G'Day from AACC President, 

Jackie Yuen

Dear Members and Friends,

As we move into December, attention will be focused on preparing for the Holidays and for the year's end. It's also a time to reflect, and importantly, to acknowledge the support the AACC has received over the past year. 

Our Australian Consul General, Nick Nichles and his team at the Australian Consulate has provided continuous support to the Chamber. Nick has regularly attended our key events and provided official welcomes, so I extend my warmest thanks to Nick for the time that he devotes to the Chamber. 

Our AACC members are the reason we are thriving today and many of you have been long time supporters and for that I'm grateful. Our corporate members and their financial generosity enable us to facilitate all of our events and activities and trust that we in turn, deliver value to them. My gratitude to all of you is immense. 

And as you'll see below, our events calendar was a busy one and Dawn Lillington, our Executive Director, was her usual tireless self, ensuring all of our events were enjoyed by all. Along with the Board of Directors ~ Gordon Stirling, Russ Mansky, Cameron Briggs, Catherine Bishop, Helen Fairclough, Scott McIntyre, and Tyler Dixon ~ Dawn and I are privileged to collaborate with a wonderful group of people who volunteer their time to ensure the AACC is an organization that is valued and enjoyed by its members. To Dawn and all the Board, you have my warmest thanks and deepest appreciation for all the work that you do to keep us active.  



Our events year began in February with the Australian Gala held at the Golden Gate Yacht Club. A smaller gathering than past years, however it was still a great party to celebrate friends reconnecting after a long pandemic-induced separation, and to celebrate all things Australian. 

The 2nd annual Australian Retreat at Skywalker Ranch in April was our first business gathering for the year.  The group was welcomed via video by Australian Ambassador to the US, Arthur Sinodinos, then participated in a series of roundtables that promoted interesting discussions. Many new connections were also created over the weekend.  

The 10th Annual International Golf Scramble was held at the Presidio Golf Course, and we partnered with the British and the German business councils to bring players together for this entertaining tournament. It's not often you can step up to the tee and be offered a tasting of 3 Penfolds wines!   

Anzac Day was commemorated in April and we convened in Heroes Grove in Golden Gate Park. After a moving service and stirring national anthems, the group moved to an adjoining area for picnics and play, a typical way to end our Anzac Service. 

In June, Paul Roos was our guest speaker at an Aussie Club event hosted by Withers Worldwide. As a former AFL player and legendary coach, Paul has a lot of leadership experience and insights on how culture affects us all. He provided some practical advice for both the individual as well as how it applies to teams. 

Our Sundowner Drinks events were hosted at the St Regis Hotel, SF and the Bluestone Cafe on Folsom St. Both events attracted current members and first timers and there was plenty of active networking taking place. 

On October 28, the inaugural United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Brisbane left SFO and United hosted a reception in their Polaris Lounge as well as at the Departure Gate. Passengers were treated to Tim Tams and Lamingtons so they were thrilled for the added trimmings before boarding.  

In early November, we hosted a Penfolds Master Class Winetasting event at Withers Worldwide. Penfolds' Gillian Balance, MW, presided over the class that featured 6 core wines, and served a few gems that appeared at the end. The enthusiasm of the group was wonderful and I believe some new fans were gained. 


In July we officially welcomed the Pacific Northwest chapter of the AACC, joining SF and Houston. The team in Seattle have been active and discussing ways to join resources to enable wider reach. Expect to see more in 2023! 


We're looking forward to the Australian Gala 2023 in February and we're returning to the Fairmont Hotel, so look out for more details in the coming days.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous Holiday season! 

Enjoy the time with family and friends and look forward to seeing you in the new year! 

With gratitude, 

Jackie Yuen

AACC President

Holiday greetings from the Australian Consulate General in San Francisco.

I love this time of the year when office buildings and family homes are being lit up with Christmas lights. Is it just me, or did it seem a lot of people (and businesses) didn’t even wait till Thanksgiving was over before they flicked the “on” switch for their lights? The cooler weather and the welcome rain definitely says it’s Holiday Season!

Australians continued to increase their travel in and out of the Bay Area. Our Consular and Passports Officers were as busy as ever and their task made more challenging by onshore being swamped with passport applications! An eight-week turnaround was common in the middle of the year, but thankfully that time is reverting to something more acceptable. I supported United Airlines as it inaugurated its SFO/BNE flight and reinstated its SFO/MEL route. My continued thanks to United for unswerving commitment to its San Francisco connections to Australia.

And for the first time, we offered a “Democracy Sausage” to those Australians who came in to vote in person for the May Federal election. Thank you to the Golden Gate AFL Club and its volunteers for staffing the BBQ we organised and congratulate it on the money it raised for its club.

From Austrade’s trade and investment perspective, we stood up the physical Landing Pad again at the beginning of the year. We saw over 50 founders make use of the resources we provide to them in person, and that number again taking advantage of the virtual toolkit we provide.

So 2023 will consolidate a lot of the gains we made in 2022 as we climbed out of COVID-19. And I hope everyone gets to celebrate those gains this Christmas and well into the New Year.

From everyone at the Consulate General, Happy Holidays and wishing you a prosperous 2023.




Please join the AACC and our partners as we are BACK to celebrating Australia at the annual Australian Gala at the glorious Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday February 11, 2023. Enjoy the sounds and tastes of Australia, with dancing, auctions, Grand United Airlines Raffle, special guests and much more. 

The 5th annual presentation of the Innovation Awards, Presented by the Victorian Government and the Spirit of Australia "Ambassador Bill Lane" Award will acknowledge outstanding contributions to business, entrepreneurship and commitment to the growth of Australia.

Nomination instructions here > Annual AACC Innovation Awards


Holiday Afternoon Tea (11/25 - 12/30)

A timeless St. Regis tradition inspired by Caroline Astor. Discover this signature ritual while enjoying the sweet delicates created by our pastry chef and crafted selections of TEALEAVES. Hosted daily through the holiday season from 2 to 4pm. 

12 Days of Holiday Cocktails (12/13 - 12/24)

Unwind and discover a selection of signature cocktails crafted at The St. Regis Bar. The unexpected flavors will delight, from the Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail to the Spiced Maple Bourbon Fizz. As the festive season begins, uncover a distinct winter cocktail every day. 

 A Special Christmas Eve Dinner at Astra  (12/24)

 An exquisite dinner on Christmas Eve to captivate the delight of the season. Surrounded by an atmosphere of festivity at the new restaurant, Astra. Join us for a culinary excellence with a four-course menu. 

 Experience an exquisite New Year's Eve Dinner (12/31)

Celebrate, indulge, and taste refined creations in the exclusive atmosphere of Astra Restaurant. Indulge with a four-course menu serving holiday specialties made with locally sourced ingredients. 




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