Monday 20 August 2018

Any Australian under the age of 28 has never experienced a recession. In fact, Australia is the world-record holder for uninterrupted growth. Global trade and foreign investment have been essential to building this resilience and will underpin Australia’s future prosperity. As the country’s largest source of foreign direct investment, the United States is key to this dynamic. American-Australian engagement – between our people, our economies, and our defence forces – has allowed the relationship to flourish for over a hundred years. Americans have been partnering with Australian businesses to build infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy at an unsurpassed pace. US companies invest $1 billion a year in Australia for research and development alone. Today, more than 420,000 business executives in Australia will go to work for American-based companies, earning average salaries of $115,000. And besides the jobs and revenue American companies create, they also know the importance of giving back to the communities in which they operate. The corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs at many AmCham companies are innovative and effective. Yet, there is still room to grow. Australia’s GDP increased by 2.4% in 2017 and is anticipated to reach 3.25% in the coming financial year. This exceeds the OECD average, despite the post-resource-boom transition of the economy to non-mining and infrastructure investment.

Last month, I led a delegation of AmCham members to
Washington, DC, to meet with leaders and discuss where the US relationship with the Indo-Pacific is headed. We were joined by other Asia-Pacific AmChams, together representing the interests of over 15,000 businesses. We advocated for policies that will leverage the Asia-Pacific’s growth for greater opportunities for businesses and forge even deeper partnerships in the region. However, as the United States pulls back from multi-lateral trade agreements like TPP, we are seeing the economies of the Asia-Pacific moving forward by signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. We encouraged both the Trump Administration and Congress to work with US allies in the region to continue to strengthen the economic bonds that have underpinned a free and open Indo-Pacific for so long.


This month, we pivot from celebrating the past 100 years to planning the future of the US-Australia business relationship with our AmCham Gala Dinner featuring The Hon Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the USA. It will be the biggest night of the year for US-Australia businesses to support bilateral economic cooperation. Our 2018 event is now SOLD OUT. Please join us at other upcoming events, listed here.

And with APEC Leaders’ Week coming up in November, we are seeing increasing numbers of high-level officials passing through Australia on their way to Papua New Guinea for senior officials’ meetings. I took a delegation of American businesses to visit Port Moresby and Lae and together with the US Ambassador to PNG, we met with local businesses and government officials to understand the opportunities and challenges to increasing economic involvement with PNG. We were warmly welcomed and several new projects are already under active consideration.

In the press: Post-Courier newspaper clippings | The National newspaper clippings


We have more trade missions coming up, so please click through on any of the icons below that piques your interest. Not only do these missions give you unparalleled access to the people you need to know for your business, they also provide an opportunity to forge strong relationships with the other delegates on the trip, which can lead to additional projects.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
P 02 8031 9000 | E

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In honour of the 75th Anniversary of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic visit to Canberra to open the U.S. Embassy, Members of the American Chamber of Commerce have a one-time opportunity to contribute toward a bronze bust of the First Lady to be installed at the U.S. Embassy in Australia.

The bust will serve as a perpetual reminder of the tremendous courage and determination of Eleanor Roosevelt who dedicated her life to the cause of peace, human rights and equality; a reminder of the US-Australia mateship; and of our duty to work together to serve the cause of peace in the Asia-Pacific and around the world.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your organisation to be tied to the United States and the legacy of this visionary. Sponsors will receive appropriate recognition. The unveiling ceremony in Canberra is planned for the end of the year.

Click here to download the sponsorship flyer
Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines
AmCham’s 2018 Official Travel Partner

Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines together, proudly serve more than 204 million customers annually through their extensive and integrated network of destinations. Operating 25 flights per week, connecting over 45 destinations in Australia and New Zealand with over 250 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Through our partnership, we go above and beyond to deliver a world-class travel experience. Whether travelling for business or leisure, enjoy an unrivalled business class experience, with lie-flat beds, direct aisle access, chef-curated menus and luxury amenities. It’s everything business travel should be. |


PwC Australia

PwC Australia delivers $2.35 billion revenue result
PwC Australia has announced its full year results to 30 June 2018, delivering 10.8 per cent revenue growth to $2.35bn underpinned by a strong profit line.

CEO of PwC, Mr Luke Sayers said “the pace of change for Australian businesses continues unabated and the demand for trust and confidence never higher. Business leaders and boards are seeking deep technical expertise, combined with out of the box thinking and large scale transformation” more.

Monash University

Monash tops Australian universities for Future Fellowship grants

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced Monash University as the recipient of 13 acclaimed Future Fellowships worth more than $11 million – the most of any university in Australia – as part of a collective $26 million research investment in the University by the Federal Government.

Monash researchers received this vital funding to make new discoveries in areas that will shape Australia’s future, such as earth sciences, information technology, economics and more.

Google Australia

OK Google, open the new Google Melbourne office!
Google was delighted to welcome Victorian business partners, community groups and government representatives to celebrate the official opening of the new Google Melbourne office on Collins Street last month.

More than 200,000 Victorian businesses use Google to connect with customers in Australia and around the world, and those businesses see almost $4 billion of benefits generated by using Google products and more.
The following companies have come onboard as AmCham Members this month:
Canal House
Al Mabin Pty Ltd Amplitude Consultants

Oppidan Pty Ltd
GPA Partners Lift Equipt

Team Diagnostics Pty Ltd
World First
Upcoming Events
Business Luncheon
Friday 31 August| 11.45am - 2pm | InterContinental Adelaide

Hon David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment
Mr Graham Putt, General Manager - Trade & Investment, Austrade

David Larkin AM, CEO, Hancock Agriculture

“More exports = more South Australian jobs” is the mantra of our Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Hear his government’s plans to make this happen. Austrade connects Australian businesses to overseas opportunities – hear how they do this. Hancock Agriculture includes S. Kidman & Co Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest beef producers of grass-fed beef for export to the USA, Japan and South East Asia.

Business Luncheon
Thursday 6 September | 12pm - 2pm | Shangri-La Hotel

Keynote Speaker: Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport

Geoff’s deep international experience, including 10 years living and working in Asia, as well as his broad-based skills and commitment to customer and stakeholder relations, position him well to lead Sydney Airport through its next exciting phase of growth and development.
Major Industry Briefing Series
Affordability, Reliability and Emissions
Friday 7 September | 11.30am - 2pm | Hilton Brisbane

Brad Hopkins, Director, KPMG Australia
Jennifer Purdie, CEO, Adani Australia Renewables
Greg Jarvis, Exec GM - Energy Supply & Operations, Origin Energy
Susan Mallan, Energy Industry Adviser

Our panel of industry professionals will be discussing our current energy infrastructure and how the shift to sustainable energy will create jobs and opportunities in Queensland. Gain more insight into maximising investment and strengthening Queensland’s sustainable energy infrastructure and how to adapt to rapidly changing requirements for businesses and communities.
Women in Leadership Breakfast Briefing
Empowerment in the Digital Age
Thursday 13 September | 8am - 10am | The Langham Melbourne

Tessa Court, CEO, IntelligenceBank
Dr Amanda Chin, Founder and CEO, VetCheck
Renece Brewster, CEO and Co-Founder, 
Visual Domain

Does the new digital age level the playing field or perhaps does it tilt it in favour of women? Why are social platforms so important for women entrepreneurs? If emotions drive the purchasing decision does this give women a distinct advantage?
Business Luncheon
Wednesday 19 September | 12pm - 2pm | Duxton Hotel Perth

Chris Waterman, Former West Coast Eagles Champion
Rod Bridge, Founder, Sideffect

David Hobbs, Director, Sideffect

Synthetic drugs in the mining industry and other Australian workplaces are on the rise! Our panel of experts will discuss synthetic drugs in the workplace, their impact on business, and Sideffect's programs designed to help combat the issue.
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