The Chinese Professional and Business Association (“CPBA”) is one of the premier Chinese professional organisations in Australia today.
CPBA was formed in 1974 to allow Chinese professional and business people to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest.
Since then, its membership has grown to include many of the leaders of the Chinese community. There are representatives from all professional areas and various fields of business endeavour, with members from many countries in the Pacific Basin.
CPBA was also a driving impetus in establishing the Federation of Chinese Association (FCA) as an umbrella organisation for over 20 Chinese Associations in Melbourne.
CPBA continues to maintain its presence in community affairs and in addition to its own representatives on the FCA and Chinatown Historic Precinct Committee. It also has delegates in the Asian-Australian Consultative Council and the Victorian Ethnic Community Council addressing issues such as immigration and multiculturalism.
The vision of the CPBA is:
- To unite regardless of political persuasion persons who sympathise with the cultivation and realization of Chinese and social ideas.
- To promote and foster friendships, co-operation and goodwill among members.
- To establish and nurture closer relationships with other communities in Australia.
- To organize all types of recreational, sporting and cultural activities for its members.
- To strive to become the leading ethnic organisation.
- To uphold and protect the reputation of the club and its members.
- To promote and facilitate interaction amongst the members of the business community, both Chinese and non-Chinese.
- To promote and facilitate interaction amongst the members of professions, both Chinese and non-Chinese.
- To develop a sense of political awareness amongst members of the Chinese community but the Club shall remain politically non-aligned.
- To promote Chinese education and culture.
- To establish, maintain and conduct a non-political, non-sectarian Club with all usual privileges, advantages, accommodation and facilities for use by members and visitors and with all proper powers for the maintenance of discipline within the Club and to provide Club premises and other conveniences in connection therewith and to furnish and maintain the same and to provide facilities for recreational activities and to encourage social intercourse between the members of the Club.
- To promote, support, organize alone or jointly with any other association, club, corporation or person, lectures, concerts, theatrical productions, exhibitions and all other entertainment.
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.