On Tuesday February 9, the AAA held the first immigration webinar for 2021 with Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC to discuss the latest immigration updates impacting Australian expats including Biden Administration updates, Diversity Visa (DV) lottery winners of 2020, prevailing wage increases (E-3 and H-1B), securing biometrics appointments/E-3D and EAD processing, J-1 visa holders, securing E-3 visas abroad and E-3 renewal and change of employer from within the U.S. This discussion was moderated by AAA Regional Director – New England, Louisa Teo.
American Australian Association
2021 Immigration Update for Australian Expats
US-Australia Dialogue on Medical Innovation in Response to COVID-19
On February 2, G’Day USA and the American Australian Association were proud to present this dialogue, showcasing the exceptional contributions Australian health care companies and experts have made in partnership with the US in response to COVID-19. Our world-class panel explored collaborations and innovative contributions in manufacturing of medical devices, development of plasma treatments and development and production a vaccine.
The panel discussion featured Hon. Kathleen Sebelius: Former Secretary of US Health and Human Services, Former Governor of Kansas; Prof. Raina MacIntyre: Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW; Paul Perreault: Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, CSL Limited and Michael “Mick” Farrell: Chief Executive Officer, ResMed; moderated by Dr. Cathy Foley AO: Australia’s Chief Scientist.
The Biden Administration: Priorities & what this means for Australia
On January 27, the American Australian Association was joined by Jacob Greber US Correspondent, Australian Financial Review for an in-depth discussion with Alex Tureman, Founding Partner & CEO of Bondi Partners and Amy Dacey, Executive Director of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics at the American University to delve into the Biden Administration. The speaker’s discussed the key differences and similarities between the former and new administration, the predicted changes and challenges that Biden will face and the impact this change in power will have on the Australian-US relationship.
Final Update on U.S. Immigration for Australian Expats
Join the American Australian Association and Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC for a presentation discussing the latest U.S. immigration updates for Australian expats. This discussion is moderated by AAA Regional Director – New England, Louisa Teo.
US-Australia Dialogue on Quantum in Defence Innovation
On December 10, G’Day USA and the American Australian Association presented the US-Australia Dialogue on Quantum in Defence Innovation to showcase Australian capabilities and strengthen bilateral cooperation and commercialization of Australian defence innovation.
The 1-hour program featured a welcome by the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australian Ambassador to the United States, followed by a panel discussion between Prof. Tanya Monro, Chief Defence Scientist; Christine Zeitz, General Manager, Northrop Grumman Asia Pacific; Prof. Michael Biercuk, Founder & CEO Q-CTRL; and Dr. David Bird, DSTG STaR Shot Leader, moderated by Michael Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).
Australians Abroad: What You Need to Know in partnership with America Josh
On October 27, the American Australian Association and America Josh assembled an expert panel to answer all the questions that Australians living abroad are currently facing in light of the strict travel restrictions in place in Australia that have impacted the way in which expats live their lives. Watch our team of experts as they discuss travel, tax, immigration and other implications.
For further resources on this topic, please visit the links below provided by our panelists.
Australian Government Resources
For resources referred to by Ambassador Katrina Cooper, Deputy Head of Mission at The Australian Embassy, click here.
Zjantelle from Cammisa Markel has been working tirelessly throughout the year to keep us all informed on the latest immigration challenges, and you can find all of her advice and recordings from previous webinars here.
Jason from Uptrend Advisory has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to expat taxes. See more information from Jason here.
Josh from Liberty Travel has assisted hundreds of Australians traveling during the pandemic. Stay up to date with He the latest travel restrictions and the best ways to secure yourself a seat on a flight to Australia here.
Indigenous Art in 2020: Culture, Community & Collaboration in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
‘COVID-19 has shown the good, the bad and the ugly’ | In a recent interview with the Adelaide Review, Sally Scales discussed the impact of the pandemic on the Indigenous communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia.
Sally, a Pitjantjatjara woman, Chairs the APY Council and works closely with Skye O’Meara, Manager of the APY Art Centre Collective: a group of 11 Indigenous owned and governed organizations that work with a united vision and voice on strategic business initiatives and collaborative artistic projects. Indigenous art centres are powerful places and vital to their communities.
In a year marked by a global health crisis, protests for racial justice, economic instability and overall uncertainty, Sally and Skye have creatively navigated each challenge with honesty, gravity, and an incredible sense of humor. The remote APY communities remain COVID-free – while their artists continue to earn widespread recognition. On October 15th, they joined Margo Smith, Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, for a conversation on Indigenous art, international collaboration and keeping culture strong in the midst of a global pandemic.
Australia United States Free Trade Agreement 15 Years & Beyond
The 1 hour program was moderated by the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States and featured keynote addresses by Myron Brilliant, Executive VP at U.S. Chamber of Commerce and April Palmerlee, CEO at AmCham. This was followed by a discussion between business leaders in the American Australian community: Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel, VP International Affairs at Lockheed Martin; Steve McCann, Group CEO & Managing Director at Lendlease; Mick Farrell, CEO of ResMed; Steve Demetriou, CEO of Jacobs; and Jennifer Nason, Global Chair, Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. The panelists discussed the strong economic relationship between our two countries and the jobs, innovation and prosperity the Free Trade Agreement has supported. The program was closed by Ambassador John Berry, President of American Australian Association.
The Embassy of Australia and the American Australian Association will be releasing a companion publication celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the Australia United States Free Trade Agreement, which will be soon be released on the Embassy and AAA websites.
This event was possible thanks to our partners at the Embassy of Australia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
G'Day USA US-Australia Space Industry Xchange
On Thursday 25th September 2020, the American Australian Association hosted the G’Day USA, US-Australia Space Industry Xchange. The 2nd annual Xchange focused on Australia’s participation with the US on the return to the Moon and on to Mars.
The 1 hour program was introduced by the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States and featured keynote addresses by Dr Megan Clark AC, Head, Australian Space Agency; Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO; and Lt Gen Larry James, JPL Deputy Director, NASA JPL. The keynote addresses were followed by a lively discussion moderated by Colonel Pam Melroy, former Astronaut and Director Space Technology & Policy, Nova Systems. The program was closed by Jane Duke, Australia’s Consul-General in Los Angeles.
This event was made possible thanks to G’Day USA, CSIRO, the Australian Government and the Australian Space Agency.
Reopening Schools: Meet Australian Educator Adam Lewis, Principal of Boston College High School
Boston College High School reopened this month under a hybrid model, with many staff who have serious trepidation about returning onsite. Principal Adam Lewis recognizes his is a community that is based on relationships and that they have felt not only dispersed, but fractured at times.
On Tuesday, September 22, Adam joined Dr. Leoni Degenhardt AM to discuss his role in keeping his community connected, bringing students back while ensuring the community’s safety and listening and respecting the amalgam of contexts in an immediate community of almost 2000 individuals.
Business Resilience: In Conversation with Greg Norman on Business & Sports
An Australian legend living in the USA and successful athlete-turned-businessman, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course. On Wednesday, August 12, Duncan McKenzie-McHarg, Founder & CEO of USA Live, sat down with the legendary Great White Shark. Watch as they discuss Greg’s phenomenal career, his transition from the golf course to CEO, the impact of COVID-19 on the sports industry and what this means for the future of sports.
Insights on the 2020 Presidential Election with Jonathan Swan
On Tuesday, August 4, following his exclusive sit down interview with President Trump for Axios on HBO, National Political Reporter Jonathan Swan spoke with the Hon. Joe Hockey about the now infamous interview with the President and the challenges and predications facing the United States in the lead up to November 3.
You can watch Jonathan Swan’s interview with President Trump here.
Latest Update on U.S. Immigration for Australian Expats
On Tuesday, July 28, the AAA held an immigration webinar with Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC to discuss the latest immigration updates impacting Australian expats including how to extend your E3 visa in the U.S., travel restrictions, updates for Diversity Visa lottery winners and more. This discussion was moderated by AAA Regional Director – New England, Louisa Teo.
Year of Wonders Book Talk with Geraldine Brooks
On Wednesday, July 22, the AAA hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian author Geraldine Brooks AO for a discussion of her bestselling novel, Year of Wonders. In conversation with program host Graham Bradley AM, Geraldine shed light on her thinking behind Year of Wonders’ controversial ending, her new book, Horse, and plans for Year of Wonders, the movie.
Business Resilience: Keeping the World Connected - In Conversation with Telstra President of Americas, Nick Collins
On Thursday, July 16, the AAA held a webinar with Shareablee Founder & CEO and AAA Board Member Tania Yuki in conversation with Telstra President of Americas Nick Collins. The discussion explored the vital role of telecommunications during the pandemic and how the industry will support global economies in a post-COVID world.
Business Resilience: Life In The New Abnormal - The Shape of Things To Come in Media & Technology
On Thursday, June 25, the AAA held a webinar with J.P. Morgan Global Chair, Investment Banking and AAA Chairman Emeritus Jennifer Nason in conversation with News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson. The discussion examined how news, information and entertainment are evolving to meet the demands of this fast-changing world. To access the ACCC Digital Inquiry final report, click here.
Australia at the Forefront of Medical Research
On Wednesday, May 27, the AAA in partnership with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and NSW Health held an online discussion with David Thomas, Vanessa Tyrrell, Ian Alexander, Elizabeth Koff, Matthew Osborn, moderated by Nicola Watkinson. The discussion provided insights into how Australia’s resources and regulatory environment provide a unique position to drive medical innovation.
Business Resilience: In Conversation with Bluestone Lane Founder & CEO, Nick Stone
On Wednesday, May 6, the AAA held its inaugural Business Resilience webinar with Bluestone Lane Founder & CEO, Nick Stone, who provided insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry and how he’s adapted his business to the new normal. This conversation was moderated by AAA Vice-Chair Melissa Babbage.
On Thursday, April 30, the AAA in partnership with the USSC held a webinar with AAA President and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, John Berry to discuss the role of the US-Australian alliance during a global pandemic. This conversation was moderated by USSC CEO Professor Simon Jackman.
COVID-19 Update from the Australian Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO
On Wednesday, April 15, the AAA held a webinar with Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, who provided an update on the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 and key messages for Australians in the United States. This conversation was moderated by AAA President John Berry.
A Guide for Expats Impacted by COVID-19
On Monday, April 6, the AAA held an immigration webinar with Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC to discuss concerns faced by Australian expats in the U.S. in light of COVID-19. This discussion was moderated by AAA Director of Business & Arts, Georgina Duckworth.