9 May 2019 - Sydney launch of the awards and applications open - Register here
14 May 2019 - Wollongong launch - Register here
16 May 2019 - Central Coast launch - Register here
22 May 2019 - Orange launch - Register here
12 June 2019 - Byron Bay launch - Register here
18 June 2019 - Griffith launch - Register here
3 June 2019 - Application Support Webinar available online
1 August 2019 - Applications close
16 October 2019 - Awards ceremony and gala dinner at The Star
December 2019 - 57th Australian Export Awards National Ceremony
First and foremost, if you have customers overseas you are eligible to apply.
The ECA offers a range of support services to Export Award Applicants, including: (this is only for NSW)
Another important resource is the ECA itself, Kristina Koprivica, Export Council of Australia is on hand to answer any questions you have about the awards application, process or any query you might have.
This is where we take you through the application form step by step, making sure you understand what the judges are looking for, and giving you the best chance of submitting a winning application.
Pick your categories.
Select the specific category that clearly relates to your business (e.g. agribusiness or education and training).
If your organisation's head office is located in a non‐metropolitan area, you may also enter the Regional Exporter Award.
You can enter in more than one category: for example, you could be eligible in the Creative Industries, Regional and Small Business category. Read the category descriptors to determine which categories are best for your company.
Judges always reserve the right to determine the category where you best belong, normally they will adopt your stated preference.
You can preview the online application form questions here.
This is the section
that tells your whole story – what you do, what your key strengths are and why
you’re a successful international business.
When writing this section, bear in mind that this text will be used by the Awards program to describe your company in press releases, magazine editorial and case studies. So keep it concise, non‐technical and easy to understand.
We recommend completing this section last - this will give you a chance to review the application and ensure you include all the relevant information.
Don't assume that the judges are aware of your organisation, its products and successes.
The judges will assess the viability of the business, its product/service and how successful the business' exports have been this year.
Make sure you clearly state what your international business successes have been for the current year.
Avoid cutting and pasting text directly from your website.
The judges will be looking at the quality of your international marketing strategy and your level of foreign revenue earned.
Market your organisation in your application by highlighting your strengths, illustrating how innovative and distinctive your achievements have been.
If you have been exporting for several years, make sure your application demonstrates what you have done differentlyto consolidate and grow your position in the past year (e.g. new markets, new technologies, focused marketing strategy etc.).
In your key markets, what did you do to secure international contracts and market acceptance? What actions did you take? (e.g. product adaptation to meet customer preferences, building relationships with distributors and buyers, addressing cultural issues in marketing materials and products, attending trade events, techniques to overcoming buyer resistance).
Identify the key factors that you consider made your organisation a successful exporter.
Tracking your achievements:
Help the judges follow your road to international success. Identify the significant landmarks - e.g. "In 2018/19 we broke into the Chinese market for the first time."
Clearly outline what were your most outstanding international business achievements (e.g. "Last year we signed a distribution deal with the largest supermarket chain in the US".).
Tell your business's export story: how your organisation has broken into and built up sustainable overseas markets.
The judges will be looking for the value and contribution of exporting to your business expansion. They will be looking at whether your business is appropriately resourced for export expansion, as well as evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques.
The judges will also be looking for evidence of a sound capital base (substantial net profit) and sufficient capital (cash and resources) to support export/international activity.
Enter actual financial figures (not estimates) where available. If actual figures become available before the close date, 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.
Double check figures to ensure there are no transcript errors -make sure that all ‘000 are entered.
The judges will be looking for evidence of your business’s commitment to efforts. What are your export plans for the coming year (e.g. new markets, additional staff, different marketing strategies etc.).
One last thing:
Get somebody external, with no detailed knowledge of your business, to read through your application to ensure that it is clear to them.
Information provided in your application will be used for media, marketing and promotional material. However, all financial information provided in this application will be treated as commercial-in-confidence and will be used only for the purposes of evaluating this application.
The State, Territory and National judging panels are drawn from the private and public sectors comprising persons with international business experience.
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