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.
First preparations of the foundation by opening a contact agency of the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHT) in Sydney
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:
First Newsletter of the "German Chamber of Industry and Commerce" in Australia
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
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.
The Chamber opens its Melbourne office at Hoechst House, St. Kilda Road with Gert Adomeit as the Director.
The Chamber counts more than 500 members.
Name is changed to German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce to emphasize its bilateral character.
Relocation of office to 47 York Street, Sydney
Relocation of office to 464 Kent Street, Sydney
25 – 28.02.1990
The Chamber hosts the 3rd German Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney.
Heinrich E. Zimmermann is appointed new Executive Director.
First issue of the "German-Australian Business Journal" is published.
Knut Feddersen becomes Director of the Melbourne office.
Business Luncheon in Sydney with guest speaker Dr. Klaus Kinkel, German Minister for Foreign Affairs
Former President Hugh Morgan AO is made Honorary Member, John T. Ralph AO is elected new President of the Chamber
The German National Tourist Office becomes part of the Chamber.
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
Relocation of Melbourne office to 14 Queens Road
The Chamber hosts the Olympic Reception on the MS Deutschland, Official Guest Ship of the National Olympic Committee for Germany.
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
Germany's President, Johannes Rau, speaks before the Chamber in Sydney on his visit to Australia.
Klaus Volker Schuurman is appointed new Executive Director.
Relocation of office to 39-41 York Street, Sydney
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
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
Luncheon to introduce the newly appointed German Ambassador to Australia H.E. Dr. Klaus-Peter Klaiber
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)
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
Luncheon with the Australian German Association in honour of Dr. Herwig Schlögl, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Tina Thoms takes over from Knut Feddersen as Manager of the Melbourne Office.
Markus Gilbert becomes the new Executive Director.
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.
Melbourne office moves to new premises in 443 Little Collins Street.
Gala Dinner “Golden Past – Sustainable Future” at the Westin, Sydney.
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.
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.
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.
Business Luncheon with The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Industry and Trade, Melbourne
Kristian Wolf becomes the new Executive Director.
Reception with our new President MS Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO
Australia-Germany Business Conference in Melbourne
Reception in honour of Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister of Finance visiting Sydney
Energy Efficiency and Renewable in Buildings Conference
Bergbau Konferenz zu erneuerbaren Energien in Brisbane ("Sustainable Technologies in the Mining Sector")
1st Ambassador's Gala Dinner in Canberra
Industry Conference “Smart Mining Concepts” in Western Australia
Relocation of the Melbourne Office to the International Chamber House (Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000)
German-Australian Business Reception with H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor oft the Federal Republic of Germany
Foundation of Competence Center for Mining & Mineral Resources
President's Delegation with MS Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO to Germany
Australian German Business Conference and 3rd Annual Gala Dinner in Melbourne
Visit of Prof. Dr Maria Boehmer, Minister of State
Establishment of the Chamber's Queensland Chapter
New postion at the Chamber: Director of Policy - Dr Michael Zettining
New Year's Reception in Sydney and Melbourne
New website for our German Consulting Services (http://www.germany-australia.com.au)