Cham sits upon a tall stool in the Authentic Education office
Vietnam and Austalian map outlines, connected by a dotted line

Cham Tang

Born Vietnam | Arrived Australia 1978 | Head Of Marketing and Co-founder, Authentic Education

Cham arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. After years of setbacks, Cham is now a self-made millionaire with his training business, Authentic Education, employing 12 people and recently recognised by BRW as one of Australia’s fastest growing businesses.

One of the best things about running my own business is the freedom to see an idea through. Cham Tang

Freedom to explore new ideas

I work hard, yet after seeing the long hours my Mum worked to provide for our family, I also know the value in working smart. I start at 9am, finish at 6pm, and then work another hour or two when I get home. But it’s worth it because my work is about helping others.

Cham as a small boy, stands on a staircase with his brother, Phillip, and their mother.
"It was 1983, my mum had divorced my dad and moved with me and my older brother, Phillip, to Dulwich Hill. She only had $5000 and 2 kids and was a single mum."
Low angle shot of Cham speaking

My business partner and I started Authentic Education after spotting a new market opportunity. We both worked in the personal development space yet saw little support for Australians who wanted to improve themselves and their lives.

Cham Tang

Launching on
a shoestring budget

We decided to give our business idea a go; on a shoestring budget, with nothing but the desire to learn and grow.

Six years later Authentic Education is a well-established personal development and business training company that has assisted more than 14,000 Australians and was recognised by BRW as one of Australia’s fastest growing businesses – ranking 38th in BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015.

It seems like starting a business here in Australia often isn’t the normal thing to do, where in many other countries starting a business is less unusual because there aren't many employment opportunities.

Cham leans against a bookshelf in a brightly-lit office.
Cham, like many other migrants business owners, has huge growth aspirations for his business.
This really is the lucky country. If you put in the effort, learn and take action, you can succeed.Cham Tang

42% of migrant business owners are working more than 40 hours a week

Compared to 35% on non-migrant business owners


Business success is based on personal measures including 'freedom to make my own decisions'

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