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Business Envoy December 2019 - Celebrating Australia’s diversity in business

This edition takes a closer look at the lesser-known and diverse ways Australians are doing business and engaging in international trade.

Last Updated: 10 December 2019

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  • Gelflex Laboratories, is Australia’s only manufacturer of disposable contact lenses. They export to 35 countries to improve the vision and comfort of wearers around the world.The company employs over 250 people globally and sources materials and technology from within Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Indonesia and China. Where possible, Gelflex supports local suppliers.

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    Trade and investment
  • At the 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit in Bangkok on 4 November 2019, leaders from 16 Indo Pacific countries Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — agreed on the importance of RCEP as a signal of the region’s collective commitment to open trade and investment.

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    Trade and investment
  • Reflecting the Australian Government’s commitment to advancing opportunities for business, Ms Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is hosting a series of Strategic Dialogues with Australian business leaders. The Strategic Dialogues focus on how government and business can work together to face challenges arising from an increasingly complex and contested world.

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    Trade and investment
  • Welcome to the business envoy, a quarterly publication by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade connecting Australian business to insights from the Australian Government’s global diplomatic network. This edition takes a closer look at the lesser-known and diverse ways Australians are doing business and engaging with international markets, including our rich diversity to maximise opportunities.

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    Trade and investment
  • For the first time, WorldPride will shine a spotlight on the Asia-Pacific region’s LGBTQI communities, with members of the international network of Pride organisations InterPride voting Sydney as the winner to host the biennial event in 2023. WorldPride 2023 will cement Sydney’s reputation as a world-leading location for cultural events and deliver economic benefits to the host city and New South Wales.

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    Trade and investment
  • Austrade and Supply Nation led an Indigenous Australian business mission to Canada with a focus on opportunities in mining equipment, technology and services and construction.

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    Trade and investment
  • Based in the Victorian regional centre of Geelong, Back to Back Theatre is widely recognised as an Australian theatre company of international significance as a result of their inspiring works created from the ‘hearts and minds’ of a group of artists with intellectual disabilities.

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    Trade and investment
  • In today’s technology-driven and highly competitive knowledge-based economy, intellectual property (IP) plays a vital role as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. The Australian Government, through IP Australia, provides support to inventors and entrepreneurs to encourage innovation and Australia’s contribution to the development of a global IP ecosystem.

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    Trade and investment
  • business envoy caught up with Maggie McGowan at Gorman House Arts Centre, on the fringe of Canberra City, while she was setting up a ‘pop up’ store for her fashion label Magpie Goose. Magpie Goose is a fashion social enterprise that puts a modern twist on traditional remote community art. The social enterprise fashion label is a labour of love for McGowan and her partner Laura Egan.

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    Trade and investment
  • The Australian Government is working to bring our bilateral trade agreements with Indonesia (IA-CEPA), Hong Kong (A-HKFTA) and Peru (PAFTA) into force as quickly as possible. Once in force, the benefits of these deals will start to flow for our exporters, service suppliers, investors and consumers. Australian industries including agriculture, manufacturing, mining, education, tourism and financial services, among others, will benefit from these deals.

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    Trade and investment
  • The DFAT Victoria State Office led a senior delegation of the Melbourne-based Consular Corps to Shepparton in October this year as part of the Australian Government’s Economic and Commercial Diplomacy Agenda.

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    Trade and investment
  • Diversity makes us unique. Whether that means gender, age, background, ethnicity, beliefs, or disability, Australia has one of the most diverse populations in the world. Diversity is no less important in the workplace, especially for Australian businesses with a focus on global trade and international engagement. Australian company, Cochlear, has been championing efforts to support adults living with hearing loss in the work place.

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    Trade and investment
  • Following a Global Heads of Mission recall to Canberra in September 2019, Australia’s top diplomats travelled to regional Australia to talk with Australian business people and share their insights on international commercial opportunities.

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    Trade and investment
  • The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) has delivered benefits for Australian businesses and consumers since it entered into force on 1 January 2013. Two-way trade has grown by 34 per cent between 2012 and 2018 to reach $24.2 billion in 2018, making Malaysia Australia’s 10th largest trading partner. Two-way investment grew 11 per cent over the same period to reach $32.4 billion in 2018.

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    Trade and investment
  • Market Insights help Australian businesses better understand and navigate international markets. Drawn from the deep reservoirs of expertise among our diplomats and officials, these insights provide business with a further source of analysis to help evaluate potential overseas markets. You can learn more about trade and investment opportunities at Market Insights on the DFAT webpage

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  • The mining equipment, technology and services (METS) industry is a ‘bedrock’ for many communities in regional Australia. The businesses that drive the industry’s strong global reputation through innovation and hard work are more than 80 percent Australian owned, and a large portion are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They provide jobs, skills development and support their local communities.

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    Trade and investment
  • Quarry Mining is a family run mining equipment, technology and services (METS) business located in Beresfield in the Hunter Valley. The firm specialises in robotic engineering solutions for the region’s coal mining industry and places a very high priority on quality control and safety. It provides a range of goods and services, from customised underground mining consumables to repair and maintenance of drilling equipment for complex mining operations.

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    Trade and investment
  • The re-emergence of trade protectionism in some regions of the world and economic populism are a major concern for open economies like Australia. We rely on trade and investment to grow our economy and improve living standards and since our major economic reforms of the 1980s, we have enjoyed almost three decades of economic growth without a recession.

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    Trade and investment
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s inaugural iSAY Essay Competition was held from May to July 2019. Five finalists were chosen from a suite of strong entries from university undergraduate students. The inaugural competition included a university undergraduate student category as part of the Australian Government’s Australia nowpublic diplomacy program held in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries throughout the year.

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    Trade and investment
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