It was NSW's turn last night to celebrate Ai Group's 150th anniversary.  
Helen Waldron, Ai Group's Head of NSW and Head of Member Relations, hosted a suitably fabulous party for more than 100 guests at the stunning State Library of New South Wales in Sydney. 
We thank all those who attended, making it the memorable night it was. We were honoured both NSW Premier Chris Minns and Opposition Leader Mark Speakman were there to help us celebrate such a significant milestone. 
Addressing guests, Mr Minns said: "I am optimistic about the future of this state and this country, largely because of the people in this room and the work you do. I can’t wait to see the next 150 years of both NSW and Ai Group.” 
In his speech, Mr Speakman said: "Ai Group’s success is your members’ success, because the hallmark of any strong and resilient organisation is a deep and engaged membership. Thank you for all you have done for 150 years, and I look forward to the next 150 years.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton attended our national 150th gala dinner at Melbourne Town Hall in August.

At that celebration, Mr Albanese acknowledged the evening was an anniversary of "truly national significance", adding: "It's important that both sides of politics show our support for The Australian Industry Group".

In his address, Mr Dutton paid tribute to Ai Group members for contributing to "150 years of success" and honoured Mr Willox for his leadership over the past 11 years.

Ai Group has proudly supported Australian industry for 150 years. 

Its foundations were laid in December 1873 with the establishment of the Iron Trades Employers' Association in Sydney as a response to the formation of the first trade unions in Australia. 


Wendy Larter

Wendy Larter is Communications Manager at the Australian Industry Group. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a reporter, features writer, contributor and sub-editor for newspapers and magazines including The Courier-Mail in Brisbane and Metro, the News of the World, The Times and Elle in the UK.