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ChAFTA Training Program workshops in Queensland - Cairns and Townsville

By Export Council of Australia · October 07, 2016

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The Australia China Business Council is pleased to invite you to our ChAFTA Training Program workshops in Cairns and Townsville.


Date: Thursday 27 October
Time: 10:30am for 10:45am start
              Session ends at 4:00pm
Venue: Cairns Institute Room Building D3, James Cook University, McGregor Rd,
Smithfield Map here
Cost: $75 + GST
RSVP: Here


Date: Friday 28 October
Time: 9:15am for 9:30am start
              Session ends at 3:00pm
Venue: Room 130 Education Central,
                 Building 134, James Cook University,
                 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas, map here 
Cost: $75 + GST
RSVP: Here

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force on 20 December 2015, providing Australian businesses with unprecedented access to the China market. Made possible by a generous grant from The Australian Government, the Australia China Business Council, in collaboration with the Export Council of Australia (ECA), are taking to all corners of Australia to provide Australian SMEs with the expertise and practical knowledge for how firms can access the tariff reductions and wider benefits under the landmark agreement.

*ticket prices reflect the subsidy provided by the Australian Government through the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant Program that has reduced ticket costs by 50% for each attendee. The full value of the training is $190.

The ChAFTA Training Program will open with a morning workshop hosted by the Export Council of Australia, focussing on the technical aspects of ChAFTA such as:

  • Classifying your goods for export;
  • How your goods are treated under ChAFTA;
  • Understanding Rules of Origin
  • Certifying your goods using Certificates of Origin
  • China export checklist
  • Tools and Resources: FTA Tool and FTA Portal

ACBC will lead the second session that will focus on the practical side of doing business with China, such as:

  • The latest business trends and China market analysis;
  • Case Study experience of doing business with China;
  • Financing for exports and risk management;
  • Targeted industry specific advice; and
  • Cultural nuances of doing business with China.

This program includes lunch, opportunities for Q&A and networking.



Prof Sandra Harding Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Prof Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. She also has a keen interest in the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. She has been appointed to a range of committees and local, national and international Boards and Councils.

Speakers and Panellist:

 Nussara Smith, CEO, Australia-China Business Council QLD - Nussara has over 20 year experience in international business development and was formerly Director Asia Operations in Trade and Investment Queensland

Diane Tipping, Deputy Chairman, Export Council of Australia - Dianne has over 35 years in international trade promotion and facilitation. During the past 20 years she has worked with the Australian Institute of Export and various other non-government and government agencies to teach and encourage exporters to achieve their global ambitions.

Tom Tsihlis, State Director QLD & NT, EFIC - Tom has over 20 years of international experience in corporate and institutional banking with a focus on credit risk and portfolio management

Case Study: Christopher Hewitt, Partner, Moulis Legal - Chris has a master’s degree in Chinese law from the East China University of Politics and Law, in Shanghai, and the University of Sydney. His firm exports a range of services to corporates and governments in China. Chris has worked in China and with Chinese businesses for over 10 years and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on investment and business in China

This Activity received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

For any enquiries regarding the ChAFTA Training Program, please contact ChAFTA Project Manager, James Scullin at

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