Expat Advisors Community – network for professionals with internationally connected clients

Stacey Martin: Aus-China Specialist with ABF, Strategic Connector, SIV Consultant

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 experts to assist with international business 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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  • Consult – assist with  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 who run start-ups, small businesses 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.

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Think 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.

Australia China Business Week Melbourne – Wednesday 27th July

ABF Melbourne

The ACBW 2016 Forum offers insights into the ambiguous, complex and volatile environment of the Chinese market and provides case studies of Australian enterprises currently engaged with China.


Morning Forum: 10.00am-12.00pm

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The morning will focus on China’s One Belt One Road initiative which has led to an explosion in offshore investment from the Chinese government in infrastructure and strategic assets and the potential impact on the global landscape.

There will also be a panel session on what Chinese investors really want and how to engage them.

Keynote Luncheon: – 12.30pm-2.15pm


Guest speakers are Peter Nathan, CEO of A2 Milk, and Radek Sali CEO of Swisse moderated by Mark Hawthorne, Senior Editor at The Age.

Afternoon Forum: 2.30pm-5.30pm

Topics include the rise of Chinese investment into Australia’s regional projects, China’s Cross Border eCommerce Trade and Opportunities, the growing appetite for Australian premium food and the innovation frontier to China.

There will also  be morning and afternoon forums in Mandarin.

Mix at Six Networking Function: 5.30pm-7.00pm

Forge strong personal relationships with delegates and people across various industry sectors, from both Australia and China.

Date:   Wednesday 27th July 2016

Time:    9.30 am registration followed by networking drinks from  5.30 pm

Venue:  Melbourne Crown Palladium

To book: take advantage of the two for one offer of $590 plus GST for the full event or $100 discount by registering below before 30 June. Note forums and networking events can be booked separately.


About ABFAustralian Business Forum (ABF) is an independent non-political organisation that facilitates Australian business looking to engage with China. ABF does this through identifying and understanding knowledge gaps and facilitating dialogue, business and partnerships.

Initiatives focus primarily on the Small and Medium enterprise sector and their issues and connection with the Chinese business community. This connection is enabled via a network of partners across business, government, industry, academia and the wider Australia and Chinese community.