The History of the Chamber

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce provides a wide range of services for members and non-members alike, particularly for small and medium-sized companies.

Our Chamber maintains offices in Sydney and Melbourne with 10 full-time staff. The governing body is the Board of Directors, which together with the Association of German Chambers in Berlin, appoints the Chamber's executives.

Our membership has reached a total of some 400 companies, of which most are located in Australia. About half of these are Australian companies with business links to Germany and the remainders are largely German subsidiaries.

Feb. 1976                                                  

First preparations of the foundation by opening a contact agency of the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHT) in Sydney

27.01.1977          

The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is founded in Sydney and takes up its work in 388 George Street, Sydney, with seven permanent staff and Executive Director Dr. Lando Lotter


The founding members are:

   


             

            

















 

15.06.1977

First Newsletter of the "German Chamber of Industry and Commerce" in Australia

19.07.1977

First General Meeting of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney

Election of R. Gordon Jackson as the Chamber's first President

20.07.1977

Official opening of the Chamber by the German Minister of Trade and Economics Dr. Hans Friderichs and the President of the DIHT Otto Wolff von Amerongen.

01.11.1978

The Chamber opens its Melbourne office at Hoechst House, St. Kilda Road with Gert Adomeit as the Director.

1980s

Dec. 1981

The Chamber counts more than 500 members.

08.07.1982

Name is changed to German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce to emphasize its bilateral character.

01.07.1983

Relocation of office to 47 York Street, Sydney

14.11.1989

Relocation of office to 464 Kent Street, Sydney

1990s

25 – 28.02.1990

The Chamber hosts the 3rd German Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney.

April 1991

Heinrich E. Zimmermann is appointed new Executive Director.

Sept. 1992

First issue of the "German-Australian Business Journal" is published.

01.09.1993

Knut Feddersen becomes Director of the Melbourne office.

31.03.1993

Business Luncheon in Sydney with guest speaker Dr. Klaus Kinkel, German Minister for Foreign Affairs

06.05.1994

Former President Hugh Morgan AO is made Honorary Member, John T. Ralph AO is elected new President of the Chamber

01.07.1996

The German National Tourist Office becomes part of the Chamber.

Sept. 1996

The German ambassador in Australia Dr. Klaus Zeller agrees to be Patron of the Chamber.

5. & 7.02.1997

20th Anniversary celebrations in presence of the German Minister of Economics, Dr Günter Rexrodt in Melbourne and Sydney

08.02.1999

Relocation of Melbourne office to 14 Queens Road

2000s

13.09.2000

The Chamber hosts the Olympic Reception on the MS Deutschland, Official Guest Ship of the National Olympic Committee for Germany.

14.09.2000

German-Australian Business Dialogue in Sydney with guest speakers such as Dr. Heinrich von Pierer, CEO of Siemens, Mark Vaile, Australian Minister for Trade and Prof. Dr. Eckart Rohkamm, Chairman of the Executive Board of Thyssen Industries AG

05.05.2001

Germany's President, Johannes Rau, speaks before the Chamber in Sydney on his visit to Australia.

01.08.2001

Klaus Volker Schuurman is appointed new Executive Director.

05.11.2001

Relocation of office to 39-41 York Street, Sydney

26.02.2002

25th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Ball in Sydney, in presence of German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Dr Axel Gerlach and The Hon. Mark Vaile, Minister for Trade

23.05.2002

Chamber AGM and 25th Anniversary Dinner in Melbourne, in presence of The Hon. John Brumby MP, Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development and Innovation, State of Victoria

27.08.2002

Luncheon to introduce the newly appointed German Ambassador to Australia H.E. Dr. Klaus-Peter Klaiber

13.07.2005

Luncheon with the Australian German Association in honour of Prof. Dr. Eckhard Rohkamm, Chairman of the German-Asia Pacific Business Association (OAV)

6. - 8.09.2005

German-Australian Business Conference – Perspectives of regional Cooperation with the Handelskammer Hamburg, the Australian German Association and the German-Asia Pacific Business Association (OAV)

14.03.2006

Cocktail Reception with Australian Business in Europe (NSW) to introduce Mr Bruno Julien, the new Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Australia and New Zealand

21.03.2006

Luncheon with the Australian German Association in honour of Dr. Herwig Schlögl, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

01.04.2007

Tina Thoms takes over from Knut Feddersen as Manager of the Melbourne Office.

01.07.2007

Markus Gilbert becomes the new Executive Director.

06.05.2008

30 Year Jubilee Dinner at the Grand Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, in presence of the Hon. Theo Theophanous, Minister for Industry and Trade, Minister for Information and Communication Technology and Minister of Major Projects in the State of Victoria.

19.05. 2008

Melbourne office moves to new premises in 443 Little Collins Street.

21.10.2008

Gala Dinner “Golden Past – Sustainable Future” at the Westin, Sydney.

22.10.2008

Australia-Germany Business Conference “Prosperity and Energy: Towards a Sustainable Future” in Sydney with the Australian German Association and the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business.

24.11.2008

Solar and Bio Energy Industry Conference opened by the Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, Deputy Premier of NSW, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Minister for Commerce, announcing a feed-in-tariff for NSW.

16.07.2009

The Hon. Simon Crean, Federal Minister for Trade addresses German and Australian senior business representatives during a lunch hosted by Lindsay Fox, AC, President of the AHK.

22.07.2009

Business Luncheon with The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Industry and Trade, Melbourne

2010s

01.12.2011

Kristian Wolf becomes the new Executive Director.

04.09.2013

Reception with our new President MS Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO

31.10.2013

Australia-Germany Business Conference in Melbourne

23.02.2014

Reception in honour of Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister of Finance visiting Sydney

24.03.2014

Energy Efficiency and Renewable in Buildings Conference

15.09.2014

Bergbau Konferenz zu erneuerbaren Energien in Brisbane ("Sustainable Technologies in the Mining Sector")

01.10.2014

1st Ambassador's Gala Dinner in Canberra

20.10.2014

Industry Conference “Smart Mining Concepts” in Western Australia

05.11.2014

Relocation of the Melbourne Office to the International Chamber House (Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000)

17.11.2014

German-Australian Business Reception with H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor oft the Federal Republic of Germany

Feb. 2015

Foundation of Competence Center for Mining & Mineral Resources 

Jul. 2015

President's Delegation with MS Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO to Germany

10.09.2015

Australian German Business Conference and 3rd Annual Gala Dinner in Melbourne

21.10.2015

Visit of Prof. Dr Maria Boehmer, Minister of State 

29.10.2015

Establishment of the Chamber's Queensland Chapter

01.01.2016

New postion at the Chamber: Director of Policy - Dr Michael Zettining

Feb. 2016

New Year's Reception in Sydney and Melbourne

14.04.2016

New website for our German Consulting Services (http://www.germany-australia.com.au)