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Service exports: opportunity for Queensland.

Queensland can expand its service industry exports and build on success in tourism, according to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Mr Ted Lindsay.

Mr Lindsay was responding to the recent launch of the Intelligent Exports and the Silent Revolution in Services report, prepared by the LEK Partnership.

The report, released by the Prime Minister, points to the growing share of services in Australia's economy.

The services industry embraces entertainment and media, education, business and technical services, telecommunications, software and tourism. It now comprises 70 percent of GDP and 80 percent of employment.

"Queensland has a world reputation for the quality of its lifestyle and its tourist services. This provides a valuable base to build export successes in a whole new range of service industries," Mr Lindsay said.

"Success in entertainment and media industries is a natural development of tourism. We have skills from developing innovative tourist facilities to cater for a wide range of leisure pursuits."

"But service exports can also be developed from our traditional industries. Queensland has developed world-class services in support of our mining and agricultural industries in particular. "

"Queensland has learned how to deliver services to remote areas, a skill which could lead to export industries in delivering services overseas," Mr Lindsay said.

The study found 5 percent of Australia's service capacity is being exported, involving only about 1.2 percent of service firms. The report's authors believe many more Australian firms could be exporting.

Queenslanders have the opportunity to hear about this report from the LEK team leader, Tim Sims, at a special seminar on Thursday, 8 September, 1994 at the Brisbane Hilton from 9.00-12.30am. The program also includes case studies from the Warner Roadshow, Servcorp and Mincom.



Andrew McCredie - Mr Lindsay's Office 06 277 4704

Chris Patterson - Department 06 276 1932