Corporate & Government Program
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Robert Thomson and Jeff Immelt, Prime Ministerial Dinner, New York, 2011

Corporate and Government Program


The Association’s wide variety of corporate and government programs provide high level forums for engaging in dialogue and discussion.  For over 65 years, it has provided an important for the political and business leaders from the United States and Australia.  Each of the Australian Prime Ministers who served since 1950, many of the Prime Ministers of New Zealand, and the chief executives of many of the leading companies in the United States and Australia have been among the many individuals hosted by the Association.   It has become customary for visiting Australian Prime Minister's to give their inaugural address in the United States to members of the American Australian Association.

A long standing marquee program, the Australia Day Black Tie Gala, is a celebration of Australia in the United States and is held to commemorate Australia Day.  It provides a very unique opportunity for corporations and individuals to conduct high level business networking; to celebrate the Australian American partnership and to cultivate new and long standing relationships.   High achieving Australian business leaders, entertainers and sporting personalities are recognized and honored as part of the Australia Day celebrations. 

The Association focuses its corporate and government programs towards educating its members about topical government, business and legislative issues that may affect corporate interests in the US or Australia, including for example foreign policy, trade and investment, taxation, work visa issues and professional development.

The Association also offers opportunities for corporate members to discuss issues affecting the wider Australian and United States relationship.

  • Australia Day Black Tie Gala
  • Annual Spring Lecture Lunch
  • Finance & Investment Series
  • Government
  • Guest Speakers



Upcoming Events
Australia Day Black Tie Gala   Program Highlights   Corporate Membership

About the Business Council

  The primary function of the Council is to foster relations between the United States and Australia by educating members on topical issues which affect Australian and American companies. The Business Council meets twice yearly to assist develop and implement a corporate and government program agenda. The Business Council also holds social events during the year for corporate members, in order to facilitate networking opportunities.
  Chair I Frances Cassidy, AAA
Todd Malan, Rio Tinto
  Conrad Axelrod, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Sara McKerihan, Citi
  Kate Cassidy, Quinn, Emanuel LLP
Andrew Nelson, EY
  Michael Flannigan, Peabody Energy
Nathalie Samia, Five Boroughs Consulting 
  Mark Habner, SSA & Co.
Rebecca Woodward, Blue Sky Alternative I/v
  Robert Horowitz, Baker & Hostetler LLP



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