As the peak body representing design in Australia, the DIA is a member of and participant in key Australasian and International bodies devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the design community.

  • Australian Design Alliance [ADA]

    The Australian Design Alliance (ADA) is the alliance of peak professional organisations that represent designers across all aspects of Australia’s design industry. The DIA was a founding member of the ADA in 2010 and an active participant in its objectives.

    The ADA’s goal is to promote the use of design as strategy to boost Australia’s productivity, sustainability and innovation. Key objectives of the ADA are to develop a National Design Policy linked to Australia’s innovation agenda: to advance education in design skills; and to develop case studies demonstrating how good design can contribute to improved economic growth.

  • Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences [CHASS]

    Established in 2004, CHASS promotes and provides advocacy services for the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) in Australia. Supporting more than 75 member organisations in their relationships with policy makers and the broader community, CHASS is an important network for knowledge and skills, and serves as a coordinating forum for teachers, researchers, professionals, practitioners and policy makers in the sector.

    It provides a strong voice to the sector and helps members to contribute to public debate through programs for knowledge exchange and media awareness. The DIA is a member of CHASS.

  • Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance [APSDA]

    The Asia Pacific Space Designer’s Alliance [APSDA] is a collective of design associations throughout the East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania regions. The DIA represents Australian spatial designers in the Asia Pacific region through APSDA. The DIA is the current chair of APSDA and is hosting the biannual APSDA conference in Adelaide in September 2016.

    APSDA objectives include:

    • To socialize and better understand and different cultures of its members
    • To exchange information and knowledge between members through networking
    • To enable us to work close and better to achieve a better solution for our design community in facing the free trade zone to come

    APSDA was founded by the Chinese Society of Interior Designer [CSID], the Japanese Society of Commercial Designers [JCD] and Korean Society of Interior Designers [KOSID] in 1989 in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Green Building Council of Australia [GBCA]

    The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.

    The Key Objectives of the GBCA are to drive the transition of the Australian property industry towards:

    Sustainability by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations.
    Integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings. The DIA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the GBCA.

  • International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers [IFI]

    The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers.

    IFI is the sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organisations, and acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice.

    Often considered as the “United Nations” of the Interior Architecture/Design field, IFI connects the international community in order to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote global social responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide. The DIA represents Australian Interior Designers and Interior Architects globally through IFI.

  • ICSID/World Design Organisation [WDO]

    Previously The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, The World Design Organization [WDO] is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. The DIA represents Australian industrial designers globally through WDO

    Founded in 1957, WDO serves as a unified voice of over 50 nations through which members can express their views and be heard on an international platform. Since its inception, WDO has continued to develop its wide-reaching network of students and professionals devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the industrial design community.

    Together, professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies and corporations create a comprehensive and diverse system on the forefront of industrial design education and progress.

  • International Council of Design [ico-D]

    ico-D is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network that leads creatively by facilitating dialogue between design platforms including professional, educational and promotional categories. ico-D was founded in 1963 as Icograda - the International Council of Graphic Design Associations.

    As an interface between the community of professional designers and the wider public, ico-D promotes design excellence, and upholds the importance of design as a key medium for social change.

    The DIA represents Australian graphic designers and the broader design community globally through ico-D.