About The Communications Council

Who we are

The Communications Council is the peak professional body representing companies in the Australian advertising industry. Our diverse member base spans more than 160 agencies which operate in the areas of creative, digital, strategic planning, promotion, direct marketing, PR, design, production, and healthcare advertising.


Representative groups operating within The Communications Council include:

  • Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD)
  • Account Planning Group (APG)
  • Account Management Group (AMG)
  • Public Relations Council (PRC)
  • Healthcare Committee (HCC)
  • Commercial Producers Council (CPC)
  • Youngbloods
The Communications Council organisation chart

We are committed to raising professional standards across the industry through the provision of world-class training and professional development courses, industry awards, advocacy and support.


Our objectives and activity fall into three key areas:

Developing Talent

To lead a structured, world-class training program that attracts, develops and retains the best talent

  • IPA Program
  • AdSchool
  • AWARD School
  • Graduate Program
Building Knowledge

To provide leadership, guidance and collaboration on key industry issues

  • Member councils & initiatives
  • Best practice guidance
  • Salary benchmarking
  • Seminars and events
  • Regulatory guidance services and advice
  • Advocacy
Reconising Excellence

To champion commercial creativity and effectiveness at its best

  • Four major awards shows
    - AWARD Awards
    - Australian Effie Awards
    - APG Strategy Awards
    - Bravo! Awards
  • Creative leadership members lunches
  • Partnership with Semi-Permanent
  • Effectiveness case studies