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The ABE exists to inform, connect and influence the economic and policy debate in Australia.

The ABE provides a forum that enables the business community and financial market participants to benefit from being well informed about significant economic issues, policies, trends and developments.

The ABE connects its members and the wider community with one another, with leading economists and thought leaders in a way that enhances the economic debate in Australia.

The ABE serves as an important vehicle for policy makers, regulators and key decision makers to collaborate with financial market participants, the business community and market economists to influence the quality of the economic debate and policy outcomes.

About the ABE

The work of the ABE is important because economic outcomes are improved when the business community and financial market participants are engaged in understanding and influencing policy decisions.

ABE events attract large audiences of interested and committed people. Our events also attract the attention of the quality press, receiving extensive media coverage.

Our ability to inform, connect and influence the economic and policy debate means that the ABE is often approached by key policy makers and invited to host events.

The ABE’s program includes lunchtime and breakfast seminars, dinner presentations, smaller member-only dialogues and an annual conference. Recent speakers at ABE events include:

  • the Commonwealth Treasurer;
  • the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia;
  • Treasury officials, including the Secretary;
  • officials of the US Federal Reserve system;
  • respected academics and journalists;
  • the NSW State Treasurer; and
  • representatives from the OECD.

Topics debated at recent ABE events include:

  • the Federal Budget and fiscal policy;
  • Europe in the wake of the financial crisis;
  • issues influencing the monetary policy outlook;
  • the NSW economy and Budget; and
  • the US political and economic outlook.

ABE members include people working in financial markets, funds management, the public sector, corporations, media and educational institutions. Represented in the membership are professionals working in fields such as economic forecasting, portfolio management, corporate treasury, policy analysis, regulation, strategic planning, advisory and general management.

Members of the ABE enjoy a range of benefits, including invitations to functions with senior government and central bank policy makers; function discounts; networking opportunities; and member-only events.

The ABE was established in 1980 as a not-for profit incorporated association. It is managed by an Executive Committee of volunteers, elected from the membership.