Expat Advisors Community – network for professionals with internationally connected clients

Stacey Martin – Strategic Connector

I believe networking is the key to success in today’s busy world, even more so in China where guanxi 关系 is the foundation for building trusted relationships.

Being interested in what clients and business partners are looking to achieve, and drawing on my financial services expertise and extensive network across Australia and Asia, it is a privilege to be able to connect relevant expertise and add value for those doing business in the Aus-China space.

If you are an SME wanting to engage with China, are interested in the Significant Investor Visa migration program, or are looking for the right professional to assist with international business opportunites you can contact Stacey Martin here.


  • Collaborate – discussion forums for professionals with international clients, including accountants, lawyers, bankers, wealth managers and cultural consultants. Includes special interest groups for the Significant Investor Visa  program for migration agents, investment specialists and venture capital managers.

Check out discussion forums here.

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  • Connect – introductions to industry experts and professionals to provide advice and support for clients with cross-jurisdictional requirements

Check out community members here.


  • Co-ordinate – for Significant Investor Visa (SIV) applicants, bringing together migration, banking, investment, tax and legal specialist to make the move to Australia as smooth as possible

Check out SIV booklet here.


  • Communicate – coaching and mentoring  community members, facilitation  of delegations from Asia and keynote conference speaking and MC

Check out conference speaking here.

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  • Curate –  blog on China-related events, articles and insights distributed via LinkedIn and regular member eNews

Check out past eNews here.

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  • Co-create – strategy development, introductions, investment projects, business matching, cultural insights and expertise on doing business with China

Check out  doing business with China here.

  • Co-operate – strategic partners include:


Australian Business Forum – facilitates Australian SME’s looking to engage with China. Includes the Australia China Business Week (ACBW) events coming up in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Xiamen, China.

AAEC logoAustralia Asia Executive Center – cross-cultural network for business leaders and industry specialists pursuing expansion across Asia-Pacific.

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Australian Services Roundtable – is the voice of professional services, aiming to secure Australia’s place in the global economy

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AccessCN – provides strategic marketing and PR to help companies successfully transition into the Chinese market.

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Austcham Hong Kong – the Hong Kong and Macau-based Chamber is the largest Australian business community outside of Australia.

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Basis Point – provides business intelligence and networking opportunities for participants in the investment and financial markets in Australia and Asia.

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Dearin & Associates – international business consultancy accessing opportunities and capital in fast-growing international markets with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

HKTDC_logo for affHong Kong Trade and Development Council – helps Hong Kong’s SMEs connect with business clients and partners around the world.

HKTDC is the organiser of the annual Asian Financial Forum

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InvestHK – assists Australian and New Zealand companies to set up in Hong Kong and promotes Hong Kong as the gateway to China.


NiHao Global – provides independent interpretation, translation, research and recruitment services on the ground in China with local business knowledge and experience.

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Migration Alliance – is a membership organisation leading the Migration advice profession through the provision of expert advice to government and consumers.

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SME Association of Australia – supports a diverse range of SMEs,  business owners and entrepreneurs from start-ups to small and medium enterprises.


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Succession Plus – specialist advice for small to medium business owners, to manage strategic business succession and exit planning.sumo siv

Sumo SIV – provides a flexible investment platform for Significant Investor Visa migration and a range of offering for high net worth investors.


think global logoThink Global Consulting – facilitates business and investment between Asia and Australia leveraging networks and relationships in both developed and emerging markets.

Check out partner events here.

Connect with Us

If you are a professional working with international clients and are interested in collaborating with like-minded and passionate individuals, you can contact Expat Advisors Community founder Stacey Martin here to enquire about becoming part of our network.

For SMEs wanting to engage with China contact us to see how our network can short-cut your journey for success.

ASRs peer mentoring program for services sector SME’s



The brightest stars in Australia’s SME sector are joining together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth.

Services SMEs will come together under the Australian Services Roundtable’s SME Mentoring Program, to offer one another the benefit of their experience, skills and contacts. They will draw on ASR’s 15 years of experience in enabling Australian service firms to grow nationally and internationally.

About the program

The group will gather once a month on a range of topics including:

  • Election, election, election: The global state of play, Aust, US and Brexit – held 14th September 
  • Looking over the horizon: Where to start with your Internationalisation
  • Speed dating through Free Trade Agreements
  • A multinational SME born global
  • How to turn cross-border contracts into cash
  • Smarketing: how to align sales and marketing
  • Utilising disruption and innovation
  • A software update on E-commerce
  • Masterclass on social media
  • The building bricks of cross-cultural business
How to Apply

There are still places available in the program – attendance is included in a special introductory ASR membership offer of $150 pa plus GST.

Email Stacey Martin, Business Development Manager, SME Strategy or call  Stacey on 0413 127 677 for more information or download the application form here.

About Australian Services Roundtable

As the voice of professional services, Australian Services Roundtable aims to secure Australia’s place in the global economy. In addition to advocating free trade and bilateral agreements, ASR seeks to facilitate international services trade and investment channels.

Members include professional service industries, SMEs, and micro-multinationals across the financial sector, education, health and the environment, tourism, culture, technology and business services.

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Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stats to 31 July, 2016

australia-passport_mapThe change in complying investments to the  mandated $500,000 Venture Capital (VC) and $1.5M allocation to small company shares had initially slowed the rate of applications under the new Significant Investor Visa regime. However, there are currently almost 200 invitations still being processed which alone would result in almost $100M into the VC sector and $900M into other complying managed funds.

Continue reading Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stats to 31 July, 2016