Greetings from AustCham Korea, 

It has been another busy month and I trust that you are all well and keeping dry. 

Early June, the Chamber and I were invited to participate in a recent episode of Arirang TV's 'The Chamber'. The episode focused on the economic relationship between Australia and Korea and provided insights into AustCham Korea's history, our role in serving the business community and a quick glance into our daily operations. The 26-minute episode was aired on the Arirang network during the month of June can be view online via our youtube channel, here. I would like to personally thank 'The Chamber' hosts, Todd Sample and Pinita Bajaj and all the production team at the Arirang network for their support and professionalism. 

Looking at the education sector, it has been great to see further engagement between Australian universities, Korean organisations and AustCham Korea. In the last few months alone, enquires and interest in bilateral educational programs have increased, with several AustCham Members currently hosting students from the University of Melbourne's 'Global Management Consulting' program. 

On the 4th of July, AustCham hosted its largest Sundowner event to date, the Mid-Year Sundowner: Aussie Summer Night. Although I was unfortunately out of the country at the time, I have heard plenty of positive feedback and would like to thank and commend the Event Sponsors, Charity Sponsor and attendees who dug deep in raising funds for our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative with Eastern Social Welfare Society. 

Upcoming, we are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a joint chamber event, the 2019 Seoul Rugby Charity Dinner on the 30th August at the JEW Marriott Seoul. We are expecting this event to sell out quickly and encourage our members and guests to register their seat or table as soon as possible. Guest speaker on the night will be Rugby World Cup Winners, Isreal Dagg, Rod McCall and Joel Stransky. 

Kind regards,

Chris Raciti
Chair of AustCham Korea
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CSR Morning Tea with ANZA Korea 

[14th June] ANZA Korea invited AustCham Korea and co-sponsors from the ANZA Charity Ball for a Sponsors thank you morning tea at the New Zealand Ambassador's residence.

The morning also provided an opportunity for the Chamber to meet and greet our chosen charity, Dding Dong House.

Dding Dong House supports youth in crisis from within the LGTBI community here in Korea with outreach programs, counselling and provides a place for them to go to bathe, eat and get essential supplies when they have nowhere else to go.

For more information on Dding Dong House, please visit:

Click here to watch the full episode

AustCham Korea featured in Arirang TV network's 'The Chamber' 

[17th June]  Chris Raciti, Chair of AustCham Korea, sat down with presenters Punita Bajaj and Todd Sample to discuss the past, present and future of the Korea-Australia economic relationship and ways to encourage more Australian investment in Korea.

In addition, Rowan Petz, AustCham Korea's Executive Director spoke on the role of the Chamber and how it fosters a strong bilateral relationship.

Korea and Australia are major, long-term partners in the world that have been maintaining symbiotic relations since establishing diplomatic ties in 1961. The bilateral relationship entered a new phase in 2014 with the establishment of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, and as a result of that, many Australian companies from all sectors are looking to expand into Korea, Australia’s 4th—largest trading partner. To bridge the gap between the two countries, even before the Kor-Aus FTA came into force, the Australian Chamber of Commerce has been representing Australian companies in Korea.

'Korea – Australia Connections: Research and Student Mobility' Reception

AustCham Korea attended the Australian Embassy's “Korea – Australia Connections: Research and Student Mobility” reception, which looked at the current status of Australian & Korean collaborative research. With a gathering of like-minded Australian and Korean researchers, representatives from the Centre for Australian Studies, Yonsei and Australian NCP students, this event also officially launched the Korea Australia Researcher Network (KARN).

Mid-Year Sundowner: Aussie Summer Night

[4th July] AustCham Korea hosted its 2019 edition of the Mid-Year Sundowner: Aussie Summer Night. 

With over 200 guests from the Australian-Korean and broader expat communities, this was our largest and most successful Sundowner in recent history.
The night aimed at showcasing world-class Australia food and beverage, all while raising funds for our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative with the Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS). Thanks to the generosity of our Charity Raffle Sponsors and support from the community, AustCham Korea managed to raise a total of 3,980,000KRW on the night.
For those who may not have heard of ESWS, they are a charity organisation which actively operates social welfare services for children, single parents, disabled people and the elderly and currently the only Korean organisation with an adoption program with Australia.
AustCham would like to thank our Event Sponsors Dulwich College Seoul, Meat & Livestock Australia, MoonBear Brewing, Millennium Seoul Hilton and Four Pillars gin for making this event possible.
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Western Sydney University Student Delegation
[10 July] The AustCham Secretariat hosted a delegation of Western Sydney University students as a part of their Innovation and Entrepreneurship Study Tour of South Korea. 

In a Q&A session at the Australia Centre, students were eager to discuss the Australia-Korea business relationship with questions on market trends, marketing, partnerships and the importance of understanding cultural differences. 

Prior to the session, Western Sydney Unversity delegates attended the AustCham Korea's Mid-Year Sundowner, providing an opportunity for students to network with more than 200 attendees from the Australian-Korean business community. 

The Chamber would like to thank and wish Dr Catherine Link and Western Sydney University students all the best and look forward to reconnecting in the near future.

Join AustCham, FKCCI, KiwiCham & SAFCham for the 2019 Seoul Rugby Charity Dinner, 30th August at the JW Marriott Seoul. This unforgettable night of fine food, world-class wines and live music, will host Rugby World Cup Winners, Isreal Dagg, Rod McCall and Joel Stransky as special guest speakers.

Tickets and information: or contact AustCham Korea directly

Drowning Prevention Training: Children's Swim & Survive Program.

[External Event] Drowning is the third leading cause of death worldwide for those aged from 5 to 14. Despite these tragic facts, drowning prevention gets relatively little attention and few resources.

Gatsby International is working hard on teaching essential and lifesaving swimming skills for kids between the ages of 3 and 12 with its 'Drowning Prevention Training: Children's Swim & Survive Program. The class runs from 8am to 10am on the 8th September at 215-1, Bugahyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul Bugsung Elementary School.

Registration and information can be found at

Rate: 5,000KRW per a child. Pool entrance fee is additional. 
(Pool Entrance fee for Children:6,000 Adults:7,000)


Meat & Livestock Australia Celebrates 30 years in Korea

[18th June] AustCham Korea would like to congratulate Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) on their 30th Anniversary of supplying delicious, high quality and trusted beef into the Korean market.

During MLA's press conference at the Plaza Hotel (Seoul), Jason Strong, MLA Managing Director and Charlie Ko, Regional Manager of MLA Korea, provided some interesting insights into the industry and its development into becoming a trusted source of safe, clean and healthy beef for Korean consumers.

For further insights and information, please visit our website. Additional info: News article / News Video / MLA Website.

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Dulwich Olympiad 2019

[Message from the Head of Colleage]

Established in 1619, Dulwich College the founding school is currently celebrating its 400th anniversary. As one of the year’s major events, the Dulwich Olympiad 2019 was a unique, week-long celebration of sport, drama, music and art with 900 participating students from the family of 11 Dulwich College schools.
As ever, Dulwich College Seoul students ‘punched above their weight’ in all categories of sporting competition and artistic performance. Our Korean drummers held centre stage at the finale of the Opening Ceremony, and musicians further excelled in the concert at a packed Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. Our visual artists toured museums, followed workshops and created many original artworks.
The performance of Dr Faustus had all of drama students taking to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. On the football field, overall results placed us near the top of the rankings, with some very satisfying victories for this Dulwich Head adding colour to conversations with fellow Dulwich Heads from across the network. Basketball games took place at another Olympic venue, the Copper Box. The students were a pleasure to be with - polite, co-operative, energetic, competitive, dignified, smart, fun, good company. All the staff on the trip were very proud of them.
Graeme Salt
Head of College

Melbourne University 'Global Management Consulting' Program
AustCham Members, ANZ Bank Korea, POSCO, Pilsner Urquell Korea and Schindler Elevator Korea are currently hosting four 'Global Management Consulting' students each from the University of Melbourne. Each student group have been provided with a project allocated by the host organisation, with students presenting their project findings on their final day of the program and a full report approximately 6 weeks later. 

The program aims to provide students with the ability to acquire and develop practical business skills in an international environment. 

The Chamber would like to thank its Members for the support of this program and wish the students all the best during their time in Korea. 

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