A trade, investment and cross-cultural exchange

The EASTxWEST Forum is a biennial event that was established by the Local Governments of Australia’s North West to foster prosperity. It offers an opportunity for the exchange of greater trade, investment and cultural awareness between China and this important Australian region.

Held during the Australian Trade Commission’s Australia Week in China, the Forum delivers a challenging schedule of activities designed to stimulate understanding, collaboration, and fresh thinking for the future of this pivotal relationship.

The Forum is centred around five streams; cultural exchange, education, investment, tourism, and migration. It will also include a site visit to the successful Qianhai Free Trade Zone, arranged by event partners AustCham Beijing and their South China branch. The Forum will also offer specific investment matching opportunities for project proponents seeking to attract Chinese investment into projects that contribute to the development of northern Australia.

The Forum also offers a diverse range of cultural interactions; with performances by the Australian Girls Choir, the Shenzhen University performing arts department, and special guest artist-in-residence: interspersed with unique access to Chinese cultural experiences.



Bringing projects and investors together.

For the first time, the EASTxWEST 
Forum will offer a dedicated investment matching service. This 
will allow individual proponents to 
showcase investment opportunities in the North West, offering Chinese investors the opportunity to participate in the development of this exciting region. The individual Local Governments will answer questions regarding permits and statutory approvals. All attendees will be invited
 to access the Pilbara Development Commission’s online investment portal, bringing projects and investors together in a structured format.


Cultural Exchange

Australian Girls Choir Live Performance and Artist-in-Residence.

Both China and Australia’s North West are rich in ancient artforms, offering a fascinating juxtaposition between the two cultures. The EASTxWEST Forum takes an exhibition of Australian culture to Shenzhen, and encourages an exchange of creative influence amongst participants. The exhibition will remain open for viewing throughout the Forum.


Migration Information

Comprehensive visa information available for Chinese investors

Australia’s North West is growing rapidly, and it requires new migrants prepared to bring their drive and entrepreneurial spirit to the region. With vast open spaces and a culture that is welcoming for new people joining the community, there has never been a better time to consider a move to Australia’s North West. Comprehensive information will be provided on a range of visa classes for Chinese people seeking to relocate or work in Australia; including special investment visas, student visas, migrant visas, and general working visas.


Site Visits

An opportunity to explore the key factors that drive the success of the Shenzhen SEZ

With China often cited as having the most successful special economic zones in the world, delegates at the EASTxWEST Forum will visit one of these zones in Shenzhen. The opportunity to speak with management about investment mechanisms to attract businesses into the zone will offer valuable insight for proposed Special Economic Zones in Australia’s North West. A series of senior-level meetings will offer an opportunity to explore key themes in more detail; including zone marketing, locator support, regulatory reform, and other economic levers to drive investment.



Opportunities for Chinese attendees to explore educating their children in Australia

Drawing on a strong history of offering quality education to Chinese students, the EASTxWEST Forum provides opportunities for Chinese attendees to explore educating their children in Australia. A dedicated Education Desk offers information about individual educational institutions and programs, as well as explaining immigration requirements and support mechanisms for studying in Australia.



The region’s recent investment in tourism infrastructure

North West of Australia offers some of 
the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes 
on the planet, and the region has 
recently invested significantly in tourism infrastructure. Find out more about special events held throughout the year, including music festivals, cattle mustering, camel safaris, and spending time on the land with the region’s traditional Aboriginal people.

The Event Partners


Pilbara Regional Council

The Pilbara Regional Council (PRC)
 was created in May 2000, when the four Pilbara local governments came together to give a greater voice to the Pilbara region, and to attract increased investment opportunities for the benefit of Pilbara communities.

We provide services to, and advocate for, the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

Our vision: Efficient, cooperative and sustainable local government across the Pilbara, contributing to a region of social and economic prosperity.


Pilbara Development Commission

The Pilbara Development Commission (the Commission) was established under the Regional Development Commissions Act (1993). The Governing Minister for the Commission is the Hon Terry Redman MLA Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development.

The Commission plays a lead role in facilitating planning and development for the Pilbara, to broaden the economic base, improve social infrastructure and to attract and sustain a rapidly growing residential population.

Our vision: The Pilbara, Australia’s Global Economic Hub

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Kimberley Regional Group

The Kimberley Regional Group is a collaborative body representing the interests of the Local Government’s of the Kimberley region.


Australia China Business Council WA

The Australia China Business Council (ACBC) is a membership-based, non- profit, non-governmental organisation comprising of a National Office, six Branches, and more than 1500 representatives from over 900 Australian companies who do business with China.

ACBC plays an influential role as an advisor to the Australian Government on commercial relations with China. ACBC is a strong supporter of a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Australia and China to foster more competitive business in both nations.

ACBC has close links with expatriate groups in China, as well as with Chinese groups and officials, and leads trade missions to China from time to time.



The China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham Beijing) was established in 1996 and has as its goal the advancement of the broader Australia-China business relationship through the effective representation of its 250 members. They achieve this through building connections between members and broader stakeholders in Australia and China, delivery of effective advocacy programs and provision of information and insights through our business events and online platform.

AustCham release White Papers and industry specific position papers throughout the year. The Chamber regularly engages with government and other key stakeholders on issues of concern to members, and actively contributes to the public debate.


China Public Diplomacy Association

The China Public Diplomacy Association, established in December 2012 as a juridical association with 64 founding members, is a nationwide non-profit organization comprising experts and scholars, celebrities, and relevant institutions and enterprises in the field of public diplomacy.

Dedicated to providing professional consultation and coordination services, mobilizing and coordinating social resources and making the best of people-to-people channels in international exchanges, the China Public Diplomacy Association strives to advance the development of China’s public diplomacy, enhance mutual understanding and friendship between China and the rest of the world, project to the world a positive image of China that is civilized, democratic, open, and progressive, and create an international environment conducive to China’s peaceful development.