Colony's chambers of commerce (1836) and manufacturers (1869) the first in Australia
South Australia Chamber of Manufacturers, formed in 1869, based at the exhibition building on North Terrace, Adelaide, in 1903.
Image courtesy State Library of South Australia
South Australia created both Australia’s first chamber of commerce and industry by 1839 – three years after European settlement – and, in 1869, Australia’s first chamber of manufactures.
Those two business lobby and support groups eventually merged in 1972 as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry SA.
In 1993, a further merger involved the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the South Australian Employers' Federation to form the South Australian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
This led to the launch in 2000 of Business SA as a new name and a image for the state's leading business and employer group.
Master Builders Association of South Australia (Master Builders SA) was started in 1884 to represent South Australia’s building and construction industry.
It continues to represent a complex sector comprising commercial builders, civil contractors, residential builders and specialist contractors as well as industry suppliers and manufacturers.
South Australia’s building and construction industry directly employs more than 55,000 South Australians.
The Motor Trade Association of South Australia originated in 1926 as the Garage Proprietors & Petrol Retailers Association of SA. It later became known as the South Australian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, until 1986 when the Motor Trade Association brand was adopted.
The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) is the peak industry body representing companies with interests in minerals, energy, oil and gas and extractive sectors. SACOME is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation focused on promoting, representing and connecting participants in the South Australia's resources sector.