Swedish Chambers APAC Online Event 2 Sept with Economist Mr Klas Eklund on the World Economy

We are delighted to announce that Mr Klas Eklund​​, Senior Economist at Mannheimer Swartling​, will be our guest at the next Swedish Chambers APAC online event.

During this virtual fireside-style chat, we will be given the rare opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge of Mr Eklund and gain insight into his views and perspectives of the world economy in the wake of the pandemic. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Mr Eklund is one of Sweden’s most prominent economists and a sought-after financial adviser with a long career and unique expertise from the private sector – most notably many years as Chief Economist at SEB – as well as from the Swedish Government Offices. He is the author of several well-known titles in the genres of economics, history, and fiction. Mr Eklund has been awarded His Majesty the King’s Gold Medal for outstanding services as an economist and has received the Jacob Palmstierna Award for economic pedagogy. For many Swedes, he is probably first and foremost known for his years within the Swedish Ministry of Finance where he held many different positions, including Economic Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Last year, Mr Eklund chaired the Commission to Restart Sweden​ – an initiative established by Stockholm Chamber of Commerce to reboot and strengthen Sweden after the corona crisis. Commission members included eleven of Sweden’s most prominent experts within a number of strategically important reform areas.

In recent years, much of Mr Eklund’s work has been dedicated to the economics of climate change. He has published several books on the topic and he has been a member of the Swedish initiative Task Force on Green Finance Reform and Green Transformation​ – CCICED (China Council of International Co-operation and Environmental Development). To the younger Swedish audience, Mr Eklund is well-known for his tongue-in-cheek educational short films Klas Förklarar​, where he explains fundamental economic terms and concepts – including the corona crisis – in a plain and simple language.

Mr Eklund will be introduced by Jakob Ragnwaldh​, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling Singapore.

ModeratorsEmil Akander​, Sweden’s Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and Lisa Ferraton​, General Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce Singapore.

When: 2 September, 6.00-7.00pm AEST

SACC and YP Members Free, Non-Members $25

Instructions on how to connect to the webinar will be sent out once registered.

This event is organised by:

How to build team culture remotely – SACC Online event 12 August 4.30pm (AEST)

Join us for this online event with SACC company member 100 Point Challenge on how to build team culture remotely, plus an interactive, social team game with prizes to be won!


The session is led by Stockholm based Dan Paech, CEO and Co-founder of 100 Point Challenge, who will give us practical tips and methods on how to overcome challenges and maintain team culture while working remotely.


Dan is the founder and CEO of the 100 Point Challenge, an events company providing a range of unique games and experiences in both the B2B and B2C space. Games are online and outdoors. Dan manage all aspects of the business, including 20+ staff.

Since 2017 the 100 Point Challenge have organised events for some of the most well known companies in the world – including Spotify, Microsoft, Google, Booking.com, Volvo, PWC, Boston Consulting Group, Air France, H&M, and NHL team, the New Jersey Devils.


Event schedule:
4.30-4.50  Presentation with practical tips/methods, Q&A
4.50-5.30  Social team game – including briefing, game time, and prizes!

Date: Thursday 12 August
Time: 4.30 – 5.30 pm AEST

SACC and YP Members free
Non-members: $10

Instructions on how to connect to the event will be sent out once registered.

Looking forward to seeing you online for this fun and engaging session!

SACC Melbourne – Nordic Engagement Lunch Wednesday 11 August

 Nordic Engagement Lunch Wednesday 11 August 

Join the Nordic Chambers for Lunch on the second Wednesday of every other month at Denmark House. Bringing together members of all Nordic business networks, the lunch promotes Nordic friendship and business engagement.

When: Second Wednesday every other month at 12:00pm 

Where: Denmark House, Level 3/428 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price: $35 pp includes Smørrebrød, Beer/wine and Aquavit

Please feel free to invite guests.

Nordic Engagement is run by Denmark House in partnership with the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Australian Chambers of Commerce in Melbourne.

Bookings and payment are essential – https://www.trybooking.com/BQDWK

NB: If you registered for the lunch which was cancelled due to covid lockdown on 9 June your payment will be moved across to 11 August 2021.

If you have any queries or diet requirements, please contact andrew.procter@denmarkhouse.com.au

Denmark House and all chambers are staying informed and following the VIC Government COVID restrictions.

Welcome to the ‘Nordic Engagement Lunch!  

SACC Brisbane pre-movie networking 30 July for the screening of the Swedish film Tigers

SACC Brisbane join us on 30 July for pre-movie networking for the screening of the Swedish film Tigers

We are pleased to be able to celebrate the Scandinavian Film Festival with in person events at some of our chapters. In Brisbane, we will meet at Palace Barracks for pre-movie drinks followed by the Swedish film Tigers, which was crowned Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival 2021. Tigers is an enthralling coming-of-age drama about the considerable cost of excellence in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.

Where: Palace Barracks (bar on the 1st floor) 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane City
When: Friday 30 July 2021, 7.30pm pre-movie networking for 8.15pm movie start
Cost: $16 per ticket (movie only, drinks at bar prices). Register and pay via the SACC website.

Please note that this event is subject to COVID restriction changes.  

We hope to see you there!

The SACC Brisbane Team

POSTPONED – SACC YP Melbourne pre-movie networking 27 July 6.30pm



Join us for pre-movie networking drinks for the screening of the Scandinavian film The Exception 27 July 6.30pm

We are very pleased to be able to celebrate the Scandinavian Film Festival with in person events at some of our chapters. In Melbourne, we will meet at Palace Cinema Como for pre-movie drinks and get the opportunity to listen to our special guest Australian film producer David Redman. David will share his experience as a film producer in independent cinema over the past 20-30 years, and what the future may hold.

6.30pm – Arrival /drinks at bar prices
7.50 – 7.15pm – David Redman talk (15 minutes) and Q&A (10 minutes)
7.30pm – The Exception

When: Tuesday 27 July at 6.30 – 9.30pm
Where: Palace Cinema Como, Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Cost: $18 per ticket (movie only, drinks at bar prices)

Register and purchase your ticket via the SACC website event page. Please note that spots for this event are limited. 

Sign up to become a member of SACC here

SACC Perth WA Christmas in July at Fika Swedish Kitchen 22 July

The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce invite you to celebrate Christmas in July with a Midwinter Three Course Dinner at Fika Swedish Kitchen Claremont

Thursday 22 July, Fika Swedish Kitchen, Perth WA

While Australians thrive in a southern hemisphere Christmas, complete with palm trees and white beaches, Scandinavians only ever feel the Christmas spirit when the temperature starts to drop. As Swedes and Norwegians, we refuse to hibernate in the cold month of July and invite you to join us in celebrating midwinter with a lovely three course meal at Fika Swedish Kitchen in Claremont. Please join us from 6.00pm for a welcome drink in the laneway outside the restaurant (weather permitting). We’ll sit down for dinner at 6.30pm.

When: Thursday 22 July, 6.00-8.30pm
Where: Fika Swedish Kitchen, 40R Bay View Terrace, Claremont WA 6010
Reservations: $65 for a welcome drink and 3-course meal. Please advise any dietary requirements.

Please invite your friends and family to this evening of merriment.

Summary and recording of SACC Online Event 15 July – Navigating Australia’s visa system and travel exemptions in a COVID environment

For this SACC online event, we invited company member Absolute Immigration, who took us through Australia’s latest immigration and visa changes and the travel exemptions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


The Q&A session was led by Mikael Dahlgren, CFO Alfa Laval and SACC Board Member and the event topic was presented by Jamie Lingham, Founder & CEO of Absolute Immigration, who covered the following areas/questions:

  • What does the Australian visa landscape look like at the moment?
  • What can companies do to get travel exemptions to enter Australia, especially when the occupation is not on the priority list?
  • Travel exemptions to exit Australia.
  • Predictions over the next 12 months for Australia’s visa program.

This was an interactive online event set up as a meeting with the opportunity for participants to ask questions live.


Below you will find more details about the specific areas discussed in the meeting.


Travel exemptions – outbound

Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia. They can leave at any time, as long as border restrictions in their home country allow them to return.

Please note that they will generally not be permitted to return to Australia.

Temporary visa holders seeking to leave and then return to Australia, may apply for an inwards exemption before they leave, however applications will generally only be approved if they meet the requirements for an individual exemption from Australia’s Inward Travel Restrictions, and they have a strong compassionate or compelling reason to leave Australia supported by relevant documentary evidence.

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. You must meet at least one of the following:

  • your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
  • your travel is for your business/employer
  • you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
  • you are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer
  • you are travelling on compelling or compassionate grounds
  • your travel is in the national interest.

Travel exemption – inbound

You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are:

For all other persons who hold a visa, the Australian Border Force may grant you an individual exemption if you are:

  • a foreign national travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response
  • a foreign national whose entry into Australia would be in the national interest, supported by the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority
  • providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies
  • a foreign national with critical skills or working in a critical sector in Australia
  • a foreign national sponsored by your employer to work in Australia in an occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)(see below)
  • military personnel, including those who form part of the Status of Forces Agreement, Commonwealth Armed Forces, Asia Pacific Forces and Status of Armed Forces Agreement
  • a person who resides on a vessel that seeks safe port at the closest appointed port for reprovisioning or safety reasons for a limited duration, supported by the relevant State or Territory government where safe haven is sought
  • students who have been selected to take part in an International Student Arrivals Plan that has been approved by the relevant state or territory government, and endorsed by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment as satisfying the Protocols and Preconditions for International Student Arrivals.
  • students who are in their final three years of study of a medical university degree, who have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice. The placement must commence within the next two months, and provide medical services to the Australian public.
  • a student completing year 11 and 12, with endorsement from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), and support from the relevant state or territory government health and education authorities. Further information regarding this process can be found at the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
  • a student in your final two years of study of a dental, nursing or allied health profession university degree, where you have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice which begins within the next two months.
  • travelling for compassionate and compelling reasons.

Visas for onshore applicants

Visa applicants in Australia are currently experiencing slower processing times but the applications are still being processed.

Visas for offshore applicants

Visa applicants outside Australia are currently experiencing major delays and a lot of visa subclasses have been suspended until such time that the borders re-open. The Department continue to process 482 and 186 visas for those who fall on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The PMSOL 41 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  1. Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  2. Construction Project Manager (133111)
  3. Accountant (General) (221111)
  4. Management Accountant (221112)
  5. Taxation Accountant (221113)
  6. External Auditor (221213)
  7. Internal Auditor (221214)
  8. Surveyor (232212)
  9. Cartographer (232213)
  10. Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  11. Civil Engineer (233211)
  12. Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  13. Structural Engineer (233214)
  14. Transport Engineer (233215)
  15. Electrical Engineer (233311)
  16. Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  17. Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)
  18. Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  19. Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  20. Veterinarian (234711)
  21. Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)
  22. General Practitioner (253111)
  23. Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  24. Psychiatrist (253411)
  25. Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  26. Midwife (254111)
  27. Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  28. Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  29. Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  30. Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  31. Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  32. Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  33. Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  34. Analyst Programmer (261311)
  35. Developer Programmer (261312)
  36. Software Engineer (261313)
  37. Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)
  38. ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  39. Social Worker (272511)
  40. Maintenance Planner (312911)
  41. Chef (351311)


For more information please contact Absolute Immigration on 

1300 227 658 or email aisupport@absoluteimmigration.com

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SACC contact: sacc@swedishchamber.com.au

SACC Online Event 15 July – Navigating Australia’s visa system and travel exemptions in a COVID environment

Welcome to this online event with SACC company member Absolute Immigration, who will navigate us through Australia’s latest immigration and visa changes and the travel exemptions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The session will be led by Jamie Lingham, Founder & CEO of Absolute Immigration, who will  be covering the following questions:

  • What does the Australian visa landscape look like at the moment?
  • What can companies do to get travel exemptions to enter Australia, especially when the occupation is not on the priority list?
  • Predictions over the next 12 months for Australia’s visa program.

This is an interactive online event with the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on the topic.

When: Thursday 15 July, 5.30 – 6.30 pm AEST


Instructions on how to connect to the webinar will be sent out once registered. There is no cost attached to this webinar.

About Jamie Lingham, Absolute Immigration: Jamie is a Global Immigration Leader and founder of Absolute Immigration. Jamie provides experienced insight into start-ups and large organisations ensuring businesses thrive in their industry.
He has extensive experience developing immigration policy, compliance, and strategies for the attraction and retention of overseas workers.
Active in the industry since 2001, Jamie takes a holistic approach to the overseas immigration and relocation process, specifically looking at ways to educate clients in order to reduce issues faced by sponsors and visa applicants moving to Australia and other destinations. He has undertaken significant compliance projects for state government departments, multinational organisations and ASX listed companies.

SACC Brisbane QLD – IKEA People and Planet Positive Event 13 July – POSTPONED

Dear Members and Friends,

 The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) and IKEA North Lakes Brisbane event Tuesday 13 July has been postponed due to covid restrictions.

We are working with IKEA to find a new date for when restrictions have eased and will announce this early next week.

Please contact us on sacc@swedishchamber.com.au if you would like a refund.

Alternatively, we will keep your registration in the system for the new event date.

We wish you a nice weekend, stay safe and keep well.

Best wishes,

The SACC Brisbane QLD Chapter

Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce



The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) and IKEA North Lakes Brisbane welcomes you to an evening event Tuesday 13 July


A night of live music and a sustainable menu to compliment hearing how IKEA is working with an outlook of People & Planet Positive by focusing on 3 main change drivers of Healthy & Sustainable Living, Circular & Climate Positive, Fair & Inclusive.

Mellisa Hamilton, Country Sustainability Manager – sharing how we’ve implemented IKEA’s strategy across Australia
Renea Robson, Market Manager IKEA North Lakes & Kevin Nguy, Market Manager IKEA Logan – sharing what they’ve planned and implemented in Queensland (i.e. around circularity, food and other local initiatives)

Where: IKEA North Lakes, N Lakes Dr, North Lakes QLD 4509
When: Tuesday 13 July 2021, 6.30-8.30pm – POSTPONED
Members Free, Non-Members $20

Please advise any dietary requirements in the registration.

We look forward to seeing you there!
The SACC Brisbane Team

If you would like to become a member of SACC please see membership categories and benefits here with the option to register online