The West Australian European Business Association is delighted to announce the 2020 WA European Business Week Programme.

NOTIFICATION of Postponement 

WAEBA WA European Business Week 16 – 20 March 2020

It is with considerable regret that WAEBA announces the postponement of the WA European Business Week 16-20 March 2020 due to the COVID19 social restrictions imposed by the Australian health authorities which are supported entirely in the interests of our nation and the wider world.

With immediate effect all the events of the week as advertised on this website and in social and mainstream media are postponed until further notice.

At this difficult time – WAEBA deeply thanks all its Event Partners, Speakers and Attendees without whom it would not be possible to present  our dynamic annual WA European Business Week.

We thank you unreservedly for your support and involvement,  and hope to continue to work with you all going forward from theses unprecedented circumstances.

It is intended that the WA European Business Week be postponed until later in the year where it is expected that the Delegation of the European Union in Australia will return to Perth in late 2020 as part of their planned annual trade and diplomatic engagement with Western Australia. Future information on this will be posted on this website as information becomes available.

WAEBA especially thanks all of the Delegation of the European Union in Australia in Canberra as led by His Excellency Dr. Michael Pulch, Ambassador of the European Union –  for their kind message of support as published here and for their hoped r future participation in the WAEBA WA European Business Week events.

We unreservedly thank the Delegation for their support and look forward to our continued strong and collegiate collaborations.  Please read the official Letter of Regret and Support  received from HE Dr. Michael Pulch, Ambassador on this LINK.

For further Government advice on the COVID-19 Pandemic – Please refer to the following Australian Government advice HERE



WAEBA thanks all its Event Partners, Speakers, Sponsors and Supporters without whom the WA European Business Week would not be possible.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.   Please View Event Partners Here


Our 2020 WAEBE WA European Business Week Sponsors and Partners!

2020 WA European Business Week Event Programmes

WAEBA & European Australian Business Council (EABC) - EU Ambassador's & Ministerial Annual WA Business Breakfast Wednesday 18th March 2020

The West Australian European Business Association (WAEBA) is proud to announce the Programme of  the 2020 European Business Council (EABC)  – EU Ambassador’s & Ministerial WA Business Breakfast.

“The EU and WA – A Gateway Partnership”

There is no doubt that the EU and WA are geo-economic “gateway” partners to their respective regions, creating prosperous cross border bridges and opportunities.

Join WA’s premier European Business Event in magnificent Kings Park surroundings, to hear the latest on European trade matters and opportunities in the presence of the official Trade Delegation of the European Union in Australia. Diplomatic and Trade Delegates including Economic and Commercial Counsellors, Trade Commissioners and Heads of Mission from across the EU ready to engage with WA business.


  • Master of Ceremonies:   Mr Jason Collins, CEO – EABC
  • His Excellency Dr. Michael Pulch – Ambassador of the European Union in Australia
  • Ms Madeline King MP – Shadow Minister for Trade
  • Her Excellency Mrs Marion Derckx, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Australia
  • Professor Peter Leedman, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS – Director Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University


TICKETS:  Individual Tickets – $95.00      Table of 8 – $700

Diplomatic Rate for Consulates, Chambers & Business Associations – Table of 8 –  $650

IMPORTANT: Ticket includes attendance of the WAEBA EABC EU Ambassadors & Ministerial Business Breakfast plus WAEBA Business & Investment Forum and WAEBA Innovation & Research .   Attendance of Forums is transferable to nominated colleagues if attendance is not possible.






WAEBA WA European Business & Investment Forum

Proudly Presented by 


Venue: Deloitte Function Suites, Plaza

Level, Brookfield Place, Tower 2, 123 St. George’s Terrace, PERTH

TIME:  Registration 09:30   Forum 10:00 – 13:30

The European Union (EU) as a trade block is the world’s largest economy with a population of 510 million people, a GDP of USD$18.7 trillion and averaged GDP growth rate of 1.6% across the EU28 nations. It is a global nuclear and space power. As a bloc, the EU is Australia’s second largest trading partner, third largest export destination, and second largest services export market. In 2019,  in Australia,  the EU was the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and this will remain unaffected by UK departure from the EU.. Upon the UK departing the EU, the Netherlands will become the biggest EU nation trading partner with Australia.  This is particularly significant within the resources, agricultural, chemicals, ICT and financial services sectors.  Australian financial institutions choose to invest Australian pension funds into the mature and sophisticated financial markets of the EU over many other destinations. Progress towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since negotiations began in 2018 have been strong and positive with five comprehensive rounds of negotiations already accomplished and the sixth scheduled for mid-February. It is anticipated that when concluded by 2021, an FTA with the EU will increase  two-way trade between Australia and the EU by as much as 30%.

Engage with diplomatic and business speakers from the EU Trade delegation led by His Excellency Dr. Michael Pulch Ambassador of the European Union to Australia and with Australian counterparts at the WAEBA WA European Business & Investment Forum.

Proudly Sponsored by:
Fremantle Port
Delegation of the European Union in Australia
WA Business News


2020 WAEBA WA European Innovation & Research FORUM - Wednesday 18th March 2020


Registration 13:30pm      Forum – 14:00 – 18:00 Refreshments Included

Hosted by 2020 Event Partner: Quantum Technology Exchange at Curtin
University – Old Boys School Building, Brookfield Place, 123 St. George’s
Terrace, PERTH.

Of the ten most innovative nations tabled by  the Global Innovation Index,  three of the top four (Switzerland, Sweden, US, Netherlands)  are in Europe with another three – Finland, Denmark, Germany indicating a total six of the top ten most innovative nations are in the EU.

For our 2020 WA European Innovation & Research Forum, WAEBA will once again feature two sessions and cover two innovation and research  topics: space and the circular economy.

WAEBA is proud to announce the visit of the European Space Agency (ESA) to Western Australia for the WA European Business Week and their central presence at the WA European Innovation & Research Forum. The European space economy is valued to be worth €80.9 billion to the EU economy and is an important driver of education, research and innovation.

Western Australia has been involved in the space industry for nearly sixty years and is a significant stakeholder in major WA and European space and ICT projects such as the European Space Agency’s ground station at New Norcia, a range of commercial space communications stations, the Pawsey Supercomputing – Centre – PRACE programme, and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.  There are some 74 international and Australian companies with a presence in WA operating in space and space related services.

As a cornerstone of the European Commission’s “Green Deal” and accompanied with a 10 billion Euro research and implementation funding programme,  the European Commission’s  Circular Economy Action Plan  sets out 54 ways to “close the loop” of product life cycles. It puts a major emphasis on finding new, innovative means to move away from environmental pollution and the  ‘take-make-dispose’ culture. This approach helps to drive forward not just environmental and climate response issues, but also significantly drives economic progress and innovation. Hear from leading WA “circular economy” thought leaders as to how this essential economic reality is shaping future WA innovation and research.

Join a super high level host line-up of science and innovation VIP’s  including the  Diplomatic and Trade Delegation of the European Union in Australia; WA Chief Scientist – Professor Peter Klinken, AC; Hon David Kelly, MLA, Minister for Science, Innovation & ICT;  Hon Chris Tallentire,MLA Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Innovation & ICT among many others;  in celebrating the best of both EU and Western Australian Science and Innovation.

Proudly hosted by our Event Partners –  Delegation of the European Union in Australia; European Space Agency; Quantum Technology Exchange, Curtin University  and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation this event promises to excite.

QUANTUM Technology Exchange accelerates innovation where Australia’s strongest industries are aligned with growth areas of the global space sector, focusing on areas of existing world-class capabilities in cross-cutting technologies that align with critical enabling road-maps of the space sector.

Curtin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019.




The Annual WAEBA West Australian European Defence Industry FORUM - Thursday 19th & Friday 20th March 2020


The annual 2020 West Australian European Business Association (WAEBA) – WA European Defence Industry Forum is proudly presented together with WAEBA and Event Partners CLAYTON UTZ, THALES, AIRBUS,  Delegation of the European Union and Department of Defence; and will be proudly co-hosted by Australian Defence Industry Network (AIDN WA) and the WA Defence Review at the spacious and elegant conference suites of the Melbourne Hotel, PERTH on Thursday 19th March 2020.

In the presence of the official Trade Delegation of the European Union in Australia – over 20 high level Representatives from across the European Union in attendance together with WA and European industry captains and the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and Defence Science & Technology Group(DSTG).

Attend this prestigious industry event to learn about the growing Australian and European strategic relationship; and WA & EU Defence Industry Cooperation and Opportunity in the Defence + Space + Cyber + Surveillance +Intelligence + ICT and other Defence Research and Materiel landscapes.

Exclusive high level networking opportunity.

FORUM & Ministerial Luncheon 19th March 2020

  • Melbourne Hotel – Level 1, 33 Milligan Street, PERTH
  • Registration: 08:30    Forum 09:00 – 17:00

AIRBUS Australia Space & Intelligence – Exclusive WA Defence Industry “Roadshow” Workshop – Friday 20th March

This interactive workshop presented by AIRBUS Australia – Space & Intelligence will introduce AIRBUS to stakeholders in the growing WA defence, space and cyber industry.  AIRBUS seeks to know WA industry capability to work into its project bids both in Australia and within its global supply chain.

Registration 09:00 – 09:30   Workshop 09:30 – 11:30  Networking lite lunch provided 11:30-12:30

CBD Venue: TBA

COST:  $95pp   Table of 8 – $700

Military/Diplomatic/Associations/Academic – Cost: $85pp, Table of 8 – $650



Proudly presented in Partnership with the 

Delegation of the European Union in Australia



WA Defence Review



Department of Defence

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation