During informal meetings of the National Committees of CIGRE from Australia, China, India, Japan and Malaysia it was decided to form a Regional Council of National Committees in the Asia-Oceania region.

The Asia-Oceania Regional Council of CIGRE (AORC-CIGRE) was officially formed at the meeting attended by representatives from the National Committees of Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand and Australia on 9th May, 2000 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The aim of the AORC-CIGRE is to coordinate and promote CIGRE activities in the Asia-Oceania region and foster closer technical cooperation among the member countries.