARD WINNER – Monsoon Aquatics (NT)
For outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology including farm production, manufactured foods and beverages, forestry, fisheries.
With state-of-the-art facilities in Darwin, Cairns and Bundaberg, Monsoon Aquatics are a world leading supplier of premium, hand-picked Australian coral and marine life. The company supplies retailers, wholesalers and public aquaria across Australia and the world.
Monsoon Aquatics livestock is sustainably sourced and collected under government regulated licences. It pioneered the collection of livestock from some of the Northern Territory’s most remote locations and was the first company to export Territory coral to an international market in 2011.
An industry leader, Monsoon Aquatics has continued to innovate since its establishment in 2008, growing total sales 35% and export sales by 18% in in the last financial year.
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES AWARD WINNER – WildBear Entertainment (ACT)
For outstanding international success across all creative industries including music and performing arts, film, television and radio, software and interactive content such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, writing, publishing and print media, architecture and design and visual arts, including fashion design.
WildBear Entertainment is a content studio that produces factual film and television…