The Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva invited Victoria's exporting companies to apply for the prestigious 2011 Governor of Victoria Export Awards.
Announcing the opening for applications of the Awards this week, Minister Dalla-Riva said the awards recognised local companies at the top of their exporting field.
"By nominating you can help to shape Victoria's exporting future and show the nation exactly what Victoria is capable of," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
"The Governor of Victoria Export Awards puts Victoria's achievements into the spotlight, providing increased business credibility and boosting staff morale.
"It can give you access to new resources and new markets, and help to underpin companies ongoing export success," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
Now in its 32nd year, the Governor of Victoria Export Awards are presented across 14 categories during a formal ceremony at Government House in October.
Victorian winners are then eligible to participate in the 2011 Australian Export Awards with the winners being announced in Brisbane in November 2011.
Mr Dalla-Riva said the Victorian Government was working to lift Victoria's export performance, secure jobs for Victorians and help many more world-class businesses make their mark in the global economy
"To do this, we are going to increase funding for more clearly targeted existing programs and deliver new strategies," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
"We are also delighted to again be part of this exciting Awards program which celebrates the excellence and achievement of our very best exporters.
"I encourage all Victorian exporters to support the 2011 Governor of Victoria Export Awards and look forward to discovering more world-class export stories that are unfolding across this state," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
Applications for this year's Governor of Victoria Export Awards opened on Monday 2 May and can be made until Thursday 14 July 2011.
For further information call 13 22 15 or apply online at www.exportawards.gov.au/Apply