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Submissions sought on investor visa program (Prime Minister) 27 Nov 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb today said that Austrade is now calling for submissions in relation to the Government’s proposed changes to the complying investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and the creation of the Premium Investment Visa (PIV).
Landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Prime Minister) 17 Nov 2014
The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come.
Conclusion of China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Prime Minister) 17 Nov 2014
As a result of my meeting with His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, in Canberra this morning, I am pleased to announce the completion of negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Australian Export Awards: finalists announced (Ministerial) 3 Nov 2014
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today announced the 74 finalists for the 52nd Australian Export Awards, which for the first time include an important new category of online commerce.

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Speeches

International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) (Ministerial) 25 Sep 2014
It’s great to be here tonight talking about mining and resources, something that has been so important in the development of both Victoria and Australia.
Ministerial Statement on Investment (Ministerial) 23 Sep 2014
I’m pleased to present and table the inaugural annual Investment Statement to the Parliament. This delivers on a commitment the Coalition made at the 2013 Federal Election.
The 28th Joint Conference of ROC-Australia & Australia-Taiwan Business Councils 18 Sep 2014
Chairman Zou, Chairman Maddock, Deputy Director General Kiang, Terry King, Chairman of the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce.
Opening address - Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum (Ministerial) 15 Sep 2014
Thank you for the opportunity. It is great to see the industry so well represented here today. I also welcome our friends from China, who are part of a delegation supported by Austrade.

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Latest from Austrade

Australia and China conclude landmark Free Trade Agreement 20 Nov 2014
The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is set to provide Australian businesses with unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy. Earlier this week, Minister for Trade and Investment Minister, Andrew Robb and China’s Commerce Minister, Gao Hucheng, signed a Declaration of Intent in the presence of Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, at Parliament House in Canberra following the conclusion of negotiations.
Opportunities in aged care and Alzheimer policy development in Czech Republic  20 Nov 2014
Opportunities are emerging for Australia’s healthcare sector in the Czech Republic as the country looks to implement the first Czech National Alzheimer’s Disease Action Plan.
Mexico looks to Australia for innovation in tropical agriculture 19 Nov 2014
Mexico is keen to strengthen ties with Australia to improve its productivity and innovation in agriculture, especially in sub-tropical and tropical climates.
Poland - Australia R&D collaboration opportunities  18 Nov 2014
Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) is seeking research and development (R&D) collaborations with Australian institutions.

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Success Stories

The Chocolate Room: Meeting India’s hunger for chocolate 14 Nov 2014
Known as an aphrodisiac, a health food and the world’s most popular indulgence, serving chocolate in its many guises is proving a wonderful business for one Australian firm in India. This increasing demand and affection for chocolate across India, has helped fuel the rapid expansion of Australian franchising business, The Chocolate Room.
Conserving the world’s most precious resource 18 Aug 2014
Australian purification technology powered by the sun is producing clean drinking water, changing communities and saving lives in Bangladesh.
Tata and BlueScope: a union of equals 18 Jun 2014
With uncertainty over the long-term future of manufacturing, the joint venture between India’s Tata Steel and Australia’s BlueScope Steel is an example of how Australian manufacturers can find new markets and new revenues overseas.

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Stories of Australian achievement

  1. Technology the canvas, story the art
    The Spinifex Group are exemplars of an Australian company with a ‘born global’ philosophy. Niche, scalable, and with a highly specialised service offering, they have positioned themselves to capture international opportunities from day one — winning central roles on the world’s greatest creative stages along the way.
  2. Eyenaemia: the selfie that could save lives
    Australian medical students Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah’s innovative app for detecting anaemia beat entries from 33,000 students across the globe to take out Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup. Their visionary solution is building a stronger bridge between medicine and technology which could change the lives of millions across the globe.
  3. Australia’s rich sub tropics on a plate
    Mount Warning rises above Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point. Clad in sub-tropical rainforest and known as Wollumbin to the local aboriginal people, this extinct volcano is responsible for the deep, rich, chocolate brown soil that makes the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales such a lush blend of verdant farmland and bountiful seas. From this region comes premium products that are sent across Australia and exported around the world.
  4. Bill Granger: the breakfast’s champion
    Over the last quarter century Bill Granger has built a successful, globe-spanning culinary empire while introducing the world to the joys of modern Australian cuisine and casual dining. It’s not a bad record of achievement for a self-taught cook who never planned to go into the food business.

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