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CEO Message | August 2023

"The potential for AUKUS," said US Congressman Mike Gallagher this month, "from the undersea domain, to munitions and critical technologies, to logistics – is limited only by our willpower and our imagination.”


Congressman Gallagher, Co-Chair of the Friends of Australia Caucus, the AUKUS Working Group, and Chairman of the Select Committee on China, visited Australia earlier this month. This followed a series of initiatives designed to increase interoperability between Australia and the United States, and our allies in the region, as Australia takes on a greater role in ensuring a free, open, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.


Today, Australia hosts the final day of Exercise Malabar, a joint military exercise among Australia, Japan, India and the United States. This follows Australia hosting the largest ever Talisman Sabre, with over 34,000 military personnel from 13 countries participating in the largest iteration of the joint military exercise, now in its tenth year. The tragic loss of life of four Australian Defence Force personnel is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice that endures from all who serve our nations, and the danger they face each day in service to their countries.


To support returning servicemen and women transitioning to civilian careers, AmCham invites you to join the initiative, which advocates for organisations to consider the diverse capabilities and applicable experiences of veterans and their spouses.


The organisational, logistical, military and diplomatic coordination for these sophisticated and complex joint military exercises, which our servicemen and women carry out with the utmost professionalism and capability, exemplifies the increasing asymmetric advantage that Australia and the United States have over adversaries - a strong and robust network of allies. US President Joe Biden has recognised Australia's indispensable alliance, inviting PM Albanese to Washington DC for a State Visit.


Following the success of the annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Brisbane, and the historic commissioning of the USS Canberra in Sydney Harbour, the White House will literally roll out the red carpet for the State Visit to mark the ever-growing significance of the US-Australia alliance.


The US-Australia economic and strategic relationship has never been closer. I have said this before, and each time, it soars to new heights. Over the coming weeks, AmCham is giving you unique opportunities to take part.

AmCham hosted a visiting US Congressional Delegation for a luncheon at Bank of America. PICTURED: AmCham CEO April Palmerlee and US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).



What are the areas where your business wants to know more? Over the coming weeks, AmCham will provide the latest insight on the digital economy, artificial intelligence in business, manufacturing and the National Reconstruction Fund, exporting to the United States, and biotechnology. Your next AmCham event could be...


MELBOURNE | The AI Frontier: Seizing the Opportunity for Business

Sarah Carney Green, Microsoft Australia and New Zealand • 22 Aug


PERTH | In Conversation with Submarine Group 7 Commander

Rear Admiral Richard Seif • 22 Aug


SYDNEY | Meet the Minister Business Luncheon

Minister for Industry and Science the Hon Ed Husic MP • 23 Aug


BRISBANE | Queensland Breakthroughs 2023

Commercial Success in the USA • 13 Sept


ADELAIDE | Med Tech and Bio Tech - Transforming Medicine

Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon Mark Butler MP • 22 Sept


CANBERRA | Values Based Economics

Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Assistant Minister for Employment the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP • 23 Nov


For more upcoming events and to secure your place, please . We look forward to seeing you at an AmCham event soon.


Kind regards,

April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia


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PICTURED: [left to right] Consul General Christine Elder, AmCham Chair Dr Larry Marshall, Space Committee Vice Chair Professor Alan Duffy, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Space Committee Chair Nicole Seils, Regional Senior US Commercial Officer Steve Knode, AmCham CEO April Palmerlee.




AmCham policy committees met with US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy, the new Regional Senior US Commercial Officer Steve Knode and AmCham Chair Dr Larry Marshall to discuss the issues impacting members across key sectors.


The Committees discussed increasing access to new medicines in Australia via the current review of Australia’s Health Technology Assessment Regime, innovation and collaboration to improve Pacific health collaboration, the barriers to and enablers of AUKUS, cooperation in the space industry, and how Australian industry can better shape dialogue on trade.



AmCham is pleased to launch the following new committees/working groups:


Agribusiness Working Group


There is enormous potential to strengthen the alliance within the Agribusiness sector through the sharing of best practice and innovation, with the US being the third largest agricultural producer in the world totalling US$2.5 trillion and Australia being the fourth largest exporter of agriculture and food related products to the US, valued at US$4.6 billion.


Energy, Minerals and Clean Technology Committee


Recognising the immense environmental, economic and strategic imperatives of the energy transition, Australia and the US have elevated energy and climate to become a third pillar of the alliance, alongside strategic and economic cooperation.


The Chamber is in a unique position to support Australian businesses to expand our collective industrial bases, generate sustained investment in skills and education pathways, and create a wealth of opportunities for businesses throughout the supply chain.


AmCham Committee / Working Groups:

  • Explore the issues impacting the sector and opportunities to improve trade and investment between Australia and the US; and
  • Connect government and industry to ensure that the private sector has the opportunity to inform and support government initiatives that will also lead to economic prosperity, innovation and job creation.

If you would like to be involved please and submit via email to

AmCham Governor News



KPMG modelling reveals enormous potential for Australia under the exponentially growing US clean energy market conditions — If Australia can increase its market share here, it could generate up to US$3.7b in exports, US$4.1b in incremental capital investment, and nearly 12,500 Australian jobs within nearly a decade.


The report explores how clean energy technology and opportunities in the renewable energy sector may help shape Australia’s future economic relationship with the US.




The next report in the A Prosperous Future series will focus on US-Australia collaboration in Biotechnology. For more information, contact AmCham Head of Special Projects.


AmCham is also preparing the next edition of the due for release in early 2024. The Guide promotes the extensive and impactful trade and investment relationship between Australia and the United States. For advertising and editorial options in this high-quality print and digital publication, contact .

AmCham Governor News



Australia has a seat at the table at APEC - and we invite you to join us. Register now for one of the very few spots available to join AmCham Australia and AmCham Singapore at the APEC CEO Summit 2023 in San Francisco, California from 14-16 November.


Alongside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting, the APEC CEO Summit will bring executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders together with the most senior political leaders from the Asia-Pacific region for two days of robust dialogue on global opportunities and challenges that are shaping economic, environmental, and societal trends in the region.


AmCham Governor News

Our Big Kitchen invites you to join US Consul General Christine Elder and AmCham CEO April Palmerlee to acknowledge first responders and their families, pausing to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice responding to 9/11, and cooking hundreds of meals supporting local charities.

The United States Studies Centre will hold its inaugural : The United States, Australia, and a Contested Indo-Pacific on November 1. AmCham Australia will be there … you should be too.

President and CEO Suzanne P. Clark declares "trade is the beating heart of economic growth and job creation" in the United States.


signs contract with Tritium to establish the lithium-ion battery factory in New Clark City, Philippines, which will create batteries for energy storage, EV charging stations and small EVs, and will export products to Australia, the US, India, and the Asia-Pacific.


PICTURE: AAP Image/Darren England


Following the merger announcement in 2022 between leading advanced technology providers Consilium Technology and elmTEK, the brand for the new entity has been revealed – .


The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) appoints new CEO, . The DTC is a South Australian-based industry association which is focused on connecting and supporting Australian defence industry to develop capability and increase industry’s competitiveness in defence markets.


AmCham Governor News

AmCham is pleased to welcome our newly appointed members of the Councils of Governors. AmCham's Governors are important contributors to the Chamber and provide advice to the Board of Directors and Executive Team.

New South Wales

Robert Ishak


William Roberts Lawyers


Jane Hunter




Robert Nioa

Group CEO


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AmCham welcomes our newest Premium Member .


Virgin Australia is part of a very big family, the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Group has become one of the most highly respected global brand names of the 21st century. Since the establishment of its first company, Virgin Records, Virgin has created more than 300 branded companies worldwide, employing approximately 50,000 people, in 30 countries. These companies operate in sectors ranging from mobile telephony to transportation, travel, financial services, media, music and fitness and, of course, the soon to be launched space tourism operation, Virgin Galactic.


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

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