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Trade Talk 25 October 2019

Continuing to turn regional Australia into tourism gold

Luring more tourists to regional Australia by showcasing its beauty, and the unique experiences on offer, needs to be a continued focus of Australia's tourism industry, according to a new report released on 22 October 2019. The report highlights the importance of continuing to attract more visitors to areas outside our main cities.

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Celebrating the shipping container in Australia's trade success

Loading cargo ships was once backbreaking work. The shipping container changed that, and containerisation has been delivering cheaper goods to all Australians, and our exports to the world, for 50 years. Find out how the humble shipping container revolutionised Australian trade.

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Trade and Investment stories

This collection of stories shows how Australian businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and their communities, are benefiting from international trade and foreign direct investment.

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Seeking public submissions: Australia and Singapore Digital Cooperation Initiative

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) welcomes submissions from interested individuals and groups about cooperation with Singapore on digital trade. Stakeholder submissions will inform the way forward as we progress this initiative. It also allows us to stay in contact with you throughout the process, and keep you updated.

Submissions close 1 November 2019.


Wanted: Hairy, motivated flies to pollinate crops

Hort Innovation reports Scientists are on the lookout for energetic flies with plenty of body hair to pollinate crops and help expand Australia's fruit, vegetables and nut production. Once complete in 2023, the project will show which types of flies pollinate best in which regions. This project is supporting the Australian agriculture industry's target of becoming a $100 billion industry by 2030.

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Did you know?

Before the invention of the shipping container, maritime transport costs accounted for between 5 and 20 per cent of the price of finished goods. Today it is only around 1.5 per cent.

Upcoming events

Free Trade Agreement information seminars – Daylesford, Beechworth, and Mildura VIC

Find out about export opportunities under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as the recently signed free trade agreements with Indonesia and Hong Kong at seminars in Daylesford on 29 October, Beechworth on 30 October and Mildura on 7 November. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to hear directly from Government experts on the practical benefits of exporting, and how to take advantage of Australia's free trade agreements.


Social Media update Adelaide – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Digital marketing has evolved from having a brochure-oriented website to the use of video and audio media, as well as developing material suitable for smart phones and for numerous social media applications. The seminar is a round-up of best-practice in digital communications, where businesses will be presented with the latest trends in social media, specifically Facebook, and businesses and brands can find out how to benefit.


Last Updated: 31 October 2019
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