Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is Australia's most established, representative and largest peak council of Australian business organisations. As a member based organisation, it combines the brand strength of the international, national and local chamber of commerce movement with the capability of Australia's specialist business associations.
State and Territory Chambers of Commerce federate as the Australian Chamber, and these are joined by industry associations which form the Australian Chamber national member network. That network represents in excess of 300,000 private enterprises engaging over three (3) million employees or contractors. Eight-five (85%) are small and medium businesses. ACCI's core service is private sector advocacy, representation and policy development on national and international matters that impact business. We embrace the multiple traditions of business advocacy, from trade and commerce, to economics and tax, to employment, labour and social policy.
The Australian Chamber's institutional role is international. It is officially recognised as Australia's business representative in councils of the world that shape the doing of business, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organisation of Employers, the OECD and the UN-related International Labour Organisation. Beyond the global, a tier of regional and bilateral associations to Australia's north, west and east complete ACCI's international network.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a workplace relations policy that promotes the use of workplace agreements negotiated on an individual rather than a collective level, and an employment policy that involves "restraining minimum wages". In March 2010 the ACCI opposed an ACTU $27/week wage increase claim for the nation's poorest workers. The ACTU argued this group missed out on a rise due to a wage freeze the previous year, and over this period the average wage had increased by more than $60/week. However, the ACCI said the union's claim was neither fair nor balanced, and suggested a $10–$15 rise instead.
Members of the Australian Chamber are state and territory chambers of business, and national industry associations. They include:
- ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA)
- Australian Made Campaign Limited
- Business SA
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
- Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory
- Employers First
- NSW Business Chamber
- Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd
- Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Agribusiness Employers' Federation
- Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association
- Association of Consulting Engineers Australia
- Australian Beverages Council Ltd
- Australian Hotels Association
- Australian International Airlines Operations Group
- Australian Made, Australian Grown Campaign
- Australian Mines and Metals Association
- Australian Newsagents' Federation
- Australian Paint Manufacturers' Federation Inc
- Australian Retailers' Association
- Bus Industry Confederation
- Live Performance Australia
- Master Builders Australia Inc
- Master Plumbers' and Mechanical Services Association of Australia
- National Baking Industry Association
- National Electrical and Communications Association
- National Fire Industry Association
- National Retail Association Ltd
- NSW Business Chamber
- NSW Farmers Industrial Association
- Oil Industry Industrial Association
- Pharmacy Guild of Australia
- Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association Inc
- Printing Industries Association of Australia
- Restaurant & Catering Australia
- Standards Australia
- Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce
- "ACCI Workplace Policy". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "Employment, Education and Training". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- Packham, Ben (18 March 2010). "$27 wage catch-up for poorest workers". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "Members". Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.