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

10 October 2019

Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive of Sydney Metro
Transport for NSW

Offices of DLA Piper - Level 22, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
31 October 2019

Boardroom Lunch with Ms. Eleni Petinos MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads 
Parliament of NSW

Squire Patton Boggs Aurora Place, Level 17 - 88 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000
14 November 2019

2019 Cruise with the Europeans

King St. Wharf, Jetty No.1, Sydney NSW 2000

Corporate Members


Navantia launches second logistics vessel for Australian Navy

30 August 2019 Navantia launched Nuship “Stalwart” on Friday 30 August 2019, the second of two logistics vessels it is building for the Royal Australian Navy. The ceremony took place at Ferrol’s shipyard at 17:14, coinciding with high tide. During the event, the president of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá, has thanked the Australian Department of Defence and the Australian Navy for the trust placed in the Company, which has once again demonstrated its ability to design and build on time, quality products and services for the most competitive of markets. She also highlighted the work of the Navantia staff, the collaborating industry, and the rest of the partners who have put all their effort and know-how on this boat. Navantia’s president also announced that Ferrol’s shipyard will soon begin the implementation of an ambitious investment plan of more than €160 million digital transformation, in the face of F110 frigates. These investments will generate more than 700 jobs over the next 5 years, to most companies in the area. The ceremony was attended by the president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo; the government delegate, Javier Losada; SEPI President Vicente Fernandez; Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Julie-Ann Guivarra, the representative of the Australian Navy, Rear Admiral Peter Quinn, and the representative of the Spanish Navy, Admiral Antonio González. Stephanie Moles, retired rear admiral of the Australian Navy, has served as the ship’s sponsor. Australia, preferred customer The contract with the Commonwealth of Australia involves 1.5 million hours of work per ship for the Ferrol shipyard, as well as 35,000 hours from the manufacture and supply of the main engines, diesel generators and reducers, and another 35,000 derived from the Integrated Platform Control System. It is generating about 1,800 direct and indirect employees annually, of which more than 330 are direct employees, with more than 530 employees in the collaborating industry and more than 900 indirect employees through other suppliers. The contract includes life cycle support for the two AOR logistics vessels for a period of 5 years, to be carried out entirely in Australia (New South Wales and Western Australia) through the Navantia Australia subsidiary. Life cycle support makes Australia a preferred customer for Navantia, as in addition to these two logistics vessels, three AWD destroyers (based on F-100 frigates) have already been built. Ferrol will focus this year and next year on the completion of the AOR logistics vessel program, the design of f110 frigates, new wind commissions, the repair business and the execution of the shipyard’s modernization work. The president of Navantia referred to the importance of diversification, in particular in the field of offshore wind power generation, where the Ferrol estuary has already become an international benchmark, contributing to the development of energy cleaner. In addition, it has expressed confidence that the intense commercial work being developed would soon allow for new contracts in this sector of the future such as offshore wind. In the Navantia Strategic Plan, the Ferrol Shipyard is a key piece, in particular in its second pillar, that of operational efficiency, since this shipyard is called to develop the first naval program within framework 4.0. The new frigates programme will have an impact on the employment of approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next 10 years. Prior to the start of the F110 construction, more than 1 million hours of engineering work (studies, functional engineering, logistics), construction engineering, planning and program management will be invested, with more than 250,000 systems and engines. This project not only consists of the design and construction of the future frigate of the Spanish Navy, it also implies the consolidation of this shipyard and its region as world leaders in the design, construction and support of state-of-the-art frigates, based on experience and industrial fabric developed with the F100, F310 and AWD programs, three of the world’s leading frigate programs. Investments boost GDP by 34 million euros a year Studies and work to modernise the shipyard have commenced, proposing significant investments to adapt the technical, productive and facilities capacity to the needs and opportunities offered by the market. These investments will generate almost 34 million euros of GDP per year for the Spanish economy and will be concentrated in an advanced sub-block workshop in addition to other facilities. The Strategic Plan also involves the rejuvenation of the workforce, which will involve the recruitment of more than 180 people in 2019 in Ferrol and which will continue in the coming years. Navantia thus reinforces its role as an engine of economic growth and employment, promoting the progress of the region and the digital transformation towards the shipyard 4.0.

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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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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: Or contact Jose Rodriguez ( at DanonaCustoms & forwarding Pty Ltd

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