Draft program – timings and order subject to change.


On the Friday before the conference, Perth will not only host the impressive Opening Reception to the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference from 6:oo pm, but also a number of high-level side-meetings, including government-to-government discussion, economic dialogues and an expert panel on Defence Industry & Shipbuilding. Further information will be provided closer to the conference.


Opening Reception – Poolside BBQ

Along with your fellow delegates, kick off the conference in an elegant, yet casual environment. The Crown Metropol Poolside is the perfect setting and will set a perfect ambiance for the pre-conference reception.

As the sun sets over the city, delegates will be able to enjoy a typically warm Perth summer’s evening while mingling and networking prior to the conference. An Australian-style poolside barbecue held on-site will include a mouth-watering menu of German and Australian dishes to accommodate all tastes, along with light entertainment to complete the night.

Opening address: The Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia
Welcome to Country

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Breakfast Buffet
Bilateral ministerial meetings, B2G & country updates


Official Opening
Welcome by the Conference Patron: Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann
Address by the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and senior German dignitary


Opening Keynotes
Andrew Mackenzie FRS, CEO, BHP and Dr Hubert Lienhard, Chairman of APA and President and CEO of Voith GmbH


Coffee Break


Policy Dialogue
The Future of Global Trade Agreements and the Resulting Opportunities in the Asia-Pacific


Networking Lunch


Business Dialogue
Women in Business Leadership (TBC)


Networking Break – Coffee


Sessions (60 min) & Networking (30 min). Sessions running parallel.

Stream 1: Mining Innovation

Stream 2: The Future of Cities and Mobility

Stream 3: Educational & Vocational Training

Stream 4: Finance & Investment


Pre-Dinner Drinks


Gala Dinner: Celebrating 40 Years of the German-Australian Chamber

After an engaging conference day, join the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce for a festive gala dinner to celebrate 40 years of continuous work on fostering bilateral relations.

The gala dinner will combine business and pleasure and therefore promises to be one of a kind. On 4 November in the Crown Ballroom, conference delegates, their partners, business contacts, clients and friends are all welcome to enjoy an evening of splendid celebration that will hold a few little surprises. This special night will culturally unite Germany and Australia, seeking to look beyond economic collaboration and present a truly new, magnificent approach to commemorating German-Australian rapport.

All of our ‘full-attendance’ tickets include the gala dinner. Would you like to have your partner join you on the evening? Check out our ‘gala-dinner-only’ offer.

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Breakfast: Country Updates & Trade Delegation Meetings 


Opening of Day 2


Business Keynote & Panel Discussion
Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation


Networking Break – Coffee


Sessions (60 min) & Networking (30 min). Sessions running parallel.

Stream 5: Energy Infrastructure

Stream 6: Agri-Tech & Global Supply Chains

Stream 7: Disruptive Technologies & Innovation

Stream 8: The Future of Energy

Start-up & Industry Matching -'Speed Dating' sessions


Networking Lunch


Policy Session
Geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific Region – Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives


Conference Wrap-up


Closing Cocktail Function – The Perth Mint

Please join us to wind down after two days of conferencing and networking at the historic Perth Mint, with the opportunity to see the Mint operations during the function.

Enjoy cocktails, canapes and leisurely conversations in the forecourt garden of the Mint.

The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest fully integrated, innovative precious metals enterprise, providing premium gold, silver and platinum products and services to markets throughout the world. The Perth Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.

In 2003, the Perth Mint opened an 8,400 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing and commercial facility next door to its original limestone building.  Dominating the Mint’s heritage precinct, these two important buildings are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of minting excellence in Western Australia.

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Site Tour and Cultural Options

WA Mine Site visit (select attendees only)
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a mine site on this day. It will be fly in, fly out and will provide a revealing look at mine site operations. Details to be confirmed soon. Open to attendees at the mining panel during the conference program.

Cultural Options
Choose from four different tours, each offering an insight into Australian culture, its people and its produce.