ABIE Network contributes border control submission to Australian leaders

The ABIE network, also on behalf of the German Australian Business Council, contributed a submission regarding the ‘Australian National and State Border Controls related to COVID 19 and the Way Forward’. The submission was sent to the following:

  • Prime Minister and Opposition Leader of Australia
  • Foreign Minister and Shadow Foreign Minister of Australia
  • Australian Department of Home Affairs
  • Trade Minister and Shadow Trade Minister
  • Premiers of States and Chief Ministers of Territories, plus Opposition Leaders

To read the submission, please click on the following link: ABIE Australia Border Control Submission – November 2021 – GERMAN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS COUNCIL (


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 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. 


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 (


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 –


Job vacancy: GABC Office Employee

The German Australian Business Council is looking for a new office employee to commence in August 2021.

The primary duties (undertaken independently and/or together with the responsible Board member) include:

  • membership administration (e.g. arranging voting procedures, database management, maintaining distribution lists, invoicing).
  • support of events (e.g. preparing invitations and attendance lists, performing payment checks and invoicing).
  • maintenance of the German Australian Business Council Website (e.g. upload of invitations, reports, information and documents).
  • support of our communication and social media networks.

The office employee should be located either in Frankfurt am Main or Munich.

Working hours are flexible. The contract/salary is based on a ‘450 € -Mini Job’.

A native English speaker would be preferred. A strong interest in German-Australian relations is a significant asset.

If you are interested or know somebody who may be interested in supporting the work of the German Australian Business Council, please contact our Board members Peirui Tan or Eberhard Goihl


KAS Event – Free Trade Agreement Australia-European Union, 24th June 2021

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is pleased to invite Business Council Members and Friends to the virtual event Free Trade Agreement Australia-European Union on the 24th of June.

The discussion will feature:

H.E. Philip Green,  Australian Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Ms. Alison Burrows, Australia EU-FTA Chief Negotiator, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

H.E. Dr. Michael Pulch, EU Ambassador to Australia

The Hon. MP Volkmar Klein, Chair of the Economic Cooperation and Development Committee for the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Chair of the German-Pacific Parliamentary Friendship Group, German Bundestag

The Hon. Senator Eric Abetz, Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for the Liberal Party, Australian Senate

Dr. Michael Zettinig, Director, German Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce

The event is aimed at audiences in Germany and Australia and will be held in English. For registration and more information, please click HERE. All enquiries regarding the event should be directed to the KAS via