Virtual trade events deliver the goods for Aussie agribusiness exporters

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Virtual trade events deliver the goods for Aussie agribusiness exporters

22 Jan 2021
Australian agribusiness exporters are swapping their passports for their PCs and going online to find new markets and customers.
With international travel off limits for now, virtual trade events are delivering new opportunities for Australian businesses to diversify and expand their markets.
Showcasing Aussie F&B in Japan
Australia’s top-quality food products were a hit at a virtual showcase in Japan organised by Austrade. More than 140 Australian businesses participated in the Australian Food & Beverage Virtual Showcase Japan 2021. Held from 1 to 31 March 2021, the online showcase reached around 1,800 buyers across Japan.
While many of the companies in the showcase were already exporting to Japan, it is a new market that is highly promising for others.
For instance, Japan’s cultural familiarity with dried meat products makes it an auspicious market for Chief Nutrition, which produces red-meat based products such as biltong and jerky. Similarly, Brunswick Aces is hoping to capitalise on the growing moderation movement in Japan to find buyers for its non-alcoholic gin.
Tasmanian winery Moorilla secured an order from Japan after participating in the virtual showcase.
Drinking to success in Taiwan
Moorilla has also found new customers in Taiwan after participating in a virtual wine showcase in November 2020 organised by Austrade.
‘The Taiwan event has been very good for us,’ says Conor van der Reest, Winemaker and General Manager, Moorilla/Domaine A. ‘We have our first order going out today, another one in the order stage and another party seeking samples! It’s been a fantastic reception for our brands and I think Tasmania in general!’
Business matching in the US
Over in the US, Austrade worked with US retail marketer ECRM to develop and deliver a virtual meeting program for Australian red meat and seafood producers. Each producer was assigned a manager who set up meetings and provided pre-meeting information.
Over two days in April, producers had 10–20 minute virtual meetings with American retailers. These meetings were conducted using ECRM’s customised platform, which featured video conferencing, meeting management and documentation. Post-meeting, retailers can use the platform to request samples, order products and continue their conversations with producers.
Upcoming events
Austrade is organising several virtual seminars and events to help agribusiness exporters diversify and grow their business, including four regional trade events in 2021.
Webinar: ASEAN Market Update for Agri-food Exporters, 29 April
Join Austrade’s ASEAN team from Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to learn about the current state of play in specific markets. Hear key insights and information on how the Government is supporting Australian agri-food exporters impacted by trade disruptions to upscale and diversify their businesses across new international markets.
Register now
Australia India Business Exchange
Australian food and agriculture is highly regarded in India. There is demand for premium food and beverage; health supplements and nutraceuticals; and agricultural commodities. Visit the Australia India Business Exchange webpage for event updates throughout 2021. 
Assistance for agribusiness exporters
The Australian Government is funding $73 million to support Australian farmers, fishers, foresters and other food and agribusiness exporters. As part of the Agribusiness Expansion Initiative, we’re scaling up Austrade services. Visit the Agribusiness Expansion Initiative webpage for more information.
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Austrade helps Australian road-tech company accelerate into India

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

April 2021
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Road safety technology company Acusensus is on a mission to reduce road deaths globally – and it recently cracked the Indian market. Key success factors included:
Finding a local partner with shared corporate values
Working with Austrade to gain introductions to state and federal officials.
‘I think India provides a really unique opportunity to make an impact with our technology,’ says Alexander Jannink, Acusensus Managing Director. ‘It is a market that is in some ways challenging … but it’s also a market that is eager to work with Australian companies.’
Austrade is helping Australian businesses expand into India through the Australia India Business Exchange (AIBX) program. Find out how to get involved. Contact Austrade online or call 13 28 78.
Australian road-safety AI gains global traction
When Alexander Jannink’s friend was killed by a distracted driver in the US, Jannink saw an opportunity to improve road safety. Across the world, around 1.35 million people die each year due to road traffic accidents, according to the World Health Organisation. Distracted driving – which includes using a mobile phone – is increasingly a leading cause of deaths.
In 2018, Jannink and Ravin Mirchandani co-founded Acusensus to develop an automated camera system that could capture dangerous driving behaviour. The company developed and deployed the world’s first mobile phone enforcement program in New South Wales, which went live in 2019. Acusensus’s solutions harness artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive behavioural change.
With its vision of making a global impact, Acusensus is now working with governments and transport authorities in Europe, the US, Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates.
Three years of steady engagement pay off in India
India has a high rate of road accidents, with an estimated 299,000 road deaths per year, according to the World Health Organisation. Meanwhile, Acusensus was keen to enter the market.
Over several years Austrade arranged introductions to well-placed Indian federal and state government officials. In early 2021, Acusensus’s first deployment in India went live, after three years of planning and negotiation.
‘Winning this important contract would not have been possible without Austrade’s advice and support,’ says Ravin Mirchandani, Acusensus Chairman.
A test bed for Australian technology
The Indian Government has installed a ‘road safety corridor’ along a 30-kilometre stretch of road modelled on an Australian road corridor, as part of the Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project. Acusensus has now deployed a speed-enforcement system along the corridor. It comprises radar-based mobile speed enforcement camera trailers and fixed installations.
In partnership with Ador, India’s largest provider of traffic safety and enforcement solutions, Acusensus developed the solution for the Indian market. It requires minimal power and no fibre optic data cables. Acusensus also worked closely with SaveLIFE Foundation, an Indian not-for-profit working to improve road safety. 
‘By being involved on the ground innovating for and with India, we believe we can make a huge difference in starting to bring down the road toll,’ says Jannink. ‘We also hope this will open doors for other model safety corridor projects that can involve other Australian companies.’
Four keys to success in India
Four factors were critical to Acusensus’s success:
Selecting a partner with shared values
Acusensus’s partnership with Ador was especially important during COVID-19, because the Acusensus team couldn’t travel to India.
‘Choice of partner is critical, so don’t rush it,’ says Mirchandani. ‘Find a partner that aligns with your values.
‘Keep in mind that a lot of the work a local partner is doing on the ground isn’t being seen. So being aligned on values helps with that trust and communication.’
Designing a market-specific solution
Mirchandani says Indian governments are receptive to Australian technology, particularly in road safety.
‘Market-focused technology is critical,’ says Jannink. ‘Take the market seriously and understand it is different and probably needs a unique approach.’
‘It is a market that is in some ways challenging but it has the ability to provide a great set of opportunities for a business,’ says Mirchandani. ‘It is also a market that is eager to work with Australian companies.’
Having patience in the process
Mirchandani comments that a strategic approach often works best in India. This means taking a long-term view and adopting a step-by-step approach. 
‘India is a market that requires investment to understand the local context of where you can make a difference, and … to align your offering with that,’ he says. 
Leveraging local connections
Building personal relationships with the right people in India has been vital for Acusensus. 
‘That’s where Austrade has played a really important role,’ says Jannink. ‘We’ve worked with Austrade not just in India but across the world in a lot of the emerging markets we’re looking for. 
‘Austrade can facilitate a warm introduction, which makes it so much easier. It ensures a softer landing.’
Austrade networks generate vital contacts in India
Acusensus’s relationship with Austrade goes back to the company’s very beginning. Austrade connected Jannink with Mirchandani when he was looking to establish the business in 2017. Since then, Austrade has provided market knowledge, facilitated connections and assisted with funding access throughout the company’s export journey. 
‘Austrade’s network has been phenomenally helpful,’ says Jannink. ‘With Austrade, you don’t have to go it alone. There are skilled people who can help you articulate what you’re wanting to achieve and support you in finding the best market.’
Looking ahead, Acusensus is leveraging its success in India to enter new markets. 
‘The unique speed enforcement solution we developed for India has presented major opportunities to export into other emerging markets, particularly Africa,’ says Mirchandani.
Africa has the highest rates of road deaths in the world. Acusensus hopes to bring its innovative Australian technology to improve road safety and ultimately save lives.
How Austrade can help
Austrade is ramping up initiatives to help Australian companies export to India. This is because opportunities are growing fast. 
Market liberalisation is affecting multiple sectors of the Indian economy – from mining to passenger transport. India is on target to become a US$5 trillion economy by 2025. 
To help Australian businesses explore and pursue opportunities, the Australian Government has launched the Australia India Business Exchange (AIBX) program. 
AIBX provides insights, advice, and business connections to grow two-way trade and investment between Australia and India. 
Find out how to get involved in AIBX. Contact Austrade online or call 13 28 78.
About Austrade
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is the Australian Government’s international trade promotion and investment attraction agency.
We deliver quality trade and investment services to businesses to grow Australia’s prosperity. We do this by generating and providing market information and insights, promoting Australian capability, and facilitating connections through our extensive global network.
To discover how we can help you and your business, visit austrade.gov.au or contact us at info@austrade.gov.au or on 13 28 78 (within Australia).

Arrest – Multiple unlawful entries – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

Officers from Strike Force Viper have arrested and charged a man in relation to multiple unlawful entries in Alice Springs earlier this week.

It is alleged the 18-year-old man unlawfully entered four separate residential properties in Sadadeen during the daytime on Monday.

The man was arrested and charged with four counts of Unlawful entry, four counts of Damage to property and one count each of Stealing, Possess Schedule 2 Dangerous Drug and Breach of Suspended Sentence.

Detective Senior Sergeant Evan Kelly of Strike Force Viper said “Some great initial work by uniform members and our forensics section allowed for early identification of the alleged offender.”

“This resulted in a swift arrest by Strike force Viper members and the prevention of further unlawful entries being committed in the area.”  

Call for witnesses – Criminal damage – Palmerston

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police are calling for witnesses after the Palmerston War Memorial was damaged overnight.

CCTV captured images just after midnight of an unknown person causing damage to two silhouette statues at the memorial. The offender was wearing dark coloured clothing and accompanied by an unknown accomplice wearing a white coloured t-shirt. 

Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Overall said, “Damaging a war memorial is not acceptable at any time, but to do it on the approach to ANZAC Day is unthinkable.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information is urged to contact Police on 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference number 9665087.

One kilogram of heroin, cash and firearms seized on the Gold Coast in joint investigation

Source: Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police, the Queensland Police Service and Australian Border Force

**Editor’s note: Images from this investigation can be downloaded via Hightail

A joint Queensland Police, Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Robina (Queensland) man, charged in connection with attempting to import a kilogram of heroin into Queensland.

Officers from the ABF, in Sydney had recently detected the heroin which had been sent through the international mail stream.

As part of a joint agency investigation into the supply of drugs and firearms into Queensland, police conducted searches on Monday (20 April 2021) at a Robina residence where a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple drug and weapon offences.

During the search of the man’s residence and vehicle, police allegedly located and seized a .22 calibre pistol with silencer, a sawn-off 410 shotgun, ammunition, $42650 in cash, and quantities of MDMA and cocaine.

The investigation commenced after an illicit substance was detected inside a consignment seized at the border which forensic testing identified as heroin.

Investigators will allege the man attempted to import the heroin, which has an estimated street value in excess of $500 000.

He was charged with 10 offences including: importing a marketable quantity of heroin, possessing marketable quantities of border controlled drugs, possessing proceeds of crime, possession of unlicenced weapons, possession of a shortened weapon and possession of a silencer.

He appeared at the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (21 April).

Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Phelps from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group said the charges reflect the combined agencies’ ongoing commitment to disrupting the flow of border-controlled drugs and illicit items into the Queensland community.

“The nature of this alleged offending is very concerning and our investigations are continuing into criminal group links.

“Removing drugs and weapons such as these from the community is particularly important due to the harms they cause. I encourage anyone with information relating to persons involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and unlawful possession of weapons to contact Crime Stoppers,” Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Phelps said.

Australian Federal Police Detective Acting Inspector Scott Curtis said the AFP works with law enforcement partners to detect and disrupt organised crime wherever it appears.

“Our message to organised crime, their members and their associates is clear – the AFP and our partners will be relentless. We will outsmart you. And we will always be a step ahead,” Detective Acting Inspector Curtis said.

ABF Acting Commander Port Operations East, Brendan Slape, said the case highlighted again the achievements of law enforcement agencies when they work closely together.

“The ABF works tirelessly with our domestic and international partners to target this kind of serious crime and to hold those responsible to account. Today’s arrest shows that alleged criminals will face the full legal consequences for their actions. The ABF is focused on protecting the Australian community in this way,” Acting Commander Slape said.

Media enquiries:

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

QPS Media: (07) 3015 2444

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2211

46-year-old Queensland man sentenced for possessing child-like sex dolls

Source: Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force

**Editor’s note: Images from this operation can be downloaded from Hightail.

A man from Brisbane’s western suburbs has become the first person in Queensland to be sentenced for possessing child-like sex dolls under Commonwealth laws targeting child abuse-related offences, following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation.

The 46-year-old man was yesterday (21 April 2021) sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, to be released immediately on a two-year $2,000 good behaviour bond.

Investigators from the Brisbane Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) located six child-like sex dolls during the execution of a search warrant at the man’s home in the Brisbane suburb of Riverhills on 25 January 2020.

Police also located a laptop at the house which contained child abuse material.

The Brisbane JACET had launched an investigation into the man’s activities after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers detected a child-like sex doll in a shipment from China on 20 January 2020.

The man is the first person in Queensland to be charged and sentenced for the offence, which came into force on 20 September 2019 as part of the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019.

The man was found guilty of two counts of possessing a child-like sex doll or other object that resembles a child (or part of a child) under 18, and a reasonable person would consider it likely that the doll is intended to be used to simulate sexual intercourse; one count of attempting to possess a child-like sex doll and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology has found that use of child-like sex dolls may lead to an escalation in child sex offences – from viewing online child abuse material to contact sexual offending.

AFP Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson said the dolls could desensitise people who used them to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse.

“These dolls are far from harmless and do not prevent people from offending against children in the future – quite the contrary,” she said.

“This is why the AFP will pursue any form of child exploitation or activity that encourages or reinforces the sexual abuse of children. This includes sexual acts using items depicting children such as these dolls, which are legally considered child exploitation material.”

ABF Acting Commander Operations Queensland, Amanda Coppleman, said today’s result highlighted what can be achieved when law enforcement agencies working together to combat abhorrent and illegal behaviour.

“The detection by ABF officers of the doll last year shows the ABF is committed to protecting the Australian community, and will continue to work closely with agencies such as the AFP to ensure we achieve this mission,” Regional Commander Coppleman said.

Media enquiries:

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2211

Call for information – Vehicle fire – Gray

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police are calling for information following a vehicle fire in Gray earlier this week.

At around 6:30am on Monday 19 April, NT Fire and Rescue were called to a vehicle, which had been set alight, on Victoria Drive. A Great Wall single cab utility was fully engulfed before being extinguished.

Serious Crime Detectives continue to investigate the matter.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Annette Cooper said, “Police would like to speak with anyone who was in that area between 6am and 7am.

“Anyone who may have driven past the vehicle and has dashcam footage is also asked to contact police.”

“Please contact 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and quote reference number 9662212.”

Police Investigate deaths at Whispering Wall

Source: South Australia Police

Barossa Police are investigating what is suspected to be a tragic murder/suicide at Williamstown yesterday evening.

About 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 April, police and emergency services were called to the Whispering Wall after witnesses reported seeing a man with an infant in a child carrier jump off the wall.

When patrols arrived, they found a deceased man and an infant girl who was unresponsive, being assisted and given CPR by members of the public. Paramedics arrived and continued CPR on the little girl but sadly, she died at the scene.

Detectives from Barossa CIB and Major Crime Investigation Branch, along with forensic crime scene investigators attended the scene to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Although a formal identification has not yet been completed police believe the man to be Henry Shepherdson aged 38 and his daughter Kobi Shepherdson aged nine months from the Western Suburbs.

Early investigation has shown a history of domestic violence between Henry Shepherdson and the mother of Kobi. No-one else is being sought over the deaths.

Police are preparing a report for the State Coroner.

The families of both of the deceased have asked for their privacy to be respected at this sad and tragic time. Kobi’s mum has supplied four photos for the media use.

This is a highly distressing and emotional incident that has and is affecting people who witnessed this incident, those who tried to help Kobi, emergency services personnel, family and friends.  We are supporting those impacted by this incident.

SAPOL encourages anyone who is experiencing family violence, or has concerns for their safety or the safety of other family members or friends, to contact police through 131 444 or Triple Zero in an emergency. Support agencies who may also be contacted include 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), and the DV Crisis Line on 1800 800 098.

This 1st picture of Kobi in pink is her Mum’s favourite photo.

Police continue search for man near Riana

Source: Tasmania Police

Police continue search for man near Riana – Tasmania Police

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Police continue search for man near Riana

Thursday, 22 April 2021 – 10:50 am.

Police are continuing their search for the man who evaded them in a vehicle yesterday afternoon in the Riana area.
Police are searching for Luke Eli Jackson, who may be in possession of a firearm. The original vehicle he was driving in has since been recovered.
Police are now searching for a 2019 White Holden Colorado flat tray utility stolen overnight from Costa’s at East Devonport, which hasn’t yet been located and seek any information as to sightings or its current location. An image of a similar vehicle is attached.
The registration for this vehicle is I06JZZ but may have been altered since its stealing. There was a blue tank strapped and two tool boxes strapped onto the rear tray of the utility at the time of the stealing.
The man shouldn’t be approached by members of the public, but any information should be immediately provided to police on 131444, Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Media please note: Detective Inspector Kim Steven will be available for interview at Devonport Police Station at 2.30pm.

Police investigating deliberately lit fire in Invermay

Source: Tasmania Police

Police investigating deliberately lit fire in Invermay – Tasmania Police

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Police investigating deliberately lit fire in Invermay

Thursday, 22 April 2021 – 10:14 am.

Police are investigating a deliberately lit fire which destroyed a unit in Invermay this morning.
Around 6am Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service attended a report of a fire at a unit on Dunning Street. The unit was destroyed, with damage estimated at around $200,000.
Fire Investigators have determined the fire was deliberately lit.
The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
Anyone with information in relation to the fire, or suspicious activity in the area around the time is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.