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. 

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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.

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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

Swedish Midsummer Celebrations in Melbourne

The SACC YP Melbourne Chapter was lucky to follow through with the planned Swedish Midsummer Celebrations on 26 June at café ÖPPEN with a traditional Swedish Midsummer menu, aquavit and ‘Helan Går’ echoing all the way to lockdown Sydney.

Thank you to Café Öppen and all lovely people that attended plus IKEA for sponsoring this event with additional Swedish food goodness. The next upcoming event will be a Crayfish party together with the other Scandinavian chambers and let’s hope that the SACC YP Sydney will be able to join in for this festive celebration.  

Austrade Webinar 17 June – Sweden’s Innovation Ecosystem – Overview and Insights

SACC members were invited to join this webinar facilitated by Austrade – Sweden’s Innovation Ecosystem – Overview and Insights, 17 June.

This webinar was part of an initiative by Austrade’s virtual landing pad in Europe, and was designed to give you an initial snapshot of the Swedish ecosystem for tech companies. There is much more to learn about other parts of the Swedish innovation ecosystem.

Let us know if you would like to learn more, have any questions and if we can help connect you with others in our network.Sweden is world renowned for being an innovative nation – 2nd and 5th in the latest global innovation rankings. Stockholm is one of the hottest entrepreneurship hubs in Europe. What’s in Sweden’s secret sauce? What are the opportunities?

A great line-up of speakers shared their insights about Sweden’s vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Jennifer Mackinlay – Acting General Manager Austrade Europe – welcome and introduction
  • Arash Sangari – Program Manager, Startup Sweden. Arash gave us an overview of the ecosystem and how Startup Sweden as a national program provides entrepreneur-centred support to Swedish startups and scaleups.
  • Warren Campbell – Australian entrepreneur and investor based in Sweden for the last 15 years. Former McKinsey partner, founder and CEO of a pan-European renewables business, Warren is today an active angel investor in circa 30 Nordic startups, as well as an Investment Committee member of two early stage investment funds. Warren shared perspectives on early stage investing.
  • Leni Andronicos – co-founder and CEO of Logcast, the world’s first social podcasting app built out of Sweden. Leni moved to Stockholm from Sydney in 2018. She gave insights about founding a successful tech start up in the Nordics, raising capital from local venture capital institutions and establishing her profile in Sweden.
  • Kerstin Classon – Investment Director Nordics, Austrade Stockholm – moderator

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Below are some further links of interest:

Please contact Austrade Stockholm stockholm@austrade.gov.au if you would like further information and a copy of the presentation.

Frontiers of Learning online event delivered by Sana Labs – global leader in AI for learning

Swedish company Sana Labs, a global leader in AI for learning, invited SACC Members and Guests to Frontiers of Learning, online event on 9 June, celebrating the pioneering people, technology, and processes at the very forefront of workplace learning.

Some of the most prominent minds in learning and AI research today were gathered to showcase what the future of workplace learning will look like:

  • Simon Brown, CLO Novartis
  • Peter Manniche Riber, Head of Digital Learning Novo Nordisk 
  • Lori Niles-Hofmann, NilesNolen
  • Danica Kragic, Robotics professor at KTH 

They covered:

  • Why curiosity is the next big super-skill
  • How to make learning measurable and tied to business results
  • What the future of workplace learning will look like

Participants also heard about artificial intelligence and learning science from Sana Labs: how they’re making personalised learning possible and what that means for organisations in the future.

You can watch the full online event here

 

About Sana Labs:

Sana Labs is the global leader in the development and application of AI for learning. Founded in Stockholm, Sweden, we partner with Fortune 500 organizations to bring the benefits of AI to millions of learners. Our interdisciplinary team consists of researchers and engineers with backgrounds ranging from Google AI and Spotify to BCG Gamma and Imperial College.

Nordic Chambers After Work Networking 3 June Sydney

Great turn up at the Nordic Chambers after work networking event 3 June at WorkClub, Barangaroo, Sydney. This was the first joint Nordic AW in Sydney organised by DanishConnect, SACC, FACC, NACC and EACCI.  Thanks for joining us, the Finns definitely won the country representation! Special thanks to Work Club, Barangaroo for hosting, innovative and inspiring space to connect for work and events.

SACC Executive Forum Sydney

SACC Executive Forum in Sydney 4 May 2021

 

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On May 4 the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce organised the annual Sydney Executive Forum with the Ambassador of Sweden to Australia, HE Mr Henrik Cederin. The lunch forum took place at The Telstra Customer Insight Centre Sydney.

These forums provide an opportunity for SACC Premium and Corporate Company Member Executives, Special Guests and Team Sweden Australia members to connect in person and to get an insight into a certain topic, share experiences, ideas and collaborate.  The focus for this forum was on how technology and digitalisation are bringing new opportunities.

We were welcomed by Vicky Brady, Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive, Strategy & Finance and heard from Ambassador Cederin, Emilio Romeo CEO Ericsson Australia & New Zealand and Mario Macri, Country Digital Lead, ABB. President of SACC Jan Gardberg was the moderator for the event. After presentations followed round table discussions while a light lunch was served.

 

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SACC YP Sydney and Melbourne – Walpurgis Celebration 1 May

SACC YP Melbourne Walpurgis (Valborg) Celebration

The sun was out when SACC YP in Melbourne celebrated Walpurgis (Valborg), the King’s birthday and May Day with fellow Swedes and non-Swedes alike in lovely Elwood Park. New and old friends connected during a day of fun, games and networking. Some people got the opportunity to show off their impressive kubb-skills. YP Melbourne was delighted to see so many new faces attending and to see the YP community growing. YP Melbourne is looking forward to hosting its first ever Midsummer celebrations on June 26 at cafe OPPEN in Windsor.

Swedish Chambers APAC webinar 28 April with Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor AB

SACC/YP Members were invited to Swedish Chambers APAC webinar 28 April with Special Guest Mr Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor AB.

Jacob Wallenberg reflected on experiences of the past year from the perspective of the Wallenberg sphere as well as challenges and opportunities for this year and also consider the opportunities for business in APAC, all in the context of the global challenges.  The webinar will be moderated by Peter Ling-Vannerus, Chief Representative, SEB Beijing. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

View recording of the conversation here.

About the speakers:

Jakob Wallenberg:

Jacob Wallenberg is Chair of the Board of Investor AB since 2005, a lead shareholder of Nordic-based global companies. He is Vice Chair of ABB Ltd, Ericsson AB, FAM AB and Patricia Industries. Mr. Wallenberg also serves on the Board of Nasdaq Inc and the Board of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

He is a Member of the European Round Table for Industry and Member of its Steering Committee, as well as Chair of the ERT Committee on Trade and Market Access. He is also member of the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and member of the Trilateral Commission. Mr. Wallenberg is a member of and Honorary Chair of IBLAC, the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council.

Jacob Wallenberg was the Chair of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) from 1998 to 2005 and Vice Chair from 2005 to 2014. Mr. Wallenberg was the CEO of the Bank in 1997 and EvP and in charge of Corporate and Investment banking 1995-1996.

Born in Stockholm 1956, Mr. Wallenberg was educated at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1980 and an MBA in 1981. Mr. Wallenberg attended the Royal Swedish Naval Academy and is today an Officer in the Royal Swedish Naval Reserve.

Peter Ling-Vannerus:

Work experience
  • Chief Representative, SEB Beijing, September 2016
  • Gobal Head, Subsidiary Financing, SEB HQ, 2010
    Previously worked as the head of SEB Branch, France, as well as head of the SEB office in Brazil and Board member of the Brazilian Investment Bank, Banco Mercantil Finasa. Peter has long experience of working with emerging markets within all product areas and started his career in Peru working with the re-scheduling of the Peruvian debt.

Education

  • Captain in the Reserves of the Swedish Coast Artillery, Royal Naval Academy
  • BSFS, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.
  • Wallenberg Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • AMP, Insead, Fontainebleau

Big thank you to SwedCham China and SEB for arranging this webinar.

SACC Perth WA Sustainable Mining Event 21 April

In Focus: Sustainability & Mining Boom 3.0

 

 

On April 21 the SACC Perth WA Chapter were delighted to provide members and guests the opportunity to network in person while hearing from industry experts the latest developments in the mining and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

With open borders to other states, SACC Perth WA had the pleasure to host Ambassador Henrik Cederin and Alexandra Cederin visiting WA for the first time. The SACC Perth WA event 21 April was a success and we were able to network in person at the amazing Grant Thornton venue and learning about the fast-changing area of sustainability in modern mining. Big thank you to all members and guests attending.

Special thanks to speakers, sponsors and supporters Sandvik, Scania, Grant Thornton, Barminco and the Embassy of Sweden Canberra.

 

Company visit with Ambassador Cederin to Epiroc in WA in April 2021

SACC Member Epiroc hosted SACC and the Ambassador of Sweden on an eye-opening company visit showcasing their impressive facilities at the Australian head office in Perth and the role Swedish mining supply companies plays in Australia. We were also fortunate to meet with Epiroc customer RoyHill, a leading iron ore mining operation, and visit their remote operations centre, very impressive.

Company and factory visits are very valuable and part of what SACC offer our members so stay tuned for more member activities like this and get in touch with us if you would like to get involved or receive more information.