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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries. The businesses which we represent employ more than 1 million people.

We are an organisation committed to helping Australian industry with a focus on building competitive and sustainable industries through global integration, skills development, productive and flexible workplace relations, infrastructure development and innovation. Our legitimacy comes also from our role in and connection with the broader community.

Our organisation provides practical information, advice and assistance to help members run their businesses more effectively. It ensures through policy leadership that members have a voice at all levels of government, by representing and promoting their interests on current and emerging issues.

Ai Group members operate small, medium and large businesses across a range of industries.

Ai Group is closely affiliated with more than 50 other employer groups in Australia alone and directly manages a number of those organisations.

Our organisation has formal and long standing links with more than 80 overseas employer organisations such as the Confederation of Indian Industry; the Chinese Machinery Industry Federation; The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers; the US National Association of Manufacturers; the Confederation of British Industry and Business New Zealand.

Ai Group employs more than 300 staff and 550 apprentices and trainees through its training arm, Australian Industry Group Training Services. Our professional staff includes workplace relations advisers, lawyers and employment and business specialists who provide services to members in the areas of: workplace relations; legal; human resource management; occupational health and safety; workers' compensation; the environment and energy; international trade and export; economics; business growth and skills.

Ai Group is the market leader in Australia's industry representation. We understand business and industry, better than anyone else.

Being a member of Ai Group makes good business sense.  For more information on the benefits of
Ai Group membership, view our Membership Benefits Booklet.

Engineering Employers Association South Australia merged with the Australian Industry Group on 1 July, 2009, to become the Ai Group South Australia Branch. More information >>

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Our partners


AustralianSuper is one of the largest industry superannuation funds, run only to profit members and catering for employers and employees from any industry or profession in Australia. With more than 2 million members and over $69 billion in funds under management - that's more than 1 in 10 working Australians drawn from over 200,000 participating employers. AustralianSuper’s size provides greater buying power, more investment opportunities and keeps costs low.



Markit Economics

Markit Economics is our international partner in promoting the Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index®, the Australian Performance of Services Index® and the Australian Performance of Construction Index®. The results of these monthly surveys are fed into Markit’s monthly calculation of global PMI™ indexes on manufacturing and services. Markit Economics operates business surveys in over 30 countries, surveying over 20,000 private sector companies every month. Its flagship indicators (the global and national PMI™) have become established in all the major economies of the world as authoritative and leading indicators of business conditions.



Mining & Energy Services Council of Australia

MESCA is a national industry council set up in 1997 by the Australian Industry Group, with support from Queensland Department of State Development, to promote Australian suppliers to the mining and mineral processing industry.


Membership benefits

Being a member of Ai Group makes good business sense. Download the member benefits checklist or read more on our Member Benefits (or download as a PDF).

About us FAQs

Find out more information on Ai Group

Contact Us - Contact details for Ai Group departments and state and regional offices.

Ai Group Directors - Images for use by media.

Media Releases - Current releases and archive.

Ai Group Policy and Representation - Reports, submissions and representations to Government.

Workplace Advice Service - Members' only national telephone advisory service for all your workplace related questions. Call 1300 78 38 44.

Ai Group Legal Pty Ltd - offers Ai Group members the opportunity to access professional legal representation with proven industrial expertise, without paying excessive rates.

Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) - Looking for an apprentice or trainee for your business, or want to kickstart your career in industry?

Ai Group Rules

Members should login to see the Ai Group Rules (Constitution).

Taking Industry to the World

Taking industry to the worldAi Group - taking Australian industry to the world.



Racism: it stops with me

Ai Group is a supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission's 'Racism. It stops with me' campaign.
An initiative of the National Anti-racism Strategy, the campaign aims to:

  • Ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community;
  • Give more Australians the tools and resources to take practical action against racism; and
  • Empower individuals and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism.

Get involved now. See how your organisation can also help to support the campaign.

Defence Reservists

Do you employ members of the Defence Reserve?
Visit the Defence Reserves website to find out about your role, rights and responsibilities when you employ a member of the Defence Reserves. Or contact the Defence Reserves Support help line on 1800 803 485.

Ethi-call: 1800 672 303

Ethi-call is St James Ethics Centre’s free, confidential telephone counselling service. If you’re facing an ethical dilemma at home, work or anywhere really, one that seems to have no right or even wrong answer, well, there is someone you can talk to. St James Ethics Centre counsellors are professionals with broad experience in a variety of fields who are trained by the Ethics Centre and provide their time on a volunteer basis. They’ll help you explore your dilemma, supporting you to reach a solution that’s aligned with your own circumstances, principles and values.

Telephone counselling is available Australia wide or face to face in St James Ethics Centre Sydney offices Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm by appointment. Download an Ethi-call flyer.