On October 25, 2021 the American Australian Association was joined by David Thomas, Vice President Sales, Americas for Qantas Airways Limited and Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC to provide an update on Qantas travel plans and the latest on U.S. immigration updates for Australian expats. The discussion was moderated by AAA Regional Director – New England, Louisa Teo.
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Latest Immigration and Travel Update for Australian Expats
The Secret of Elite Performance: Lessons for Success
On October 21, 2021, the American Australian Association, supported by Citi, was delighted to present The Secret of Elite Performance: Lessons for Success.
Moderated by NBC Sport Host & Commentator Leigh Diffey, the discussion brought elite athletes from Australia (Peter Bol – 800m & Ella Sabljak – wheelchair basketball) and America (Sanya Richards-Ross – 400m), together with high performance coach (Steve Nance), to unveil what it takes to reach the top.
Whilst motivation and process differ between individuals, it was universally agreed that mindset and accountability are among the top attributes that separate good from great. Each spoke of the importance of training the mind, as mindset sets the tone for intent, confidence and how you overcome and respond to adversity, in concert with the body. And regardless of whether you are performing as an individual or in a team, you need to be accountable to yourself, your goals and your team.
A US-Australia Critical Minerals Partnership
On September 13, 2021 the American Australian Association in Australia, in partnership with our affiliate the Perth USAsia Centre, were delighted to host an invitation-only discussion on A US-Australia Critical Minerals Partnership.
The discussion was introduced by the Australian Chairman & CEO of the American Australian Association, The Hon. John Olsen AO. Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, Research Director, Perth USAsia Centre moderated a substantive discussion with expert panelists: Allison Britt, Director for Mineral Resources Advice and Promotion, Geoscience Australia; Tania Constable, CEO, Minerals Council of Australia; Dan McGroarty, President, American Resources Policy Network; and Tom O’Leary, Managing Director & CEO, Iluka Resources.
Recognizing the importance of critical minerals to Australia, the United States and the global economy, some of the wide-ranging issues discussed included the Biden Administration’s 100-Day Supply Chain Review, the US Defense Production Act and concurrent heightened access for Australia, geopolitical issues related to trade and supply, and the pressing need for new tools and policy support to encourage critical minerals development in our countries.
The panel underscored that action is underway to address potential bottlenecks, to promote production and diversify supply chains, and to increase focus on critical minerals. This presented opportunities to augment the production and other developmental activities currently underway.
Peter Carey: A Long Way from Home
On September 1, 2021, the American Australian Association hosted a lively conversation with celebrated Australian author and two-time Booker Prize winner, Peter Carey, interviewed by his friend and fellow Australian expatriate, Michael Maher. Special thanks to audience members who submitted questions prior to the event or via the live chat.
Business Resilience: In Conversation with Innes Willox on COVID, Global Trade & Business
On September 1, 2021, the American Australian Association in Australia was delighted to present this latest installment of the AAA’s ongoing Business Resilience series: In Conversation with Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group.
Following welcome remarks by Melissa Babbage, Vice Chair of the AAA and COO/CFO, Bondi Partners, the program was expertly moderated by renowned business reporter, CNBC Anchor, Amanda Drury.
Under Mandy’s probing questions, which included lively Q&A from the audience, attendees were treated to an engaging and in-depth conversation. Discussion explored current issues affecting Australian business and the economy, including the impact of COVID lockdowns, border closures, manufacturing and supply chain constraints, skills shortages, the future business outlook, the re-opening of the states and the country relative to vaccine requirements and a red-hot real estate market, to trade issues with China, and international competitiveness as foreign governments and business increasingly introduce new policies and initiatives to address the challenges of climate change.
Australian Residency Tax Changes & Tax Implications for Expats
On August 3, 2021, SMATS Group in partnership with American Australian Association presented Australian Residency Tax Changes and Tax Implications for Expats. Executive Chairman of SMATS Group, Steve Douglas presented on proposed changes to the Australian Residency Rules, negative impacts of the ‘Bright Line Rule & Factor Test, what the new Superannuation changes will mean for expats and raising awareness about the Residency Rule Changes. The presentation was followed by a live Q&A moderated by SMATS, Global Sales & Marketing Manager, Julie Kelley.
Dialogue on Climate Change & Low-Emission Technologies
On July 14, 2021, G’Day USA & American Australian Association were delighted to present the Dialogue on Climate Change & Low Emissions Technologies. The 1-hour program was introduced by Australian Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos. Our expert panel included Rod Colwell, CEO, Controlled Thermal Resources; Jane Hunter, CEO, Tritium; Julie Shuttleworth AM, CEO, Fortescue Future Industries; moderated by Dr. Alan Finkel AO, Special Advisor to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology. The panel discussed green hydrogen, electric vehicle chargers and sustainably produced lithium in Australia and the United States, highlighting opportunities for closer collaboration and deeper investment, looking forward to a more renewable future.
US-Australia Dialogue on Critical Minerals
On June 10, 2021, we were proud to partner with G’Day USA to present the US-Australia Dialogue on Critical Minerals. Our high-level panel explored how allies can best ensure a secure critical minerals supply chain, discussing how to best link Australia’s unique abilities with US companies to advance the Australian marketplace advantage and guarantee security of the supply chain.
The program featured welcome remarks by the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, Australian Ambassador to the US, followed by a panel discussion between Ann Bray, Minister-Counsellor Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; Hon. Frank Fannon, Managing Director, Fannon Global Advisors; Anna Fendley, Director of Regulatory & State Policy, United Steelworkers; Tarak Shah, Chief of Staff, US Department of Energy, moderated by Todd Malan, VP Corporate Relations, Canada & Americas, Rio Tinto.
US-Australia Dialogue on Cyber Security
On May 12, 2021, we were proud to partner with G’Day USA and Austrade to present the US-Australia Dialogue on Cyber Security. Our expert panel discussed Australia’s capabilities within the sector, including government strategies that have fostered its growth; cyber security’s increasing importance for the U.S. and Australia; and the common issues facing end-users and service providers in both countries.
The panel discussion featured: Marene Allison, Chief Information Security Officer, Johnson & Johnson; Sam Crowther, Founder & CEO, Kasada; Megan Dubofsky, Operating Partner & CMO, Ten Eleven Ventures; and the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia; moderated by Dr. Tobias Feakin, Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs & Critical Technology.
May U.S. Immigration Update for Australian Expats
On May 4th, 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 COVID-19 Vaccinations: Testing and Travel, Social Media and Immigration, End of the Presidential Proclamation 10052, Securing National Interest Exceptions (NIE), Green Card Holders Outside the U.S., E-3 Premium Processing and Securing and E-3 Visa Appointment Abroad.
Discover why Sydney is the Southern Hemisphere’s hottest new spot to locate a creative or gaming studio!
On March 31st, the State of NSW hosted Jodi Matterson of Made Up Stories, the award winning and long-time USA collaborating Australian production company; and Luke Hetherington of Industrial Light & Magic in conversation with Grainne Brundson; CreateNSW and Corrie Germin; Investment Attraction NSW Treasury on why the New South Wales creative industry collaborations with USA studios and USA VFX companies are thriving.
US-Australia Dialogue on the Future of Entertainment
On March 31st, G’Day USA and the American Australian Association were proud to present this dialogue. Featuring leaders in film, theater, media and gaming production they discussed emerging trends in this dynamic industry and explored the juxtaposition of social networking and entertainment, from eSports, to the growth of streaming services, to the changing nature of content distribution, production and live theater.
The panel discussion featured Greg Basser: CEO of Gentle Giant Media Group; Sarah Harden: CEO of Hello Sunshine; Carmen Pavlovic: CEO of Global Creatures; Andrew Wilson: CEO of Electronic Arts; moderated by Graeme Mason: CEO of Screen Australia.
March U.S. Immigration Update for Australian Expats
On March 16th, 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 E-3 Premium Processing, Naturalization Civics Test, Presidential Proclamation 10014 Rescission, Green Card Holders outside of the US for more than 6 months and H-1B electronic registration and selection process. This discussion was moderated by AAA Regional Director – New England, Louisa Teo.
In Conversation with Julia Gillard
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC sat down with veteran Political Strategist Donna Brazile to discuss her experiences as a female leader, her new book, Women and Leadership, and what we can do to help forge a gender equal world.
The conversation touched on the ways in which women have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, the ‘glass cliff’ phenomenon, the different conversations that surround women leaders compared to their male counterparts, and how future women leaders can learn from those who came before them.
2021 Immigration Update for Australian Expats
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.
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.