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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, Wavetrain, 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.

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Norway Asia Business Review 2018-3


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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Norwegian Christmas 2018

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Ambassador Mary Ellen Miller round-table meetings

HE Mary Ellen Miller with NACC in Perth

Australia's Ambassador to Denmark, Norway and Iceland, meets with Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce members in Perth on December 3rd, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for hosting several meetings with Mary Ellen Miller, the Australian Ambassador to Denmark, Norway and Iceland.

An event in Perth was a mid-term posting consultation to for the purposes of meeting representatives of Norwegian and Australian companies, hear about their business experiences in Norway and Australia and to learn about their future plans.

A meeting in Sydney with the Chamber directors discussed ways to increase collaboration between the Embassy and the chambers.

The Norwegian and Australian companies’ areas of discussion were very broad. We recognised that there is a strong link between Western Australia and Norway due to mutual interest in the Oil and Gas industry with companies such as Equinor and Woodside communicating over many different areas.

Another area of mutual interest was working together to identify areas of technology developed in Australia that would be a benefit to Norway. For example, with the current interest in renewable energy, Australia’s experience in Solar Thermal Energy was identified as a potentially useful technology in Norway.

The Ambassador advised that there are now more Norwegian students in Australia than in the United States. She encouraged the Chamber to see this as an area that should be fostered to build “Soft Diplomacy”. She pointed out that this assists to generate links between cultures, which is highly effective for nations like Australia and Norway.

Ambassador Miller also requested that the Chamber keep her informed of the success stories for companies conducting business in or businesses moving to Australia or Norway so she can promote their success and further that we keep her informed of any challenges that companies encounter in the process of operating between the two countries.

We wish the Ambassador well for the remainder of her posting and look forward to continued dialogue with her for the remainder of her term.

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National security dinner with Hon Peter Dutton MP

Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce President Sophia Demetriades had the pleasure of attending an exclusive dinner with the Hon Peter Dutton MP in Sydney on November 19th., 2018.

Ms Demetriades attended as guest of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in conjunction with Stratium Global.

Presentations were held by The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Federal Member for Dickson and special guest from the United States, Louis J. Freeh, former Director of the FBI, former Deputy US Attorney, former US District Court Judge and international investigator.

The Minister addressed protecting Australia in these uncertain times given his portfolio responsibilities as Minister for Home Affairs. Mr Freeh shared his expertise and thoughts on other important global security matters.

Joining the Minister and Mr Freeh after their presentations were Karen Webb APM, Assistant Commissioner, NSW Police Force and facilitating the panel discussion was Nick Kaldas APM MAICD, Managing Director of Stratium Global and former Deputy Commissioner, NSW Police Force.

 

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Building the Foundation Skills with Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

The Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce President Sophia Demetriades had the pleasure of attending an exclusive networking lunch with the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP in Sydney on November 15th, 2018.

Ms Demetriades attended as guest of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a presentation on Building the Foundation Skills as presented by Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education and Training and Shadow Minister for Women.

With a keen eye on the skills needed for the future, there are none more important than foundation literacy and numeracy skills, including digital literacy, as a basis for lifelong learning and work. Evidence shows a drop in standards against our international competitors, particularly amongst high school students, and employers continue to express concern about the literacy and numeracy standards of young job seekers. Are we doing enough?

After her address, Ms Plibersek participated in a Q&A panel discussion with Suresh Manickam, CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association, David Quilty, Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Robert Randall, CEO of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. The panel was facilitated by Jenny Lambert, Director Employment, Education & Training, of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Visa update at NACC

Thank you to event sponsor Tieto Norway and Justin Gibbs of Fragomen for a very informative overview of the Australian Visa situation following recent changes including the abolition of the 457 visa and introduction of the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa.

The system has become much more complex and the changes introduced to ensure that access to skilled work visas is restricted to occupations in genuine short supply and follows the Government’s agenda to put Australians first.

There are two main streams for the TSS visa, a short-term stream which allows for two years in Australia with one extension and a long-term stream that allow for a four-year term in Australia with multiple extensions.

The criteria for a TSS visa now require mandatory Labour Market Testing (LMT) demonstrating that there is no suitably qualified Australian available for the role. This advertising is governed by strict and technical rules on where the advertisement must be displayed, and for how long. Employers were strongly encouraged to seek advice early to ensure applications met criteria. Acceptable platforms for advertising now include job ads posted on LinkedIn but generally classifieds or social media are not acceptable.

Similar to the 457 visa, salary and terms and conditions of employment must be no less favourable than what an equivalent Australian would receive.

Other significant changes include the split of the occupation lists – now the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy, revised English language requirements, introduction of mandatory policy clearances and minimum period of work experience.

The Department is very keen for companies to become Accredited Sponsors to help fast track low risk applications allowing the visa process to be one to two weeks as opposed to three to four months. For all approved sponsors, there are a number of important obligations and responsibilities and it is very important that companies ensure strict compliance. The Department is increasing its compliance and audit activities and there are also new powers on their way including ATO data matching and ‘Naming and Shaming’ of companies that do not comply.

There are in fact still many different visa categories, 99 to be precise, so navigating the correct category is important to ensure compliance and help facilitate business needs. For example, there was discussion about the different between ‘business visitor activity’ and ‘work’. The recommendation was to seek advice before proceeding as the consequences of getting it wrong can lead to serious consequences and be very costly.

Miles Ponsonby

NACC Event Perth 7 Nov 2018

NACC Event Perth 7 Nov 2018

 

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Imatis successfully win new contract in Australia 

Imatis Lightweight ICT

Lightweight ICT as a tool for innovation in health care.

Imatis has signed a new significant contract with a major Australian Private Healthcare Provider. The contract contains the Imatis Fundamentum lightweight ICT platform and modern, mobile Apps for Clinical Logistics, Task Management, Emergency Applications, Mobility, Patient User Interfaces, as well as integration to the existing heavyweight HIS systems. With the addition of these two more hospitals in Q2 of 2019 and the opening of the new Northern Beaches hospital at the end of October, Imatis will have its software in place at 15 Hospitals in Australia, including the brand-new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Contact

Imatis CEO Morten Andresen
Morten.andresen@imatis.com
+47 9089 1560

 

 

 

 

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NACC Events invitations

Check out NACC's latest event invitation!

NACC President Sophia Demetriades invites you to join us as we welcome the new Norwegian Ambassador to Australia, Paul Gulleik Larsen at NACC's Boardroom Breakfast #8 at KPMG on October 18th in Sydney.

In Perth, we will review how Australia's immigration policy change is impacting the visa process on November 7th.

Save the date for NACC's Christmas party at Radisson Blu - a true Norwegian Christmas treat, in Sydney December 5th.

Sign up to receive our event invitations to your mail box.

See our latest event event invitation here

 

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Thank you to Cooper Partners!

Thank you to Cooper Partners for its generous event sponsorship on NACC's Innovation Clusters talk in Perth 22 May.

Richard Rickett presented on innovation clusters and their applicability across all types of Industry. Richard Rickett is the Cluster Manager from the Subsea Innovation Cluster, the first Oil and Gas Cluster in Australia. Richard explained how Clusters can form and the diverse complexity of the ones that exist. The Subsea Innovation Cluster is quite complex as it involves multiple stakeholders that include Service Companies, Academic Institutes, Legal Companies, Oil and Gas operators and several more, but other clusters may involve only a few stakeholders showing that the concept is scalable from the small to the large.

Richard was assisted by Tore Moe of Norwegian Energy Partners during the Question and Answer session, and judging by the volume of questions the concept has sparked a lot of interest across many different industries.

Informal networking followed the presentation, and this proved to be just as popular as the talk. Again our thanks to Cooper Partners for sponsoring the event and our members and friends for attending.

NACC Innovation Cluster Talk

NACC Innovation Cluster talk, Perth 22 May 2018

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