Australia Council Overview

Australia Council Origins

The Australia Council was established on May 30th 1986 following the formation of state-based sections in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

The IEEE document confirming the foundation of the Australia Council is located here.

Australia Council Activities

The Council conducts the following activities on behalf of its constituent sections:

• Coordinates Australian visits of international distinguished lecturers;

• Liaises with other technical and professional societies at a national level;

• Promotes IEEE through national activities;

• Supports Australian hosting of major IEEE conferences;

• Acts or responds on behalf of the Australian sections as required from time to time.

Australia Council Statistics

A set of graphs showing the development of the Australia Council and its constituent sections is available here.

Student Activities

The Council conducts a student paper and a student branch competition annually. Details for the current year are available on the Student Activities page.

The Australia & New Zealand Student Congress, a biannual event held alternately in Australia and New Zealand, is funded and co-sponsored by the Council.

Australia students took out first prize in the 2017 Region 10 poster competition. Details are available here.


The 2017 Australia & New Zealand Student Congress was held in Sydney on August 10th-11th, 2017.

A photo album is available here.

Engineers Australia

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Engineers Australia have entered into an agreement to encourage the exchange and dissemination of technical information between the two organisations.

The agreement covers joint activities and promotions, co-ordination of technical meetings, exchange of standards information, and promotion of mutual membership of both organisations.

A copy of the memorandum of understanding is available here.

Click here for photos of the signing event.

Standards Australia

Standards Australia is organising a Digital Transaction Technologies Forum on Friday 29 September between 10am – 1pm.

Australia is one of the global leaders in the adoption of digital technologies and a hub for the finance industry. However the accelerating rate of technological change and increasing penetration of mobile devices, combined with shifting customer preferences, is having dramatic implications for the ways in which financial services are structured, delivered and consumed. Standards play a key role in promoting best practice, safeguarding consumers and ensuring our financial sector is efficient, predictable, sustainable and internationally competitive.

The forum will discuss emerging financial transaction technologies, particularly within the payments industry and discuss the need for standardisation in this area.

Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia and Dr Leila Fourie have been confirmed to speak.

Click here to access an invitation.