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5 reasons why Australia and Singapore are closer than you think

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Australians and Singaporeans enjoy a thriving network of cross-border investments and joint collaborations - here's 5 reasons why...

1. Close Government ties

The bilateral relationship with Singapore is one of Australia's closest and most comprehensive in Southeast Asia.  Ministers for Defence, Trade and Foreign Affairs from both countries will be meeting this month for the eighth edition of the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC).

2. School buddies
Over 100,000 Singaporeans are alumni of Australian universities, including the President Tony Tan.  Singapore is a participant in the pilot phase of the New Colombo Plan, a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

3. Travel Mates
In 2013, there were 385,300 visitors to Australia from Singapore, an increase of 12.1 per cent on the previous year. Last year more people visited Australia from Singapore than any other country in Southeast Asia and Singaporeans can now use the SmartGate self-processing facilities at Australia's eight major airports.

4. Business Partners
The Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), which came into force on 28 July 2003, has contributed to a strong bilateral economic partnership. Singapore is Australia's largest trade and investment partner in ASEAN and our fifth largest trading partner overall.  Singapore was ranked fourth overall as a source of foreign investment in Australia.

5. Defence Allies
Singapore and Australia have been partners in the Five Power Defence Arrangements since 1971 which also includes Malaysia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The Singapore Armed Forces have access to Australian training areas, including the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland.

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Tags:  Australia  Bilateral relationships  colombo plan  defence  education  SIngapore  singapore and australia relationship 

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The Southern Star Aug/Sep 2014 - Entrepreneurs & fresh ideas

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Monday, 4 August 2014

This issue of the Southern Star is full of Australian entrepreneurs who have brought new ideas to Singapore. Our feature article is on Elena & Roland Scherer from Red Gum who have been bringing Australian produce to Singapore for 25 years.
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Tags:  Australin business success stories  Dog Wash Singapore  Entrepreneurs  Entrepreneurship  Failthful+Gould  How to choose an internationl school  OnThe Go  Red gum  Southern Star  William Angliss Institute Singapore 

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Singapore Immigration Briefing: Upcoming Changes to the Fair Consideration Framework

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Monday, 21 July 2014

Event Highlights

This key Immigration briefing session was attended by members of AustCham, the French Chamber of Commerce Singapore and the Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce. The auditorium at ESSEC Business School was at maximum capacity for presentations by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) on the latest changes to the Immigration framework.

The Immigration briefing session was held just a day after new announcements were made by the MOM in relation to the exemptions to the advertising requirement, which will become mandatory from 1 August 2014. Short-term assignments lasting no longer than one month will be exempt from the advertising requirement, but many people in the audience felt that this period would be too short for temporary positions and assignments.

MOM and WDA presentations were followed by a Q&A session, moderated by PwC International Assignment Services (Singapore).  Some members expressed the challenges their organisations are likely to face post- 1 August 2014. During the Q&A, representatives from multi-national corporations to SMEs, made it clear that there will be challenges for organisations trying to attract Singaporeans to fill certain positions, whilst also ensuring that training programmes for overseas staff and attracting the best talent can still be achieved. Watch this space for more updates!

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Tags:  Employment regulation  EP  Foreign worker  MOM 

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Changes to Publicity Regulations for Medical Clinics

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Ministry of Health has recently released new guidelines for publicity for medical clinics. There are several changes and we encourage all those managing a private hospital or medical clinic or if you have clients in this area to familiarise yourself with the document. This will affect the current marketing strategy of many medical clinics. The document can be downloaded here

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Tags:  EXPLANATORY GUIDANCE TO THE PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND  

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The Southern Star Jun/Jul 2014 - Brand Australia

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Friday, 6 June 2014
The Southern Star Jun/ Jul issues is now available for download featuring articles on Brand Australia, Face to Face with the new President of Australian Alumni Singapore, articles from members and about members and profiles of our many new members.  Download here

Tags:  AIS  Anant Deboor  Australian Alumni Singapore  Australian Brands  Australian International School  Avondale  Banyan Tree  Charlotte Humphrey  Christopher Cheah  David Donald  Lander & Rogers  Mark Parker  PARKROYAL  Rachell Davey  Southern Star  The Ballrooms 

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