The Australia China Business Council is Australia's peak business association promoting bilateral commercial relationships between Australia and China. It is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation established in 1996 following a merger with the Victorian state-based Australia China Chamber of Commerce and Industry formed in the 1970's.

ACBC Victoria provides comprehensive networking and education opportunities through an extensive program of events in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Through our sector-specific working groups, ACBC Victoria also provides policy advice and business related input to the federal and state governments and acts as the voice for its members in the China/Australia business arena.


The Victorian branch has more than 300 member companies who represent a wide range of industry sectors, including many of Australia's largest multinational corporations, SMEs and also a number of high-profile Chinese companies.  CITIC has been a member of ACBC Victoria since 1982. Huawei has established a strong base in Victoria and is working with major operators, Minmetals MMG, one of the largest metals and minerals trading companies in the world, and the largest iron and steel trader in China, is based in Melbourne. The Fu Wah Group, owners of the Park Hyatt, are ACBC members and event sponsors. Key Australian member companies headquartered in Victoria include BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Bluescope Steel, ANZ Bank, National Bank, Bank of Melbourne and all major universities.


The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria is the Patron of the Victoria Branch. Representatives of the State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the State Government of Victoria and the City of Melbourne also enable ACBC Victoria to provide significant input into bilateral relations through their ex-officio positions on the Victorian Executive Committee. We work closely with the Australian Chambers of Commerce in China under a Memorandum of Understanding. 

Working Groups

Specific groups cover the key ChAFTA sectors of Health & Medical Research, Education & Training, Agriculture & Food, Financial & Investment Services and Energy & Resources. 

These working groups, access to which is open to members only, create forums for member representatives to share information, experiences, perspectives, challenges and ideas, as well as designing platforms to better inform businesses on growing opportunities under ChAFTA.

With groups having a specific industry focus, they are a valuable way to expand ACBC networks amongst Victorian businesses engaged in trade with China, long-term Chinese operators based in Victoria and those newly arrived. 

The working groups work closely with Victorian Government representatives on barriers and issues that Victorian firms experience when entering or operating in the China market and in relation to Chinese inbound investments into Victoria. 

ACBC Victoria China Business Network - Regional Program

Our Branch initiated the China Business Network as part of the Growing Business Opportunities with China project that has been carried out in conjunction with Regional Development Victoria. This Network seeks to help facilitate knowledge, support and connections between regional Victoria and China.
The ACBC China Business Network website ( provides up to date trade and investment information, news on upcoming ACBC events, local business case studies, in-China business support and much more. The site serves as the central point of contact between the regions and ACBC for Victorian businesses interested in becoming 'China ready.' 

ACBC Victoria Membership and Partnership Brochure

For more information about membership or partnership opportunities with ACBC Victoria, please click here and to print our membership application form, please click here.


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ACBC Victoria Contact Details:

Virginia Birrell - Chief Executive Officer (

Carl Jetter - Business Development Manager (

Cindy Zhang - Administration Manager (

International Chamber House
Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9027 5606
Fax: +61 3 9027 5608


The Hon Ken Smith 

President, Victorian Branch


Vice Presidents

Charles Curwen CVO OBE LLD - Former Official Secretary in the Office of the Governor of Victoria and Domestic Commissioner for China (Retired), State Government of Victoria 

Liming Huang - Special Counsel, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

David La Ferla - Executive Chairman, SENSAND - Vice President

Lisa Renkin - Director, Lisa Renkin Consulting

Bruce Sheng - Chairman, Asipac Group 

Prof On Kit Tam - RMIT University


Ying Hou - Senior Manager Private Enterprise, KPMG


Robin Chambers AO - Senior Partner, Chambers & Company

Jason Chang, Managing Director and CEO, EMR Capital 

David Chu - Partner - International Liaison, ShineWing Australia

Dr. Mona Chung - Principal Consultant, Cross Cultural International

Wilkin Fon - Director, Jeanswest Corporation

Ben Foskett - Director, Pathway Services

Lyall Howard - Head of Government Relations, Blackmores

Grace Ji - Director, China Practice, PwC

Wayne Mo - Representative of Chairman, Shanghai Pengxin Group Co. Ltd

David Olsson - China Practice Consultant, King & Wood Mallesons

Tom Parker - Director, China Advisory, Bastion S+GO

Frank Paton - Special Counsel, Hunt & Hunt

Theo Sakell - Partner/Executive Director, Pitcher Partners

Susan Su - Business Development Manager - Greater China, Melbourne Airport

Barry White – Director, Pro-EX Developments 

Celina Yu - College Manager, Global Business College of Australia 

Ex-Officio Members include: 

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Australian Trade Commission

Victorian State Government

City of Melbourne

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Australia