About ACFS

The mission, vision and objectives of ACFS are as follows:


To engage industry, academia, regulators and government in knowledge creation, transfer and thought leadership related to the financial sector.


To be recognized internationally by industry, academia and government as the pre-eminent Australian centre facilitating knowledge creation, knowledge transfer and thought leadership in the financial sector.

ACFS is a non-for-profit consortium of Monash University, RMIT University and Finsia (Financial Services Institute of Australasia). It was established by the Victorian Government in 2005 under the name of the Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies (MCFS).

The University of Melbourne, Victoria University and Griffith University are associate members of the ACFS consortium.

ACFS is also supported by a range of corporate partners.

ACFS is well placed to make direct introductions for academics seeking industry partnerships such as for ARC grants. Introductions also occur informally via ACFS events and participation in ACFS-organised roundtables and Research Reference Groups (RRGs). ACFS involves expert academics at its member universities in commissioned research.

ACFS’s Executive Director reports directly to the ACFS Board, which is ultimately responsible for the governance and performance of the Centre. The Board comprises one representative from each of the consortium member organisations. Additional appointments to the Board will be made to represent new consortium members