Australia China Business Council workshops

@JCU Australia China Business Council workshops

Australia China Business Council workshops


Date:           Thursday 27 October

Time:           10:30am for 10:45am start Session ends at 4:00pm

Venue:        Cairns Institute Room, Building D3, McGregor Rd, Smithfield.


Date:   Friday 28 October

Time: 9:15am for 9.30am start. Session ends at 3.00pm

Venue:         Room 130 Education Central, Building 134, James Cook University, 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force on 20 December 2015, providing Australian businesses with unprecedented access to the China market. Made possible by a generous grant from The Australian Government, the Australia China Business Council, in collaboration with the Export Council of Australia (ECA), are taking to all corners of Australia to provide Australian SMEs with the expertise and practical knowledge for how firms can access the tariff reductions and wider benefits under the landmark agreement.

The ChaFTA Training Program will open with a morning workshop hosted by the Export Council of Australia, focussing on the technical aspects of ChAFTA such as:

  • the role of FTAs and their benefit to Australian companies;
  • the role of FTAs in targeting new markets and opportunities;
  • the practicalities of classifying products and Certificate of Origin requirements; and
  • a check-list of items to consider before entering China

ACBC will lead the second session that will focus on the practical side of doing business with China, such as:

  • the latest business trends and China market analysis;
  • invaluable Case Study experience of doing business with China; and
  • the cultural nuances of doing business with China.

This program will include morning tea and lunch, and will provide opportunities for Q&A and networking. 

Speakers at the Cairns and Townsville workshops include:

Opening address

Prof Sandra Harding Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Prof Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. She also has a keen interest in the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. She has been appointed to a range of committees and local, national and international Boards and Councils.

Speakers and Panellists

  • Nussara Smith, CEO, Australia-China Business Council QLD - Nussara has over 20 year experience in international business development and was formerly Director Asia Operations in Trade and Investment Queensland
  • Diane Tipping, Deputy Chairman, Export Council of Australia - Dianne has over 35 years in international trade promotion and facilitation. During the past 20 years she has worked with the Australian Institute of Export and various other non-government and government agencies to teach and encourage exporters to achieve their global ambitions
  • Tom Tsihlis, State Director QLD & NT, EFIC - Tom has over 20 years of international experience in corporate and institutional banking with a focus on credit risk and export finance
  • Case Study: Christopher Hewitt, Partner, Moulis Legal - Chris has a master’s degree in Chinese law from the East China University of Politics and Law, in Shanghai, and the University of Sydney.  His firm exports a range of services to corporates and governments in China. Chris has worked in China and with Chinese businesses for over 10 years and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on investment and  business in China