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We felt back in March 2020 that the COVID-19 Black Swan event was a 6-month rolling event. January to June, then April to September, July to December and so on. The indications being that by September 2020, Australia would have extended the runway for the Black Swan to take off and fly away.

We almost got there with the runway extensions but not with the extra distance necessary for the Black Swan to reach a safe height. It seems now that the Black Swan may have to wait until October or November before all systems are go.

In late April we recognised that from an exporting perspective, uncertainty is toxic for our economic recovery. As uncertainty leaves - economic growth returns.

In August we recognise the Black Swan is toxic for export recovery. As the Black Swan leaves – export growth leaves. The Black Swan’s take-off distance is the same as the runway. Let us all work to ensuring there are clear skies in Spring!

The Newsletter took a break last week so we could survey readers. Thank you for the very encouraging and complimentary remarks; we continue with a little fine-tuning.

Each Newsletter will have an option for any reader to undertake the survey and make their own points for improvement. Take the survey here!

In this week's issue:

  1. Policy Updates

  2. Upcoming Webinars

  3. Industry Innovations

  4. Business Updates

  5. Social News

This week's joke - the best he could produce

The best punch line in a media interview. Respondent 1, Interviewer 0.

Our Next Webinar #8: Monday 24 September at 3pm

Two great presentations are confirmed:

Indonesian Market for Tasmanian & Australian Produce
Seedlab Tasmania – Unique incubator for everything Food & Agri-tourism

Presentation by Ms Trish Gleeson – Just returned to Australia
Former Agriculture Counsellor - Australian Embassy, Jakarta Indonesia

Presentation by Dr Hazel MacTavish-West – Founder - Seedlab Tasmania
Supporting Tasmanian food and agri-food startup businesses to be export-ready
Co-Presenter Rachel Jacka from Guide Falls Farm

To register to attend this webinar please SMS Ian Locke at 0438 911 319 or email

IFAM Webinar: 19 Aug 1pm

International Freight Assistance Mechanism - what does the future hold for Victorian export airfreight?

The team from IFAM in collaboration with Global Vic, are pleased to bring you an important update on assistance available to eligible agriculture and seafood exporters, and our mid to longer term view of the air freight supply chain.

To register click here.

Winning in Asia in the midst of covid-19 and beyond

Two years in the making, “Winning in Asia: Creating long-term value” is a project that seeks to dispel many of the commonly held perceptions of the challenges of doing business with the region.

It seeks to provide fresh, evidence-based analysis which makes a compelling case for why our largest companies should increase their exposure to Asian markets. This report, which details the findings and recommendations from this project, considers major questions posed over a long period of time by Australian business leaders, policymakers and investors.

ACBC Newsletter

There are some great links to Webinars here. I strongly recommend you check these two out:
  • StateGrowth & Tradestart – eCommerce 101 for Australian and International exports
  • Sydney University – China-Australia FTA after COVID-19: Tariff to Technology

FIAL - Meet Vietnam's key buyers

Australian agribusiness exporters will have the opportunity to attend a one-to-one videoconference, in a private and secured virtual meeting room, with qualified buyers interested in your products. These buyers represent Vietnam’s major supermarket chains, convenience stores, e-commerce platforms, distributors, food service, importers, and more.

Seasonal Workers and Accomodation - Our Next Webinar #9: 7 September 2020

A must event for growers, planners and accommodation providers

At our Webinar on 7 September, we will have a number of Speakers discussing this issue from a planning and practical perspective.

Heidi Goss from Plan Place along with Luke Brown and Justin Midson from Agri Labour Australia will lead the webinar as a forum for farmers to better understand the challenges of meeting the expectations of Councils, SWP, how Agri Labour has collaborated with the trials being undertaken in the NT, explaining grower expectations and responsibilities, and, how best for farmers to navigate the border issues around workers needing to self-isolate for 14-days.

Further details in next week's newsletter or contact Ian Locke.

What have farmers learnt from COVID-19?

We came across this great video where leading farmers from Australia and across the world share their thoughts on how COVID-19 has impacted their business operations and what they have learnt during the pandemic. Thanks to others that passed it on to me.

Understanding the new appetite for Provenance – McCain Food service

A new McCain commissioned independent research reveals how consumers will place increasing scrutiny over food outlets they choose to visit, and their menus.

The new research indicates that increasing appeal of local produce and desire for provenance information will be at the forefront of consumers’ minds post lockdown.

The clip show: Season one in review of What Happens Next? with Bernard Salt

Again, with special thanks and direct acknowledgement to KPMG AU allowing us to share the link. A great podcast!

Tips for Accelerating Patent Prosecution in China

China has two main programs to accelerate patent prosecution: The Patent Prosecution Highway and prioritized examination.

Both programs are free to participate in and prioritized exam will yield a first office action within 45 days of approval and final disposition within a year.

A well written explanation and worthy of reading for businesses utilising brand to sell in the China market

Co-operative Advantage: Why agricultural co-ops make good business sense

Dates: Wed 19 August – Wed 23 September 2020

A 6-week (one session per week) of online learning.
Recommended for: Anyone who wants to know more about the economics of agricultural co-ops, and members of existing co-ops.

Course content: What are the competitive advantages of agricultural co-operatives? This course looks at the producer value chain through case studies of coops in supply management, marketing and sales.

Contact your energy retailer to get help during COVID-19

If your small business is struggling with power bills as a result of COVID-19, you should reach out to your energy provider as soon as possible to get help.

The importance of resilience in our communities and our businesses

Whilst the health and safety of staff, their families and the broader community is paramount; operationally speaking, businesses have had service delivery models, workforces, supply chains, technology and physical infrastructure impacted, and they need to find ways to navigate these changes while still employing proper governance, risk and control measures.

Social Impact - The real trust challenge lies ahead

However, while until recently we were allowing ourselves to hope that the peak of the health threat may be behind us in Australia, the recent outbreaks highlight that the journey to recovery will be long and unpredictable.

Links to other suggested newsletters

The best he could produce...

The best punch line in a media interview. Respondent 1, Interviewer 0.

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