The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries. The businesses which we represent employ more than 1 million people.
We are an organisation committed to helping Australian industry with a focus on building competitive and sustainable industries through global integration, skills development, productive and flexible workplace relations, infrastructure development and innovation. Our legitimacy comes also from our role in and connection with the broader community.
Our organisation provides practical information, advice and assistance to help members run their businesses more effectively. It ensures through policy leadership that members have a voice at all levels of government, by representing and promoting their interests on current and emerging issues.
Our professional staff includes workplace relations advisers, lawyers and employment and business specialists who provide services to members in the areas of: workplace relations; legal; human resource management; occupational health and safety; workers’ compensation; the environment and energy; international trade and export; economics; business growth and skills.
Innes Willox was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group in May 2012.
Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, construction, defence, ICT and labour hire.
CEO of the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)
Innes joined Ai Group as Director International and Government Relations in 2008 with responsibility for policy development and advocacy across federal and state government systems including in the areas of trade, defence, climate change, industrial relations and communications He was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.
Prior to joining Ai Group he held a number of senior roles in both the public and private sectors. He served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States. He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2000 to 2006. Earlier, he was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines, based in Singapore (2000-04).
Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.