Vale Colin Mackenzie



Colin Mackenzie, formerly the Executive Director of the Australia-Thailand Business Council between 2009 and 2013, sadly passed away on 4 February 2018, after a long illness.

Colin had a very interesting life.  He was educated at Essendon High School and Melbourne University, and practised law in Melbourne before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Canberra as a policy officer in 1972.

During his 27 years with DFAT, Colin worked in the Legal, Economic, Defence, HR (as Director of Foreign Service Training) and Cultural areas in Canberra and was posted overseas to the Australian Embassies in the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden, subsequently working at the Australian overseas missions in Fiji and Jordan.  

Colin joined the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2008 to provide Secretariat services to a number of Business Councils, including the ATBC before his retirement in 2015.  His valued contribution to the ATBC and its members whilst Executive  Director, and overall role  in helping to  expand the Australia Thailand bi-lateral relationship through his work with both the Thai and Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade offices is especially remembered. 

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Roz and family and greatly missed as a kind, compassionate and thoroughly likeable man by all who met him.

A Last Toast Remembrance Celebration will be held at Macarthur Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House Canberra at 3 PM on 16 February 2018.

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ATBC President, Doug Blunt (far right), his wife Kathie (centre left), and ATBC Vice-President, Jamie Gibson (far left), with Mrs. Salila Tepkasetkul, Thai Trade Commissioner (centre), and Ms. Vorawan Norasucha, Director, Thai Board of Investment (centre right), celebrating Thai National Day in Sydney on 4 December 2017.


The Australia Thailand Business Council (ATBC) is the go-to body in Australia for access, insight and advocacy on Aust-Thai business.  The Council works to build strong links between the private sectors of Australian and Thai businesses, as well as developing mutually beneficial relations with our respective governments.

The Council works in close collaboration with key stakeholders, in particular, the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra, the Thai Trade Commission, the Thai Board of Investment in Sydney, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AustCham).

Australia and Thailand celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations in 2012/13. The two countries are major trading partners, and trade has grown rapidly since the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) came into force in January 2005.

Thailand is Australia’s 5th largest trading partner with two-way merchandise trade of $18 billion in 2016; Thai investment in Australia was $3 billion in 2016, with Australia investing some $4.4 billion in Thailand.



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