Spring 2019 Update

Melbourne and San Francisco will be connected better than ever before, with United Airlines launching its first non-stop flight between the two cities.

This is the airline’s second non-stop flight between the US and Melbourne and will operate three times a week.

The new route means that there are more direct flights from San Francisco to Melbourne than ever before, with seven flights over six days a week.

Along with the 16 direct flights currently operating from Los Angeles to Melbourne and four to Vancouver, the new service will make travel even easier for Northern American businesses who have offices in Melbourne and those considering establishing a presence in Australia’s fastest growing city.

Melbourne is a popular destination for US investors, particularly those in the tech sector, with San Francisco-based tech companies such as Zendesk, Square, Splunk and Eventbrite having all established offices in Melbourne.

Showcasing Victoria's world-leading capabilities

Over the past few months, our Americas VGTI has been very heavily involved in promoting Victoria’s capabilities through a very eclectic mix of activities – from tech and creative industries in the US to education and mining equipment and technology services in Latin America.

South by Southwest (SXSW) Regarded as the leading global conference for music, film and interactive media, Global Victoria led a trade mission to SXSW in Austin, Texas in March 2019.

Supported by the Americas VGTI and Creative Victoria, 15 Victorian tech startups and a separate cohort of 30 delegates from Victoria’s creative scene travelled to the Silicon Hills to build new connections and soak up fresh new ideas from leaders across a wide range of industries, including, marketing, music and film equipment, robotics, aerospace, mobile apps, 3D printing, and many more.

Global Victoria, in collaboration with the Victorian Music Development Organisation, G'Day USA and Sounds Australia, put together a day-long celebration showcasing Melbourne’s best music, tech and film talent at Melbourne Hub, a venue takeover at AUSTRALIA House at SXSW 2019. The evening featured leading Melbourne acts Oh Pep!, Two People, Angie McMahon, Mojo Juju, Amyl and the Sniffers (DJ set) and DRMNGNOW (DJ set). With the venue at full capacity, the evening concluded with a late night screening of the Australian documentary, Her Sound Her Story by filmmaker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore.

Several Melbourne-based artists and companies gained wider recognition in the US and beyond, and number of Victorian delegates reported hugely promising business outcomes, with some reporting estimates of $3.4 million in new business over the next 12 months, and $23 million over a two-year period.

Latin America
Lopez-Lochert Scholarship

In January 2019, nineteen Victorian TAFE students travelled to Chile under the Victorian Government’s Lopez-Lochert Scholarship program to undertake a two-week exchange program at Duoc UC, Chile's leading VET institution. Students undertook two-week courses on “Doing Business in Latin America” and “The World of Chilean Wines”. As part of the academic program, the group visited multiple local companies, startups and vineyards and immersed themselves in the local culture.

The scholarship is the result of a unique first-ever partnership between the Victorian Government, TAFE Victoria and Duoc UC aimed at facilitating student exchanges between Victoria and Chile, fostering cultural connections and promoting Victorian VET opportunities in Latin America.

Learn more about Victoria’s relationship with Latin America by reading the Victorian Government's Latin America Trade and Investment Strategy.

Exponor 2019: Global Victoria travels to the heart of copper mining in the world.

In late April 2019, the Victorian Government’s Office in Santiago supported nine Victorian mining equipment and technology services (METS) companies on a trade mission to Exponor 2019 – one of Latin America’s largest mining events, held bi-annually in Antofagasta, Chile.

The Antofagasta region is the main mining centre of Chile and is responsible for over 55 per cent of domestic copper production, as well as 100 per cent of the production of lithium carbonate, lithium chloride and lithium hydroxide. Several of the world’s major mining companies have operating assets in the region, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Antofagasta Minerals Teck, Codelco, Yamana, KGHM, Rockwood and SQM.

Global Victoria’s mission aimed to connect Victorian METS with management, executives and technical personnel at some of the largest and most sophisticated mine sites in the world. The program included tailored B2B meetings, networking opportunities, customer briefings and visits to key mining sites.

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