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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Orkla market research internship, Sydney August 2018
The Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce is currently looking for an Operations Manager/Relationship Manager/CEO.
This role supports the board of the NACC in delivering on its objectives, including:
- Creating networking opportunities for members and their communities
- Promoting, encouraging and facilitating trade, commerce and investment
- Creating awareness of ties between Australia and Norway
The main focus is on (1) marketing and communications, administration and event management; and (2) member engagement, management, retention and acquisition.
- Customer relationship building
- Accounting and finance understanding (to pay invoices and report monthly account status)
- Customer service
- Confidence & professional presentation
- Proactive & assertive nature
- Attention to detail
- Must be tech savvy and able to use Mac or Microsoft Suits as well as learn Mailchimp, Stripe, WordPress, Eventbrite, and social media
- Norwegian language preferred but not required
COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE:
- Degree in Marketing, Communications or Business Administration preferred
- At least 2 years previous work experience (in any field)
- At least 1 year administration experience
- Board management experience or similar preferred
- Excellent English written and oral
- Customer Service Experience
Design and distribute the monthly newsletter from MailChimp
- Get info from the board
- Set up events on the website
- Check Contact email
- Test that links and everything work before sending
Current Member Management
- Set up 2 phone meeting for Board Members in PipeDrive each month
- Call at least 5 members per month and update info in our CRM PipeDrive
- Talk to members about whether they know other prospect members
- Send membership renewal and invoice
- Do whatever is required to retain members
Prospect Member Management
- Contact prospect members by phone and email regularly
- Meet with potential members regularly and tell them about NACC
- Sign up new members
New Member Management
- Add member profiles to website
- Send welcome email to new members when they pay and the contact email receives a notification
- Send welcome letter and pin
- Make welcome phone call with details below (tell President)
- Add member to MailChimp newsletter list
- Invite member to social media accounts
- Update contact details
- Get member to post our logo on their website
- Update accounts
- Pay invoices
- Send invoices
- Collect invoices
- Update the numbers in the minutes sheet
- Monthly financial statements
- Organise NACC events
- Find sponsors for events
- Attend events, prepare for events (see events run sheet)
- Add events to website
- Add events to Eventbrite if applicable
- Create and send event invitations from MailChimp
- Post events to social media
- Call and email members directly to check if they are attending events
- Part take in organising & promoting: European cruise in Nov, informal Christmas drinks in Dec, Scandinavian Film Festival in Jun, and promote
Euromix x 2-4.
- Keep update on member social media accounts and share in social media
- Manage social media in collaboration with interns & President (weekly posts)
- Share news in social media
- Attend Board meetings and take minutes, 1st Monday of the month, 4:30-6pm
- Distribute minutes, agenda, and action items to the board, monthly
- Weekly 15 minute phone catch up with the President
- Update Database and CRM
- Keep the Google Drive tidy, clear, orderly
- Depends on experience and responsibilities
- Salary will be between $20-30 per hour with 20 hours work per week minimum + board meeting attendance (Approx. $1600-$2400 /month)
- Commission on membership sales available if of interest
HOW TO APPLY:
- Send an email with your resume to email@example.com, and add your name in the subject field like this: JOB APPLICATION: MAX SKAUGEN.
- Only successful candidates will be called in for an interview.
VIKING CRUISES SIX MONTH COUNTDOWN TO SYDNEY ARRIVAL
Viking Sun arrives in February 2018 sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise
10 August 2017 – Viking Cruises’ newest ocean ship, Viking Sun, heads to Sydney for the first time in February 2018, marking the brand’s debut in Australian waters.
The sold out Viking World Cruise from Miami to London will visit Sydney on 10 and 11 February, as part of the 141 day cruise covering five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports. The cruise will visit seven ports across Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Cairns, Thursday Island and Darwin before heading to Asia.
“The Opera House and the Harbour Bridge meant the decision to include the iconic harbour city of Sydney on the World Cruise itinerary was unquestionable. It is great to be able to share such a beautiful part of the world with Viking guests,” said Michelle Black, Managing Director Viking Cruises Australia and New Zealand. “Our itineraries are created with fewer sea days and more time in port, than any other cruise line and our selection of curated shore excursions are designed to showcase the best of each port we visit.”
The long-awaited arrival of Viking Cruises in Australia, will see guests admire the iconic Sydney Opera House, visit the historical Rocks district and explore the world-famous Bondi Beach. Plus, optional excursions will see guests explore Sydney’s Inner West, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cockatoo Island or head further afield to the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains.
Viking will also begin homeporting out of Australia and New Zealand in December 2018 on a brand-new itinerary that will see Viking Spirit, the fifth ship to join the fleet in July 2018, spend three months of the year cruising between Sydney and Auckland. The 15-day Australia and New Zealand cruise will cover nine ports of call including Melbourne and Hobart before crossing the Tasman and stopping at six ports in New Zealand.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, Viking Cruises is the leader in river cruising, operating a fleet of 66 vessels that offer destination-focused itineraries. In 2015, the cruise line launched its first ocean ship, Viking Star. By 2022 the company will operate eight 930-guest ocean cruise ships and will be the world’s largest small ship ocean cruise line.
For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 or visit vikingcruises.com.au/oceans. To join the Viking Cruises community online, visit facebook.com/vikingcruisesAUNZ.
Notes to Editors:
Viking World Cruise Australian Itinerary
8 February 2018 Melbourne (Day 55)
10 February 2018 Sydney (Day 57)
11 February 2018 Sydney (Day 58)
13 February 2018 Brisbane (Day 60)
15 February 2018 Whitsunday Islands – Cid Harbor (Day 62)
16 February 2018 Cairns (Day 63)
17 February 2018 Scenic Cruising: Great Barrier Reef (Day 64)
18 February 2018 Thursday Island (Day 65)
21 February 2018 Darwin (Day 68)