Nine local exporting businesses were recognised today as leading examples of Victorian resilience, innovation and excellence at the 41st Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEAs).

Congratulations to the 2020 GOVEA Export Champions - (Pictured from left to right) E2Language, Ego Pharmaceuticals, Greyscan Australia, Care Essentials, Hosico Engineering Group, Marand Precision Engineering, Gekko Systems, Planet Innovation, Senetas

Minister for Trade Martin Pakula joined the Governor, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC at the event in congratulating:

“Victorian businesses have shown amazing resilience and adaptability this year, exemplified by the efforts and achievements of our GOVEA winners.” Minister for Trade, The Hon. Martin Pakula

The export champions were acknowledged for how they've adapted their business to help in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19), found innovative ways to serve their customers or established new products or markets.

Visit our GOVEA page to learn more about the GOVEA 2020 Export Champions

Export Recovery Package launch

To support Victorian exporters respond to the challenges created by coronavirus, Minister Pakula announced the opening of the Global Gateway program. Delivered by Global Victoria, the Global Gateway program is one of three key initiatives of the Victorian Government’s $15.7 million Export Recovery Package aimed at helping established exporters to stabilise their export base or adapt business models for recovery.

Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off grant of up to $50,000 to engage a domestic or international service provider to support their export recovery. These efforts will support Victorian businesses and strengthen Victoria’s critical export economy. It builds on the comprehensive suite of services and support provided by Global Victoria, and its international network of 23 Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) offices.

Learn more about the Global Gateway program

Other initiatives in the package are a virtual trade missions and eCommerce program and support for freight stabilisation.

In yesterday’s Victorian Budget 2020/21, the Victorian Government committed an additional $16 million to strengthen its trade engagement, led by the Victorian Government's 23 Trade and Investment (VGTI) offices around the world, and $33.4 million for the continued support of the state’s international education sector.