Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a history that dates back more than 190 years.
The Chamber Movement commenced in Australia when the Sydney Chamber of Commerce was established in 1826. Across the 19th century Chambers of Commerce were formed in Adelaide (1839), Melbourne, Hobart and Launceston (each in the 1850s), Brisbane (1868) and Perth (1890).
Chambers of Manufacturers were also formed in this era, including in Victoria (1865), South Australia (1869), NSW (1885), Western Australia (1890) and Queensland (1911). Australia’s first industry association was Master Builders Australia (1870).
Employer unions and federations also emerged, including the Victorian Employers Union (1865), the NSW Employers Union (1888), South Australian Employers Federation (1889) and the Queensland Employers Federation (1886). Businesspeople were central to Australia's development from the beginning, with a growing population driving the establishment of enterprises.
In the decade before Federation in 1901, several Australia-wide bodies were formed to advocate national policies: the Australian Chamber of Commerce (ACC), the Associated Chambers of Manufacturers of Australia (ACMA) and the Australian Council of Employers Federations (ACEF). Many of Australia's founders were drawn from the ranks of Australian business, which was a major supporter of the Federation Movement.
Through the Great War, the Great Depression, World War II and the post-war boom, business organisations continued advocacy on behalf of private enterprise and the community in pursuit of a prosperous Australia.
In 1977 the ACMA and the ACEF merged to form the Confederation of Australian Industry (CAI). In 1992 the CAI merged with the ACC to form the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
The ACCI worked with Labor and Liberal-National governments in a constructive way during a period of significant economic reform.
In 2015 the organisation launched a new corporate identity, featuring the Federation Star to demonstrate the way they bring together businesses from all parts of the country. The organisation became known as the Australian Chamber, helping to build recognition for the Chamber Movement in towns, cities and states across Australia.
The introduction of the Business Leaders Council in 2015 allowed individual businesses to get directly involved in Australian Chamber activities for the first time. The Business Leaders Summit joined the Business Leaders Dinner as landmark annual events to bring together members of the Chamber Movement.
With their national member network of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations, the Australian Chamber champions policies that deliver jobs, productivity and growth to the benefit of employers, employees, their families and the community.
The Australian Chamber is Australia's largest and most representative business association, comprising state and territory chambers of commerce and national industry associations. They speak on behalf of the Australian business community at home and abroad.
They represent more than 300,000 businesses of all sizes, across all industries and all parts of the country. They speak on behalf of the business sector to government and the community, fostering a culture of enterprise and supporting policies that keep Australia competitive. They also represent Australian business in international forums.
Their membership comprises the state and territory chambers of commerce and dozens of national industry associations. Individual businesses can also get involved through their Business Leaders Council.
The Australian Chamber strives to make Australia the best place in the world to do business – so that Australians have the jobs, living standards and opportunities to which they aspire. They seek to create an environment in which businesspeople, employees and independent contractors can achieve their potential as part of a dynamic private sector. They encourage entrepreneurship and innovation to achieve prosperity, economic growth and jobs.
Vision: For Australian businesses to have an environment for doing business that encourages free enterprise, investment and entrepreneurship, and for businesses to be acknowledged and supported as the creators of wealth, jobs and living standards.
Mission: To be Australia’s most influential and respected business leadership organisation.
Values: A sense of unity of purpose, commitment to excellence, independence in advocacy and integrity in everything that they do.See more