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Trade and investment stories
This collection of stories shows how Australian businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and the communities where they are based, may benefit from international trade and/or foreign direct investment.
Growing community through trade
The following stories showcase Australian local businesses who are helping their communities grow as they grow their own business through international trade. International trade creates local jobs, with one in five Australian workers or 2.2 million people employed in a trade-related activity. These jobs may be found in this story collection, from the farmer to the games-developer.
In addition to jobs, the flow on effects are noteworthy with all the businesses represented contributing to their community. All are helping to expand their local economies either through sourcing produce or materials for their supply chains; supporting local community organisations; or even through their employees living and shopping locally.
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AgriVentis Technology, Queensland
Third generation Alton Downs Farmer Peter Foxwell is pioneering black sesame farming in Australia.
Foxwell Farming has joined Central Queensland University researchers and seed technology company AgriVentis Technology, to find crops that will thrive in low rain fall conditions.
Alana Kaye College, Northern Territory
Registered training colleges like Alana Kaye stand to win from IA-CEPA (Indonesia Australian Comprehensive Economic Partnerships Agreement), with the agreement boosting opportunities for companies offering vocational training. The Darwin-based RTO aims to increase the value of Australian qualifications to international students and boost productivity as a joint investment in the future of the region.
Aspen Medical, Australian Capital Territory
Aspen Medical is a provider of bespoke health care services across Australia, the Pacific, Africa, the Gulf region, the UK and the USA.
The team thrive on providing healthcare solutions in any setting, particularly those that are remote, challenging or do not have enough resources to cover the needs of a community.
Blackrock Industries, New South Wales
Blackrock Industries’ success is driven by the strong demand for goods and services in the Hunter region’s booming mining sector. They are a proud Indigenous owned company with a corporate philanthropy that has made a significant impact on the local community in innovative ways.
Bondi Wash, New South Wales
From humble beginnings at a store on Australia's most iconic beach, Bondi Wash's all-natural scented cleansing products are raising the profile of our fragrant native plants to customers across the world. Their expanding business brings great flow-on effects to the local community. They sell wares from local artists and source Australian ingredients wherever possible. They also support 'Enterprise Learning Projects' which works to support local Indigenous businesses.
Brisbane Valley Protein, Queensland
Brisbane Valley Protein produces poultry, quail and beef for the Queensland market and keeps many in the local community employed through exporting their produce all over the world.
Their food precinct in livestock production, processing, training, research and hospitality facilities is the first of its kind in Australia.
Brookfarm, New South Wales
Brookfarm are passionate about celebrating Australian produce and supporting other local suppliers through their export business. The flow on effect has been significant down Brookfarm's supply chain, particularly for other rural businesses such as their sunflower kernel suppliers from Northern NSW. Brookfarm is able to source 100% of their sunflower seeds from Australia and contribute to the local economy thanks to growing demand for their products in overseas markets.
C!RCA is a contemporary Circus company based in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Queensland.
Their works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents proving you do not have to be based overseas to be a leader in the field.
Elphinstone Pty Ltd is a family-owned manufacturer of high-tech heavy mining machinery for the global underground, surface mining and rail maintenance industries. People are Elphinstone’s main asset. The company employs more than 180 people.
Gelflex, Western Australia
Innovation in the vision enhancement industry has come a long way in contact lenses manufacturing. The Perth-based company Gelflex is a vision correction and enhancement leader in the manufacture of disposable contact lenses. They procure business locally with the sourcing of plastics used in the manufacturing process. The company has global export sales.
Hakubaku Australia, Victoria
Hakubaku produces premium quality organic noodles made from Aussie wheat grown in Ballarat, Victoria. The factory provides an important source of employment for the region. It has been making Japanese soba, somen, udon and ramen noodles since commencing operations in 1996.
HeliMods is transforming Caloundra's reputation from a recreational beach city into a centre for aerospace excellence. They transform helicopters to take on firefighting, law enforcement, and medical rescues for organisations all over the world.
Hill Farm Preserves
Hill Farm Preserves makes artisan condiments and preserves in north-west Tasmania from natural ingredients.
Lubrication Engineering, New South Wales
Rodney Fitzpatrick started at Lubrication Engineering in the Western Suburbs of Sydney as an apprentice over 30 years ago. After travelling the world, he returned and bought the business from his old boss.
Today Lubrication Engineering exports to over 75 countries with more than 30 percent of all sales being export sales.
Magpie Goose, Northern Territory
Magpie Goose is a social enterprise that provides a platform for Indigenous artists to share their stories through textile design with people in Australia and around the world.
Metro Count, Western Australia
Fremantle based Metro Count are creating safer roads in Australia and across the world through global trade. Started in 1987, building microchips to monitor traffic conditions, Metro Count today are leaders in traffic monitoring technology. Their vehicle classifiers have cornered the market in Australia and New Zealand and are exported to 120 countries across the world.
Mighty Kingdom, South Australia
Mighty Kingdom is trail blazing for the game development industry in Australia thanks to exceptional local talent and the help of foreign exports, making games for large brands such as Disney and Lego.
Montague Fresh, Batlow, New South Wales; Narre Warren and Harcourt, Victoria; Legana, Tasmania
Montague Orchards is a third generation family run fruit producer. They are a major supplier of apples and stone fruit in Australia and abroad. Montague Orchards employ 245 people across NSW, Tasmania and Victoria to meet international demand.
Myriota, South Australia
Myriota began as a government research and development project to discover a way to provide data connection to remote communities. They now provide satellite communication at an ultra-low cost from any location on earth. This pioneering technology allows regional Australians to use data to enhance their businesses and make their lives easier in industries such as agriculture, logistics and environmental monitoring. From a handful of staff they have expanded and are cementing their place as an important provider of data connectivity.
ONA Coffee, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne
Aussie company ONA Coffee roasts coffee beans from across the globe to create specialty coffee blends.
Quarry Mining, New South Wales
Bringing innovation to Australia’s manufacturing, Quarry Mining develops new products and methodologies in finding solutions for the mining industry. They work at the coalface of mining manufacturing and export equipment to mines in Mexico, Indonesia, southern parts of Asia and Europe.
Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Worth over $8 billion, beef is Australia's biggest agricultural export and is growing, providing exciting new opportunities for regional towns like Casino. Richmond Valley Council can see how the recent growth from beef exports has impacted the community in meaningful ways, providing long-term investment through upgraded facilities and more local jobs.
Australian company SPEE3D has developed the world’s first metal 3D printer using supersonic 3D deposition technology to deliver manufacturing-grade printing at production speeds. The technology builds parts that are ready to use, eliminating waiting times.
Stonebarn, Western Australia
Stonebarn is a 2,000+ tree truffiére set on a 160 acre estate amongst picturesque and lush forests.
Their exceptional quality premium French Périgord Black truffles (Tuber melanosporum) and related products are exported to the USA, France, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From farm to plate in 72 hours.
Top End Importers, Northern Territory
The Top End capital has increasingly become a vibrant and diverse regional business hub. Arafura Tackle and Frillneck are the fishing brands associated with Top End Importers – an expanding Darwin-based business. Frillneck is the headgear brand that incorporates Indigenous designs.
Torbreck, South Australia
Foreign investment has Torbreck raising the global profile of Australia's most accomplished winegrowing region. When the company was bought by an American investor, the brand took off. By promoting the region's unique selling point, they have elevated the international status of the whole Barossa Valley. Torbreck is now regarded by industry experts as some of the best wine in the world. Exporting to 47 countries has only raised their great reputation, sitting proudly on wine lists alongside French, Italian and German fine wines.
TripADeal, New South Wales
E-commerce is making trade faster, cheaper and easier than ever before, providing great opportunities for regional communities. One such ecommerce success story is TripADeal, one of the largest suppliers of affordable 'bucket list' packages for Australian travellers. TripADeal is now one of the largest suppliers of affordable 'bucket list' packages for Australian travellers. The business has over $100 million in revenue and employs more than 100 staff. Located in Byron Bay, the expanding business provides rewarding career opportunities for locals.
True South Seafood, Tasmania
True South Seafood is a leading Tasmanian exporter of wild, hand caught abalone, Pāua and urchin roe. In collaboration with the University of Tasmania, True South has invested in equipment that transforms abalone shells into powder for use in organic fertilizer.
Two Bulls, Victoria
Melbourne’s award winning Two Bulls creates bespoke digital products and solutions for some of the world’s leading brands and organisations. From urban planning for smart cities to suicide prevention, from health and fitness to kids augmented reality apps, Two Bulls takes complex problems and applies digital solutions.
Success through foreign investment
Foreign direct investment can bring success, from gaining important information know-how, to accessing new markets or to bringing home an Emmy Award for Australia's trophy cabinet. This collection of stories show how Australian businesses have used foreign investment to their advantage
Foreign investment has played a crucial role in supporting the development of Australia's economy for over a century. Australian businesses with foreign direct-investors support one in ten jobs in Australia and on average they also contribute to higher paying jobs for Australians and contribute nearly 30 per cent of our exports.
Method Studios, Victoria
Investment from international creative companies, such as LA based Method Studios has been invaluable for providing exciting opportunities and much needed financing for Australia's creative industries. Method Melbourne (previously Iloura) has had significant success in its own right, recently winning an Emmy for their breathtaking visual effects on the popular television show 'Game of Thrones.'
Swisse is making people healthier and happier through premium health supplements and positive work environments across the world. Their products are currently in ten markets across the world, including China which is the world's largest vitamin consumer. Foreign investment has given them value beyond financial support with consumer insight, and a healthy understanding of how markets operate. These meaningful cultural insights have allowed Swisse to flourish in new international markets with added benefits of shared ideas, technologies and IP.
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