GABC represented on Deutsche Welle’s Business Programs

The German Australian Business Council was represented on Deutsche Welle’s Business and Business Asia Programs on the 17th of May 2019 by Board Chair, Sabine Pittrof. A variety of topics such as renewable energy, the Australian election and the upcoming Australian-EU Free Trade agreement were discussed.



A link to the full interviews can be found below:

Lynette Wood - Austrlian Ambassador

Rheinmetall Land Vehicles on their way to Australia

The first of the Rheinmetall boxer land vehicles for the Australian Defence Forces were recently inspected by the German Australian Business Council’s Patron, Ambassador Lynette Wood. As has already been announced, Rheinmetall will be establishing a production facility in Ipswich, Queensland, to manufacture land vehicles in the future.

No-Deal Brexit will benefit Australia

Brexit will benefit Australia according to a report by the Bertelsmann Stiftung

The AFR reports that a study by two economists found that Australia could be €840 million ($1.3 billion) a year better off if Britain heads into a no-deal Brexit next month (about €34 per Australian resident). The benefit basically reflects a change in the terms of the international trade from Australia and, as the AFR reports, the benefit is neither direct, certain nor permanent.

Australia does not benefit as much the Americans, where the per-capita gain is €41.

Art Exhibition and Concert, 12th April, 2019

The German Ambassador to Australia and Patron and President of Art Circle Residence, H. E. Dr Anna Prinz, is pleased to invite German Australian Business Council Members and Friends to an exhibition and concert at Hofgut Battenberg (Pfalz) on the 12th of April, 2019 from  5pm.

More information can be found on the website 

All enquires should be directed to the organisers using the email:

Queensland and Berlin sign Declaration on Intent in Health Matters

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and the Premier of Queensland, Anastacia Palaszczuk, have just signed a Declaration of Intent to cooperate in the field of health.

Michael Schütz

Brisbane – German Science and Innovation Day

Brisbane German Week is an annual event to highlight the relationships between Germany and Australia, and more particularly with Queensland and its capital Brisbane. This year’s science and innovation day was held at the Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point Campus. Organised by Prof. Michael Rosemann, Honorary Consul for Germany in the city and also Professor for Information Systems at QUT, other universities from South East Queensland also participated.

Students and Presenters

Students and Presenters at Science and Innovation Day at Brisbane German Week

Attended by around 100 people in total the day brought students and academics together to discuss their research and how German Ph.D. students worked in Australian universities – as well as discussions on how Australians had coped in a German research environment. A number of case studies were presented of successful collaborations and a panel outlined funding opportunities for study abroad and support for research.

Michael Schütz

Michael Schütz giving keynote lecture at Science and Innovation Day in Brisbane

Prof. Michael Schütz, formerly at Berlin’s Charité hospital and now at QUT gave the keynote speech about bilateral opportunities between Queensland and Berlin and looked forward to the forthcoming visit of Berlin’s mayor to Brisbane where the new health alliance between the states of Berlin and Queensland will be announced.



Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison at Science and Innovation Day in Brisbane

Our board member Rob Harrison also introduced the work of the German Australian Business Council.

(Photos courtesy of Michael Rosemann/Brisbane German Week)

New Expat group founded- Frankfurt

A new group for expatriates has been founded in Frankfurt. Expat Family Frankfurt aims to bring together members of the international community in the city for networking and social activities. For more information, please access their website at:

GABC represented at the Australia- Germany Business Summit.

The German Australian Business Council was represented at the Australia- Germany Business Summit in Melbourne on 21st of September, 2018. The conference brought together leaders from German Australian businesses in the fields of digitalisation, energy, mobility and many other sectors for a day of discussion and networking. Congratulations to the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Australia on a successful follow up conference to last year’s APRC in Perth.


The photo shows Volkmar Klein MdB, Peter Dreher (the founding president of the Business Council) and the current Chair, Sabine Pittrof.

Australia-Germany Business Summit and Gala Dinner- Melbourne, September 2018

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) is pleased to invite German Australian Business Council Members and Friends to the Australia-Germany Business Summit and Gala Dinner to be held on the 21st of September, 2018 in Melbourne.


More information and booking details can be found at


Please direct all enquiries directly to the organisers.

Australian Immigration Regulation Webinar- September 12th, 2018

German Australian Business Council Members and Friends are invited to participate in an upcoming webinar hosted by the German- Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK).

The webinar is on the topic Australian Immigration Regulation: An overview of the current visa categories and recent changes. It will take place on September 12, 2018 at 9am German time. Participation is free. The session will be in German.

Registration can be made at . Please direct all enquires directly to the organiser at