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  • About Us

    About Us

    The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia is part of a global network of more than 40,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organisations in more than 85 countries. ACC Australia is proud to represent the interests of lawyers working for corporations and government in Australia.

    In-house lawyers constitute approximately 30% of the total Australian legal profession or about 14,000 practitioners, making our role as the 'voice of in-house lawyers' a vital one for the furthering and advancement of the profession.

    Our Mission

    Our mission statement and primary objective is to be, and be recognised as, the leading association in Australia for the advancement and better understanding of the practice of law in the corporate and government sectors by members and the public.

    We do this by:

    • Developing the knowledge base about and for the in-house profession
    • Fostering member collaboration in forums, networks and think tanks
    • Championing the professional recognition of in-house lawyers publicly and recognising personal standing
    • Advocating on matters of interest to the in-house profession to shape our nation’s corporate legal environment and promote the understanding of the law within the business and legal communities and by the public
    • Providing cutting-edge in-house specific and developed education
    • Supporting members with the tools and services they need to excel personally and professionally in their careers and to be able to give back to the community as a whole.

    Our Structure

    ACC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and a company limited by guarantee incorporated in New South Wales. We are governed by a representative Board, Divisions and Executive Committees. Click here to read more about how ACC Australia is structured.

    Our History

    ACC Australia (formerly ACLA) was formed in 1991, but can trace its roots to the 1960s. For more on our history.