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Robb confirms January start-date for Japan trade deal (Ministerial) 16 Dec 2014
The landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will enter into force on 15 January 2015, paving the way for Australian exporters to benefit from two rounds of tariff cuts in the first half of next year.
Robb committed to increasing Chinese tourist market (Ministerial) 8 Dec 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has announced new measures aimed at ensuring Australia is best placed to capture the rapidly increasing Chinese tourist market.
Robb to visit South America (Ministerial) 5 Dec 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb will visit Brazil, Peru and Chile from 6 to 13 December to promote bilateral trade and investment, and to explore ways to enhance Australia’s engagement in the region.
Australia’s resource exports strengthen (Ministerial) 4 Dec 2014
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said new data released today shows a surge in resource and manufacturing exports has led to a sharp narrowing in the trade deficit for October.

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Speeches

EU Economic & Commercial Counsellors and Chambers of Commerce 4 Dec 2014
Austrade CEO Bruce Gosper Speech - EU Economic & Commercial Counsellors and Chambers of Commerce on Thursday 4 December 2014
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.

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Latest from Austrade

Changes to VAT in the European Union 19 Dec 2014
From 1 January 2015, there will be changes to the way Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged in the European Union (EU) which may affect Australian companies operating in the region.
Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement to enter into force in January 2015 17 Dec 2014
The New Year will bring new opportunities for Australian companies to do business with Japan, the nation’s second largest export market, when the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) enters into force on 15 January 2015.
Match Australia to promote Australian business opportunities at two global sports events 9 Dec 2014
A series of events under the Australian Government’s Match Australia program in early 2015 are set to make the most of the nation’s hosting of the AFC Asian Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup by highlighting Australia’s strengths to key international markets and potential business partners.
Demystifying the US ICT Market 9 Dec 2014
Over 100 Australian ICT firms looking to grow their business in the lucrative US market attended the second in a series of ICT Market Insight events in mid-November held by Austrade in collaboration with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

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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.
Zendesk software helping Australian business improve their customer service 7 May 2014
Zendesk, the global cloud-based customer service software company, chose Melbourne as its Asia-Pacific headquarters to service Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region
Bayer CropScience continues its investment in Australian agriculture 27 Feb 2014
Access to Australia’s diverse agricultural sector, a large research base and proximity to Asian markets are key factors which underpin Bayer CropScience’s investment in Australia.

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Stories of Australian achievement

  1. Artisan flavours from Australia’s Sunshine Coast
    The natural beauty and laid back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast has made the region attractive not only to local and international visitors but to cutting edge businesses keen to export their clean green produce around the globe.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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