About Us

If you want to be a successful player in a foreign market, you need to understand the market and the numerous issues that you may face. The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Australia), with offices in Sydney and Melbourne, has over 40 years of experience and a competent team of experts and partners who can deal with all facets of the Australian market. We cooperate with potential partners and develop your market-entry strategies in order to establish your market position. You will benefit from our expertise. AHKs fulfil three main tasks at their locations:

Official Representation of German Companies

AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as a business location.

Member Organisations

AHKs are member organisations for companies that are actively involved in bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations.

Service Providers to Companies

Under the brand DEinternational, AHKs provide services to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.

AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German Companies with building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries. The umbrella organisation of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs. Furthermore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strengthens the link from AHKs to business and markets. The AHKs are partially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the basis of a decision of the German Bundestag.


The History of the Chamber

1970s

Feb. 1976First preparation for the foundation by opening a contact agency of the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHT) in Sydney 
27/01/1977The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is founded in Sydney at 388 George Street, with seven permanent staff and Executive Director Dr. Lando Lotter.
15/06/1977First newsletter edition of 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, with 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. 1981The chamber reaches more than 500 members.
08/07/1982 The name is changed to the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce to emphasise its bilateral character.
01/07/1983 Relocation of office to 47 York Street, Sydney
14/11/1989Relocation of office to 464 Kent Street, Sydney

1990s

25 – 28/02/1990The chamber hosts the 3rd German Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney.
April 1991Heinrich E. Zimmermann is appointed new Executive Director.
Sept. 1992 The first issue of the German-Australian Business Journal is published.
01/09/1993Knut Feddersen becomes Director of the Melbourne office.
31/03/1993Business luncheon in Sydney with guest speaker Dr. Klaus Finkel, German Minister for Foreign Affairs
06/05/1994Former President Hugh Morgan AO is made an 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. 1996The German ambassador in Australia, Dr. Klaus Zeller, agrees to be Patron of the Chamber.
5 & 07/02/199720th Anniversary celebrations in presence of the German Minister of Economics, Dr. Günter Rexrodt in Melbourne and Sydney
08/02/1999Relocation of Melbourne office to 14 Queens Road

2000s

13/09/2000The Chamber hosts the Olympic Reception on the MS Deutschland, Official Guest Ship of the National Olympic Committee for Germany.
14/09/2000German-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
05/05/2001Germany'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.
05/11/2001Relocation 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
23/05/2002Chamber 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)
06 - 08/09/2005German-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
21/03/2006Luncheon 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.
19/05/2008Melbourne office moves to new premises in 443 Little Collins Street. 
21/10/2008 Gala Dinner 'Golden Past – Sustainable Future' at the Westin, Sydney.
22/10/2008Australia-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.
22/07/2009Business Luncheon with The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Industry and Trade, Melbourne

2010s

01/12/2011Kristian Wolf becomes the new Executive Director.
31/05/2013Reception with our new President MS Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO
31/10/2013Australia-Germany Business Conference in Melbourne
23/02/2014 Reception in honour of Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister of Finance visiting Sydney
24/03/2014Energy Efficiency and Renewable in Buildings Conference
15/09/2014 Sustainable Technologies in the Mining Sector conference in Brisbane
01/10/20141st Ambassador's Gala Dinner in Canberra
20/10/2014 Industry Conference 'Smart Mining Concepts' in Western Australia
05/11/2014Relocation of the Melbourne Office to the International Chamber House (Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne)
17/11/2014German-Australian Business Reception with H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor oft the Federal Republic of Germany
Feb. 2015Foundation of Competence Centre for Mining & Mineral Resources
July 2015 President's Delegation with Ms Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO to Germany
10/09/2015Australian German Business Conference and 3rd Annual Gala Dinner in Melbourne
21/10/2015Visit of Prof. Dr Maria Boehmer, Minister of State
29/10/2015Establishment of the chamber's Queensland Chapter
01/01/2016New position at the chamber: Director of Policy (Dr. Michael Zettinig)
Feb. 2016 New Year's Receptions in Sydney and Melbourne
14/04/2016New website for our German Consulting Services (www.germany-australia.com.au)
3/2/2017 - 5/2/2017Largest conference in the history of the chamber is held in Perth, Western Australia - the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
1/4/2018Our website is updated, and becomes mobile friendly
1/5/2018Alexandra Voss becomes new Executive Director
21/9/2018 The chamber holds the Australia-Germany Business Summit and Gala Dinner in Melbourne

Our founding members include: