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  • 5 May 2020 13:42 | Anonymous

    Stentofon, one of our Business Members, is experiencing some impressive and unprecedented positive effects from COVID-19: an incredible influx in inquiries for its Australian operation focused on Waste Sites Resource Recovery and sites with Track Gate, to name a few.

    Here are some of the sentiments currently being expressed by Stentofon’s customers which they shared with us:

    • Clients don’t want people getting out of cars and talking to staff face-to-face so Stentofon solved that thanks to their Norwegian Noise Cancelling Intercoms allowing drivers and passengers to remain in the car with their engines still running
    • Since Intercom buttons are a place for COVID-19 transfer, Stentofon solved this customer issue by using its technology so that a Control Room can initiate a call to the driver, providing a hands-free reply
    • As clients did not want people passing things back and forth – Stentofon’s technology has enabled conversations to take place remotely, allowing appropriate dockets to be printed and issued allowing drivers and staff to carry on their work in a safe and hygienic manner

    While Stentofon’s technology has existed for years, with its initial deployment in the Norwegian North Sea, it is uplifting to now see it helping Australian businesses and Australian families stay safe and keep working!

  • 5 May 2020 13:41 | Anonymous

    Our Business member, Perth based Searcher Seismic, a geoscience data and technology enabling company in the exploration, geology, petroleum and gas sectors  – and its sister companies Finder EnergyTheia Energy (clean oil fuelling + Great Sandy Dessert Project) and Discover Geoscience (Petroleum Subsurface Consultancy) – like many organisations, have now moved its workforce on to a reduced working schedule and remotely for the first time. This has largely been in response to their clients: major oil companies slashing and reducing their budgets left right and centre.

    But as Searcher Seismic’s Founder and Managing DirectorOdd Arne Larsen, has observed together with his co-owner Jan Ostby, not only are they learning a lot from the impact COVID‐19 is having on their business so far but also on how their staff and oil companies are rapidly adapting to a new way of working remotely which has resulted in some interesting outcomes for them all.

    Some of our senior geo’s believed you had to always go to the office to put in a day of honest work. However after a short period of time they find themselves enjoying the flexibility working from home can give. Staff with small children, especially with schools being closed during the main COVID-19 outbreak, are finding working from home more challenging. However, we are seeing some of these staff now coming back and telling us that with schools opening they would like to be working more from home in the future when things return to normal.

    Odd and Jan have also been surprised how fast the oil companies and contractors responded to the changed work environment. Pre the COVID-19 pandemic, you had to meet face-to-face to discuss or negotiate your business. This was the case especially if several technical advisors or managers were involved in the process. The COVID-19 measures have demonstrated that productive meetings can be held remotely via video conferencing which is more time efficient and less costly.  However, it is noted that there will always be the need to meet in person, albeit maybe not that often anymore?

    Before the pandemic there was an expectation that if you cared about your business relationships you had to travel, even long distances, to meet with clients and project partners. The COVID-19 measures have reset these expectations and highlighted the effectiveness of video conferencing which will provide efficiency and effective benefits in the future.

    This pandemic has forced business to deal with technical challenges associated with video conferencing facilities and be more familiar with the various technologies to be able to participate across the different video conferences applications.

    For those members and companies who are targeting and working in the sectors that Odd and Jan’s  companies specialises in, check out their interest publications and resources which provide sector insights and updates on how its technology and technical know‐how are leading the way to unlocking further commercial potential and outcomes. The Searcher Seismic, Finder Energy or Discover Geoscience websites being the central communications hub allowing the oil companies  to browse extensive data libraries, evaluating farming opportunities or looking for subsurface consultancy support. You will also find their technical papers plus being informed on their latest and most recent news and developments. And if you make contact with Odd or Jan you may even get some tips on working remotely!

  • 8 Apr 2020 19:00 | Anonymous
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  • 8 Apr 2020 15:33 | Anonymous

    Our Corporate memberPOLYGOT GROUP, who specialise in HR Resources, has stepped forward to share with us some of their HR COVID-19 Updates and FAQs, including some very useful links:


    If you would like further information or assistance, please contact Laura Pigot at Polygot Group.

    Many thanks to the Polygot Group Team. 

  • 18 Jul 2019 15:32 | Anonymous

    By: Trude B-J Margel

    On July 11th, Cinderella received the coveted Good Design Award in two categories at the 2019 Good Design Awards Ceremony held at The Star in Sydney, Australia. On hand to receive the Good Design Awards in front of a festive clad audience of over 1000 were Cinderella Eco Group’s Australian team. The Good Design Awards jury presented Cinderella Incineration Toilets with awards in Best Engineering Design and Best Product Design, Home and Building.

    Awarding Good Design since 1958
    Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organization responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. Dating back to 1958, the organization is “committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world as the key to increasing social well-being and prosperity through empathy and insight, “ according to the Good Design Awards background information.

    “Congratulations to Cinderella Eco Group”, writes General Manager Rachel Wye of Good Design Australia upon announcing the awards, “this is a significant achievement and one you should be very proud of considering the very high caliber of submissions received this year across the 10 main design disciplines and 28 sub-categories.”

    Winning Good Design Awards in two categories, Best Engineering Design and Best Product Design, Home and Building, is an honor that places Cinderella Eco Group among the leading providers of sustainably designed products and services on the Australian market, among key drivers of innovation, economic growth, export and productivity and an essential link between creativity, innovation and commercial success.

    “We are absolutely thrilled about winning this award among so many wonderful contenders,” says Gunhild Sjøvik, Group CEO of Cinderella Eco Group in Norway. “To be recognized in this way, means a great deal to us in our work to provide alternative sanitation to Australia. We launched on the Australian market in 2018 and this is a wonderful lift for the awareness of our products. We have a great team in place in Australia who have already made an impression on the public and our newest consumers, looking for sanitary solutions that provide comfort and sustainability without the use of water or harmful chemicals.”

    Made for Australia
    “Cinderella’s incineration technology represents an innovative, waterless waste-handling process that has met global attention from areas of the world totally lacking in sewage systems and where water is a threatened resource, to the leisure home owner looking to find comfortable, hygienic solutions for isolated areas close to nature without leaving any ecological footprint,” explains Anette and Darren Helleren, Cinderella’s dealer at Scandinavian Eco Solution Pty Ltd., in Victoria. ”The Cinderella Incineration Toilet is ideal for the Australian market and we’re very excited that they have won this prestigious award.”

    “We are presenting the Cinderella Incineration Toilet in many arenas,” Mr Trent Bichel of AKT Mobile Systems, Cinderella’s dealer in Queensland confirms “There is a large potential for use in the site welfare industry where hundreds of buildings are being built in areas without sewage and where this is currently being transported by road. “

    “The Cinderella Incineration Toilet is experiencing a wonderful reception in the Australian market,” Mr. Peter G. Hocking, general manager at the head office of Cinderella Eco Australia Pty Ltd in Sydney agrees, “We look forward to sharing the knowledge and expertise from Cinderella’s 20 years of experience in the Nordic region, Europe and Canada in delighting Australian consumers and making a significant difference to people’s lives. The fact that Cinderella Incineration Toilets is honored with the Good Design Awards in not one, but two categories, confirms the value and potential for the Australian market.”

    Full article from: 

  • 15 May 2019 15:31 | Anonymous

    “How’s business?” the old greeting goes.  But these days, one might do better to ask: “Where’s business?”

    Thanks to advances in technology, we now operate in a global marketplace where Australia is but one small, albeit magnificent, stall. All commerce has become, whether directly or indirectly, international commerce.

    It can be a little overwhelming.

    Fortunately, where there is commerce there are, more often than not, chambers of commerce, making it easier to negotiate the immense opportunities, and not a few risks, in this big marketplace of ours.

    What is a Chamber of Commerce?

    In a nutshell, a chamber of commerce is a member organisation that organises and promotes the common interests of a business community.

    But what exactly does a chamber of commerce do?

    And why should you join one – that is, what’s in it for you?

    We decided to interview a number of chambers to get down into the nitty gritty of why you, your business and your staff, can benefit from joining a chamber of commerce.

    What do Chambers of Commerce do?

    A common misconception is that chambers of commerce are merely organisations that exist solely to promote business.

    Yes, business is a cornerstone of any chamber, but the reality is more complex.

    Chambers of Commerce work across various sectors: trade, industry, advocacy, as well as national and international mobility.

    While actively promoting members, chambers also endorse their local and broader communities. By facilitating relationships, chambers of commerce ensure that businesses are able to collaborate in creating opportunities for themselves, their partners, and their clients.

    There is no single model followed by chambers of commerce, and their mandates might be State, National or International. They may also be private, compulsory, or community based. More on this below.

    Geographical Chambers

    State, National, and International Chambers are defined largely by their physical location and reach. For example, a State based chamber, like the NSW Business Chamber, advocates for business owners specifically within NSW.

    Likewise, International Chambers will usually promote relationships and business opportunities between their specific country and Australia. International Chambers may choose to focus on the mobility of business, including the facilitation of resources across international borders. For example, a chamber may assist with the deployment of staff and resources, advising on import restrictions and visa requirements.

    Private vs Compulsory Chambers

    This article largely focuses on the more common, private model. In private chambers, there is no obligation to join. Companies pay a membership fee in exchange for opportunities such as networking and industry connections.

    Conversely, a compulsory chamber is one where membership is obligatory. For example, in Germany, the IHK-Gesetz, or the Chamber Act, governs when ‘enterprises are members’ and are required to be statutory bodies. Two examples of this include the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK, Industrie und Handelskammer) and the Chambers of Skilled Crafts (HwK, Handwerkskammer).

    So, What’s in it for You?

    The benefits of joining chambers of commerce can be immeasurable. However, no two chambers of commerce are identical, with benefits varying depending on the chamber and the business involved.

    Barry Corr, CEO of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce explains that even within a single chamber, benefits will depend on the individual member and what they’re trying to achieve.

    Notwithstanding the above, in our discussions with different chambers of commerce a few benefits came up again and again:

    • Networking
    • Advocacy
    • Exposure
    • Information
    • Mobility


    This is a given. One of the major benefits of joining a Chamber of Commerce is the opportunity to cultivate business though networking, as well as to create lasting relationships with like-minded people.

    For example, the Australian Malaysia Business Council Queensland’s (AMBCQ) “primary focus is … on providing opportunities for [members] to engage with others at all different levels and across sectors.” Shona Leppanen-Gibson, president of AMBCQ, recognised the importance of networking, and placed great emphasis on “finding positive connections that lead to business and career opportunities”.

    By attending events, and engaging with people in the wider business community, chamber of commerce members are able to make strategic connections. And even where they don’t walk away from a contract, it can be a great way to learn from industry leaders.

    For example, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), promotes networking opportunities for “meeting government leaders and specialists”, in particular their Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP), “aims to provide young professionals and students in Tokyo insight into various industries in Japan and to learn more about how to pursue a successful career”. Judith Hanna, ANZCCJ Executive Director, explained that “YEP networking events offer a fantastic opportunity to hear from inspiring young professionals who have excelled in their careers, speak with recruiters and business leaders in Tokyo looking to acquire young talent and to mix and mingle with likeminded young people”.

    Amie O’Mahony, Government Relations Manager of the American Chamber in Australia (AmCham), emphasised the importance of events, stating that networking is one of the five major pillars of her organisation. AmCham achieves this through their event program, where members are invited to functions for key stakeholders. Within this program, members have access to “preferred seating” so that they can connect with specific individuals.

    However, don’t be fooled into thinking this is as easy as exchanging business cards and calling it a day. Shona Leppanen-Gibson highlighted that it is important to remember that networking is not always a “quick win”, and that “it is about the level of involvement and commitment an individual or an organisation would like to have with the business council”. Members that “put in the time and effort and… are consistent… will reap the rewards”.

    This sentiment was echoed throughout many of our interviews. Martin Scarpino, CEO of SwissCham Australia, put it quite succinctly by comparing it to a gym membership:

    “It’s up to you. It’s like when you go to Fitness First. You sign up and you never go. Or you sign up and you become an active member.”


    Having access to, and being represented through, advocacy is another benefit of joining a chamber of commerce. Many chambers and business councils have their foot in the door when it comes to discussing policy. By joining an organisation that reflects your interests, your needs will be asserted when it comes to any form of lobbying.

    Unsurprisingly, advocacy varies within each organisation, as specific goals are promoted to mirror philosophy and interests.

    For example, the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) advocates for small business by promoting policy change. One of SBAA’s major projects is its work on the Small Business Charter of Australia, where it aims to promote signature reforms and “create good policy for small business owners”. Anne Nalder, CEO and Founder of SBAA, emphasised the importance of strong advocacy. Anne suggested that we should be looking at “different initiatives” rather than continuing with “…Band-Aid solutions. When formulating policy, we have to ask, ‘how will this affect small business?’”

    Similarly, Nigel McBride, former Business SA CEO, spoke about their advocacy for South Australian business. Tax reforms, ice in the workplace, and climate change, are just some of the topics championed by the Chamber through media campaigns.

    Jacinta Reddan, CEO of AustCham Hong Kong, explained that her chamber has been ‘lobbying to recognise the value of [corporate experience] and to look to how we can create a better pathway for members to go back into corporate Australia’. She encourages members to ‘have a say, be involved, and have an influence in key business decisions that will affect you’.


    Being active in a chamber of commerce or business council can also raise the profile of an individual business.

    For example, members of AmCham are able to leverage the activities of the Chamber to increase their visibility. Aime O’Mahony explained that simply by becoming an active member, companies are able to “have their brand associated with some of the biggest names or issues”. Businesses can do this through sponsorship or representation on specific committees.

    Similarly, Yachien Huang, Executive Director of the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (ANZCham Taipei) noted that ‘there are plenty of options for members to increase their visibility in the local market through exposures on our website, social media, e-newsletters and event sponsorship’.

    Information & Advice

    Chambers of commerce are treasure troves of valuable information and advice for companies and individuals. Usually published online, news updates and publications are given to members as well as the general public.

    Some organisations go a step further, creating valuable content that is exclusive to members.

    For example, Australian Business Council Dubai (ABCD) is preeminent in educating and disseminating information to its members. Not only does the Business Council’s key players read and share local Australian press, but the Council has created a members’ forum and community hub. Justine Cullen, Manager of ABCD, explained that this hub provides a variety of information. Topics such as obtaining a license and ‘life in Dubai’ make the Council the go-to resource on doing business in Dubai.

    Similarly, AmCham provides cutting edge information and resources to members though events, trade missions, meetings with key decision makers, online publications, investment reports, and a trade and investment guide.

    Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, President of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce (NACC) favours using events to help businesses “stay abreast of what is happening in the community’.


    Some chambers of commerce will assist or advise in relation to deployment of staff offshore: tax, visa and immigration and so on. Others, for example most International Business Councils, focus on broader aspects of commerce, rather than the nuts and bolts of personnel and their movements.

    Nigel McBride, former Business SA CEO, explained for example that his chamber is able to assist with export stamping.

    The Australia Zimbabwe Business Council (AZBC) uses an internal legal department. Evans Mukonza, President AZBC, explains that this is particularly useful for assisting with staff mobility. Evans explains that the agency ‘provides employment to young people’ by helping them find a job and ‘get their resume up to scratch’. Evans notes that his organisation is able to match employees with employers, highlighting that they can also handle the visa requirements.

    Which Chamber Will You Join?

    Chambers of commerce are a great source of support for your growing business. Whether you want to build connections, increase exposure, or promote your core values, chambers can offer unique and worthwhile opportunities for you and your business.

    So, what are you waiting for? Go on and join!

    Read the full article here.

  • 25 Mar 2019 15:27 | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, 6 March 2019, members of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce attended a Forum with Commissioner Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Federal Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

    Following the third Development Dialogue between Australia and the EU held in Brussels last February, the Forum offered an opportunity for the European Union and Australia to confirm their alignment and commitment to the Pacific region, and in particular, priorities for investing in sustainable infrastructure.

    Commissioner Mimica spoke about the EU’s development policy, as the world’s largest aid donor, and highlighted efforts to increase funding for the EU’s Electrification Financing Initiative, whose objective is to de-risk private investments aimed at improving access to energy, principally for populations living in rural areas. He also announced the EU’s External Investment Plan aiming to leverage €1 trillion of investments in EU partner countries, including the Pacific.

    Assistant Minister Ruston underlined the importance of the Australian Government’s Pacific Step-Up encompassing $2 billion for the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, along with a $1 billion increase in callable capital to the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. She welcomed the EU’s increased support and continued focus on the Pacific region, and expressed Australia’s desire to work more closely with its European partners and the EU as a whole.

    Both Commissioner Mimica and Assistant Minister Ruston stressed how Australia and the EU share a strong commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, and commented on the need for renewed cooperation between Australia and the EU. Historic ties of friendship and substantial support to the region should lead the EU and Australia to further align development efforts and work together in better allocating resources.

    The panel discussion that followed the keynote speeches addressed the economic outlook of the region opening up opportunities for business. Moderator Dr Sarah Cook (UNSW Institute for Global Development) and panellists Zarak Khan (Fiji Consul General and Trade Commissioner), Adam Bruun (European Investment Bank) and Jean Ballandras (CEO Asia-Pacific, Akuo Energy), discussed the significance of enhanced EU-Australia collaboration in and with Pacific island countries.

    The panellists’ comments and interactive session with participants profiled the fast-changing business environment and landscape in the Pacific, underlining the role of the private sector in the region and how technological innovation is driving the emergence of tailor-made, less costly and more adaptable solutions to existing challenges. Panellists also emphasised the role of value-driven stakeholders, committed to making a difference on issues such as climate change mitigation.

    See the photo gallery from the event below.

    European Australia Collaboration in the Pacific ForumEuropean Australia Collaboration in the Pacific ForumEuropean Australia Collaboration in the Pacific ForumEuropean Australia Collaboration in the Pacific ForumEuropean Australia Collaboration in the Pacific ForumEuropean Australia Collaboration in the Pacific ForumEuropean Australia Collaboration in the Pacific Forum

  • 16 Jan 2019 15:07 | Anonymous

    Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce Member Company promotion video 2018

    Meet Norwegian businesses in Australia in this NACC promotion and reference video featuring Norway's Ambassador to Australia, Paul Gulleik Larsen and NACC Members Ekornes, Flokk, DNV Global, Interock, Q-Free, Dream Internship, KPMG, Handelsbanken, Imatis, Wilh Wilhelmsen Investments WWI, Norske Skog, Polyglot Group, Yara, DOF Subsea, Innovation Norway, Fuelbox, EABC, Rollerski Australia, Nammo, Schweizer Kobras, Stentofon, Norsk, KingHill, Tiqri, Kongsberg, Nordic Bev, 50 Degrees North, Cooper Partners, Norwegian Embassy in Canberra.

  • 14 Jan 2019 15:06 | Anonymous

    Norway Asia Business Review 2018-3 cover

    Norway Asia Business Review down under

    Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce is excited to connect with Norway Asia Business Review. NABR offers advertising opportunities for companies throughout South and Southeast Asia.

    Norway Asia Business Review 2018 #3 Special Review is on energy. Read also the NACC story in interview with Norwegian Australian Chamber president Sophia Demetriades, pg 20; about the Norwegian technology company Wavetrain down under in interview with Mark Foster, pg 22; and more.

    Norway-Asia-Business-Review-2018-03 (read online and download pdf)

    Read NABR 2018 03 online at issuu

    Norway Asia Business Review interview with Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce president Sophia Demetriades (image link)


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