AustCham Beijing Future Business Leaders Program

Creating a new generation of Australia- China Business Leaders

2013 AustCham Scholars and young Australians in China meeting the Australian Ambassidor to China HE Ms Frances Adamson, and Hon Foreign Minister Ms. Julie Bishop MP to discuss the New Colombo Plan initiative in December 2013.


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AustCham Beijing is excited to introduce to our members the successful candidates of the AustCham Beijing Future Business Leaders Program. These five young professionals will arrive in Beijing this month to undertake a year long work placement with AustCham Beijing member companies. The 2014-2015 FBL's are:

Hamish Abbey- Cochlear Limited

With a Bachelor of Business/Business Management and joint study in Human Resource Management from Charles Sturt University, Hamish has worked for the NSW Government in Trade & Investment. Hamish also has a strong work history in Australian live export, working for Landmark Global Exports Pty Ltd and travelling through NSW and Victoria, in the selection, purchase and identification of cattle for live export to Russia and China.

Andrew Brett- Woods Bagot

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Queensland in 2008 and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2012, focusing on urban design and development issues in Asia. Andrew has undertaken travel studios to Gedai (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) with UQ, and Lae, Papua New Guinea where he participated in the construction of sustainable compost toilets with students from the University of Melbourne and Unitech PNG. Andrew has worked in private and public architectural practices and most recently as a research assistant at UQ. He is also part of a graduate collaborative called Ride, which is currently working on a documentary film project on post-disaster rehabilitation in the Tōhoku, Japan.

Through his placement with Woods Bagot in Beijing, Andrew is keen to gain first-hand experience working in the context of China’s rapid urbanisation.

Natasha Chee- Woods Bagot

Natasha graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Design and Master of Architecture from The University of Queensland. Upon completing her Masters Nastasha received the UQ Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Award and have received numerous academic awards, scholarships and prizes throughout her studies. In 2012, Natasha was awarded a scholarship to participate in The UQ Study Tour to China, where she furthered her interest in traditional Chinese timber construction techniques at Tianjin University. She has undertaken architectural internships in Tokyo and was selected for the 2010 UQ Architecture Japan Pilot Study Tour Scholarship. Natasha has also organised and self-funded her own Architectural study tours to South East Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, and later presented lectures at UQ on her research into Vietnam’s traditional mandarin houses. She has held the position as a UQ Academic Tutor and was co-ordinator of various UQ Architectural Students’ exhibitions, and notably has worked for Architectus Brisbane.

Natasha believes this opportunity to participate in the AustCham Beijing Future Business Leaders Program presents a timely and valuable learning experience to further her long standing passion for Asian architecture and a career focused on the Asia region.

Lucy Du- Westpac (Shanghai) Lucy holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science from University of Melbourne, and a Master of Social Research from Australian National University. She has been a scholarship recipient from Peking University for the International Alliance of Research Universities Global Summer Program, University of Birmingham’s Universitas 21 Summer Program and recipient of the University of Melbourne Language Scholarship and Cheung Kong Funding Scholarship to undertake Chinese language and cultural studies at Tsinghua University. Since 2010, Lucy has worked on education and schools funding policy for the Australian Government Department of Education and on specific policies to support science, mathematics and engineering education for Australia’s Chief Scientist.

As a fluent Mandarin speaker, she aims to strengthen her capabilities in a more business and corporate environment through the Future Business Leaders Program.

Andrew Hurd- Woods Bagot

Andrew has recently completed a Masters in Architecture degree at the University of Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Design also from University of Queensland. He has three years of practical experience working for architecture firms and construction companies, including holding positions at Paterson Dunn Architects and Nettleton Tribe Architects. Through his studies he has undertaken a design studio to Auckland in conjunction with both the University of Auckland and University of Queensland. In 2013 he was involved in the University of Queensland's Summer Scholarship Programme researching the effects of Urbanism on the Logan region, in particular its effect upon its large Indigenous and Pacific Islander populations. Recently, Andrew completed his thesis examining the rattan palm and its potential use as a construction/architectural element.

Andrew hopes to work on large scale urban projects that will improve his design knowledge while in China.


Applications for the 2014 intake are now closed.


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The AustCham Beijing Future Business Leaders Program

“Congratulations to AustCham for assembling a world class program, we are thrilled with the outcome.”

– Brendan Mason, GM Cochlear China


The AustCham Beijing Future Business Leaders Program is an initiative of AustCham Beijing, developed in response to Australia's growing economic, cultural and political relationship with China. Previously know as the AustCham China Scholarship, the Program has been developing young Australians ability to flourish in the Australian- China Business environment since 2011. The Program is designed for students who have a long term passion for strengthening this relationship through their business or cultural pursuits. A typical candidate will have completed a Bachelors degree, have practical work experience, and have undertaken China focused work or academic studies. Although Mandarin language skills are not required to apply for this position, candidates who have taken the initiative in developing core cultural and language skills will be highly regarded. The Programs alumni will form the base of Australia's young, China focused, business and cultural leaders. 


These positions will not only provide a gateway into Australia- China business, but also provides unique career development and networking opportunities within current Australia-China business and political leaders. 


Our Goal

The goal of the AustCham Beijing Future Business Leaders Program is to foster the next generation of Australia - China business leaders. AustCham Beijing, along with its partners, believes that the development of China literate Australian business leaders is key to forming stronger long term bilateral links between the two countries. By integrating individuals into the Australia - China business community from a young age, we hope to cultivate greater cultural understanding and respect that will carry through to the highest levels of management in both countries.


The scholarship will achieve this by placing talented Australian graduates in key Australian industries in China through its comprehensive language, mentoring and work placement program.


The purpose of the program is to provide a comprehensive career development platform for Australians with a passion for developing a career in China or with a China focus. For these individuals the program has been tailored to provide maximum industry exposure, networking and learning opportunities on a professional, cultural and personal level.

What is available?

The 2014 Program will provide a number of positions for talented Australian students across a broad range of industries and academic backgrounds. The allowance of positions to each sector was decided based on demand from student applications. At this stage, keen applicants are welcome to apply for the Early Applications under non specific positions. Over the next month, more industry sectors will be released.


Positions in the following sectors are currently avaliable to applicants:

Industry Sector



BlueScope Steel


Woods Bagot

Business/ Economics

Cochlear Limited

Economics/ Finance


In 2014, we are also proud to announce the launch of the Marita Cheng- AustCham Beijing Engineering Future Leader, designed for aspiring female engineers, and theAustCham Beijing Indigenous Australian Future Business Leader, which will promote a young, China-focused Indigenous Australian. Each year we cannot guarantee the number of positions available in each sector. Individuals with niche academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply if they have maintained a cross-disciplinary skill base.


Candidates who are successful in their application for the scholarship will receive the following*:

  • A return flight to China
  • A paid job placement with an Australian company (an AustCham member company)
  • Language Training
  • A stipend
  • Invitations to attend AustCham’s career and professional development events
  • Sponsorship to attend AustCham industry events and seminars
  • Airport pickup, accommodation support, visa guidance and orientation

*Subject to MoU agreement.


Minimum eligibility requirements are:

  • Must be an Australian Citizen;
  • Must meet the eligibility criteria for a Chinese Z working visa;
  • Must have completed a minimum Bachelors Degree, with proof of origional degree certificate;
  • Must have 2 years work experience post date of graduation by visa application date;
  • Must be able to demonstrate academic and working interest in the Chinese economy and culture;
  • Must be willing to work in China for a minimum of 9 months with the possibility of staying on longer;
  • Candidates must have a minimum of a High credit (70+) average or can demonstrate exceptional commitment to China Australia Bilateral relations through work experience, language study or Chinese university studies;
  • Must be able to produce evidence of having no criminal record, provided by the Australian Federal Police, prior to visa application date;
  • Must be able to produce an origional physical examination form, prior to visa application date;
  • Must be able to provide all relevant doccuments in a timely manner to their Host Company for Z Visa processing. 


How To Apply- Early Applications

To apply, please send your CV, two references (names and contact details), academic transcript, and short answers to the Questionnaire to:

Applications can be addressed to 'AustCham Beijing'. Applications will close on the 21st of February, 2014, at 23:30 Beijing time. Successful Candidates will start orientation in Beijing on June 7th, 2014

Applicants for the AustCham Beijing Future Business Leader- Architecture position are also encouraged to submit a portfolios.


Corporate Partners- Expression of Interest.

AustCham members are invited to participate in the 2014 Program. Companies will not only receive the HR benefits of accessing Australian brightest young business leaders, but will also gain the great exposure associated with the Program.

For more information, please download our Host Company Infomation Packtes .


Tasharni Jamieson

Manager, Scholarship & Future Leader

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