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  • 31 Aug 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan thanks all applicants for this position for their interest in joining our team.


    We have contacted the persons who were shortlisted for interviews and will be making an announcement on the new member of our staff soon.


    ANZCCJ Secretariat



  • 03 Aug 2015 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that the winner of our joint summer promotion with Qantas is Mr Guy Harris, D.O., President of Digital Medical Communications (DMC). Congratulations Guy!


    Qantas has expanded its presence in Japan with the launch of double daily services between Australia and Tokyo starting 1 August.  The new services are Qantas flight QF25 from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Qantas flight F61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport.


    Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the almost doubling of capacity to Tokyo marks a new era for the national carrier’s presence in Japan in the wake of a growing Australia-Japan travel market.


    Launch celebrations took place at Brisbane International Airport Saturday 1 August with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure of QF61.

    Traditional Japanese ceremonies marking Qantas’ new Tokyo – Australia services will took place at both Narita and Haneda Airports later that evening.


    To celebrate the launch of the new Japan services, customers onboard flights departing to Narita and Haneda and in Qantas International Lounges in Sydney and Brisbane will be treated to Japanese-inspired menus for the first week of August, including Tuna Tataki Nigiri in Business, and Green Tea flavoured Kit Kats in Premium Economy and Economy.


    Click here for the press release in Japanese and here for English

  • 01 Jul 2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    For immediate release


    ANZJ01/2015


    1 July 2015


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) Executive Council is pleased to announce that Ms Cristina Merino has been appointed as the Chamber’s new Executive Director, effective 1 July 2015. In this role, she will act as the business manager and coordinator for all ANZCCJ activities.


    Ms Merino will take up her position at a time when the ANZCCJ implements a new strategy  for engagement with the Japanese business community.  A key pillar of this new strategy will be to seek out opportunities for member involvement in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan. At the same time, an important focus of the work of the ANZCCJ will be to raise the profile of the Chamber in Japanese business and political circles.


    Prior to joining the ANZCCJ, Ms Merino was Business Development Manager at Meat & Livestock Australia’s Japan office. Over her career, she has worked at the Australian Embassy, Japan, as part of the Executive Team, and for a Japanese company in the construction of a Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) project in Central America.  She holds a Bachelor of International Business, specialising in Japanese, from Queensland University of Technology; and a Master of Arts, Intercultural Communication, from Kyushu University. She is fluent in English, Japanese and Spanish.


    “We are delighted to welcome Ms Merino on board as we enter an important phase for the Chamber in Japan. We believe she has the skills, experience and energy required as we embark on our next growth phase in this important market for both Australia and New Zealand,” said Melanie Brock, Chair, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.


    Ms Merino replaces Ms Misako Kitaoka who had been in the position since 2013.


    For further information, please contact:

    Cristina Merino, Executive Director ANZCCJ

    T 03 6234 9351   F 03 5545 9906   M 090 4097 4023    E Cristina.Merino@anzccj.jp


    Notes to Editors:

    About the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is an independent, non-profit organisation that has been dedicated to the development of commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since 1972. The ANZCCJ currently has approximately 600 members. The membership consists of Australian and New Zealand members conducting business in Japan, Japanese companies with economic ties to Australia and New Zealand, overseas members and others maintaining business relationships between Japan and Australia/New Zealand. The current Chair of the Chamber is Melanie Brock, who has served in this position since 2010.

     


  • 23 Apr 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous


    Congratulations to 2015-2016 ANZCCJ Executive Council Members!

    The 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the New Zealand Embassy on 22 April. The meeting attracted 55 guests and was opened with a welcome by the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mr Mark Sinclair.

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock went on to present the Chair's Message, highlighting the Chamber's achievements in membership growth, backed by new developments in trade relations between Japan, Australia and New Zealand including the landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) that came into force in Jan 2015.


    Treasurer Ryann Thomas reported the Financial Statement 2014-2015, highlighting 230% year-to-year increase in new membership revenue as well as function income (function revenue less function costs) which is double what it has been in the past, reflecting the improved quality of ANZCCJ events.


    For the full AGM report, please click HERE.


    As part of the Chamber's increasing engagement with the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019, we were honoured to welcome Mr Koji Tokumasu, General Manager of the RWC 2019 Organising Commitee as a keynote speaker. 
    Mr Tokumasu spoke about the latest developments of the RWC 2019 and opportunities for Australian and New Zealand companies to get involved.


    Following the AGM election, 2015-2016 ANZCCJ Executive Council Members were officially announced by the Secretariat. Eight new members are set to serve two-year terms (2015-2017) and four members are set to continue the second year of their two year terms (2014-2016).
    At the Executive Council meeting held this morning, Melanie Brock has been appointed as Chair, Edward Cole and Nick Mudge as Vice Chairs, and Andrew Peyton as Treasurer for the term 2015-2016. We thank all members who nominated their services to the Council and look forward to working with you all in the year ahead on a range of initiatives.



    2015-2017 Executive Council Members

    Gerard Adams (AU): Kirin (Individual)

    Melanie Brock, Chair (AU): Crown Resorts (AU Corporate)

    Andrew Gauci
    (AU): Lend Lease (AU Corporate)

    Nick Mudge, Vice Chair
    (NZ): Tourism New Zealand (NZ Corporate)

    Catherine O'Connell (NZ): Molex Japan (Individual)

    Damien Roberts
    (AU): Herbert Smith Freehills (Corporate)

    Craig Saphin
    (AU): en world (Corporate)

    Kohei Tsushima
    (JP): National Australia Bank (AU Corporate)
                                                       


    Continuing Executive Council Members 2014-2016


    Ed Cole, Vice Chair
    (AU): Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Corporate)

    Peter Davis (AU): Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (AU Corporate)

    Andrew Peyton, Treasurer (AU): Horitomi Commercial & Industrial Inc (Corporate)

    Nobi Yamaji (JP): Rio Tinto Japan (Corporate)



  • 14 Jan 2015 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release

     

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCCJ) to Host Reception

    Welcoming Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA)


    14 January 2014


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) welcomes the implementation of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) entering into force on 15 January 2015. The agreement provides two rounds of tariff cuts: one on entry into force and the other on 1 April 2015, with further phased tariff reductions on 1 April in subsequent years.

    To celebrate this important milestone in Australia-Japan relations, the ANZCCJ will host a reception on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. The event will feature a keynote speaker: Yorihiko Kojima from Mitsubishi Corporation with guests from the ANZCCJ as well as the Australian and New Zealand Embassy.

    Melanie Brock, Chair of the ANZCCJ, shares the positive sentiment expressed by the Australian business community in Japan. “This is a significant development for Australia-Japan bilateral relations. Our members appreciate the work undertaken by both governments to ensure business conditions improve and that trade and investment between our two countries increases. It is a great day for the Australian business community in Japan and we are all looking forward to moving things to the next stage.”

     

    Upon the implementation of the JAEPA, Australian Ambassador to Japan Bruce Miller states, “The story of cooperation does not end with entry-into-force. We will continue to work with business and with the Japanese government to ensure that the agreement is implemented smoothly and in a way that facilitates trade and investment in the coming months and years.”

     

    Since its establishment in 1972, the ANZCCJ has been a strong advocate for promoting bilateral trade and economic relations between Australia and Japan. ANZCCJ members have worked with both the Australian and Japanese governments to realise the benefits under the JAEPA. 

     

    JAEPA was signed in Canberra on 8 July 2014 during Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Australia. Further detailed information can be found at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/jaepa/

     

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    About the ANZCCJ

     

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was established in 1972 to promote the development of commerce between Australia and Japan, and New Zealand and Japan. It is a non-profit organization with approximately 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.

     

     

    Media Contact Name: Misako Kitaoka

    Phone: 03-6234-9351

    Email: info@anzccj.jp



    For Immediate Release 報道資料

     

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(ANZCCJ

    日豪経済連携協定(JAEPA)発効を記念して祝賀会を開催

     

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    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所

     

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(略称:ANZCCJ、会頭:メラニー・ブロック)は115日に日豪経済連携協定(JAEPA)が発効となることを歓迎します。同協定の発効により、オーストラリアの輸出業者は115日および41日に二度にわたって行われる関税削減によって恩恵を受けることになります。

     

    日豪関係における重要な節目となるこの日を祝うべく、ANZCCJでは115日(木)にレセプションを開催いたします(18:3021:00、於:オーストラリア大使館)。同会では基調講演に三菱商事株式会社取締役会長の小島順彦氏をお招きしているほか、オーストラリア、ニュージーランド大使館関係者、ANZCCJ会員が参加する予定です。

     

    ANZCCJ会頭のメラニー・ブロックは、日本におけるオーストラリアのビジネスコミュニティーを代表して、次のように歓迎の意を表しています。「このたびのJAEPA発効は豪日関係における大きな発展となります。ANZCCJ会員は、豪日両国の貿易・投資の機会が更に増すことにつながる両政府の取り組みを高く評価しています。在日オーストラリアビジネスコミュニティーにとって、この日は大変喜ばしい日であり、次のステージに向けて行動することを楽しみにしています。」

     

    またJAEPA発効にあたり、ブルース・ミラー駐日オーストラリア大使は次のように述べています。「両国の連携という名のストーリーは協定発効のみでは終わりません。私達は経済界および日本政府と協同し、この協定がスムーズに実現し今後長い年月にわたって両国の貿易・投資が更に促進されるようにしていきます。」

     

    1972年の創立以来、ANZCCJは豪日二国間経済貿易関係の促進における強力な支持者としての役割を果たしてきました。ANZCCJ会員は豪日両国の政府と連携し、JAEPAが利益をもたらすよう働きかけてきました。

     

    日豪経済連携協定は安倍首相がオーストラリアを訪問した際、201478日にキャンベラで署名が行われました。オーストラリア政府による詳細情報は下記リンクからご確認ください。

    http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/jaepa/

     

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    【在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所について】

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(ANZCCJ)はオーストラリア、ニュージーランドおよび日本の商業の発展を促進することを主な活動目的として1972年に設立された独立非営利組織です。現在の会員数は約600人で、日本で活動するオーストラリアとニュージーランド企業および同国と取引がある日本企業や個人などで構成されています。

     

    オーストラリア・ニュージーランドと日本のビジネスにおいて建設的かつ有意義な役割を果たすため、ANZCCJではオーストラリア・ニュージーランドの政府関係者、産業界の有識者や政治家との会合、セミナー、ビジネスネットワーキングなどの定期的なイベントを開催し、こうしたイベントを通じて外交政策や経済情勢の動向や日本市場に関する情報を会員に伝え、新しいビジネスチャンスや人脈作りの機会を提供しております。また、オーストラリア・ニュージーランドのビジネスのポジティブな認識を日本や国際ビジネスコミュニティーに広めるための提言活動も行います。

     

    【お問い合わせ】

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所

    事務局長 北岡美佐子(電話:03-6234-9351/メール:info@anzccj.jp

     



     

     

  • 22 Dec 2014 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Australian speakers of Japanese,

     

    My name is Chihiro Thomson from UNSW Australia (University of New South Wales), Sydney. I seek your support to my project today.

     

    I am conducting a project called the Japanese career pathways project in which I collect Life Stories of Australians who studied Japanese in Australia and currently work in Japan.

     

    The outcome of this project will contribute to the Japanese language education research in Australia. Further, provided that I have your permission and that I make your stories accessible, the project will assist current and future learners of Japanese in schools and universities to envisage their future life after learning Japanese.

     

    If you are interested in the project and willing to spare about one hour to share your Life Story, please do contact me, Chihiro Thomson at c.thomson@unsw.edu.au. We will set time and place and I will come to meet you for an interview.

     

    For your reference, I attach the form (PISC) that you will be signing, if you decide to participate in the project. The form provides you with more details.

     

    I would like to add that if you are a UNSW graduate, you do not have to feel obligated to participate in this project because it is from UNSW or because it is from Chihiro Thomson.

     

    Best regards,

     

    Chihiro Thomson (Professor)

    UNSW Australia (University of New South Wales)

     

     

     

  • 17 Dec 2014 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    (日本語訳は以下に続きます)




    For Immediate Release


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ)
    welcomes Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA)


    16 December 2014


    The landmark Japan-Australia Economic Par
    tnership Agreement (JAEPA) will enter into force on 15 January 2015, paving the way for Australian exporters to benefit from two rounds of tariff cuts in the first half of next year.

     

    Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said Australia and Japan will ‘exchange notes’ in Canberra today, to confirm that both countries have completed their domestic processes, and are ready to bring JAEPA into force.

    “JAEPA will deliver substantial benefits for the Australian economy, and the deal means that our exporters will benefit from an immediate round of tariff cuts by Japan on January 15, followed by a further round of cuts on the 1st of April 2015,” Mr Robb said.

     

    “Like the back-to-back tariff cuts provided by the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, this will deliver immediate benefits for exporters and significantly enhance their competitive position in the Japanese market,” he said.

     

    Mr Robb said more than 97 per cent of Australia’s goods exports to Japan will receive preferential access, or enter duty-free, once the Agreement is fully implemented.

     

    “JAEPA will expand opportunities with our second largest trading partner across a wide range of industries, including agriculture and processed foods, resources, manufacturing and services,” Mr Robb said.

     

    Australian beef for example – with exports to Japan last year worth $1.4 billion – will be a major beneficiary with the 38.5 per cent tariff to be halved over 15 years, with heavy front-end loading, including an eight per cent cut in the first year. This should help Australian exporters engage competitively in the Japanese market.

     

    “This is the most ambitious Free Trade Agreement Japan has concluded with anyone, let alone a major agricultural economy. The Agreement will also support growth in investment from Japan – already our third largest investor – by raising the foreign investment screening threshold for private Japanese investment into Australia,” Mr Robb said.

     

    Melanie Brock, Chair of the ANZCCJ, said, “The Japan Australia EPA will enhance an already strong trade relations between Australia and Japan. ANZCCJ will continue to raise awareness of the agreement and its benefits to the business community. The JAEPA will come into effect on 15 January, the day of the Chamber’s New Year event, and we look forward to celebrating this wonderful development in Australia-Japan relations.”

     

    JAEPA was signed in Canberra on 8 July 2014 during Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Australia. Further detailed information can be found at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/jaepa/

     

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    About the ANZCCJ

     

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) was established in 1972 to promote the development of commerce between Australia and Japan, and New Zealand and Japan. It is a non-profit organization with approximately 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.

     

     

    Media Contact Name: Misako Kitaoka

    Phone: 03-6234-9351

    Email: info@anzccj.jp



    報道資料


     

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(ANZCCJ

    日豪経済連携協定20151月発効を歓迎

     


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    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所

     

    日豪経済連携協定(EPA)は2015115日に発効となり、オーストラリアの輸出業者は来年上半期に二度にわたって行われる関税削減によって恩恵を受けることになります。

     

    アンドリュー・ロブ貿易・投資大臣は、日豪両国は今日キャンベラにて公文の交換を行い、日豪経済連携協定発効に向けた準備が整ったとして、次のように述べています。

     

    「日豪経済連携協定は、オーストラリアの経済に大きな利益をもたらすことになる。オーストラリアの輸出業者は、日本が115日に実施する関税削減から、また続いて行われる201541日の更なる関税削減から恩恵を得ることになる。」

     

    「韓国・オーストラリア間の自由貿易協定(FTA)における連続的な関税削減と同様、今回の発効は輸出業者に速やかに利益をもたらすと共に、彼らの日本市場における競争的立場を大いに強化する。」

     

    またロブ大臣は、本協定が完全に実施されれば、オーストラリアからの商品輸出の97パーセント以上において、優遇的なアクセスが保証されるか関税が撤廃されると述べています。

     

    「日豪経済連携協定は農業や加工食品、資源、製造やサービス業を含め、広範な産業分野を通じて、わが国にとって世界第2位の貿易相手国との機会を拡大するものである。」

     

    例えば昨年対日輸出額が14億豪ドルを記録した豪州産牛肉は、本協定により大きな恩恵を受けることになります。現在38.5パーセントの関税は15年間でおよそ半分程になり、削減幅は早い時期ほど大きくなります。(冷凍牛肉では)一年目に8パーセントの削減が実施されます。これによりオーストラリアの輸出業者は、高い競争力をもって日本市場に参加することができます。

     

    ロブ大臣は、この協定の優位性について次のように述べています。「日豪経済連携協定は日本にとって、主要農業国と結んだ協定として、またこれまで締結した全ての協定の中で、最も高い目標を掲げた経済連携(自由貿易)協定である。日本はすでに世界第3位の対豪投資国であるが、この協定は、日本からオーストラリアへの民間海外投資の審査基準額引き上げにより、日本からの投資の伸びを支えるものでもある。」

     

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(ANZCCJ)会頭のメラニー・ブロックは、次のように歓迎の意を表しています。「日豪経済連携協定により、既に強い結びつきの日豪貿易関係がより強固なものとなることでしょう。ANZCCJは今後も引き続き、この経済協定が両国のビジネスコミュニティーにもたらす恩恵について、認識を高めていくつもりです。またこのたびは偶然にも、弊商工会議所の新年祝賀会の開催日が日豪経済連携協定が発効となる115日と重なりました。会員一同、豪日関係の記念すべき発展を祝うことをたのしみにしています。」

     

    日豪経済連携協定は安倍首相がオーストラリアを訪問した際、201478日にキャンベラで署名が行われました。オーストラリア政府による詳細情報は下記リンクからご確認ください。

    http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/jaepa/

     

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    【在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所について】

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所(ANZCCJ)はオーストラリア、ニュージーランドおよび日本の商業の発展を促進することを主な活動目的として1972年に設立された独立非営利組織です。現在の会員数は約600人で、日本で活動するオーストラリアとニュージーランド企業および同国と取引がある日本企業や個人などで構成されています。

     

    オーストラリア・ニュージーランドと日本のビジネスにおいて建設的かつ有意義な役割を果たすため、ANZCCJではオーストラリア・ニュージーランドの政府関係者、産業界の有識者や政治家との会合、セミナー、ビジネスネットワーキングなどの定期的なイベントを開催し、こうしたイベントを通じて外交政策や経済情勢の動向や日本市場に関する情報を会員に伝え、新しいビジネスチャンスや人脈作りの機会を提供しております。また、オーストラリア・ニュージーランドのビジネスのポジティブな認識を日本や国際ビジネスコミュニティーに広めるための提言活動も行います。

     

    【お問い合わせ】

    在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所

    事務局長 北岡美佐子(電話:03-6234-9351/メール:info@anzccj.jp

     

  • 06 Oct 2014 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    ANZCCJ Lunchtime Series is our series of bi-monthly seminars and workshops, regularly attended by up to 80 of our members and guests from a wide range of industry sectors. With a dedicated Q&A session following speaker presentation, Lunchtime Series offers opportunities for our members and guests to both learn about the latest topics affecting Australian and New Zealand businesses and network in an interactive and informal setting.  If you are interested in suggesting a speaker for the Lunchtime Series, please contact the Secretariat for more information.

  • 30 Sep 2014 11:03 AM | Anonymous
    Don’t miss the Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition (AFUEE) on Sunday 12 October 2014 at Sola City Hall 2F at the Sola City Conference Centre in Ochanomizu. (Address: 4-6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0062.)

    There will be 52 Australian Education Providers including some of Australia’s best known universities, schools and vocational and English language training colleges attending, along with State Government education institutions, making this exhibition one of the largest Australian events ever held in Tokyo. A list of participating institutions in English, is on the AFUEE website.

    Please also encourage your Japanese friends who are interested in studying overseas, to attend.

    The Exhibition will open at 11.00am on Sunday 12 October and you can pre-register on the AFUEE website: www.afuee.jp; or find out more information on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/studyinaustralia.japan.

    People are welcome to register in person at the exhibition site as well. Everyone is welcome!
  • 11 Sep 2014 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    Senior Trade Commissioners  

    Locations:

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Santiago

    Taipei


    The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade – is the Australian Government agency that promotes trade, investment and education, and develops tourism policy and research.


    ·         Trade, Investment, Tourism and Education roles representing Australia

    ·         High profile senior leadership positions

    ·         SES Band 1 - attractive remuneration package


    Senior Trade Commissioners are responsible for the development and implementation of market strategies and the achievement of trade, investment and international education outcomes within each market, with a focus on the promotion and attraction of foreign direct investment. 

     

    Day to day responsibilities include providing leadership to the post, ensuring the delivery of Austrade’s services and management and coordination of post planning, resourcing and performance. Some positions alsohave responsibility for other posts in the region.

     

    Development of networks of key decision makers, customers and contacts in the market and liaison with other government agencies and industry will be key to your success.

     

    You must be comfortable in a high level representation and relationship building role and be able to quickly establish your credibility with senior executives from the private sector as well as ministerial and diplomatic representatives, both foreign and Australian, with whom you will routinely engage. 


    To succeed you will bring to Austrade sound commercial acumen, an understanding of government and the credibility to contribute substantially to international trade and investment activities. You will have a strong record of achievement in senior management within a substantial and complex organisation and significant experience of international markets and business trends relevant to the Post market. Language fluency is highly desirable.

      

    Applicants must be Australian citizens and be willing to undergo a security assessment for clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2.


    Applications close at 11:30pm AEST Monday 6 October 2014.

    For further information about this opportunity and to apply, please visit our website at: www.austrade.gov.au/employment


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