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President's Welcome

Welcome to the ABDC, the collective voice of all Australian university business schools.

Our 39 members teach and research the areas vital to the success of the businesses that underpin Australia’s economy. 

As their peak body, ABDC’s role is to ensure that those with political, social, cultural and economic influence appreciate and support how business education contributes to Australia’s future.

ABDC member business schools graduate one-third of all students, ­and more than half of the international students, at Australian universities.

They continuously strive to shape graduates with the technical, life and leadership skills ­needed to innovate, adapt and flourish in a dynamic world.

Our international business students strengthen our global relationships and improve the cross-cultural understanding needed to widen our thinking to include diverse worldviews.

The fast growth of international education ­–  the nation’s third-largest service export – speaks to the high global standing of Australian business education. 

You can learn more about ABDC member business schools at ABDC key facts. 

We look forward to working with you in the future.

Professor Tony Travaglione, ABDC President



  • Promote the important role and contribution of business education and research
  • Advocate on behalf of members within universities and to government, industry and the public
  • Inform national business education issues with particular regard to teaching, learning, research and international education in Australian university business faculties and schools
  • Forge strong relationships with affiliated national, international, peak industry, higher education and professional bodies, government, media and other communicators to influence relevant policy and practice
  • Support excellence in business education and research leadership through the network of pro vice-chancellors, executive deans, heads of schools and associate deans
  • Support research, intelligence and data gathering on best practice and matters of importance to business education and research in universities nationally and internationally