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Much of the success achieved by the IAB originates from the work of the IAB Councils. Essentially working groups of members’ representatives, the Councils shape the policy and initiatives of the IAB in striving to achieve its core objectives.

Each Council sets its own agenda and leverages the skills, experiences and networks of the Members to set annual programs of work, identify resources required, work with partner organisations such as external research providers, and submit recommendations to the IAB Australia Board. Councils comprise a wide range of IAB Member companies, providing a broad, collective voice in addressing key issues and challenges faced by the industry, by marketers and by the members’ own organisations. Councils meet monthly and are chaired by the IAB personnel.  

Find more information on each of the IAB Councils below.

Executive Technology Council

IAB Australia announced in June 2017 the formation of the IAB Executive Technology Council, which takes full advantage of the IAB’s scale, competencies and member base to identify and address critical issues in advertising technology innovation.

Ad Effectiveness Council

The Ad Effectiveness Council, was established in March 2017 to help industry identify and refine the best methods to assess the impact of advertising across different activities.  This Council will explore how digital measurement data can be combined with other forms of media data to enhance cross media planning and buying.


Audience Measurement Council

The IAB Audience Measurement Council is the peak Australian industry group addressing the challenges of digital media measurement. Comprising the leading measurement and research analysts from seventeen of largest digital media organisations in Australia as well as representation from the Media Federation of Australia (MFA), the council is tasked with developing the industry audience measurement methodology most appropriate to support the continued growth of online advertising in Australia across all devices.

Audio Council

IAB Australia launched the Audio Council in 2015 in response to the growth of the Australian digital audio marketplace. The Council strives to educate marketers and agencies on the value of online audio and podcasts as powerful and effective advertising mediums. 

Mobile Advertising Council

The Mobile Advertising Council's scope of work includes mobile audience measurement, mobile advertising standards, guidelines and best practice and the inclusion of mobile advertising expenditure within the PwC IAB Australia Online Advertising Expenditure Report.

Data Council

The IAB Data Council was convened in 2018 to provide the industry with education on the definitions and management of data, as well as applicable information around the execution, usage and interrogation of data commonly used in digital advertising. 

Standards and Guidelines Council

The IAB Standards and Guidelines Council initially convened with the following aims: to identify standards and guidelines both nationally and internationally, evaluate the needs of the Australian online advertising industry, establish a program of work for Standards and Guidelines within the industry and produce and promote standards and guidelines for the australian online advertising industry.

Video Advertising Council

The Video Advertising Council was formed in 2014 to help support the growth of an area of the market that now represents 15% of digital display advertising. The Council will meet every two months from April to drive projects in relation to measurement, advertising standards, best practice, research of streaming ads across different consumer screens and video ad expenditure.