• 1 July 2021, Application Portal Opens
  • 20 July 2021, Festival of Ambitious Exporting Ideas
  • 6 August 2021, Application Portal Closes
  • August 2021, Judging Commences
  • 12 October 2021, ACT Export Awards Presentation Event
  • Late November 2021, National Awards


Got a question about the Awards?
Contact the 2021 Chief Minister’s Export Awards team:

Dinko Colak, Export & Trade Program Manager
Phone: (02) 6247 4199

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Visit Austrade‘s website.

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Instaclustr wins the 2021 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards

Instaclustr, a locally-based company in big data technology for cloud applications, has been awarded the prestigious ACT Exporter of the Year Award for 2021.

Founded in 2013 as a cloud native business, the company has been incredibly successful in attracting some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated companies onto its cloud-based platform supporting mission critical applications across a range of industries.

Today, Instaclustr has expanded internationally to North America and Europe. The company still conducts product development and runs customer support from Canberra.

Ardexa took home the award in the Manufacturing and Advanced Materials category with their platform that helps digitise industrial equipment and connect it to the cloud. Their edge devices run in unattended installations with little or no management from local staff.

The company works collaboratively on digital transformation programs with leading companies in energy, agriculture, resources, manufacturing, and transport. With a number of global offices, they currently export the majority of their products and services to the UK, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain and USA.

Capital College won the International Education and Training award, reflecting the ACT’s strong reputation when it comes to international education and training.

Capital College has become one of Australia’s favourite vocational skills training colleges for international students from 40 countries, providing education in essential occupational industries of business, information technology, hospitality, and community care.

Territory businesses are leading the way when it comes to exporting services and products to overseas markets. Over the course of FY 2020/21, goods exports have risen 237.5 per cent, which given the COVID environment shows that the ACT has recovered well since the initial lockdown occurred in 2020.

The Awards operate as a two-tier process, with exporters first achieving ACT distinction through the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Award program, and then winners progressing as national finalists. Winners were announced in 13 categories, 11 of which are national categories, and these ACT winners will progress as national finalists. National winners will be announced at an event next month.

Paul McGlone, CEO of Seeing Machines, the 2019 ACT Exporter of the Year and winner of the 2019 Technology and Innovation Award, reflected on being a part of the Export Awards Program and how it opened significant opportunities to be involved in the tremendously supportive ACT network of government, business, and individuals.

Category Winners

Advanced Technologies: Instaclustr
Agribusiness, Food and Beverages: Diversity Arrays Technology Pty Ltd
Creative Industries: WildBear Entertainment
Emerging Exporter: Penten
Exporting Government Solutions (ACT Category only): Penten (Winner) and Castlepoint Systems (Highly Commended)
Exporting to Asia (ACT Category only): Capital College
International Education and Training: Capital College
Mineral, Energy and Related Services: Ardexa Pty Limited
Professional Services: Link Digital (Winner) and Catch the Sun Communications (Highly Commended)
Regional Exporter: Garlicious Grown
Small Business: Aristotle Metadata
Sustainability: The Mullion Group Pty Ltd
ACT Exporter of the Year: Instaclustr


About the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards

Canberra, our globally connected city, is on the cutting edge of innovation, government, and business. As international markets look to invest and do business in our region, we are positioning ourselves as a city of global significance. Over the course of COVID-19, Canberra businesses have adapted, they’ve innovated, and they’ve changed their operating models to not only maintain their businesses but also, we’ve seen them generate new opportunities. By entering the 2021 ACT Chief Minister’s Exporters Awards your business can leverage exclusive marketing opportunities, connect with leaders of the Australian Export Community, and celebrate your international business success. The ACT Government is strongly committed to supporting the Canberra region’s growing exporting economy.

The ACT Export Awards raise awareness of the value of exports and the important contribution exporting businesses make to the Territory’s economy through job creation and increased prosperity in the community. The Chief Minister’s export awards showcase our internationally competitive business sector, recognising excellence in the export of goods and services and celebrate Canberra’s most successful and innovative exporters. This recognition encourages other businesses to look for growth in world markets.

The ACT Export Awards operate as a two-tier process: exporters first achieve state distinction through their State and Territory export award program. Local winners progress as national finalists and are benchmarked against their peers across the country, with winners receiving national recognition. If your company is interested in becoming a part of the international trade and export community, contact

The Canberra region has a dynamic and successful exporting community

As either an established or new exporter, your company could join the list of successful Canberra region exporters.

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