About us

Access 2 (The Foundation for Effective Markets and Governance), is a not-for-profit body, providing advice and assistance to improve the workings of markets and thus financial inclusion and the accountability of governments.

The Foundation for Effective Markets and Governance was formed in 1999 and specializes in providing advice, particularly in developing countries, on consumer and competition policy and regulation and on accountability and integrity institutions of government. Markets and governments that are effective are both efficient and equitable thus inclusive.

Access 2 works for responsiveness of public policy on markets and their regulation to consumers and for accountability of governments to citizens. It concerns itself especially with empowerment of citizens to make markets and governments work in their interests. An important aim of the Foundation is to foster and assist in the development and administration of rules for markets that work effectively for consumers and producers cross nationally.

Access 2 members possess skills and experience in consumer and competition policy, regulation, governance and accountability, public policy and administration. Membership includes well experienced, former senior officials; of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs and Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman, senior officers of other government agencies, people who have served on a range of regulatory and policy advisory bodies, academics specializing in regulation and former leaders of consumer and other civil society organisations. Access 2 is affiliated with the Regulatory Institutions Network, in the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy at the Australian National University, Canberra.