ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards

ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards 2022

This is a unique opportunity to join Australia's list of leading exporters

By entering the 2022 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards your business can leverage exclusive marketing opportunities, connect with leaders of the Australian Export Community, and celebrate your international business success. 

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.

How does the ACT Export Awards work?

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.

Export Awards Eligibility Guidelines

Applications for the 2022 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are invited from organisations that meet the following criteria. All applications must be done through the 60th Australian Export Awards website.

Business

  • Earn foreign exchange.
  • Hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Operate as a separate business if part of a larger organisation.
  • Maintain appropriate business ethics and demonstrate a commitment to legal obligations including anti-bribery laws, both in Australia and overseas markets.
  • Government agencies and government owned agencies are not eligible. However, businesses that receive funding from the Government are eligible to apply.
  • Sponsors of a State or Territory Export Awards program or the Australian Export Awards program are not eligible to apply.

Product or services

The product or service exported must include significant (at least 50 per cent) Australian content or value-add, this may include:

    • goods made in Australia from Australian primary products;
    • goods made overseas, mainly using Australian primary products;
    • goods made in Australia from Australian and imported components;
    • goods elaborately transformed in Australia;
    • goods made overseas using substantial Australian value-add, intellectual property (IP) or know-how, including design;
    • services delivered in Australia to foreign individuals or entities; and
    • services delivered overseas using substantial Australian value-add, IP or know-how.

Financials

  • The applicant must demonstrate that they deliver net foreign economic returns to the Australian economy: ‘net return’ to Australia in terms of profit repatriation and creation of employment in Australia.
  • Applicants must provide 3 years of export sales, unless they are applying for an Emerging Exporter Award. 
  • Applications containing inadequate financial details will not be accepted.
  • Applicants that are unable to provide export sales for the 2020/21 financial year must demonstrate an outstanding business outcome that supported their export efforts. 

Applications

  • The Awards program operates as a two-tier process. Applications are via each individual State and Territory Export Awards program. Each program will have 13 or more categories (only winners in the 13 national categories automatically proceed to become an Australian Export Awards finalist).
  • Only submit an application in one State or Territory Export Awards program. The application can only be submitted in the state or territory program where the organisation’s head office is located or where the majority of operations are established.
  • Applications are only accepted online via the Export Awards application website exportawards.gov.au.

Categories

  • Organisations can apply in one or more national categories, but will only be eligible to win an award in one national category. 
  • Winners in a State and Territory category do not proceed to the National Program.
  • Organisations with a non-metropolitan Head Office or where the majority of operations are established may also apply for the Regional Exporter Award.
  • Organisations with three years or less of export sales are only eligible to apply for the Emerging Exporter Award.

Previous Winners and Hall of Fame

  • Winners from previous years are eligible to apply, except for inductees in the Australian Export Awards national Hall of Fame
  • Where an organisation is a state or territory Hall of Fame inductee check with the State or Territory Awards Coordinator for information regarding eligibility in applying into a state or territory awards program.

Have a question?

If you have any questions on eligibility, please contact our Export and Trade Program Manager Dinko Colak at dinko.colak@canberrabusiness.com or call 6247 4199.

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Areas of focus include

  • The degree of innovation in the marketing strategy
  • Export growth achieved and the ability to sustain that growth
  • Evidence of sustainable competitive advantage
  • Value and contribution of exporting to business expansion
  • The overall company commitment to international business

The judging criteria are as follows:

SECTION 1 – This section is not judged [0% weighting]

SECTION 2 – ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND ITS PRODUCT/SERVICES [25% weighting]

  • 2.1 – 2.2 Criteria 

Assess the viability of the business, its product/service and how successful the business’ exports/international successes have been in the current year.

  • 2.3 Criteria
  • Criteria for E-commerce category: What are the innovative online practices/strategies the applicant has implemented to maximise their reach overseas (look for innovation in platforms, tools used and customer engagement).
  • Criteria for all other industry specific award categories: Assess the businesses’ activities against the selected national category they have applied in. Do these activities clearly reflect and effectively demonstrate leadership and innovation in the selected industry sector?

SECTION 3 – INTERNATIONAL MARKETING STRATEGY [40% weighting] 

  • 3.1 Criteria: Quality of marketing strategy taking into consideration scope of the applicant’s international competitive advantage. 
  • 3.2 Criteria: What diversity and inclusion strategies has the applicant implemented in their business.
  • 3.3 – 3.4 Criteria: Assess the level and sustainability of international revenue considering:
  • As a proportion of total sales revenue.
  • In terms of value, and year-to-year percentage change in value, over the last three years or since the applicant commenced exporting.
  • Total export earnings from major overseas markets.

SECTION 4 – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT [25% weighting]

  • 4.1 Criteria: Assess how/if the businesses’ employment figures support export expansion relevant to the industry/category. 
  • 4.2 Criteria: Assess structure of the businesses’ export/international operations and systems to effectively respond to international sales and whether the business is appropriately resourced for export expansion. 
  • 4.3 – 4.5 Criteria: Soundness of financial strategy for international business. Look for examples of a sound capital base (substantial net profit) and sufficient capital (cash and resources) to support export activity. What are the applicant’s international plans for the coming year (e.g. new markets, additional staff, different marketing strategies).


SECTION 5 – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PLANNING AND DIRECTION [10% weighting
]

  • 5.1 Criteria: Assess evidence of business commitment to international business.

State and Territory export award winners in the following national categories, will automatically proceed as national finalists into the Australian Export Awards program.

Advanced Technologies

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. 

Agribusiness, Food and Beverage

For outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology including farm production, manufactured foods and beverages, forestry and fisheries.  

Creative Industries

For outstanding international success across all creative industries including music and performing arts, film, television and radio, software and interactive content such as VR and AR, writing, publishing and print media, architecture and design and visual arts, and digital games.

E-commerce

For outstanding success by an Australian business in selling goods or services to customers overseas via an electronic network. Includes cross-border e-commerce and online sales.

Emerging Exporter

For outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector which has been exporting goods or services for three years or less. 

International Education and Training   

For outstanding international success or learner/student experience in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum including vocational training. 

International Health 

For outstanding international success in medical, healthcare, biotechnology fields for products, technology, equipment or services. This includes E-Health, Digital Health, Medtech, Aged Care services, Complementary Healthcare, Biotech and Pharmaceuticals.


Manufacturing and Advanced Materials

For outstanding international success in manufacturing, engineering and/or advanced materials development. This includes production of consumer products.   

 

Professional Services   

For outstanding international success in the professional business services including legal, accounting, administration and support services, business management, marketing services, franchising and licensing, engineering, financial and insurance, market research, tourism and translation services.  

 

Regional Exporter   

For outstanding international success by a business whose head office and/or majority of operations are based in a non-metropolitan location. 

 

Resources and Energy

For outstanding international success in the production, processing, value adding of extractive resources or provision of equipment, services or solutions related to the resources and energy sectors.

 

Small Business

For outstanding international success by any business with total annual sales not exceeding $10 million.  

 

Sustainability 

For outstanding international success in environmental solutions, clean energy innovation, materials and energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste and water management, green buildings, smart cities and R&D collaboration. 

 

Australian Exporter of the Year   

The Australian Exporter of the Year will be selected by the national judges from the national winners of the categories shown above.   

SECTION 1: INTRODUCE YOUR COMPANY.
[SCORE WEIGHTING 0%] – (this section will not be scored)

This material may be used in promotional material for the Export Awards, so make it your best elevator pitch. (MAX 200 words)

  • Describe what your business does.
  • What products and/or services do you sell?
  • What problem does your business solve?
  • Which countries do you export to?

    TIP:

    You might already have this content on your website that you can use here.
    Your marketing team might be able to help you with preparing the content for this company introduction

 

SECTION 2 – ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND ITS PRODUCT/SERVICES [25% weighting]

  • 2.1 – 2.2 Criteria 

Assess the viability of the business, its product/service and how successful the business’ exports/international successes have been in the current year.

  • 2.3 Criteria
  • Criteria for E-commerce category: What are the innovative online practices/strategies the applicant has implemented to maximise their reach overseas (look for innovation in platforms, tools used and customer engagement).
  • Criteria for all other industry specific award categories: Assess the businesses’ activities against the selected national category they have applied in. Do these activities clearly reflect and effectively demonstrate leadership and innovation in the selected industry sector?

SECTION 3 – INTERNATIONAL MARKETING STRATEGY [40% weighting] 

  • 3.1 Criteria: Quality of marketing strategy taking into consideration scope of the applicant’s international competitive advantage. 
  • 3.2 Criteria: What diversity and inclusion strategies has the applicant implemented in their business.
  • 3.3 – 3.4 Criteria: Assess the level and sustainability of international revenue considering:
  • As a proportion of total sales revenue.
  • In terms of value, and year-to-year percentage change in value, over the last three years or since the applicant commenced exporting.
  • Total export earnings from major overseas markets.

SECTION 4 – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT [25% weighting]

  • 4.1 Criteria: Assess how/if the businesses’ employment figures support export expansion relevant to the industry/category. 
  • 4.2 Criteria: Assess structure of the businesses’ export/international operations and systems to effectively respond to international sales and whether the business is appropriately resourced for export expansion. 
  • 4.3 – 4.5 Criteria: Soundness of financial strategy for international business. Look for examples of a sound capital base (substantial net profit) and sufficient capital (cash and resources) to support export activity. What are the applicant’s international plans for the coming year (e.g. new markets, additional staff, different marketing strategies).


SECTION 5 – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PLANNING AND DIRECTION [10% weighting
]

  • 5.1 Criteria: Assess evidence of business commitment to international business.

For more information on your State or Territory Export Awards program, please get in touch with the relevant contact below.

Australian Capital Territory

Dinko Colak
Export and Trade Program Manager
Canberra Business Chamber
Email: dinko.colak@canberrabusiness.com
Phone: 02 6247 4199

Key dates

2 May 2022

Application portal opens

Applications open for the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards

2 May 2022

10 June 2022

Applications close

10 June 2022

20 June 2022

Festival of Ambitious Exporting Ideas

20 June 2022

21 September 2022

2022 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards Ceremony

21 September 2022

November 2022 (TBC)

National Awards Ceremony

November 2022 (TBC)