Ambassador Erica Schouten attended the Dutch Remembrance Ceremony for the fallen of WWII. In her speech, the Ambassador addressed this year’s theme for the 4 May commemoration: resistance. The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le A.O. also spoke at the ceremony.
During her visit to South Australia, the Ambassador furthermore paid a visit to the University of Adelaide. Waite Research Institute Campus is a research, education and commercialisation precinct for agricultural science and a great location to exchange views on agri & food matters. The Ambassador also visited the Tonsley Innovation District where leading-edge research and education institutions, established businesses and start-ups, business incubators and accelerators as well as the wider community connect and collaborate. The Ambassador met with the Hon. David Ridgway, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in South Australia, to discuss possibilities for cooperation in agri/horti culture and food innovation. Working together for a more sustainable future!
While in Adelaide the Ambassador also made time to meet with the new DutchSA board, which was highly appreciated. DutchSA expresses its gratitude for the ongoing close relationship with the embassy and consulate of The Netherlands in Australia. This is of great value for bridging business opportunities and fresh ideas between Australia and The Netherlands!
By Adam Kiolle
All of Europe has been talking about it but Australian companies have been largely unaware of it: the ever-nearing entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018. The GDPR is a new European Union-wide law aimed at protecting individuals' rights in relation to the processing of their personal data that will impose extra obligations on most businesses that deal with people's personal information. While Australia may sometimes feel a long way from the EU, Australian businesses should be aware that even Australian companies are not beyond the GDPR's reach. This articles outlines the top 6 things that Australian companies should be aware of in relation to GDPR compliance.
The GDPR can apply to Australian businesses
Companies based outside the EU - even as far away as Australia - can also fall within the scope of the GDPR. This will be the case if the Australian company offers goods or services to individuals residing in the EU. For example, if your company regularly ships goods to customers in the Netherlands or anywhere else in the EU (e.g. through a webshop), there is a good chance that you will be processing personal data in a manner that will bring your company within the scope of the GDPR. The same will apply to Australian businesses supplying services (e.g. professional services or cloud-based solutions) to individuals based in the EU. The fact that your business does not have any physical presence in the European Union is irrelevant.
A second category of non-EU businesses to which the GDPR applies are companies that "monitor the behaviour" of people within the EU. This category is aimed primarily at social networks based outside of the EU that allow users inside the EU to make use of their services, however it is likely to apply more broadly to many other types of business, in particular app and software developers whose software gathers user data and is available to users in the EU.
Even Australian businesses processing data on behalf of EU business customers should beware. The GDPR's regime of joint and several liability means that individuals whose data has been compromised as a result of an unauthorised disclosure or breach can choose to take recourse directly against the EU business or the Australian data processor.
The GDPR's extraterritorial reach will mean that many Australian businesses - even those without a physical presence in Europe - may find themselves subject to its requirements without being aware of it.
Unlike Australian privacy laws, the GDPR can apply to businesses of all sizes
Australian privacy law is considerably more lenient than the existing EU data protection regulations. A large number of businesses are exempt from the key Australian data protection law, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles provided for in the Act, which only apply to businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million. By contrast, the new GDPR (and the EU data protection directive that went before it) can apply to businesses of any size where they process personal data by "automated means" or in an organised fashion, with only few exceptions.
This means that it is possible that some Australian businesses may be subject to the GDPR even if they are not subject to the equivalent Australian legislation.
The GDPR is stricter than Australian privacy laws
The definition of "personal data" under the GDPR is somewhat broader than the definition of "personal information" under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the levels of protection provided for under the GDPR go much further than those under Australian regulations.
Particularly high levels of protection apply to certain special categories of sensitive data (such as biometric information or data related to things such as a person's health, ethnicity or religious affiliation).
This means that even if your company is already compliant with the Australian privacy regulatory regime, it is possibly that you may still need to make some changes to make your company GDPR compliant.
The penalties for non-compliance with the GDPR are hefty
The GDPR provides for massive penalities for non-compliance, with maximum fines of the higher of EUR 20 million (approx. AUD 30 million) or 4% of worldwide annual revenue applicable for certain breaches. Compared to this, the maximum penalty under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) of AUD 420,000 for serious or repeated interferences with privacy pales into insignificance.
While it is expected that these penalities will not be handed out lightly and that regulators are likely to be relatively lenient in the early stages of implementation of the new regulations (this is certainly the position that has been expressed in relation to the Dutch regulator the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) and while there are some questions around how likely it is that European regulators will - at least initially - be proactively investigating non-EU entities, the existence of penalties of this magnitude should give any businesses falling under the GDPR (including Australian companies) pause for thought.
Compliance does not have to be a huge burden
There are a number of simple steps that Australian companies can take to GDPR-proof themselves. Often, all that will be necessary is a slight adjustment of existing measures and documentation such as company privacy statements.
As a first step, Australian companies dealing with customers in the EU should find out whether their activities expose them to the GDPR. If it appears that they do fall within the scope of the GDPR, they should undertake a review of their privacy statements, data processing agreements and organisational and security measures to identify any concrete measures that need to be taken to ensure that they are GDPR-proof, ideally before its entry into force on 25 May 2018, or otherwise as soon as possible.
GDPR-compliance can be an asset
Finally, it is important to note that while the GDPR does present certain regulatory and compliance burdens, it can also offer companies opportunities.
GDPR-compliance as a selling point: GDPR-compliance can be an asset for some companies, especially businesses dealing with personal information as a key part of their business model who can spruik their GDPR-compliance as a kind of seal of approval that is good for their reputation and adds value to their proposition.
Reposted with permission; original publication by AB in NL: https://www.australian-business-netherlands.info/single-post/2018/05/01/Australian-companies-and-the-EU-General-Data-Protection-Regulation-GDPR
DutchSA is honoured and proud to announce that Professor Anton Middelberg, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide, has joined the advisory board of DutchSA. See Our Board for a complete overview of our (advisory) board members. We look forward to Anton's guidance for our contributions to the South Australian innovation and commercialisation agenda and our relationship with the Dutch consulate and embassy.
Prior to becoming the Engineering lead of the University of Adelaide, Anton was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, taught at the University of Cambridge and was appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, focused on research and its commercialisation.
Professor Middelberg is an internationally-recognised research and thought leader in chemical and biomolecular engineering. His research is fundamental but directed toward significant problems including in the health and advanced bio-manufacturing sectors.
In 2003 he returned to Australia as an ARC Federation Fellow and then as the Queensland Premier’s Fellow. During these Fellowships he researched, patented and ultimately licensed new technologies in the vaccine and bio-nanotechnology sectors.
The impact of Professor Middelberg’s research has been recognised by Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of IEAust. In 2006, he won the TechConnect Prize in Boston for new technology having the highest potential, in the category of Physical Sciences, for market impact.
Our friends at Business SA have asked us to share their Export Ready Program with our DutchSA members. So here we go!
Business SA has developed this program for South Australian businesses who are new to export, or those who are already exporting and want to take a more strategic approach!
You may be eligible for this program if you have a South Australian Business (ABN) turning over at least $150,000 and in business for 2 years.
The program comprises of six full-day workshop sessions followed by individual mentoring sessions with the BusinessSA Export Adviser. You will receive professional export advice and support and will be equipped with practical information and useful tools to help you achieve success in your export endeavours.
What you will get out of the program is the ability to apply a strategic approach to export, armed with plans, tools and advice that will lessen the risks associated with export and increase your chance of success in global markets.
Thanks to a subsidy from the Department of State Development the total cost to participate in the Export Ready Program has been significantly reduced to only $1600.
If you want to know more about the Export Ready Program please contact Business SA Export Ready team on (08) 8300 0098 or via email@example.com
by Edwin Roman
I grew up in a country that has implemented systems thinking in government as early as the 11th century, when democratic waterboards where instituted to manage the dikes that keep the Dutch low lands (polders) dry. In this collaborative and democratic system there was no place for power politics, because lack of agreement would surely get everybody drowned. Today 50% of The Netherlands consists of polders, which is reclaimed land below sea level. As a result the Polder Model of fact based, collaborative policy making, has become deeply ingrained in Dutch society and institutions. This very culturally embedded systems thinking approach turned out to become a key enabler for creating one of the most competitive economies in the world: The Netherlands climbed to #4, according to the World Economic Forum (weform.org). An interesting example can be found here: Delving into the dutch way.
Having been in South Australia for over 6 years I couldn't help noticing how deeply divided and ineffective policy making can be at all levels. The tragedy of Australian politics being immature and at times hysterical, is that this leaves us with a political system that is deeply averse to finding win-win situations and collaboration across political view points. It does not surprise me that Australia's economy performs nowhere near its full potential, at place 22 out of 31 countries in the global competitiveness report. The World Economic Form states that:
"Australia needs to improve its innovation and business sophistication in order to rise up the ranking"
I think better innovation and business sophistication requires a multi partisan cultural change, where we learn to trust each other, even when we do not always agree on everything. A great way of building trust is finding common ground in successes and role models and celebrate them (without claiming them). The good news is that there are many great initiatives under way in South Australia, that with sufficient sense of purpose and focus can transform our economy.
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce started the "Innovation Series" events to highlight those initiatives that remind us of our cultural values of trust and collaboration, that can transform South Australia into the best place for innovation and new business. Our last event with Flavia Tata Nardini (Fleet Space) and Suhit Anantula (Business Models Inc) left a big impression in this regard, and a positive feeling that anything is possible! (see previous-event).
Our next Innovation Series event will be held in Tonsley, Australia’s fist pure play high tech innovation district. Created with government resources to cluster like minded high tech companies, and transcend their individual competitive needs to a much greater purpose: the capability to collaborate, co-create and commercialise world class products and solutions on a global scale.
The topic of the DutchSA event will be appropriately: the Triple Helix of Government, Universities and Business working hand in hand to develop our economic ecosystem. We illustrate this with a tour of the Tonsley innovation district facilities, including a visit to Sage Automation (from startup to international high tech power house), and presentations about:
For more information and registration go to Next Event.
This event is made possible by:
Message from Adelaide Festival Corporation
Adelaide Festival is fast-approaching and we have a couple of world-class Dutch theatre productions programmed among our 48 events (over 17 days) that we thought you might like to know about.
The theatre centrepiece of the Festival is Kings of War (watch the Trailer) from Toneelgroep Amsterdam and directed by Ivo van Hove. This show is in Dutch with English surtitles and it promises to be a thrilling a captivating tale of power and corruption told through the fusion of five of Shakespeare's plays. The Adelaide Festival Corporation is delighted to extend a 20% discount offer to DutchSA members to see this show. To unlock the offer, enter the promo code DUTCHFRIENDS at the point of purchase.
Book Tickets here.
You may also like the incredibly moving and innovative Festival show from Rotterdam theatre company Hotel Modern called The Great War.
If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Festival organisers.
The main aims of the basic 8-week Dutch language course are to:
We are proud to announce that Frank Weits has been appointed as the new honorary consul for the Kingdom of The Netherlands for South Australia and The Northern Territory.
To focus on his new role Frank will step down as the president of DutchSA. His role as president of DutchSA will be taken over by Erik van Zanten, who in turn will be succeeded as vice president by Edwin Roman. Frank will remain closely involved with DutchSA via the advisory board, in which he will be joined by DutchSA founder Roland Lever and the retiring honorary consul Willem Ouwens.
DutchSA organised a conference call with the development directors of Tonsley and Brainport to initiate a process of knowledge sharing. Brainport was represented by Joep Brouwers (development director), Tonsley by Philipp Dautel (development director) and Terry Burgess (Tonsley project chair, and member of the economic development board for South Australia). The call was also attended by the University of Adelaide (Anton Middelberg, Executive Dean of the science and technology faculty) and facilitated by DutchSA (Frank Weits and Edwin Roman).
Joep answered questions and talked us through some inspiring history. After the close down of traditional manufacturing industries, government, municipalities, companies and universities in the Eindhoven region (with the Philips High Tech Campus) worked closely together in a 'triple helix' approach to turn around the region. An approach so successful that Brainport is now the #1 European region for innovation strategy and one of the 3 European regions attracting most foreign investments and companies in the whole of Europe.
The biggest problem for Brainport is now attracting enough international knowledge workers to fill the many research and development jobs in the region. Eindhoven registers more patents per capita than the 3 runners up together (San Francisco, San Diego and Malmo) and has been named the smartest city in the world.
In conclusion this shows that Tonsley could be in the early stages of a very similar path, and that continued focus of government, industry and knowledge institutions over a long period can result in a world class innovation district. It is great to share insights and opportunities with one of the development leaders of the smartest region in the world and we intend to keep doing that.
Jan Bijlsma retiring from the DutchSA Board
Jan Bijlsma will ‘retire' as Treasurer from the Board after 8 years active and successful involvement in DutchSA Events, taking care of IT and Finance and many other social events and board activities. Jan, we thank you and will seriously miss your energy, wisdom & expertise, stakeholder management, and of course your Friese ‘nuchterheid'!
New DutchSA Board members Nancy Spork and Anton Scholte
We welcome Nancy Spork and Anton Scholte as our new Board members. Anton will take over the position of Treasurer from Jan Bijlsma.
DutchSA Advisory Board
The DutchSA Advisory Board with DutchSA founders Willem Ouwens and Roland Lever will be extended with Jan Bijlsma. We plan to extend the Advisory Board with more expertise and access to various industries.
New DutchSA Committees for Business and Member Engagement
We have set up two new Committees Business Engagement and Member Engagement, to involve more of our members in organising business events & trade missions, and effectively manage member related activities. We are welcoming expressions of interest to grow the team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to us at the First Thursday networking drinks to let us know you are interested.