Victorian companies dominate the 2017 Australian Export Awards

Published: 7 December 2017

Victorian winners from the Australian Export awards-Dr Jane Oppenheim - Ego Pharma, Ben Chan - Acting CEO - Envato, Tim Rudge - Yumbah Aquaculture, Prof Katya Johanson - Deakin Uni Prof, Alex Newman – Deakin Uni, Alan Oppenheim – Ego Pharma, Will Day - Leica Biosystems
Victorian award winners of the Australian Export Awards.
Left to right: Dr Jane Oppenheim (Ego Pharmaceuticals), Ben Chan (Envato), Tim Rudge (Yumbah Aquaculture), Prof Katya Johanson (Deakin University), Prof Alex Newman (Deakin University), Alan Oppenheim (Ego Pharmaceuticals), Will Day (Leica Biosystems)

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 Ego Pharmaceuticals that manufactures more than 120 products and exports to more than 27 countries across the world including Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In addition to the win by Ego Pharmaceuticals, Victoria companies across agribusiness, manufacturing, creative industries, education and training, and medtech and bio 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 and are renowned for their ability to raise the domestic and international status of those 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.

A Globally Connected: Victoria's Trade Statement was recently released and which aims to help local companies make global connections to boost the economy and create jobs.

Find out more on the Trade Victoria website.