About Us

The Australian Investment Council is the voice of private capital in Australia. Our members partner with businesses across every sector of the market to help them grow, while supporting their local communities and creating new employment opportunities. Businesses backed by private capital investment make a significant contribution to growing the nation’s economy.

Private capital investment can involve a broad range of different active management strategies, encompassing equity and debt investment into small, new and innovative businesses, through to unlisted family businesses and buyouts of large listed corporations. Here in Australia, private capital investment has played a central role in the growth and expansion of thousands of businesses, which when combined represents a multi-billion dollar contribution to the Australian economy.

As the leading voice for private capital investment, we support our industry through advocacy on important policy issues, maintaining a robust co-regulatory framework through a code of conduct and delivering market-leading knowledge and skills development programs. Read more in our latest Annual Report.

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Private capital investment firms deliver significant value for businesses that require access to market-leading skills, experience and networks to help them unlock growth opportunities here in Australia and around the world. 

Members of the Australian Investment Council include: private equity, venture capital and private credit funds, alongside institutional investors such as superannuation and sovereign wealth funds, as well as leading financial, legal and operational advisers.


Assets under management by private equity and venture capital funds
Preqin & Australian Investment Council Yearbook 2022


The total value added to the economy by firms under private capital ownership in Australia during 2020 (equal to 2.6% of GDP)
EY, Funding a brighter future, May 2022

474,763 FTE jobs

Supported by the private capital industry
EY, Funding a brighter future, May 2022


Dry powder available in private equity and venture capital
Preqin & Australian Investment Council Yearbook 2022


Private Equity and Venture Capital Index net annual return on a 10 year basis (to 30 September 2022)
Cambridge Associates, Australia Private Equity & Venture Capital Index and Selected Benchmark Statistics (Q3 2022)


The number of women working across 160 private capital firms
Women in the Australian Private Capital Industry - The 2020 Scorecard (October 2020)


Influence Policy

We work to proactively shape policies to help boost business investment.

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We provide unique opportunities for our community to create enduring and valuable networks.

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We deliver a range of programs to provide market-leading industry knowledge for professionals in our industry.  

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Increase Diversity

Boosting diversity will lead to greater innovation, better business performance, and enhanced returns for investors.

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The Australian Investment Council is the voice of private capital. We bring our member firms together on a regular basis to connect and build relationships, share market insights, and hear from some of the world’s leading subject matter experts. 

In collaboration with our Board of Directors and other advisory committees, our member firms provide input to help inform the work the Australian Investment Council does in representing the private capital industry with government and regulators on a wide range of important policy matters. 

The Australian Investment Council represents the interests of all members equally, because the ultimate objective is the same. Creating stronger and more competitive Australian businesses that are innovative, that create new employment opportunities and make a major contribution to the economy and communities in which they operate, is key to our ongoing growth as a nation.

Over the past 25 years, our industry has helped build thousands of Australian businesses in almost every sector of the economy and each year we gather to celebrate our industry’s success at the Australian Investment Council Awards. 

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The Australian Investment Council is led by a Chief Executive who reports to a Board of Directors comprised of 16 senior leaders from member firms across the private capital industry in Australia.




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