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


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.


Dec. 1981

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.

April 1991

Heinrich E. Zimmermann is appointed new Executive Director.

Sept. 1992

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.

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


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.

19.05. 2008

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

Feb. 2015

Foundation of Competence Center for Mining & Mineral Resources 

Jul. 2015

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

Feb. 2016

New Year's Reception in Sydney and Melbourne


New website for our German Consulting Services (