The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group®) is a peak national employer organisation representing traditional, innovative and emerging industry sectors. We have been acting on behalf of businesses across Australia for 150 years.
Ai Group and partner organisations represent the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million staff. Our membership includes businesses of all sizes, from large international companies operating in Australia and iconic Australian brands to family-run SMEs. Our members operate across a wide cross-section of the Australian economy and are linked to the broader economy through national and international supply chains.
Our purpose is to create a better Australia by empowering industry success. We offer our membership strong advocacy and an effective voice at all levels of government underpinned by our respected position of policy leadership and political non-partisanship.
With more than 250 staff and networks of relationships that extend beyond borders (domestic and international) we have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of our membership. We provide the practical information, advice and assistance you need to run your business. Our deep experience of industrial relations and workplace law positions Ai Group as Australia’s leading industrial advocate.
We listen and we support our members in facing their challenges by remaining at the cutting edge of policy debate and legislative change. We provide solution-driven advice to address business opportunities and risks.
To empower industry success for a better Australia
Ai Group has been supporting Australian industry for 150 years. We can trace our roots back to 1873 when the Iron Trades Employers' Association was formed in December of that year after a general strike in the iron trades over the 8-hour day. In 1901 the Association registered under the New South Wales Industrial Arbitration Act and in 1921 changed its name to the Metals Trades Employers' Association (MTEA). In April 1970 it merged with the Metal Industries Association (Victoria) to form a national group - the Metal Trades Industry Association of Australia. In July 1998, MTIA merged with the Australian Chamber of Manufacturers to form The Australian Industry Group.
The Workplace Advice Line is Ai Group’s national telephone advisory service for all your on the spot workplace related questions.
Weekdays from 8.30am to 5.30pm
(Australian Eastern Daylight/Standard Time)
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