The Austrade outstanding export achievement in fine arts, performing arts, electronic and online
entertainment and sports category has been won by Auran Holdings Pty Ltd of Queensland.
Auran Holdings was founded in 1995 and is a creator and exporter of computer game software.
'I have great pleasure in congratulating Auran Holdings as they forge ahead in a non-traditional field in the
arts and entertainment arena of computer games,' Federal Minister for the Arts, Peter McGauran said.
The Brisbane based company is developing a growing reputation as a leader in computer game
technology in the highly competitive world market.
'Exports doubled for Auron Holdings in 1997-98 to $1.4 million with strong sales in 58 countries,' Mr
'This is an outstanding example of the innovation and creativity in the Australian cultural and
entertainment scene,' he said.
Introduced in 1998, the Austrade Arts and Entertainment Award honours the export initiatives and
success of those Australian companies providing entertainment internationally in a wide range of fields.
Australia's export earnings from this sector have increased by between six and seven per cent annually in
recent years and now generate in excess of $650 million a year.
Runners up in this category where the Australian Children's Television Foundation, Victoria; Australian
Chamber Orchestra, New South Wales; Reckless Moments Pty Ltd, South Australia; and Terrapin
Puppet Theatre Ltd, Tasmania.