Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will host a seminar next week to help businesses on the Sunshine Coast make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.

The event, to be held at the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach on Wednesday 5 October, will give local businesses the chance to hear first-hand how FTAs can help them succeed in international markets.

"With these FTAs, the Australian Government has secured unprecedented access for Australian goods and services to more than a billion potential customers in our most important markets in North Asia," Assistant Minister Pitt said.

"Today represents a great opportunity for our agricultural producers, our processors and our service providers. This seminar will help explain how the Sunshine Coast can both get a fair go and also tackle hard to achieve results in global markets," Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien said.

"The Australian Government is determined to support hard-working exporters in regional centres like the Sunshine Coast, through important seminars like these," Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said.

Exporters play a vital role in developing Australia's international trade and investment and one such exporter, Nutworks CEO Kylie Watson, is joining to share some of her experiences in international markets.

Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are organising the event jointly with Trade and Investment Queensland.

Australia's North Asia FTAs – China-Australia (ChAFTA), Japan-Australia (JAEPA) and Korea-Australia (KAFTA) – bring a number of advantages to Australian businesses including increased market access to some of the world's most dynamic economies, greater flows of two-way investment and reduced import costs.

The free seminar, relevant to all industries, will run from 10am to 12pm. Attendees can register at or find out more by contacting Austrade (13 28 78 or

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