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Member Reference Groups (MRG)

Ai Group's member reference groups (MRGs) are a free service with participation open to all members. There are three Member Reference Groups representing the main sub-sectors of the Technology Industry:

1.Digital Technologies and Services, covering the software & Internet services and telecommunications industries
2.Technology, Hardware & Equipment
3.Electrical Manufacturing

Each member reference group focuses on: 

  • Policy and Advocacy Issues
  • Standards and Regulatory Issues 
  • Business Advisory and Industry Opportunities

MRGs are held by videoconference, teleconference and face-to-face to ensure participation is convenient and time efficient members around the country.

Member Reference Group

1. Digital Technologies and Services

This group is targeted at member companies with an interest in digital technologies and services. Key policy, regulatory and standards issues for the group include:

  • High-speed broadband rollout and policy;
  • Digital economy policy;
  • Data security and privacy;
  • Government procurement;
  • IT governance and management;
  • Spectrum policy;
  • Copyright.

It targets companies which:

  • develop or offer software and Internet services in area such as Internet, mobile and enterprise applications, systems, databases management and/or home entertainment.
  • provide information technology consulting and services, as well as data processing and outsourced services; and
  • companies with an interest in the telecommunications sector, including those who provide communications services primarily through a fixed-line, cellular, wireless, high bandwidth and/or fibre optic cable network.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Tennant Reed, Principal Adviser - Public Policy, on (03) 9867 0145 or

2. Technology, Hardware & Equipment Member Reference Group

This group is targeted at member companies who manufacture and distribute the following:

  • communications equipment;
  • computers & peripherals; 
  • electronic equipment and related instruments; and 
  • semiconductors & semiconductor equipment;

It also includes manufacturers of:

  • health care equipment and devices including medical instruments, drug delivery systems, cardiovascular & orthopaedic devices, and diagnostic equipment.
  • civil or military aerospace and defence equipment, parts or products. including defence electronics and space equipment.

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3. Electrical Manufacturing Member Reference Group

This group is targeted at member companies who manufacture or supply electrical equipment to the residential, commercial or industrial installation market segments. This group is attended by the leaders of the electrical equipment supply industry and addresses policy, regulatory and standards issues at a high level. Of primary focus for this group are: harmonised regulations; the maintenance of high product standards and product quality in the market; the development of new market areas; consistent electricity supply specifications and the maintenance of Australia's technical infrastructure.

  • Non-Compliant Product Communication – An Information Notice agreed by the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) and jointly endorsed by ERAC and Ai Group. This Notice outlines electrical contractor and equipment importer obligations in regard to supplying compliant electrical products. Information on risk minimisation, identifying non-compliant products, the proposed National electrical safety laws and contact details to report non-compliant products are also provided.

Ai Group non-conforming product research project: Ai Group is conducting a research project into non - conforming products in the building and construction sector. Click here for more information about this project.

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