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Newsletter #46

May 2019

King's Day Reception in Sydney


On Tuesday 30 April, the Consulate-General celebrated King’s Day in Sydney with representatives of Dutch and Australian companies, MPs of the NSW Legislative Assembly, local, federal and NSW government officials and many others. The corporate reception was attended by over 150 guests, and was a perfect opportunity for people and businesses to meet.

Thanks to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Heineken Australia, Rabobank, ABN AMRO, Achmea Australia, ING Australia, Randstad Australia, Royal Vopak and Old Amsterdam Cheese Australia for their support.

'Healthy living, Happy celebrations'

Netherlands ranks #1 on the Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index

For the second year in a row, the Netherlands has ranked #1 on the Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI). It is introducing new laws that will encourage AVs, something also pursued by Australia. The Dutch government is taking an active and innovative role in AV safety and legal issues.

The Netherlands is working together with neighbouring countries to launch huge platoons of driverless trucks to transport flowers on major “Tulip Corridor” routes from Amsterdam to Antwerp and Rotterdam to the Ruhr valley. How very Dutch! To read more, visit the website of KPMG by clicking on the button below.

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KLM awarded for being 'most sustainable airline'

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the winner of the ‘most sustainable airline’ at the Travel Daily Sustainability awards. Travel Daily is Australia’s leading travel industry news publication.
KLM was one of the first airlines with a climate change action plan. KLM aims to have reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 10% by 2030, compared to 2018.

For more information on KLM’s strategy on becoming an even greener airline, visit the KLM Takes Care website by clicking on the button below.



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Royal BAM group partner for Crossriver Rail Brisbane

Recently the Queensland Government announced the preferred bidder for the Cross River Rail Tunnel & Stations project. The winning Consortium (PULSE) includes  (amongst Australian and other international parties) BAM companies as partners (both in the so called PPP-part (BAM PPP) as well as on the Design & Construct-part (BAM International together with Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG).

The availability based public private partnership contract with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority includes the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new 10.2km rail line connecting the north and south of Brisbane, which includes twin 5.9km tunnels under the Brisbane River and central business district. The PPP package also includes the delivery of four new underground stations and maintenance works that will be provided for 24 years. To read more, please click on the button below.

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Tranzer, a start-up by tech company Lynxx selected for Mastercard’s Starth Path

Fintech start up Tranzer is the only Dutch company selected by Mastercard for its global Start Path acceleration program. Tranzer will have access to Mastercard's resources, enabling them to do thorough research into a new potential type of public transport ticket.
Tranzer is doing research into smartphones being used as tickets. A pilot in Sydney this year will show if it’s feasible. If successful, your phone could be your train, bus or ferry ticket anywhere in the world!

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Five Australian companies selected for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 in The Hague


From 3 - 5 June 2019, The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) uniquely gathers governments, the private sector and a powerful partner network to turn challenges into business opportunities worldwide.
Hosted by two of the world’s most innovative countries, the United States and the Netherlands, this 9th edition of GES will focus on global opportunities for the next wave of entrepreneur-led innovation in scalable tech, from artificial intelligence and robotics to blockchain, big data, new science and more. Five Australian companies have been selected to participate: Goterra, Seer Medical, HealthKit,The Training Paddock and Senscity. For more information, please visit the GES website by clicking on the button below.

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Websites Ministry of Foreign Affairs


For Dutch people abroad: (NL) (EN)

For foreigners interested in NL: (EN)


If you're interested in investing in the Netherlands, visit the website of the NFIA.


Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Sydney


Level 23, Tower 2 - 101 Grafton Street (cnr Grosvenor street), Sydney, Australia Bondi Junction NSW 2022

T: +61 2 8305 6807