The Business Council of Australia represents Australia’s largest employers, advocating for good policy on behalf of the business community and the Australians they employ.

Purpose and Mission Statement


The Business Council of Australia strives for a stronger Australia.


We work to ensure Australia is economically strong to support a fair, free and inclusive society for all Australians. Achieving this requires successful, well-run businesses that create meaningful jobs and inclusive work environments which reflect and are accountable to the broader Australian community.

The Business Council champions the role that responsible businesses play in generating sustainable economic growth and advocates for policy settings that are in the national interest.


We believe the role of business is to generate returns for shareholders over the medium to long term, and that doing this requires businesses to be good corporate citizens, and for big and small business to work together across our cities and regions.

This means to act in good faith, have products and services that are fit for market, represent those products fairly and balance the needs of all stakeholders and interests including employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, the community and the environment.


The Business Council will actively collaborate with other community and business groups, political leaders at all levels of government and engage directly with the community to achieve our vision and purpose.

2024 - 2025 policy platform

The Business Council will anchor its policy advocacy in the following key policy platforms:

  • Competitiveness and productivity
    Driving the national competitiveness and productivity discussion, promoting policy that supports private enterprise, free markets and innovation.
  • The energy transition to Net Zero
    Facilitating a coordinated transition to net-zero by 2050 while supporting Australian industries, driving investment in clean technologies, developing new exports with our international partners and supporting energy security, reliability and affordability.
  • Tax reform
    Creating a tax system that drives investment and rewards ambition, is intergenerationally fair and can sustainably fund the services Australians need.
  • Regulation, planning and infrastructure
    Developing the physical and regulatory environment that allows business to thrive, while supporting entrepreneurial ambition, delivering the infrastructure and housing we need, enabling investment and meeting community expectations.
  • Workplace relations
    Advocating for a workplace relations system that drives productivity, flexibility and inclusivity, benefitting employees while allowing businesses to thrive.
  • Skills, education and research
    Ensuring Australia continues to be a global leader in talent through world class education, skills and research – complemented by a targeted skilled migration program – so we can meet our current and future workforce needs.
  • Future technologies and industries
    Leading the policy discussion to capture the opportunities and manage the risks of adopting new technologies across our economy, including in digital technologies, AI and cyber security.
  • Global engagement
    Enhancing Australia as an open, competitive trading nation to support national prosperity, with close international ties that drive investment, free enterprise and trade.
  • Participation and diversity
    Fostering an economy that enhances economic participation for all Australians and thrives on diversity, including by empowering Indigenous Australians.