The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Sydney, 02 June 2017

Business Lunch

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Join the Chamber to hear from The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Australia needs to be ready to do business with a post-Brexit UK, and despite the many economic and geopolitical challenges, there will be great opportunities for Australia. Britain will be looking for new post-Brexit partners and Australia is highly attractive with an open, innovative and pro-trade focus and a stable, reliable and prosperous economy.

Today the UK is our second-largest foreign investor and our fifth largest trading partner. Brexit is an opportunity to build on this relationship in a way that will benefit both countries. But first, Britain must go through the process of formally exiting the EU. 

While we wait for the UK to be in a position to negotiate, Australia is already working towards a comprehensive, high-quality free trade agreement with the European Union. 


Steven Ciobo was sworn in as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 19 July 2016.

This is Mr Ciobo’s third front bench role in the foreign affairs and trade portfolio. He has previously served as the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment. In these roles Mr Ciobo championed economic integration in the Pacific through private sector-led growth; promoted the benefits of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements; led delegations of industry leaders to our key trading partners; and supported the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia’s diplomatic interests overseas.

Mr Ciobo served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014. During this time he made the ultimate assessment of Australia’s national interest on some 800 applications for foreign investment worth around AUD150 billion. He also served as an Alternate Governor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Adopting a recommendation of the 2007 Inquiry into the current and future directions of Australia’s services export sector by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Mr Ciobo joined the Nelson Opposition frontbench as the Shadow Minister for the Service Economy. He subsequently served on the frontbench of the Turnbull and Abbott Oppositions, including in the small business and tourism portfolios.

Mr Ciobo was first elected as the Member for Moncrieff in the Australian Parliament in 2001. Before entering Parliament, Mr Ciobo built a professional career as an executive in the economic reform unit at international firms Coopers & Lybrand and, later, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Member -                          $150
Non-Member -                 $200

Member Table of 8 -         $1,050
Non-Member Table of 8 - $1,400

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Cramond on 02 9247 6271. 


Friday 02 June 2017
12:30pm - 2:30pm


Ashurst, Level 9, 5 Martin Place
New South Wales