Victoria has made history at this year’s prestigious Australian Export Awards by being the first Australian state to have businesses win the award for Australian Exporter of the Year five years in a row.
The top award went to family-owned and operated skincare company Ego Pharmaceuticals. The company manufactures more than 120 products and exports to more than 27 countries across the world.
The Andrews Labor Government is giving exporters access to the tools and information they need to increase trade, attract new investment and create more jobs for Victoria.
In addition to the win by Ego Pharmaceuticals, Victorian companies across agribusiness, manufacturing, creative industries, medtech, and education and training each took home national export awards.
The winning Victorian companies included abalone farmers Yumbah Aquaculture, digital marketplace Envato, education provider Deakin University and medical technology developer Leica Biosystems.
The Australian Export Awards recognise the achievements of exporters throughout the country to raise the domestic and international status of winning businesses.
Victorian winners of the Australian Export Awards started their journey as recipients of a Governor of Victoria Export Award, that then automatically entered them into the running for a national award.
Trade and investment is extremely valuable to Victoria, with total goods and services exports worth more than $48.3 billion in 2016-17, rising from $44.8 billion in 2015-16.
The Labor Government has also released an official trade statement – Globally Connected – that will act as a blueprint for Victorian trade and investment and help local companies make global connections to boost the economy and create jobs.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis
“These awards offer more proof that Victoria is home to Australia’s most innovative, hard-working and successful exporters.”
“These companies are crucial to our economy and I thank and congratulate Ego Pharmaceuticals and every Victorian company that participated and won awards this year.”