Leading in the Asian Century: A National Scorecard of Australia’s Workforce Asia Capability


For Australian businesses, one of the biggest impediments to realising business and investment opportunities in the Asian region is a lack of understanding about Asia capabilities – in particular which capabilities are critical to business success and how prevalent they are in the workforce. In ground breaking research, DCA has generated the first ever National Scorecard of Australia’s Workforce Asia Capability.

‘Asia capability’ (AQ) is defined as individuals’ ability to interact effectively in Asian countries and cultures, and with people from Asian cultural backgrounds, to achieve work goals. Australian organisations can improve their Asia capability in the short term by focusing on existing Asian-identifying talent, as well as better recognising and rewarding workers who have lived and worked in Asia, and those who have Asian language proficiency.

Managing director of Beasley Intercultural, Tamerlaine Beasley, and CEO of the Diversity Council of Australia, Lisa Annese talk to Peter Switzer in this 10 minute video about the report and diversity in the workplace here.

The Synopsis Report can be downloaded here and take the test to find out your Asia Capability at

Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires by Cynthia Dearin

I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Dearin of Dearin Associates recently given our mutual interest in culture. The former Australian  diplomat shares in “Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires” her experiences living and working in the Middle East and North Africa.

Camels-Sheikhs-Billionaires-v2-300x300Whist there are some similarities in terms of cultural differences as there are between the West and East, like then nuances between the provinces in China, there are many differences across each country in the MENA region.

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China Market Entry Handbook

China market entrySovereign China publishes annually a Market Entry Handbook to provide clients with a basic understanding of the China entry process.

The handbook is a valuable resource and includes:

  • High level market trends
  • Establishing a legal entity
  • Taxation of foreign-invested enterprises
  • Employing personnel
  • Protecting intellectual property

Download China-Market-Entry-Handbook-2015 or check out the website for other valuable resources.

Trading Places – Tim Harcourt

Trading Places_Tim Harcourt

In Trading Places, Tim Harcourt—also known as the Airport Economist—takes you around the globe, talking to businesses, governments, union officials, NGOs, and others in the community to understand what makes each economy tick.

He provides key facts on each country from the capital city, to population size, GDP and exports. Relevant contacts listed include Austrade, the Australian High commission and local networks such as Austcham.

Sharing tips and interesting stories drawing on his experiences, an example includes Singapore where there were many students at his hometown Adelaide University. Today many of those are in positions of influence back in Singapore including cabinet misters and senior financiers showing the long term benefits of building relationships across jurisdictions.

Trading Places reveals where the opportunities are, identifies the risks, and provides insider tips on doing business in each destination.

Article highlighting HNW Financial Planners integral to SIV success

iStock_000014412396_MediumExpat Advisors Community members, Liana Allan from Migration Alliance, David Chin from Basis Point and Stacey Martin from NAB Private Wealth were recently interview by IFA magazine. Below are some key insights and you can read the full article here: IFA Magazine_SIV story. Continue reading Article highlighting HNW Financial Planners integral to SIV success