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

How to maximise your membership in 2017

By joining The Communications Council, you and your team gain access to a range of benefits in three key areas:

Developing Talent


Investing in the professional development of staff is critical to attracting and retaining the best agency talent and delivering value to client businesses. We work with our members to understand their professional development needs and plot out structured training options for the year ahead.

  • IPA Training

    Online and residential courses and qualifications developed by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), delivered exclusively in Australia through. More

  • AWARD School

    Australia's preeminent creative advertising training program for aspiring copywriters and art directors. More

  • AdSchool Courses and Workshops

    Advertising essentials skills-based courses and workshops. More

  • Graduate Program

    The advertising industry's talent recruitment and training program for graduates breaking into account management and strategic planning roles within advertising and PR. More

Building Knowledge


The Communications Council and its representative member groups provide leadership, guidance and collaboration on key industry issues. Members are encouraged to access a range of research studies, best practice documents and guidance services to ensure regulatory compliance and alignment with best practice.

  • Member Councils and Initiatives

    Nine representative member committees operate within The Communications Council, ensuring the needs of our diverse member base are addressed. More

  • Major Research Studies

    The Communications Council invests in a number of major research studies and initiatives to improve the reputation and professionalism of the industry.

  • Best Practice Guidance

    Members can access a range of best practice guidelines and resources to help them run a better creative business. More

  • Salary Benchmarking

    Members are invited to participate in an annual Salary Survey, providing a benchmark for the employment landscape in the advertising and PR industry.

  • Seminars and Events

    The Communications Council and its member councils run an extensive calendar of seminars and events throughout the year. See what’s coming up. More

  • Regulatory Guidance Services and Advice

    Members receive guidance relating to regulatory and legal issues in advertising via our member advice line. More

Recognising Excellence


Celebrating excellence in commercial creativity and effectiveness is imperative for demonstrating the value delivered by agencies, as well as raising creative standards across the industry. Each year we deliver five major advertising industry award shows, offering significant discounts on entries and award show tickets to members.

  • AWARD Awards

    Launched in 1979, the AWARD Awards celebrate the most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia Pacific region. More

  • Australian Effie Awards

    Started in 2009, the Australian Effie Awards champion the effectiveness of commercial creativity by celebrating ideas that deliver results. More

  • APMA Star Awards

    The APMA Star Awards celebrate the finest campaigns in the field of promotional and experiential marketing. More

  • APG Creative Strategy Awards

    Running biannually, the APG Creative Strategy Awards showcase the best of Australia’s planning community, providing entrants a unique opportunity to demonstrate their strategic thinking capabilities and how that contribution has impacted their agency and clients. More

  • APG Planning Idol

    Recognising young talent in the area of strategic planning, APG Planning Idol runs every two years, providing a platform for rising stars to showcase unexpected ideas to a panel of senior leaders

  • Bravo! Awards

    A regional celebration of the annual Global Healthcare Awards. More

  • Creative Leadership Members Lunches

    Each year, we hold an exclusive member leadership lunch with a leading international creative, in the lead up to the AWARD Awards.

  • Partnership with Semi-Permanent

    In 2017, the AWARD Awards will be held at Semi-Permanent festival of creativity and design in a move that will enable AWARD to promote the industry to both corporates and creatively-oriented people looking to build a career in the sector.

  • Effectiveness Case Studies

    Each year, we publish the winning Effies case studies online to reveal the writing and strategy behind the most effective campaigns in order to help build a culture of effectiveness and raise professional standards across the industry. More