Australia
Market Access Plan 2015-2017

CapitalPopulationTotal AreaCurrency
Canberra23.6 million7 692 000 km²Australian dollar

Why Australia Matters

Australia is:

  • a priority established market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan;
  • ranked sixth globally as a destination for Canadian direct investment abroad;
  • a wealthy, diversified market that offers numerous opportunities across a range of sectors; and
  • a gateway to the emerging and established economies in the Asia-Pacific due to its strong and growing relationships with countries in the region.

Australia has experienced over two decades of uninterrupted economic expansion, during which time it has become a highly-developed country, offering opportunities for Canadian businesses in a variety of sectors. Although growth has moderated in recent years due to declining productivity, high wages, rising energy costs, and a deteriorating fiscal situation, Australia’s economic growth over the near term is projected to be in the middle third of all advanced economies.

Given Australia’s geographic location and its economic orientation, the country’s future prosperity is closely linked to Asia. As part of its efforts to strengthen economic ties with both emerging and established economies in the region, Australia has recently concluded trade agreements with key partners (e.g. Japan, Korea, and China) and been actively engaged with regional fora such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Canadian firms can leverage these connections or explore partnerships with Australian firms to minimize the risk of entry into more challenging or unfamiliar areas in order to integrate themselves into regional value chains or explore the abundant opportunities available in neighbouring markets.

Australians have a positive view of Canada and its people, based on a common history and shared values, as well as the similarity of our political systems and social structures. From a commercial perspective, the Australian market is attractive, due to its open and transparent business environment, respect for the rule of law, and well established legal and regulatory regimes.

Canada and Australia are likeminded partners and share the view that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a leading mechanism for regional economic integration as well as an important opportunity to strengthen supply chains in the dynamic Asia-Pacific market and to set strong rules for how trade and investment is conducted in the region going forward. Having preferential access to the Australian market through the TPP will enable Canadian companies to remain competitive in the region and explore new opportunities for growth, which means jobs and economic prosperity in Canada.

Domestic Economic Environment

Since taking office in September 2013, the Australian government has signalled its intention to address the country’s deteriorating fiscal position. Although the level of Australian public debt is relatively modest by international standards, it rose from approximately 10 percent of GDP in 2007 to roughly 34 percent in 2014.

In introducing its first budget in early 2014, the new government proposed an aggressive plan to address the "debt and deficit disaster". In its May 2015 budget, the Government suggested that reducing the fiscal shortfall is a medium-term objective. Looking ahead, Australia will likely face further deterioration in its fiscal position, owing to a continued decline in revenue resulting from sustained low prices for key export commodities.

In terms of monetary policy, Australia’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), cut its official interest rate by 25 basis points to a historic low of two percent in May 2015. That reduction cut was just the latest of many rate cuts that the RBA has implemented over the past five years. Many observers expect that the RBA will tighten its monetary policy as domestic business conditions improve.  However, if the rapid appreciation in house prices (fuelled by low interest rates) in major Australian cities continues, the RBA could be prompted to raise interest rates sooner in an effort to address what some analysts have called an emerging housing bubble.

Key Figures – Australia (2014)
GDP$1,593.4 billion
GDP per capita$67,735
GDP growth2.6%
Inflation1.7%
Unemployment6.2%
Canada’s merchandise exports$1,759.2 million
Canada’s merchandise imports$1,442.8 million
Canada’s service exports$1,590 million
Canada’s service imports$989 million
Foreign direct investment from Australia into Canada$5,569 million
Canadian direct investment in Australia$26,432 million
Potential long-term export growth2.8% annually

Canadian Commercial Interests in Australia

Overview

Over the past five years, Canada-Australia commercial relations have been characterized by steady two-way merchandise trade flows and strong growth in investment and services trade. Bilateral trade was valued at $3.2 billion in 2014, with Canada’s top-ranking exports being machinery (including gas turbines, derricks and drilling machinery), electric transmission equipment, sulfur, meat, and aircraft. Top imports from Australia included meat, wine, precious metals, machinery, scientific and precision instruments, and mineral ores. Canadian merchandise exports to Australia are largely composed of value-added products, while the mix of goods imported from Australia tends to be more evenly split between value-added products and commodities.

In services, areas of interest include financial, engineering, information technology, management consultancy, and travel. In 2014, Australia was Canada’s 8th largest market for services exports globally and 12th largest source of services imports.

Data for foreign affiliate sales is not available bilaterally, but given the significant number of Canadian companies operating in Australia, and vice versa, it could be considered a key contribution to the economies of both countries.

Australia is Canada’s leading destination for outward investment in the Asia-Pacific and ranks sixth globally as a destination for Canadian direct investment abroad. Australia ranks as Canada’s 12th largest source for foreign direct investment (FDI).

Australia is viewed as an excellent destination for Canadian direct investment because of the country’s stability, openness to FDI, and strong economic fundamentals. Canadian investment in Australia has more than doubled since 2009. Major sectors for Canadian interests in Australia included infrastructure, oil and gas, and agri-food.

Key Elements for Exporters to Consider

Australia has an open business environment that shares many similarities with that of Canada.  It is well integrated into regional and global value chains, and it has strengthened this position through the recent conclusion of trade agreements with key regional trading partners (e.g. Japan, Korea, and China).

There were an unprecedented number of Canadian high-level visits to Australia in 2014, many of which were associated with Australia’s hosting of the G20. These visits have helped to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen Australia’s understanding of Canada as a reliable supplier of goods, services, and technology and as a key investment partner. That said, companies from around the world are present in Australia, competing to supply the market and secure investment opportunities.

Notwithstanding the general openness of the Australian market, the country’s strict bio-security and quarantine regimes can present market access issues for a variety of agricultural, seafood and forestry products. The Government of Canada continues to engage with Australia on these issues with an eye to addressing these concerns and mitigating the impact of its policies on Canadian exports.

Sector-specific opportunities and challenges

Aerospace

Market access in the aerospacesector can be viewed as comprising two parts: commercial and military. On the commercial side, Australia’s domestic airline industry is dominated by two major companies: Qantas Airways Limited with about two-thirds of the domestic market, and Virgin Australia Holdings Limited, which has just under a quarter of the market. These two companies have partnered with other international airlines in order to expand their networks and enhance their customer offering.

There are also a few smaller domestic airlines which offer charter and other speciality services such as corporate travel, short-term labor transport to remote regions (“fly-in, fly-out”), and freight/cargo transport. The type and size of the aircraft operating in the commercial aerospace sector in Australia covers a broad spectrum, ranging from rotary wing and business jets, to regional and long-haul airplanes.

Over the next five years, Australia’s domestic commercial airlines are expected to grow by more than two percent annually, with revenue forecast to reach A$17.0 billion by 2020. It is anticipated that this growth will be largely driven by higher demand for air travel, especially to and from the rapidly developing emerging markets in Asia. However, if fuel prices were to rise significantly, growth prospects for the sector could be affected.

There are a range of opportunities for Canadian companies in the commercial and military aerospace sector in Australia. These include:

  • rotary and fixed wing aircraft;
  • simulation and training technologies and services; and
  • maintenance, repair and overhaul services.

As noted above, notwithstanding the significant number of planned/ongoing procurement programs and the pledge by the current government to increase defence spending from 1.5 percent of GDP to 2 percent of GDP over the longer term, in the short-term, Australia is facing a deteriorating fiscal position and budgetary constraints that could impact these programs and the government’s commitment to raise defence expenditures.

The aerospace sector in Australia is very competitive, with firms large and small from around the globe vying for business with domestic companies. Depending on the size and scope of a particular opportunity, Canadian firms may find it worthwhile to explore collaborative arrangements with either local or international partners.

Agriculture and Processed Foods (including wine, beer and spirits)

The Australian agricultural, agri-food and beverage market is highly competitive, with domestically-sourced products vying with imports from a range of countries. Australia is an efficient producer of a range of agricultural commodities and exports around 60 percent of its agricultural productionFootnote 1. As a result, it is difficult for foreign suppliers to compete against many of these local products (such as grains and beef). However, there are good opportunities available in some sub-sectors where Australia is a less efficient producer (e.g. pork), where there may be counter-seasonal trade (horticulture), or in higher value-added products (bakery and beverages).

Australia has a stringent market access regime which makes it difficult to export some agricultural products (e.g. beef, some types of pork and fresh berries) to the country. The formulation, advertising and labelling of foods is heavily regulated and care must be taken to comply with food and therapeutic goods laws. Although Canadian food products have a good reputation in terms of quality and safety, many Australian consumers have a preference for Australian-grown/made products.

Australian consumers increasingly consider a range of issues along with price and quality when purchasing food. A growing interest in nutrition and rising health-consciousness have boosted sales of natural and organic products. Australian supermarkets are also increasingly embracing organic products, with many introducing their own range of certified organic products.

Another sector with strong potential for Canadian exporters is seafood. Canadian exports in this sub-sector have more than quadrupled over the past five years. Canadian seafood is considered to be of better quality compared to that offered by competitors, and is typically sold in high-end restaurants and hotels.

In terms of the beverage sector, changing consumer tastes and a shift in perceptions of quality have boosted craft beer demand. Deloitte Australia forecasts that the industry will grow by five percent over the next five yearsFootnote 2.

Defence and Security

Between 2013 and 2014, Australian spending on defence projects amounted to A$4.1 billion. Approximately 70 percent of those disbursements went to Australian industry. Significant elements of the overall spending package include: A$1.3 billion on new facilities; A$1.2 billion on IT infrastructure; A$680 million on maintaining existing facilities; and A$257 million on new projects.  Overall Australian defence spending in 2015-16, as announced in Budget 2015, will amount to A$31 billion, with significant planned investments in enhanced capabilities, including Joint Strike Fighters, additional C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters, improved body armour, and advanced technology to counter improvised explosive devices.  In the longer term, Australia intends to purchase up to 40 surface warships and submarines over the next 20 years under the auspices of a soon-to-be-announced Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

Canadian industry is active in the Australian defence market, with a number of Canadian companies already under contract to provide products or services to Australian defence and security agencies or considering bids on upcoming projects.  There is a range of opportunities in the defence and security sector in Australia (outlined below), although generally speaking, Canadian defence suppliers are either not large enough or do not have the scope to act as prime contractors in responding to opportunities in the Australian market. As such, and depending on the circumstances, they may want to consider collaborating in consortia led by Australia-based subsidiaries of foreign-owned tier 1 prime contractors. Canadian tier 2 and 3 suppliers often bring a competitive advantage to their partnerships where the good or service being sought is used commonly by both Canada and Australia, and/or it augments interoperability with NATO, the United States, and its allies. These include:

  • defence electronics such as electronic warfare, cyber security, underwater acoustics, sensors, radar, and guided weapons;
  • unmanned undersea vehicles  and unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • seaborne aircraft recovery;
  • explosive ordinance disposal;
  • protected vehicle/aircraft and applied armour;
  • maintenance, repair and overhaul; and
  • space and geospatial (small satellites), C4SI simulation/training and associated information and communications technology (ICT).

Notwithstanding the pledge by the current Australian government to increase defence spending to two percent of GDP by 2023-2024, in the short term, Australia is facing a deteriorating fiscal position and budgetary constraints that could impact the commitment to raise defence and security expenditures. In the worst case, budgetary constraints could lead to significant delays in or even the cancellation of projects.

Moreover, as in many developed countries, the defence procurement process in Australia is generally complex and lengthy, with a number of high-profile acquisition projects having experienced delays and/or budget overruns. Canadian firms that are looking at opportunities in Australia will need to be patient and have the willingness and ability to play the long game.  Of note for the industry, the Australian government has committed to enacting the recommendations of the recent First Principles Review of Defence document, including establishing a single, end-to-end capability development function designed, in part, to streamline and accelerate project delivery.  As these sweeping structural and organisational changes will be implemented over the next two years, it is as too early to assess their impact on capital acquisition and industry engagement by the Australian Department of Defence.     

Education

Canada and Australia have a strong and collaborative relationship in the higher education sector. There are more than 1,000 formal and informal agreements and linkages between universities in the two countries, including over 200 formal exchange partner agreements. The largest source of students for Australia is China, followed by India, Vietnam, South Korea and Malaysia.

There is ongoing development of joint degrees between universities in Canada and Australia, including in law, and dual PhD programs in the humanities and other disciplines. There is the potential for future agreements with Australia to increase mobility at the graduate level and for academics. Collaborative research more generally is also strong – Canada and Australia frequently rank each other in their top 10 collaborating countries, including in natural sciences and engineering. Other areas of collaboration include public health and health services, neuroscience, space sciences, law, economics, and agriculture.

There are increased opportunities for Canada for two reasons: first, the trend for Australian students to be increasingly open to education abroad; and second, the current Australian government’s reform agenda, which has proposed significant changes to the funding of the Australian higher education sector.

The changes to the higher education sector would represent a major shift in Australian education policy, if ratified. The two major proposed reforms are the deregulation of fees and the opening of funding to private institutions, and vocational education and training providers. One impact of the reforms would be an increase in the cost of tuition coupled with higher rates of borrowing, thus causing an increase in the overall cost of study for Australian students. This would also affect international student fees. These new proposals may represent an opportunity for Canada to gain market share based around lower costs. However, uncertainty around the future of the reforms remains a risk. Added to this risk is strong competition from the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, which continue to be the main destinations for Australian students who wish to pursue their studies abroad.

Infrastructure

In May 2014, the Government of Australia launched its Asset Recycling Initiative, providing incentive payments to states and territories that sell assets and reinvest the sale proceeds to fund new infrastructure. It is anticipated the initiative will leverage up to A$38 billion of new infrastructure investments.

These new investments will add to an already significant pipeline of greenfield opportunities, including major projects such as WestConnex in Sydney (Australia’s largest road project, A $11 billion), Sydney Metro (transit rail line under Sydney harbour, A$10 billion), Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel (A$9 billion) and Perth’s Forrestfield Airport Link (rail project, A$ 2billion). Several opportunities exist for Canadian companies to partner and form consortia with local companies, or to supply goods or services to these projects. Many large-scale infrastructure projects, including transport and social infrastructure, are being delivered via public-private partnerships. Canadian companies seeking to partner or join consortia for these projects should be prepared to invest in market development, as bidding processes are expensive by international standards.

It is also anticipated that the Asset Recycling Initiative will significantly increase brownfield infrastructure opportunities. It has already triggered a wave of privatization announcements in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, a national-level industry forum, is indicating a pipeline of A$110 billion in asset privatizations by 2020. A number of transactions, such as the lease of NSW electricity networks and the Port of Melbourne, are expected to launch soon and will create significant opportunities for investors.

Information and Communications Technology

Australia represents a sophisticated market for technology companies. It is a nation of tech-savvy early adopters with a smartphone penetration of around 90 percent. Communications infrastructure in urban areas has developed rapidly in recent years with the implementation of 4G/LTE networks by major telephone companies such as Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone. The ongoing implementation of the government’s fiber optic network, the National Broadband Network (NBN), prioritizes connectivity in regional and rural areas while the most remote  parts of the country are served by asynchronous satellite services.

Many multinational companies choose Australia as a base for their Asia-Pacific operations, including Canadian ICT companies. The ICT industry is generally characterized by a large number of small and medium-sized companies and a significant research infrastructure supported by the private sector. There is strong competition from Europe, Asia and the U.S. Australia presents opportunities for ICT companies working in the area of the Internet of Things across telecoms, intelligent infrastructure, health and extractive industries, including machine to machine communications hardware and software.

The financial services industry in Australia recently began a ramp-up of investment in technology research and presents opportunities for exportation, collaboration, and investment. Financial services technology (or fintech) has the potential to be a major growth industry for Australia in the future.

Life Sciences

Like Canada, Australia has a strong research base in life sciences. Opportunities exist for innovation partnerships, as industry and commercialization entities in both countries benefit from working together. Areas of interest include medical technology and eHealth solutions, as well as suppliers of evidence-based natural health products.

A growing cluster of Australian clinical stage biopharmaceutical companies seek North American service providers as they progress through FDA approvals and tap deeper North American capital markets than those available in Australia.

Australia has strong expertise in commercialising medical technology, right through to establishing profitable companies that have become world leaders in their therapy areas. Opportunities exist to attract a larger share of the global business of these firms to Canada.

Mining

Australia’s mining boom, which was characterized  by high commodity prices that were driven by strong demand, has recently come to an end. In fact, the sector has been hit by a double setback as demand from its main customer China has been reduced while Australian mining companies have ramped up production, further depressing prices for many of its export commodities [e.g. iron ore, coal (both metallurgical and thermal), gold, nickel, silver, and alumina, among others].

Declining demand and lower prices have led to reduced revenues and limited investment in new production capacity. Australian mining companies are now firmly focussed on cutting costs, raising productivity, and boosting competitiveness, leading them to cut mining service contracts and to bring back in-house tasks that had previously been farmed out to independent contractors.

The change in the fortunes of the mining industry, which has been both rapid and dramatic in scale, has in turn put the survival of some Australian companies in question. Should the present situation (decreased demand and low prices) continue, there could be a number of casualties in the local market, shrinking the potential client base for Canada. It will be important for Canadian exporters to have developed the appropriate relationships so that they can respond to the needs of Australian firms that are able to adjust to the new reality.

Competition in the sector is robust, with well-established local companies vying for business with companies from the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  In addition to the typical opportunities associated with spare and replacement parts, in the near-term it is expected that there will be considerable opportunity for Canadian firms that offer goods and services that are designed to enhance operational efficiency and drive productivity. 

Oil and Gas

The development of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in Australia is significant. Between 2009 and 2012, seven major LNG projects were approved, representing over A$190 billion in capital expenditure. When completed and operating at capacity, these plants should make Australia the world’s largest LNG supplier by 2018, providing around 20 percent of global LNG.

Since the Canadian industry has significant experience and expertise in unconventional gas, the onshore coal seam gas (CSG, i.e. coal-bed methane) industry in Queensland appears to offer the greatest potential for Canadian participation. With three major CSG to LNG projects in Queensland transitioning from the construction to the operational phase, growth in production is anticipated. A number of factors are encouraging major operators to engage with highly innovative companies that will help them achieve efficiency gains, including the growth required in the CSG industry to meet production targets, combined with the high cost of projects and recent decline in oil and gas prices.

The factors above contribute to a favorable situation for Canadian companies in the relatively young oil and gas industry in Australia. Expertise is specifically being sought in the following service sectors: drilling, well completion and stimulation, maintenance and repair, waste management, compression, pipeline transportation, ICT and health, and safety and environment.

Sustainable Technologies

Australian water utilities have been at the forefront of adopting ICT-based solutions to manage and maintain infrastructure assets. Non-invasive, risk-based asset management and real-time monitoring solutions are in demand. Proven disinfection and drinking water quality maintenance continue to be high priority issues. Water scarcity on the “driest continent” fuelled huge capital spending on water security measures in recent years, in particular on building large-scale desalination plants. Attention is now being directed to the essential upgrades required of aging wastewater treatment plants and the need for new, small-scale plants for numerous regional cities and towns.

In addition to municipal utilities, industrial water users in the food and beverage, oil and gas, and mining sectors, are all potential clients for Canadian water and wastewater treatment technologies.

Renewable energy is a declared priority at all levels of government and the private sector. However, the percentage of energy derived from renewable sources is still relatively small, with the exception of South Australia. This state is a world leader in terms of energy derived from utility scale renewable sources, particularly wind. As such, South Australian wind generators have a pressing need for energy storage solutions to mitigate the risks of operating an intermittent source of supply to the electricity grid.

Soon-to-be-announced regulatory changes will also be the catalyst for the roll-out of smart metering technologies across many of the major population centres, thereby opening new opportunities for smart-grid management solutions. The challenges of managing uninterrupted power supply in remote locations across this vast country also demand cost-effective energy storage solutions.

Tourism

Tourism is a key contributor to the growing services trade between Canada and Australia. In 2014, 269,000 overnight visitors from Australia travelled to Canada, a 5.2 percent increase compared to the previous year. Australia is one of Destination Canada (formerly the Canadian Tourism Commission) priority markets and Canada’s fifth largest overseas tourism source market. Canadians were also enthusiastic about making visits down under, with more than 137,000 overnight Canadian visitors to Australia in 2014, a 6.6 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Every year in February, Destination Canada organises Canada Corroboree, a nine-day road show that travels across five key Australian cities, targeting travel agents and media. Canadian tourism businesses can meet more than 800 Australian retail agents, 60 Australian media and 20 Australian wholesalers and share tourism experiences their destinations have to offer. Destination Canada’s marketing and sales programs invite Australian travellers to see and experience Canada in a whole new way and focus on ski travel, fully independent travel and group travel. The objective of these programs is to raise awareness of Canada as a desirable destination and to drive the consumer to book a trip to Canada.

Canada and Australia also signed a Youth Mobility Agreement under the International Experience Canada initiative in 2007 that enables Canadian and Australian youth between the ages of 18 and 30 to travel and work in each other’s countries.

Transportation

As noted above, in May 2014, the Government of Australia launched its Asset Recycling Initiative, providing incentive payments to states and territories that sell assets and reinvest the sale proceeds to fund new infrastructure. It is anticipated the initiative will leverage up to A$38 billion of new infrastructure investments, with the majority focused on major transportation projects.

Major Negotiations and Agreements

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The TPP Agreement is the most comprehensive and ambitious regional trade agreement in the Asia Pacific and will deepen Canada’s trade ties in this dynamic and fast growing region. The TPP currently comprises 12 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam), representing a combined market of nearly 800 million people and a gross domestic product (GDP) of $28.5 trillion.

The Canada-Australia Trade and Economic Cooperation Arrangement (TECA)

It was signed on November 15, 1995, with the objective to liberalise and promote trade in goods and services and investment between Canada and Australia.

Partnership arrangement on international development between Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

This was signed on April 13, 2015. It replaces the Memorandum of Understanding on International Cooperation between the two countries and aims to strengthen respective international development efforts – ensuring more coordinated, effective and sustainable results.

Development Perspectives in Australia

Canada and Australia work together to promote sustainable development in Asia in areas such as democratic governance, extractive sector governance, public-private partnerships (P3s) for infrastructure, labour migration, and humanitarian assistance.

In May 2015, Canada and Australia signed an agreement to collaborate in assisting Indonesia with reforming its electoral process through the Advancing Electoral Process and Democracy (AEPD) project. The AEPD is a five-year project aimed at improving the legal and regulatory framework for electoral processes in Indonesia, including strengthening the management of the electoral operation and increasing inclusiveness of women, youth and other potentially marginalized groups in the electoral process.

In Mongolia, Australia and Canada work closely together on mining governance issues, which include co-financing a mining governance initiative with the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI) to increase the accountability and transparency of the extractives sector. The NRGI is an independent, non-profit organization that helps people realise the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals.

Southeast Asia’s considerable infrastructure gap hinders economic development and poverty reduction in the region. Canada and Australia jointly support the enabling environment for P3s in infrastructure in Southeast Asia, including financing technical support to P3 national centres in the Philippines and Indonesia, collaboration on an APEC Expert Advisory Panel for P3s, and financial support to the Asian Development Bank’s Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility.

Canada and Australia also collaborate with the International Labour Organization to promote safe and fair labour migration in Southeast Asia. Support is provided to ASEAN bodies, national governments, employer associations, labour groups and civil society to promote legal migration as a means to reduce poverty and support economic growth.  

In Burma, Canada and Australia both support the World Food Programme that provides emergency food assistance, as well as Oxfam which provides humanitarian assistance for people affected by conflict in Kachin State.

Selected Trade Initiatives – Seize the Opportunity!

  • Agriculture, Food and Beverages
    • AgQuip Field Days, annual,  in August – Gunnedah, Australia
    • Agricultural Bioscience International Conference (ABIC), annual – Melbourne, Australia
    • Fine Food Australia annual – Sydney, Australia, alternates between Sydney and Melbourne
  • Defence and Security
    • Pacific 2015 International Maritime Conference and  Exhibition, biennial, October 6-8, 2015 – Sydney, Australia
  • Education
    • Signature Event - Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Conference (APAIE), annual, February 29-March 3, 2016 –Melbourne, Australia
  • Information Communications Technology
    • Edutech, annual, May 30-31, 2016 – Brisbane, Australia
  • Infrastructure
    • AUSRail 2015 Plus, annual,  November 24-26, 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
  • Life Sciences
    • HIC 2015, annual – Brisbane, Australia
    • AusBiotech Conference, annual – Melbourne, Australia
  • Mining
    • Asia-Pacific's International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX), annual – Sydney, Australia
  • Oil and  Gas
    • Australian Pipelines and  Gas Association (APGA) Convention and  Exhibition, annual – Gold Coast, Australia
    • 18th Conference and  Exhibition on LNG, triennial, April 11-15, 2016 – Perth, Australia
    • 2016 Australian Petroleum Production and  Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference and  Exhibition, annual, June 5-8, 2016 – Brisbane, Australia
  • Sustainable Technologies
    • All Energy Conference and  Exhibition 2015, annual – Melbourne, Australia
    • World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, October, 2015 – Sydney, Australia

Support Services

  • Trade Commissioner Service in Australia: The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will provide Canadian Exporters with on-the-ground intelligence and practical advice on foreign markets to help you make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve your goals abroad.
  • The High Commission of Canada to Australia: Canadian government offices abroad provide a variety of services, including consular services.
  • Consulate General of Canada in Sydney: Canadian government offices abroad provide a variety of services, including consular services.
  • Export Development Canada (EDC): With representatives co-located in Singapore, EDC services can include market knowledge, credit insurance, bank guarantees, foreign buyer financing, political risk insurance, foreign investments and foreign affiliate support.
  • Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC): CCC provides assistance with government-to government contracting.
  • Department of National Defence (DND): DND has a Canadian Defence Attaché based in Australia. 
  • Business Associations
    • The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) aims to build business connections and assist trade – bringing Canada and Australia closer together.
      As a non-profit business focused organization, its objectives are:
      • To promote the development and expansion of bilateral trade and commerce between Canada and Australia;
      • To promote and support investment between Canada and Australia;
      • To represent Canadian interests in Australia and Australian interests in Canada; and
      • To maintain and foster a special relationship with Canadian and Australian government agencies on matters relating to trade, industry and commerce between the two countries.

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