Last night the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Simon Birmingham, hosted the 56th Australian Export Awards at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

Victoria was once again represented in the awards ceremony with two companies taking home category trophies.

Victoria was once again represented in the awards ceremony with two companies taking home category trophies.

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the Victorian category awards winners, Braeside-based Geofabrics Australasia, who won the Environmental Solutions Award for their world-leading range of advanced-performance geosynthetic products that features in major infrastructure and environmental projects worldwide.

Winner of the Small Business Award, PhotoSentinal (Cornerstone Solutions) is a world-leader in the manufacture, sale and ongoing service provision of image-capture, delivery and analysis solutions. Cornerstone has more than 2000 photoSentinel-branded time-lapse cameras operating in over 50 countries across six continents.

About the Export Awards

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 start their journey as recipients of a Governor of Victoria Export Award.Receiving a GOVEA automatically enters recipients into the running for a National Export Award.

Read the full list of the 2018 GOVEA Award recipients.

For more information about the Award winners, visit www.exportawards.gov.au/Finalists/2018

About Victoria's exports

Victoria's grew by 6.45 per cent to reach a record $51.6 billion in 2017-18.

Victoria’s services export performance has been particularly strong. Valued at $22.5 billion in 2017, it now represents more than 40 per cent of total Victorian exports.

This has been driven by sectors like international education, which has grown 98 per cent since 2012 to $9.8 billion, and tourism which is up 62 per cent to $4.8 billion over the same period.

Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, a key sector identified for support through the government’s $200 million Future Industries Fund, has seen substantial growth, with exports of pharmaceutical products surging 72 per cent in the past two years to $1.56 billion.