THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

21 August 2019

A Building Crack’d – How Big Is the Problem?

Aurora Place, 17/88 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000
13 September 2019

2019 Annual Gala Dinner

Yallamundi Rooms at Sydney Opera House - Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000
10 October 2019

Boardroom Lunch with Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive of Sydney Metro
Transport for NSW

Offices of DLA Piper - Level 22, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000     

Corporate Members

News

Infrastructure Australia releases the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit

13 August 2019 Infrastructure Australia, whose Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew AO recently participated as guest speaker in one of La Camara's Boardoom Lunches, has publicly launched the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit. The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit presents a forward-looking view of Australia’s infrastructure challenges and opportunities over the next 15 years and beyond. It is the second national Audit Infrastructure Australia has undertaken, after the first was published in 2015, and examines the infrastructure needs of the Australian community and industry – covering the major infrastructure sectors of energy, transport, telecommunications, water – and for the first time, social infrastructure and waste. Click here to learn more about 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit.

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BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG 2019-2020 RISK SEASON UPDATE

6 August 2019 The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has now finalized seasonal measures for 2019- 2020. The season will apply to all cargo sailing on or after 01 September 2019 and arriving into Australia by 31 May 2020. Below are important updates provided by DAWR that Importers should take note of for the 2019-2020 BMSB season. DAWR seasonal measures for BMSB In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department (DAWR) has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for 2019-2020 BMSB risk season. For the 2019-2020 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to: Certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or transship from target risk countries from 1st September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). TARGETED RISK COUNTRIES FOR BMSB The following countries have been categorised as target risk. any target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from these countries will be subject to bmsb seasonal measures; Albania Canada Italy Russia Andorra Croatia Kosovo Serbia Armenia Czech Republic Liechtenstein Slovakia Austria France Luxembourg Slovenia Azerbaijan Georgia Macedonia Switzerland Belgium Germany Montenegro Spain Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece Netherlands Turkey Bulgaria Hungary Romania United States of America   With Japan having heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied. What kind of treatment is required offshore? Your options are below: Heat Treatment Methyl Bromide Sulfuryl Fluoride For further information, please visit: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs Or contact Jose Rodriguez (jose@danonacf.com.au) at DanonaCustoms & forwarding Pty Ltd

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Aurecon partners with AI specialist company to help clients maximise profit

15 July 2019 Global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has announced a significant investment in artificial intelligence company ELARA that has developed ground-breaking technology to help businesses of all structures and sizes maximise profit. The partnership is part of Aurecon’s continued push to digitise infrastructure following their recent acquisition of Quartile One, a 70-person global asset management business, which uses data analytics to unlock value for physical and other infrastructure assets. Developed from a Quartile One R&D initiative, ELARA is an artificial intelligence platform that connects to an organisation’s existing digital systems, analysing all data to inform better decisions to enhance profit and cash-flow. Aurecon Chief Digital Officer and ELARA director, Dr Andrew Maher, said Aurecon’s investment reinforced the company’s focus and pursuit of opportunities to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning into digital engineering as part of the organisation’s broader advisory practice. “ELARA is at the forefront of AI technology and we are very impressed with its capabilities. The software is creating incredible opportunities for companies to firstly identify and then fully maximise their business operations and opportunities to turn a profit,” said Dr Maher. “The partnership will further support other initiatives we have at Aurecon that focus on building a company’s digital profile of existing and real-time asset behaviour, which can be used to optimise performance. We see tremendous potential in this space and are very keen to support ELARA’s launch into the market.” Founder and CEO of ELARA, Campbell Morrison, said his multi-year extensive research in this area had found the quality and context of decision-making was the key differentiator in performance for any kind of business. “Businesses of all structures and sizes suffer from sub-optimal decisions due to an abundance of data, yet lack the context required to make sense of complexities that impact profit. Many businesses also operate in silos that can reduce accountability for decision-making,” explained Mr Morrison. “These factors result in wasted profit and cash-flow opportunities and ELARA is designed to help businesses leverage data to increase profit. Many businesses do not understand the true driver behind profit, so ELARA helps ask what does your profit opportunity actually look like and what could drive improvements? Importantly, it also helps businesses understand what their risk trade-off is,” he added. How does ELARA work? ELARA software connects to an organisation’s existing digital systems, analysing data spanning the finance, human resources, sales, procurement, operations and logistics fields. With this information, an economic digital twin (replica model) of the business is created by ELARA to understand and identify the drivers of predicted business profit and risk. The model is then used to conduct real-time experiments on the business (implemented rapidly through AI software), testing different scenarios as new organisational data is created to see how changing inputs can improve outcomes for the business. Implementations of the ELARA platform use the results of its continual experiments to provide recommendations about decisions before they are taken. ELARA has been applied in businesses across Australia's retail, hospitality, resources and service industries, helping organisations achieve increases in revenue and cost savings by better prediction of demand and performance, labour requirements, ordering, and optimising promotions based on customer demand and internal efficiencies. For more information about ELARA visit here.  

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