Our History

The genesis of the Chinese Professional and Business Association (“CPBA”) came about in August 1973. A group of Chinese residents in Melbourne met to discuss the need for an ethnic organisation at whose gatherings professionals and business people could meet to discuss matters of mutual interest and at the same time became representative of this group in the wider community.


CPBA was formed on 20 February 1974 and the objectives of the Association have been:

  • to unite regardless of political persuasion persons who sympathise with the cultivation and realisation of Chinese cultural and social ideals;

  • to promote and foster friendship, co-operation and goodwill among members;
  • to promote the social, intellectual and general welfare of members;
  • to establish and nurture closer relationships with other communities in Australia and generally promote the national welfare of Australia.

Catalyst within the Chinese Community

In its 32 years of existence the Association has not aimed to be a large organisation to dominate the community. More importantly, it has acted as a catalyst within the Chinese community to either assist special interest groups to form their own organisations or initiated other organisations and public projects. Some of the projects CPBA have initiated or been involved in’ developing over the years include:

Community Organisations

Federation of Chinese Associations (FCA), the umbrella body for all Chinese associations in Victoria; Chinese Health Foundation of Australia which provides non-English speaking Chinese with community health services

Special interest groups

Establishment of the

  • Australian Chinese Medical Association
  • Chinese Restaurant Owners Association.

Public Projects

Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Chinatown stages I and 2 including the creation of the ‘Chinese Gateways’ in Chinatown; the establishment of the Museum of Chinese Australian History in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown; introduction of Dragon Boat racing in Victoria; the Bendigo Golden Dragon Chinese Museum; the Ararat Gum San Chinese Museum; the Victorian Chinese Elderly Welfare Society.

Training Ground for Future leaders

One fact not widely known about CPBA is the training ground it provides for past, present and hopefully future leaders of the Chinese community. CPBA has nurtured many Chinese community leaders.

Past Presidents include Dr Ching-tang Tsiang AM. the late Councillor David Wang, Mr Wan-soon Gay, Mr Wellington Lee OAM OBE, Mr Jimmy Ho, Mr K C Ong, the late Mr Gordon Hung, Mr Albert Lee JP, Mr David S Chin, Chin Tan and William Lye. All have been extremely successful in their respective careers and set excellent examples for future generations to follow.

CPBA will continue to strive with its rather exclusive membership – professionals and business people. With CPBA continuing as a dynamic and pro-active organisation, others will continue to look to it for support and leadership.