Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards

National award categories

Queensland winners in these categories progress to the Australian Export Awards.

Agribusiness award

Agribusiness, Food and Beverages Award

For outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology, including processed foods and beverages, and the forestry, fisheries and fibres industries.
Creative Industries award

Creative Industries Award

For outstanding international success across all creative industries, including music and performing arts, film, television and radio, software and interactive content such as VR and AR, writing, publishing and print media, architecture and design, and visual arts. This includes fashion design.
Ecommerce award

E-Commerce Award

For outstanding success by an Australian business in selling goods or services to customers overseas via an electronic network. Includes cross-border e-commerce and online sales.
Emerging Exporter award

Emerging Exporter Award

For outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector which has been exporting goods or services for three years or less.
Education and Training award

International Education and Training Award

For outstanding innovation and international success in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum, including vocational training.
Biotechnology award

International Health Award

For outstanding international success in the medical, healthcare and biotechnology fields for products, technology, equipment or services. This includes e-health, digital health, medtech and aged-care services.
Manufacturing award

Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award

For outstanding international success by a manufacturer and/or advanced materials development. This includes production of consumer products.
Minerals and Energy

Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award

For outstanding international success in the production or primary processing of extractive and value-added minerals or energy products, and in providing mining equipment, technology and services (METS) to the minerals and energy industries.
Business Services award

Professional Services Award

For outstanding international success in the professional business services, including legal, accounting, administration and support services, business management, marketing services, franchising and licensing, engineering, financial and insurance, market research and translation services.
Regional Exporter award

Regional Exporter Award

For outstanding international success by a business whose head office is based in a non-metropolitan location.
Small Business award

Small Business Award

For outstanding international success by any business with total annual sales not exceeding $5 million.
Environmental Solutions award

Sustainability Award

For outstanding international success in environmental solutions, clean energy innovation, materials and energy efficiency, waste and water management, green buildings and R&D collaboration.
Digital Technologies award

Technology and Innovation Award

For outstanding international success in the field of information and communication products, technology or services that are concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data, including software and games. This includes fintech, cybersecurity and regtech sectors.
Premier of Queensland award

Exporter of the Year

The Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year is chosen from the winners of the national awards categories.

Queensland award categories

These categories are unique to the Queensland awards.

Dermot McManus Innovation award

Dermot McManus Award for Innovation

This award recognises exporters who have demonstrated outstanding innovation in their business field. Innovation can be evident through strategy, production and/or processes. The award is given in honour of the late Mr Dermot McManus, Agent-General for Queensland and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Europe from 1995 to 2000.
Richard Joel Defence award

Richard Joel Award for the Defence Industry

This award recognises outstanding export achievement in designing, manufacturing and adapting world-class products/services to meet military requirements globally. This category is open to Queensland companies in all industry sectors that can demonstrate that they are supplying to overseas defence markets. It is given in honour of the late Mr Richard Joel AM, formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane from 1986 to 2002, and a recipient of the 2000 Centennial Medal for services in promoting economic development in Brisbane.
Tom Burns Women award

Tom Burns Award for Women in International Business

This award recognises outstanding achievement in international business by a woman, or group of women, either through developing or leading an international enterprise, or contribution as a senior leader in an enterprise. The award particularly focuses on achievement in international markets, as well as an ongoing commitment to international trade relations. It is given in memory of the late Mr Tom Burns AO, who made an outstanding contribution to public life in Queensland as a member of parliament from 1972 to 1996, and who was instrumental in developing Queensland’s relationships with China and Vietnam.