JULY 2023

G'Day from AACC President, 

Jackie Yuen

Dear AACC Members and Friends,

Summer in San Francisco with Karl the Fog in full force, proves an anomaly to the rest of the state and country experiencing heatwave conditions. While we hope the hot conditions abate and people stay safe, the fog is not enough to put a dampener on things here, as we celebrate summer festivals and vacation time. 

The AACC farewelled Consul-General, Nick Nichles last month, and we are excited that Odette Hampton will be stepping in to fill his shoes through the end of the year. Odette has been Deputy Consul-General & Trade Commissioner and a valued friend of the AACC and will continue to drive business connections in the Bay. 

Please join us for some great AACC events:

August 4 - Monthly Coffee Meetup at Bluestone Lane

August 10 - SF Sundowner social at St Regis Bar

October 5 - 11th Annual International Golf Tournament

Member, Partners & Mates in the News this month include:

  • Telstra announcing an agreement with Starlink to connect remote Australia
  • Withersworldwide celebrates being ranked in the Chambers 2023 High Net Worth Guide
  • E&M Mayock joins Jewell Stewart & Pratt
  • St Regis San Francisco dining experiences
  • San Francisco Unicorns debut in the inaugural US Major League Cricket (MLC)
  • Golden Gate AFL Tri-Series
  • Pub Choir in San Francisco

Until next time, enjoy the summer!

As always, thanks for your support.

With gratitude,


AACC Director, Helen Fairclough

…from the Victorian Desk

Dear AACC Members and Friends,

I’m thrilled to bring you the latest news and updates from our vibrant (and currently very chilly) state of Victoria.

First things first, let's talk jobs! While the workforce shortage buzz may have simmered down a bit, businesses here are still facing the challenge of a tight labour market. 

In June, there were 32,000 new Victorian jobs with jobless rate of 3.1% maintained in the regions; 3.5% nationally.

On the population front, Victoria has been the star performer among the states, adding 39,700 new residents in the December quarter.

There is a lot happening in the renewable energy sector in Victoria with initiatives and investments in wind and solar energy providing opportunities in innovation, technological advancements, and entry into a rapidly expanding clean energy market. This support will be critical to achieve the Victorian Government’s ambitious climate action targets.

Victoria's arts and sports scene continues to expand on a local and global stage:

However, not all news is sunshine and rainbows. You might have heard the Victorian Government made the decision to terminate the 2026 Commonwealth Games Host Agreement due to the escalating budget. Read more from the State Government here

Looking ahead to an action-packed calendar!

So, there you have it—a snapshot of what's been happening across Victoria.

Until next time.

Cheers Helen


Date: Friday, August 4 2023

Time: 10 am

Location: Bluestone Lane, 55 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

New to the Bay? Looking to reconnect with other Aussies? AACC President Jackie Yuen will be hosting this month, look for the Australian flag.

Join us in the St Regis Bar in the lobby of the St Regis San Francisco to toast the end of the foggy summer, and the beginning of the real SF summer! Our Sundowners are a great way to meet other Aussies and friends of Aussies in the Bay area.

We will also give away two tickets to the San Francisco show of Australian phenomenon Pub Choir on 14 September.

Led by the hilariously talented choir master Astrid Jorgensen - equal parts comedy, chaos and beer, Pub Choir is the wildest, happiest, largest, EASIEST music lesson in the world! Come along for a chance to win and join in!

We're thrilled to welcome Telstra as a sponsor of the 11th Annual International Golf tournament.

This year the tournament will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at the beautiful and sunny Crystal Spring Golf Course in Burlingame. Get your foursomes together and join us for a fun day of golf and networking.

If you're interested in coming on board as a sponsor, please reach out to Melissa Zajic melissa@sfaussies.com. 






Telstra announces agreement with Starlink to connect more people in remote Australia

Telstra has signed an agreement to become the first provider in the world to offer voice-only and voice plus broadband powered by Starlink to rural and remote Telstra customers in Australia. Read their full announcement.





Marsha Laine Dungog Top Ranked for Private Wealth Law

Withers celebrates being ranked across eight practice areas in the 2023 Chambers High Net Worth Guide. We congratulate our 22 US-based attorneys who were individually ranked for their exceptional work in advising high net worth individuals, family businesses, and private companies, including San Francisco-based international tax and estate planning attorney and AACC member, Marsha Laine Dungog.





E&M Mayock Joins Jewell Stewart & Pratt

AACC member E&M Mayock takes great pleasure in announcing that Jim Mayock, the Managing Partner, and the staff of E&M Mayock have joined the San Francisco business immigration firm of Jewell Stewart & Pratt (JSP).

JSP and E&M Mayock both have a long and distinguished history of immigration law practice based in the San Francisco Bay Area, stretching back to the 1970s.

Both firms have lawyers and staff who are highly regarded by colleagues and peers for deep expertise, quality of work product, and outstanding personalized service.

Mayock traveled to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2005 at the request of AusTrade to explain the new E-3 Visa. What a boon for the Aussies!

Learn more about JSP by visiting our website:


E&M Mayock is honored and proud to be joining JSP.

Please join us in celebrating this milestone!





Cricket comes to the Bay!

The San Francisco Unicorns, the team representing the Bay Area, make their debut in the inaugural Major League Cricket (MLC) season this summer.

The Unicorns are one of six founder members of the MLC, a T20 competition bringing some of world cricket's biggest names to the US for the first time in July 2023. 

Former Australian captain Aaron “Finchy” Finch will lead the team to play an 18-day tournament in Dallas, Morrisville and North Carolina, with a facility to be in built in the Bay area in the coming years. Familiar names in the squad include Aussies Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Corey Anderson and Liam Plunkett. The team will be coached by Shane Watson, former Allan Border Medal winner, and supported by the governing body of cricket in Victoria, Cricket Victoria. 

The tournament runs until July 30 and will be broadcast on Willow TV. Tickets can be purchased through the Major League Cricket website.


SF's Golden Gate Roos have some big games coming up with Sacramento, Orange County, San Diego and LA all travelling to SF to play:

Saturday August 19, Tri-series between SF, San Diego & LA on Treasure Island Gaelic Fields from 12pm.

Saturday August 26, Tri-series between SF, OC & Sacramento on Treasure Island Gaelic Fields from 10am.

Following those games there will be social events at the sponsor bar Buzzworks from 7pm which all AACC members are welcome to join too. They will have the footy playing on the big screen in Buzzworks too!


presents our “This Worked At Home” tour

Led by our hilariously talented choir master Astrid Jorgensen, the audience becomes the performers, and before the show is over, hundreds of new best friends will be belting out a song in three-part harmony.

You don’t need to prepare anything. Got a mouth? You've passed the audition. Come with an open mind and a willingness to try a new thing, Pub Choir will do the rest.

Endorsed by Kate Bush, Mariah Carey, and Sir Barry Gibb (actual true stories) Pub Choir is a show that needs to be seen to be believed. Be a part of the magic as audiences of strangers are transformed into an incredible choir for one night only.