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The genesis of AustCham was in 1977/1978 when a group of Australians with business interests in Singapore met on a regular basis in the Australian High Commission. This adhoc group formed itself into the Singapore Australian Business Committee, but was very much a meeting of like-minded Australians who discussed matters of business and social interest in Singapore. In 1981, the Singapore Australian Business Council (SABC) was formally set up. Rules were drawn up and in January 1982, SABC held its inaugural meeting.

On 15 June 2001, the SABC formally changed its name to the "Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore" in order to keep uniform with the other chambers around the region.

The objectives of the SABC then are similar to now: in essence, to provide a forum on an organised and continuing basis of Australian senior executives - irrespective of the origins of the organisation for which they work, Singaporeans and other nationals who are senior executives of Australian companies where they can exchange and discuss ideas and common interests regarding economic, industrial and commercial objectives.

Presidents OF AUSTCHAM

 2014 - current

Guy Scott
Faithful+Gould

2010 - 2013
Graham Lee

PricewaterhouseCoopers
2008 - 2010
Nick Cocks

Readymix Holdings International
2004 - 2008
John Dick

Freehills
2000 - 2004
Philip Forrest

Omega Performance
1997 - 2000
Tony Bridge
Burns Bridge
1994 - 1997
Craig Bell

BankWest
1994 (January - June)
John Dick

Freehills
1993 (July - December)
Ross Davidson

F&N
1991 - 1993
David Murray

ANZ
1988 - 1991
Jen Shek Voon

Public Accountant Singapore
1987 - 1988
Peter Knight

Clough
1986 - 1987
John McLeod

Left NAB in 2000
1985 - 1986
David Hagley

1984 - 1985
Bob Storr
CBA
1984
Tom Hanrahan


1982
Bruce Hayman

Chartwell Management

Honorary Life Members

Alan Nisbet

John Dick

Owen Price

Philip Forrest

Tim Fischer

Craig Bell