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.

Our Purpose

To empower industry success for a better Australia

Our Values




Member & Client Charter

Celebrating 150 years

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.

View our 150 year Timeline

Need help?

The Workplace Advice Line is Ai Group’s national telephone advisory service for all your on the spot workplace related questions.

Call the Workplace Advice Line
1300 55 66 77 and press option 1
(Overseas: +61 3 9867 0100). Email:

Weekdays from 8.30am to 5.30pm
(Australian Eastern Daylight/Standard Time)

General enquiries

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What our members are saying

Just a short note to congratulate Ai Group on its work throughout the pandemic. Ai Group advocacy is a very important feature of ensuring a more balanced debate between essential public health considerations and the wider societal and economic impacts of the nation’s response to the pandemic.
Mark Burgess, CEO and Managing Director

Become a member

The Australian Industry Group is the peak membership body for Australian industry, linking you to the insights, services and expertise you need to be successful. As a member of Ai Group, you are part of a powerful, credible and experienced industry community.