September 2020 Message from AmCham CEO

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September 2020
The Board of Directors of AmCham Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of several new Chairs and Vice Chairs of the state-based Councils of Governors, with further announcements coming soon.


Governors are appointed by the Board for three-year terms. We have almost 100 Governors across the country who are senior executives from AmCham member companies selected for their considerable experience and expertise. They offer advice to the Board and Managers on matters and issues facing each state where AmCham operates. Appointing Chairs and Vice Chairs is a new initiative aimed at bringing a renewed energy and focus to the Councils, which in turn will provide more and better access to opportunity for all AmCham members.



Robert Le Busque

Chair - NSW

Regional VP, Asia Pacific

Verizon Business Group


Robyn Denholm

Vice Chair - NSW




Hon Christopher Pyne

Chair - SA


Pyne and Partners


Jeanne Johns

Chair - VIC


Incitec Pivot Limited


Nick Nichola

Vice Chair - VIC

Managing Partner

K&L Gates


Mrs Gina Rinehart

Chair - WA

Executive Chairman

Hancock Prospecting Group

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of a new member of the Board of Directors:

Laura Anderson


OneGlobal Venture

Laura Anderson is an international Company Director, Entrepreneur and Global Philanthropist.


Laura has worked extensively across governments and industries locally and globally as a senior adviser on global governance, strategy transformation and risk optimisation. Her professional speciality has been in harnessing the power of big data and its effects on global supply chains, trade, investment and infrastructure development.


Laura is Chairman of SVI Global Pty Ltd, OneGlobalVenture Pty Ltd, LaunchVic and the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools. Laura is on the Board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Epworth HealthCare, the National Basketball League, the Defence Council Victoria, the Fulbright Commission, the Defence Science Institute and several private investment companies.


Yours sincerely,

April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia


I’m delighted to welcome these new members and here are links to their websites:

Network News


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Network News

Now is the time to request your absentee ballot if you are planning to vote in this year’s US general election.


If you have already completed a in 2020 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will be receiving your blank ballot or instructions for how to access your ballot soon.


Voters in Australia or their representatives can drop off absentee ballots at the Embassy and Consulates General.

Member Spotlight

Douglas Gautier AM

Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director

Adelaide Festival Centre


Since joining Adelaide Festival Centre in 2006, Douglas has delivered a program-led strategy to grow audiences and position Adelaide Festival Centre as a hub for Asian-Australian cultural engagement.


The Festival Centre is South Australia’s principal arts venue hosting more than one million people each year.


1. Favourite fictional character and why?

President Josiah Bartlett from the West Wing TV series. Outstanding writing and performance by Martin Sheen who gives us both the idealist and the pragmatist.


2. Most rewarding part about your job?

Having some part in the contribution that arts and culture make to a more tolerant and enlightened community.


3. Who do you most admire?

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and patron of our OzAsia Festival - a tireless champion for the value of diversity to good civic society in our country.


4. The biggest risk you took?

Being part of the team that launched the first Asia wide TV satellite service from an old Hughes satellite launched into space on top of a Chinese long march rocket.


5. Proudest moment so far?

Having Adelaide recognised as an international creative arts hub. Specifically in being awarded UNESCO Creative City status and chosen to lead the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres network.


Company Spotlight

BHP awards world's first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier tender to reduce emissions



BHP has awarded the world’s first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier tender, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 30 per cent per voyage.


Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has been awarded the five-year time charter contract for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers to carry iron ore between Western Australia and China from 2022.


The LNG bunkering supply contract is expected to be awarded in October, 2020.


BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said the LNG-fuelled vessels would virtually eliminate SOx (sulphur oxide) emissions and significantly reduce CO2 and NOx emissions.


"As one of the largest dry bulk charterers in the world BHP recognises the role we play in working with our suppliers and customers to drive actionable reductions in GHG emissions across the maritime supply chain", Ms Pant said.


"The tender marks a progressive shift for BHP and the broader mining and shipping industry and is a significant step toward lowering GHG emissions in the 1.5 billion tonne iron ore seaborne market".


"We expect the introduction of LNG-fuelled vessels will result in more than 30 per cent lower CO2-e emissions on a per voyage basis compared to conventional fuel along the Western Australia to China route".


BHP released the LNG-fuelled bulk carrier tender in July 2019 and subsequently completed a rigorous due-diligence process to identify and short list tenderers. Safety, technical and economic factors, as well as a clear demonstration to make a sustainable positive change for the industry, were among the stringent criteria.


Network News

Business Leaders Special Report

The Alliance

Industry leaders offer thought-provoking insights into one of the world’s strongest and long-standing relationships from Sky News’ 2020 series – The Alliance.


From searching for solutions to COVID-19 to tackling emerging threats born from the age of the internet, these leading executives delve into the formidable union between the United States and Australia.


New Podcast from the US Consulate Melbourne

37 Degrees Latitude

At 37˚S, you’ll find Melbourne, Australia; at 37˚N, you’ll find Silicon Valley.


In this podcast, US Consul General Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets and success in the United States.


Advance Annual Survey for Global Australians is the trusted platform that connects global Australians with one another and with Australia. We do this to unlock the economic and cultural opportunities through collaboration, investment and innovation. We recognise and celebrate the achievements of global Australians who are at the forefront of their field to inspire the next generation. was established from the ashes of the September 2001 attacks by Ken Allen AM, who was at the time Australia’s Consul General in New York, prior to returning to Sydney in 2006. The Advance Patron is the Prime Minister of Australia, who in 2006 was the Hon John Howard OM AC.


| The Annual Survey of Global Australians takes 5 to 8 minutes to complete and helps us understand what is happening in your world so that we can design better services and programs for all . Please the survey with your network.

US State Department Discussion on Cybersecurity Workforce Development

US Chamber

Please join us for a virtual meeting with the US State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs to discuss their Cyber Workforce Development Framework on September 25 at 9:00 AM (AEST)


The US State Department, in coordination with MITRE, will introduce the Framework, and discuss how it might help the private sector in Indo-Pacific developing nations partner with national governments to develop local workforces with the skills needed to effectively support today’s business and security needs. The Department of State looks forward to having a wide variety of companies and individuals from various economic sectors participate in this discussion.


Please contact to RSVP

Pacific Point Inc. Ranks No. 1262 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 355.5%

Pacific Point

Inc. Magazine today revealed that (Pacific Point) is No. 1262 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment - its independent small businesses.


Bendigo Invention Innovation Festival

Australian Turntables

The 2020 Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival is a series of events designed around this year’s theme ‘Optimism through Innovation’. The festival will highlight innovation and opportunities within manufacturing, pathways in education, provide tools, skills and strategies to start-ups and small businesses and ideas on how to make innovation and change happen.


31 August - 2 October 2020


September is

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The Hospital Research Foundation Group

With one in five Aussie men being diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 85, the need for new and improved treatments is significant.


You can join the fight against prostate cancer and give hope to the men you know, by supporting world-leading research into new targets for treating prostate cancer.


Donate directly to this work through The Hospital Research Foundation Group charity Australian Prostate Cancer at:



Thank you for giving Aussie men hope.


A Jumbo Task: How Cargo Chapters come together

C.H. Robinson

Cathay Pacific Cargo fulfils C.H. Robinson’s request for freighter charters to deliver urgent PPE supplies to Australia.


Booking your own Boeing 747 freighter can be a mammoth undertaking – it’s a jumbo jet, after all, and it takes a lot to fill one up. While Cathay Pacific Cargo runs a full freighter schedule, it does sometimes have the capacity to offer its aircraft to the charter market for customers who have big-volume, outsized or very urgent shipments that need to go somewhere fast, and possibly off the network.


GE, TAE begin advanced engine work for US Navy in Australia

GE Aviation

GE Aviation and TAE Aerospace will support advanced engine work in Australia for the United States Navy’s fleet of F414 engines.

Under the GE Total Logistics Support program, the US Navy’s F414 engines will receive prime logistics support in Australia, with selected repairs to be carried out on engine components using the world-class expertise of GE and its partner, Queensland-based TAE Aerospace.


While the US Navy traditionally conducts its depot repair work at facilities in the US in partnership with GE, the success of GE and TAE in supporting the RAAF F414 fleet over the past decade encouraged consideration of a program based in Australia. Since 2011, program service and availability requirements were met or exceeded, as measured on a monthly basis.


Help save lives just by logging onto your computer

Nextdoor Australia

Join Original Wiggle, Greg Page, neighbourhood networking platform, Nextdoor, Surf Lifesaving Australia, and some special guests as we try to break the world record for the most people trained in CPR and AEDs in one class. This fun-filled, online session is free and open to everyone and you could win the Grand Prize for your neighbourhood. Australia has one of the worst survival rates in the world for out-of-home cardiac arrest, and your participation can help save lives.

  • September 19, 7pm AEST
  • 30-minute free, virtual CPR and AED class
  • Musical performances, guest appearances, and more!
  • Register now for the class and be automatically entered to win the Grand Prize!

Immigration and Australia's road to recovery post-pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a variety of travel bans and restrictions, variations in how visas are processed and the broader engagement by government on what travel and policy will be, post-covid.


Fragomen Australia recently surveyed our client base to further understand the concerns and issues of organisations operating in Australia and to aid policymakers in making positive decisions for an effective recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Fragomen’s long-standing Government Relations practice will discuss the findings with government, along with other related organisations, to help support business.


Our worldwide team of professionals are frequently consulted by governments for expert advice on immigration policy and the formation of immigration laws, providing proactive policy advice. Our ability to detect, monitor and analyse trends early on empowers our clients to adapt to immigration processes quickly, and typically in advance of legislative, regulatory and rule-making changes. This distinct skillset is crucial, given how quickly immigration rules and policies shift in general, and especially in consideration of the rapid changes taking place during the current COVID-19 global health crisis.


Transforming for Cost Efficiency: Lessons from the cost-optimisation frontline

Strategic Project Partners

Over the past 15 years SPP has been involved in a wide range of transformation efforts that have focused on a greater understanding, and optimisation, of the organisational cost-base. Join our leaders to get a brief but informative dive into the ongoing evolution of efforts by organisations to optimise cost, in order to drive greater value from the current operational spend.


Topics covered include

  • The “do’s and don'ts” of launching a transformation with a cost-focus
  • Specific examples of cost-analytic approaches in a number of industry sectors, including Education, Government, Consumer and Financial Services
  • The criticality of understanding organisational economics
  • How to approach clean-sheet/greenfield re-design & the role of data, AI and automation
  • Some useful tools to deploy in your transformation efforts

Join members of our Partner Group as we delve into some of the approaches to achieving cost-transformation.

Date: 9.00am AEST Thursday 8 October 2020


To register for this event, please click .

Celebrate The Everyday


Celebrate the Everyday and pamper yourself at Melbourne’s premier celebration destination with luxurious overnight accommodation for two adults including Melba breakfast, complimentary bubbles on arrival, valet parking and a 25% discount at Chuan Spa.


To book this exclusive promotion with 10% discount for American Chamber of Commerce members .


Valid until 30th June, 2021



Elon Musk has said that he thinks not of building cars but of building factories that make cars, . You can see what he envisioned in this new video of the first Gigafactory.


Click to watch the video

Community Council and Footy Finals Trivia Night

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters as they establish their first ever Community Council! They hope to bring together a diverse range of partner organizations from across the industrial landscape who strongly believe and uphold our mission, vision, and philosophy, for vulnerable young people in Australia to have the opportunity to unlock their potential, creating a brighter future for themselves and their community.


The first forum will be held on the 28th of September, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm


For more information or to RSVP, please email


On Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm, they are inviting you and your household to their first ever Footy Finals Trivia Night, with special guest quiz presenters, Dipper, Richo and Tony Shaw!


To join this virtual zoom event and get a chance to win in the competition and the raffle, RSVP now by emailing .



MinterEllison Australia awarded Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year at ITR’s ASIA TAX AWARDS 2020


MinterEllison’s Tax Practice has been recognised at the ITR (International Tax Review) Asia Tax Awards 2020 by winning, Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year for the third consecutive year. The firm’s tax practice was also shortlisted in several other categories.


Craig Silverwood, Partner and National Transfer Pricing Leader at MinterEllison said: “We are proud to be acknowledged as the sole law firm winner across the Asia region in the Transfer Pricing category. Winning again at the ITR Asia Awards acknowledges our unique value proposition and reflects our standing in the market as a leading tax advisory firm in the Asia-Pacific region. It's an honour to be recognised by our clients and peers for our Advance Pricing Arrangement (APA) and transfer pricing dispute resolution expertise”.


The MinterEllison Tax Transfer Pricing Practice has continued to grow and lead the way across the Australian marketplace by guiding many multinational clients.


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