PERISCOPE – Occasional Analysis Paper: The Era of Hydrogen Economies

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Australia & the Pacific


KAS Australia is pleased to present its latest Periscope edition entitled “The Era of Hydrogen Economies: Shared Interests by Australia, Germany and Japan”.

Published in support of the first virtual seminar of the 2021 KAS-EUCERS Energy Trialogue between Australia, Germany and Japan, the publication features analyses by Associate Professor Llewelyn Hughes, Professor Frank Jotzo and Dr Thomas Longden from the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy (CCEP) at the Australian National University, Professor Friedbert Pflueger from the European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at the University of Bonn/Germany and Professor Masakazu Sugiyama from the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo/Japan.

To read online or download: Volume 6 / 2021 • Periscope (

Job vacancies: Austrade – Investment Managers, Berlin & Frankfurt

Austrade is looking for two new Investment Team members, for Berlin or Frankfurt, and we have advertised the roles today. Austrade – Investment Manager, Berlin & Frankfurt

Investment Manager (Frankfurt or Berlin)

The Australian Trade & Investment Commission – Austrade – is Australia’s leading trade and investment agency. We help attract game-changing investment to Australia, to support new industries, enhance existing ones, bolster our world-class research & development and strengthen global supply chains, creating jobs and boosting the Australian economy.

We are seeking two Investment Managers to join our Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction team located either at the Australian Embassy in Berlin or Australian Consulate-General in Frankfurt.

An Investment Manager’s key mission is to win FDI to Australia through creating awareness of Australia’s attractiveness as an investment destination, generating leads and projects with target companies and supporting companies to realise their investments in Australia. These positions offer an exciting opportunity for motivated, client-focussed professionals with business development experience. The roles will cover the German, Austrian and Swiss (DACH) markets. To achieve this, the positions require team players with a ‘hands-on’ proactive, creative, flexible and energetic approach to work.

  • Minimum Bachelor Level relevant tertiary qualification (for example but not limited to International Business/Economics/Marketing or Industry-related disciplines).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in an investment attraction, business development, business consulting or a similar role.
  • Work Authorisation – to be eligible for employment with Austrade in Germany, candidates must be legally authorised to live and work in Germany at the time of appointment.
  • Language – the successful candidate must be a highly motivated team member, fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in written and spoken German is highly desired.

More detailed information on the role, eligibility and selection process is available online: Austrade – Investment Manager, Berlin & Frankfurt Applications close Sunday 3 October

ABIE Network contributes tax residence submission to the ATO

On behalf of the ABIE Network, ABIE Netherlands recently contributed a submission in relation to the changes proposed in the May Federal Budget to the tax rules for Australian expats relating to residency.


To read the submission, please click on the following link: ABIE Tax Residence Submission to ATO – August 2021

ABIE Network contributes Australia-EU FTA submission to DFAT

The German Australian Business Council recently prepared a submission on behalf of the ABIE network to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.


The purpose of this submission is to share supplementary empirical input and relevant experiences from the members of a number of business associations operating between Australia and Europe, and Australia and various EU Member States.


To read the submission, please click on the following link: ABIE FTA Final Submission August 2021

AHK Webinar: Industry Focus- War for Talent

Business Council Members and Friends are invited to take part in a webinar organised by the AHK in Australia.

Industry Focus: War for Talent

1st of September, 2021

6am- 7am (German Time)/ 2pm-3pm AEST

In this English-language webinar the challenges of the “War for Talent” will be discussed, and the AHK will also use the discussion to form a Policy Advisory Committee Discussion Paper on the topic. With the Australian border closed since March 2020, long-existing skills gaps or lack of specialists became acute. How has this impacted businesses and how have leading universities responded to this? Australia is already suffering from a lack of workers with job ads at their highest in 12 years with businesses struggling to fill positions.

Speakers are:

Sally Wilson, Senior International Strategist at The University of Queensland

Hanno Blankenstein, CEO and Co-founder at Unleash Live

The discussion will be moderated by Simone Whetton, Partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley, Board Member of AHK Australien and Chairperson of the Chamber’s Policy Advisory Committee.

For more information and bookings please click here Industry Focus: War for Talent ( . GABC European Members are invited to register using the AHK Member option. 

Call for submissions for the Australian Government Treasury’s evaluation of the 2021 foreign investment reforms

Business Council Members and Friends are invited to submit written submissions to the  Australian Government’s Treasury’s evaluation of the recent foreign investment reforms. Submissions should be lodged before midnight AEST on 31 August 2021.

More information and submission instructions can be found at: Evaluation of the 2021 foreign investment reforms |

IACC Webinar: Opportunities in a changing Europe

German Australian Business Council Members are invited to take part in a webinar organised by the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Opportunities in a changing Europe

28th of September, 2021

9am (German Time)

In this webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from European Commissioner for Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness. This engagement with Commissioner McGuinness will bring cutting-edge insights on the opportunities for business activity with Australia through the FTA, the role of financial services in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and the EU in a post-Brexit world.

Commissioner McGuinness was nominated to the role by the Irish Government in September 2020. She had previously served in the European Parliament as First-Vice-President and was a key figure in the Parliament’s work on Brexit-related issues. She was first elected as an MEP in 2004.

For more information and bookings, please click HERE

AHK Webinar: Challenges of Global Air Travel

German Australian Business Council Members are invited to take part in a webinar organised by the AHK in Australia.

Challenges of Global Air Travel

11th of August, 2021

8am- 9am (German Time)

In this webinar, the speakers will discuss the current situation, look at the necessary steps that will enable us to go back to original travel capacities, and also shed light on the future of air transportation after the pandemic. For more information and bookings: Industry Focus: Challenges of Global Air Travel (

Adina Hotel to open in Munich

Job vacancy: Trade & Investment Queensland- Investment Director Germany

TIQ is recruiting an Investment Director based in Germany. The Investment Director will manage the investment interests of Queensland in the German and other European markets through the identification, promotion, and facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities. The exact location of the TIQ Germany office will be discussed with the successful candidate. Applications close 31 July.  The application link can be found here: Director, Investment – Deutschland –