The Australian Trade and Investment Commission seeking new Business Development Manager

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is seeking a motivated and client-focused professional to join its team:


Business Development Manager (m/f)



The incumbent will play a key role in attracting productive foreign direct investment to Australia and in supporting Australian businesses with market entry strategies.


This role involves:


  • Proactively identifying, analysing and tracking potential corporate investors in priority industries across Germany
  • Promoting the advantages of Australia as a location for investment and trade partner
  • Managing a client portfolio providing services to assist Australian businesses with market entry or market expansion
  • Fostering market engagement opportunities for Australian businesses in Germany.


The successful candidate has:


  • Demonstrated experience in client/customer relationship management
  • Excellent understanding of international corporate decision-making processes
  • Highly developed communication, representation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to articulate Australia’s advantage as an investment destination.


The successful candidate will enjoy an international working environment and a broad range of exciting and challenging tasks. Austrade is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information and to submit an application please follow the link below.

The closing date for applications is 23.30 hrs on Saturday, 19 November 2016.

The 2nd German Australian Business Council Oktoberfest Mittags Wies’n

The 2nd annual German Australian Oktoberfest Mittags Wies’n took place on 30 September 2016. 10 German Australian Business Council members and guests met at the Löwenbräu Festzelt and everybody enjoyed the unique atmosphere during lunch time.

Outside the typical Bavarian white blue sky could be seen and inside the tent we had nice music, some maß of beer and the obligatory Hendl.

New contacts and interesting talks took place.


The 6th German Australian Business Council Oktoberfest Networking Event

The 6th German Australian Business Council Oktoberfest Event took place on 21 September 2016 and was proudly sponsored by our corporate member mic AG. 20 German Australian Business Council members and guests met at the Bräurosl Tent.

New contacts and interesting talks took place.

Everybody enjoyed the unique atmosphere at the Bräurosl tent until late at night.








Before entering the Bräurosl tent.








Starting the casual part…..










German Australian Business Council Board Members Elisabeth Opie and Eberhard Goihl.

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Australian Trade Minister prioritises EU Free Trade Deal

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Official portrait Hon Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Australian Trade Minister, Hon. Steve Ciobo, apparently told members of the European Parliament on Thursday that the country would prioritise its planned free trade agreement with the European Union over that with the United Kingdom, according to a report on the website.

The minister’s address to the Parliament can be found here. In it he does not mention the UK but talks of the fact that the European Union is Australia’s second largest trading partner, when taken as a bloc.

The UK and Australia have agreed to establish a working group on trade which will transition to full negotiations once the UK has formally left the European Union.

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EU Australia Leadership Forum Launched

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, today launched the EU‑Australia Leadership Forum at the headquarters of the European External Action Service in Brussels.

The Leadership Forum will provide a platform for leaders, senior and emerging,  from the fields of business, media, non-governmental organisations, civil society, think tanks, politics and academia from both countries to collaborate on new ideas to promote and deepen the relationship between the European Union and Australia.

“Our relationship with Australia already benefits from high levels of cooperation, as you would expect from close partners”, said the High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini ahead of the launch. “I am hopeful that the Leadership Forum will help to bring together creative minds, of all ages and of all backgrounds, to take our cooperation still further”, she added.

“The Leadership Forum will encourage senior and emerging leaders across industries in Australia and the European Union to work together on ideas to further strengthen the Australia-EU relationship and promote close collaboration on addressing global challenges”, the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop said.

The Leadership Forum will be composed of an EU-Australia Senior Leaders’ Forum, and an EU-Australia Emerging Leaders Forum, held back to back annually, alternately in Australia and in Europe, with the inaugural event to be hosted in Australia in the first half of 2017, and regular sectoral policy workshops covering topics including security, counter terrorism, trade, education, innovation, migration and development.

The launch of the Leadership Forum reflects the overall strengthening of relations between the European Union and Australia. Recent progress on an EU-Australia Framework Agreement, the joint scoping for a free trade agreement and now the Leadership Forum are exciting developments enhancing an already strong relationship.  The High Representative also looked forward to welcoming Ms Bishop to Brussels on 4-5 October for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.

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Lynette Wood is new Ambassador to Germany

The Australian Foreign Minister announced on 26 August 2016  the appointment of Ms Lynette Wood as Australia’s next Ambassador to Germany.

The Minister emphasised that Germany and Australia have a close and productive relationship, sharing common strategic and security objectives. She announced that the two countries will further strengthen our engagement on shared foreign, defence and security priorities through the inaugural 2+2 strategic dialogue between Foreign and Defence Ministers of both countries, taking place in September.

Germany is Australia’s eleventh largest trading partner and fifth largest destination for foreign investment and she stated that Australia also looks forward to engaging with Germany throughout their G20 Presidency in 2017.


In Canberra, Ms Wood was First Assistant Secretary, International Division with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). She has served as Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch and Executive Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Ms Wood has also served overseas with postings in Canada and Germany.

Ms Wood holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Australian General Election Results

General ElectionAt the time of writing, all seats in the House of Representatives have been declared, except for Herbert (Queensland). In Hindmarsh (South Australia) the result is considered close and could be open to challenge. There are currently only 16 votes differences in Herbert between the two candidates, after preferences have been taken into account.

Whatever the result in Herbert – with the Liberal National Party currently ahead – the Liberal/National Coalition of Malcolm Turnbull will have a majority in the House of Representatives with at least 76 seats. Several of the cross-benchers / independents have indicated their support for the existing government.

The final results for the Senate will take some time due to the new voting system. Currently the coalition are predicted to win 30-31 seats and the labor party 26-27 seats. The Australian Greens will probably have 8-9 seats.

The Australian Ambassador receives the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Ambassador receiving Merit Order

©AA / Fotografin Myrta Köhler

We would like to congratulate our Patron H.E. David Ritchie AO on being awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Australian Ambassador received the award in a formal ceremony on 5 July by the Minister of State in the German Foreign Office, Professor Maria Böhmer on behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. H.E David Ritchie AO was thanked tremendously for his years of service in Germany in advancing bilateral relations between Germany and Australia, including playing a significant role in the German-Australian Advisory group, Böhmer stating “You are a valuable and highly regarded partner, but also a good and close friend of the Germans.”

Ambassador’s Dinner 2016

The Annual Ambassador’s Dinner was held on Monday 6th June at the Spatenhaus next to the Opera in Munich. We were delighted to be joined by the Australian Ambassador, H.E. Mr David Ritchie AO. We were also delighted to see so many of our members in attendance along with some of their corporate guests. We saw the typical Bavarian white-blue sky.

The evening commenced with pre-dinner drinks in the Maximiliansstube. We then moved to the Grosse Opern Stube for the dinner and speeches. Sabine Pittrof, Chair of the Board welcomed the attendees and his Excellency David Ritchie to the event as well as Rita Roider, the representative of the City of Munich.

We also had the pleasure to hear from Björn Behrendt, the German-Australian entrepreneur behind start-ups such as MadPaws,, DocBook and ParcelPush Pty Ltd. Bjorn addressed us on the topic of „Innovation Playground Australia“ and shared his personal experience with innovative business start-ups.

The Ambassador’s speech focused on the topic of innovation as well as including information regarding the newly established landing pads in Berlin. Shanghai, Singapore, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. He also gave a status of implementation of the recommendations of the German Australian Advisory Group.

As he will leave Germany in July he concluded his speech with a comprehensive resume of his 41 years’ experience with Germany.

The GABC Board addressed a farewell and thanked him for his work and support as the patron of GABC in the last 2 and a half years.

Events such as the Ambassador’s Dinner would not be possible without the generous support of our Corporate Members and sponsors. Sonic Healthcare (Gold Sponsor), 24 IP Law Group, Invest in Bavaria and Aesop supported the event. The German Australian Business Council would like to thank them once again for their ongoing support.


















Lucy Turnbull receives German Verdienstkreuz am Bande

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Congratulations to Lucy Turnbull on being awarded the German Cross of the Order of Merit for services to Australian German bilateral relations. Lucy has been Honorary President of our sister organisation in Australia for the past three years and has also been active in the Australia Germany Advisory Group.

Lucy is also Chair of the biotechnology company Prime Bioscience and is a regular visitor to Germany.