THE HON. CHRIS SCHACHT – CHAIRMAN (FAICD)
The Hon. Chris Schacht has visited China extensively as a Senior Labor Party official, Senator and as a Federal Government Minister. He has also visited as the President of the Australian Volleyball Federation, leader of Trade Delegations and as a guest of the Communist Party of China. Recently Chris has been working with the consultation group on the South Australia – South East Asia Engagement Directions Paper. Chris was a member of the China Cluster Executive and that used to work closely with the SA Department of Economic Trade and Development (DTED) in his then capacity as the Chair of the Sports Industry Group. The China Cluster was a private South Australian group led by industry representatives focused on providing strategic direction on South Australian trade relations with China. Subsequently, Chris’s experience and interests in China saw him take up a greater role by becoming a member of the China Cluster’s Executive Leadership Team. Chris was President of the Australian Volleyball Federation from 1997- 2013 during a period of unprecedented growth for the sport internationally – volleyball being one of the top 3 sports in China. He has made numerous visits to China with the DTED China Cluster and a number of South Australian Government Ministers and delegations.
Former Volleyball Australia President The Hon. Chris Schacht become the first Australian voted on to the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Board of Administration
During Chris’s career as a Senior Labor Party official, Senator, Federal Government Minister and now business advisor he has visited China and observed the remarkable transformation of the Chinese economy. He has been fortunate to meet a number of senior Chinese leaders such as Former Premier Zhu Ronhgi and since 1986 has made regular visits to China on an annual basis.
Chris is a former Australian politician and member of the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), who was born in Melbourne and educated at the University of Adelaide and Wattle Park Teachers College.His political career started as a State party official in 1969 during the Don Dunstan era. In 1987, he entered Federal Parliament as a Labor Party Senator for South Australia. He was Minister for Science and Small Business and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Science in the Keating Labor Government from March 1993 to March 1994 and then Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction until Labor’s defeat at the 1996 election. Chris left the parliament in June 2002 after 15 years as a Senator and 33 years in Australian politics and is a current Director of Marathon Resources, a mining exploration company.
Asia Pacific Conferences, delegations and visits ( 1989 – 2001)
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Indonesia, January-February 1989.
Member, Parliamentary Exchange Visit to New Zealand, April 1989.
Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Defence Sub-Committee) visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, April 1989.
Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991.
Official visits to Cambodia, July 1992; Japan, November 1992; Japan, October 1993; Laos, June-July 1994; New Zealand, July 1994; Japan, India and Vietnam, October-November 1994; Japan, China, Vietnam and Philippines, June-July 1995; China, September 1995; Belgium.
Leader, Delegations to China, July 1991 and November 1992.
Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade study tour of Indonesia, October 1992.
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore and Malaysia, March 1999.
Member, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties visit to New Zealand, March 2000.
Official visit to the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, April 2001.
Local organising committee for International Astronautical Congress 25-29 September 2017 (IAC2017).