Our Queensland Chapter opened on 29th October 2015 at the Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane. It is the first of its kind in Australia and acknowledges the increasing importance of Queensland for German business and investment. The Chapter offers our local members relevant local events and serves as a first point of contact for German companies looking to do business in Queensland. 

With nearly 400 member companies across Australia we are well positioned to facilitate trade and investment opportunities between businesses from a range of industries in Queensland and Germany.

The Chapter Board is looking forward to further promoting trade links between the countries, to supporting the expansion of business network locally, and helping to increase market entry services into Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Queensland Chapter Committee members

Facts and Statistics on Queensland and Germany

Economics

Economics

  • Germany is Queensland’s 7th largest source of imports by value.
  • 2011 to ‘12 – figures show a >25% increase in imports from Germany to $1.6 billion, mostly in specialist, industrial and electrical machinery classes, most likely reflecting the recent orders of TBM equipment for Brisbane’s Legacy Way tunnel.
  • Business and employment visits to QLD from Germany are at their highest level in five years.
  • Over half of all German visits (business and leisure) to Australia are specifically to or at least include QLD.
  • German visitors on average spend 11% more than other overseas visitors in QLD.

Government and Science

Government and Science

  • QLD Govt. funds numerous scientific projects and collaborative arrangements to help policy-makers and industry face global challenges in health, medicine, food, fibre, production and climate change.
  • Queensland International Fellowship winners are sent to work in Germany along with research.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

  • Building boom of 1980s left Brisbane with many ageing commercial buildings. QLD can learn from German reconstruction after WWII and post-reunification, for the redevelopment of many commercial spaces. 
  • Under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with QLD, BrisConnections began construction of AirportlinkM7 in 2008. Two tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) were designed and manufactured specially by Herrenknecht in Germany for use in the project. They were custom-made (with requirements to cut through rock 6-8 times harder than concrete) and are the largest to ever operate in Australia, costing $45 million each.

Academia and Collaboration

Academia and Collaboration

  • University of Queensland (UQ) is the oldest in the state.
  • UQ signed first agreement with University of Tübingen in 1987, and has since developed strong German partnerships (institutional, industrial and governmental).
  • Institution of choice for almost 1300 German students, with more than 90 postgrad research students
  • Active student exchange, with over 50 students at German universities over the past five years
  • 17 German institutional partners and close alliances with German Research Foundation (DFG) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Collaboration in neuroscience, engineering, architecture and biotechnology
  • 2011 – UQ held first UQ-German Research and Studies Day
  • 2011 – collaboration with industry through landmark agreement with Siemens to install a powerful MRI system (MAGNETOM 7T), twice as strong as any other system in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) became the first QLD academic institution to deliver accredited training courses for international business software company SAP.

Source: Queensland's German Connections (Tesch, 2012)

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