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Applications for the Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) 2021 have now closed.

The GOVEA Awards are regarded as the most prestigious export awards in Victoria that acknowledge and reward the state's most innovative exporters with the stamp of international success.

Open to all Victorian exporters – from start-ups and SMEs to large organisations – the GOVEA Awards span 13 categories with an additional two Victoria only Awards.

Give your business the recognition it deserves in local and international markets and start your application today.

Key dates

Applications open: Monday 19 July 2021
Applications close: Friday 6 August 2021

Applications have now closed

GOVEA 2021 application support workshops

Need some expert tips and advice on how to put together a winning GOVEA application? We’ll be holding a one-hour online workshop to show you how.

Find out more.

Video: GOVEA 2019 Victorian Women in International Business Award winner, Samantha Cheetham, Managing Director and CEO, SDI Limited

GOVEA 2021 Award Categories

The 42nd GOVEA Awards span 13 categories with an additional two Victoria-only Awards. Eligible companies can apply for one or more of the following award categories:

Agribusiness, Food and Beverages
For outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology including farm production, manufactured foods and beverages, forestry, fisheries.

Professional Services  
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.

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

Advanced Technologies (Formerly ‘Technology and Innovation’)
For outstanding international success in the field of information technology (IT), digital technologies, software, hardware or digital services including solutions utilising cloud-based platforms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, augmented /virtual reality and/or blockchain.

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

International Education and Training
For outstanding international success or learner/student experience in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum including vocational training.

Emerging Exporter
For outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector which has been exporting goods or services for three years or less.

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

International Health
For outstanding international success in medical, healthcare, biotechnology fields for products, technology, equipment or services. This includes E-Health, Digital Health, Medtech, Aged Care services

Manufacturing & Advanced Materials
For outstanding international success in manufacturing, engineering and/or advanced materials development. This includes production of consumer products.

Minerals, Energy and Related Services
For outstanding international success in the production, processing, value adding of extractive resources or provision of equipment, services or solutions related to the mining, oil and gas and renewables industries.

Regional Exporter
For outstanding international success by a business whose head office is based in a non-metropolitan location

Small Business
For outstanding international success by any business with total annual sales not exceeding $10 million.

GOVEA 2021 Victoria only award categories

Victorian Exporter of the Year
The Victorian Exporter of the Year Award is selected by the state judges from the winners of the 13 national categories.

Victorian Women in International Business Award
For outstanding success by a Victorian woman involved in international business.

Want to know more?

For more information about this year's GOVEA's, contact Darrin Vouch

Applications have now closed

Webinar recording of the GOVEA 2021 Application Support Workshop

Missed this free online workshop? Watch the recording now.

About the workshop

This workshop is designed to equip you with the tools you need to confidently and efficiently complete your GOVEA application.

Not only will you come to understand the benefits of entering the awards, we'll also show you how completing a GOVEA application can help  formulate an effective export marketing strategy to help expand into new markets, seek finance, build into a comprehensive business plan, and much more.

This practical workshop will cover:

  • GOVEA 2021 overview
    • What are the GOVEAs and how do they align with the National Export Awards?
    • What does the application form look like?
    • What details do I need to have with me before I start completing the application form?
  • Why should I apply?
    • Learn about the benefits of entering the GOVEAs
    • Learn about the benefits of winning a GOVEA
    • Learn how to leverage your GOVEA entry to formulate and refine your export marketing strategy
  • Completing your GOVEA application
    • Overview of the online application system
    • Step-by-step walk through of the application
    • Learn about the do's and don'ts of completing the application form
    • Helpful hints

Webinar recording details

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