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Bendigo: ChAFTA Training Program

18 November 2016

The Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo, VIC

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has now entered into force, 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 (ACBC), in collaboration with the Export Council of Australia (ECA), are going to all corners of Australia to provide regional Australian businesses with the technical, step-by-step curriculum-led training to help exporters navigate the nuances of the China market. If you are either looking to expand your business in China or need support in taking the first steps in exporting to Australia’s largest trading partner, this workshop is for you. 

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. 

Speakers at our Bendigo workshop include: 

  • Collins Rex – Export Council of Australia (ECA) – The peak body industry for Australia’s export community 
  • Peter McMullin – Former Lord Deputy Mayor of Melbourne, Chairman of McMullin Group and Yo-get-it frozen yoghurt – Export Case Study 
  • Jimmy Ma – Garmond Australia – How businesses can qualify for and utilise government export grants, such as EMGDs 
  • Mark Coleman – International Customs and Logistics (ICAL) – Experts in customs, logistics and freight forwarding 
  • Rael Chessel – Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) – Australia’s export credit agency, providing financial solutions for exporters to support their growth 


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 james.scullin@acbc.com 

Date:           Friday 18 November 2016
Time:            9.45am for 10.00am start - session ends at 4.00pm
Venue:          The Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo, VIC
Cost:             $95
Inquiries:    james.scullin@acbc.com.au