Policy Advice & Support Business

The Australian APEC Study Centre provides a platform for business to

connect with academia and government. 

The Australian APEC Study Centre directly supports the Australian members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) – APEC’s platform for business to provide advice and input into the policy making process.

What is ABAC?

The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is a leading regional forum for public-private sector collaboration on policy issues of importance to the Asia-Pacific region.

ABAC membership comprises of up to three business leaders from each APEC economy with members appointed by the Leaders of each economy.


The ABAC Members meet four times a year in various APEC economies, and represent a wide range of business sectors, including large corporations and small to medium enterprises.


ABAC compiles a series of recommendations in an annual Report to Leaders, which is presented to APEC Leaders prior to their annual APEC Leaders' Meeting. Also during this time, an annual private dialogue is convened between the ABAC Members and the APEC Leaders. This meeting provides an opportunity to ABAC Members to raise key issues, discuss the recommendations in detail and set priorities for the future. 

View the 2018 

ABAC-RMIT Report here

ABAC Australia

The Australian APEC Study Centre is proud to support the Australian ABAC Members — and through them, the wider business community — in providing advice to the APEC Economic Leaders on the priorities and concerns of the business community within the region. 

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Lead Staffer of ABAC Australia 
Lisa Barker
The Australian APEC Study Centre
RMIT University
Building 69
50 Cardigan Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Acknowledgement of country  
The AASC at RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.  
The AASC would also like to acknowledge and extend our respects to the Indigenous people from across the lands we work, particularly the 21 economies of the Asia Pacific.  
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