Policy Advisory Committee
The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce has decided to expand its policy work for the benefit of its members and the German-Australian business community.
Beside the establishment of the new role of Director of Policy, this push also includes the establishment of a Policy Advisory Committee. The dedicated members of this volunteer committee provide their expert input based on their sector-specific or cross-sectoral expertise in the German-Australian business community. There is also a strong link to diplomatic developments through the membership of the German Consul-General Lothar Freischlader and to the Chamber’s Board of Directors through the membership of several Board members.
The main purpose of the Policy Advisory Committee is to provide expert advice to the Chamber’s Board and Executive in matters relevant for the German-Australian business community. Currently, the two main focus areas for the Policy Advisory Committee are the implementation of the business and trade-related recommendations by the Australia Germany Advisory Group (AGAG) and the upcoming Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
From time to time, the Policy Advisory Committee invites external guests to participate in the meetings to discuss key developments. One such guest was Rhonda Piggott, the New South Wales State Director at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The committee is chaired by Board member Simone Whetton. The current focus areas of the committee's work include:
- visa reform;
- free trade negotiations; and
- recognition of skills and qualifications.
Delegations to Germany
The German-Australian Chamber supports German delegations to Australia and is also organising policy-focussed and industry-specific delegation to Germany.
The policy-focussed delegations, most recently in June 2019, feature a packed program of engagements with the German government, including the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, members of the Bundestag, the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and representatives from large and small companies relevant for the Australian market, especially Mittelstand companies.
Key topics in the discussions are joint areas of interest such as digitalisation / Industry 4.0 and the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations. We will continue this important engagement with our partners in Germany in 2020.
Australia-Germany Advisory Group
The Australia-Germany Advisory Group (AGAG) was established in November 2014 by the heads of government of the two countries. It was asked to submit recommendations for a comprehensive renewal of bilateral relations.
The recommendations of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group have been published in a brochure titled A fresh look at links between Australia and Germany (see below). This also examines the potential for strengthening German-Australian relations.
It is time to take a fresh look at the links between Australia and Germany and bring our relationship into the 21st century.
Visit of Prof Dr Maria Boehmer, Minister of State - October 2015
On 21 October, the German-Chamber of Industry and Commerce, together with Premium Partner SAP, hosted a roundtable discussion followed by an exclusive luncheon on the occasion of the visit of Professor Dr Maria Boehmer, Minister of State and head of the German side of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group (AGAG). In the evening President Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO hosted a Reception at her residence.
President’s Delegation to Germany - July 2015
Berlin Delegation: What's next in the bilateral business relationship?
The visit to Berlin directly preceded the first full meeting of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, which was established by German Chancellor Merkel and former Australian Prime Minister Abbott during their discussions in Sydney in November 2014.This was just before Chancellor Merkel attended the German-Australian Business Reception organised by the German-Australian Chamber.