A national peak body is a non-government organisation whose membership consists of individuals and/or smaller organisations united with a shared purpose.
Peak bodies generally have external functions such as lobbying government, providing feedback on government policy and regulations, conducting research and raising the image and profile of its membership through the media and/or promotion.
A peak body also has internal functions such as providing information, support, resources and services to its members.
Peak bodies should be not-for-profit so that membership fees and revenues are redirected back into supporting the membership. They should also be "apolitical" (not aligned with a political party) so that they may act independently in favour of the membership.