DIA members have exclusive access to a range of services, products and discounts chosen to advance their careers and business success. The DIA welcomes both professional designers and non-designers as members.

Professional membership

Membership of the DIA is an investment in your design career. Our professional members are students and graduates of design and experienced design professionals.

Our definition of a ‘professional designer’ is a person who holds (or is studying towards) an Advanced Diploma or a Degree in design (that is, courses rated AQF 6 and 7 by the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Qualification Framework). The only exception is for design disciplines where the highest undergraduate qualification is an AQF 5 Diploma. This typically applies to digital media, furniture design and interior decoration.

The DIA represents professional designers across a wide range of design disciplines. Our programs are centred on creativity, innovation, design and business and are usually of interest and assistance to a broad audience. When we offer discipline-specific programs, they are typically targeted towards:

  • Spatial designers (interior design, interior architecture and interior decoration)
  • Communications designers (graphics, digital media, web, exhibitions, film and set)
  • Object designers (furniture, industrial, textiles and fashion)
  • Systems designers and design managers
  • Design educators
Non-designer membership

Our non-designer members are typically people who service and support the design sector or are simply people interested in design. Membership of the DIA provides opportunities to connect with Australia’s designers and the national design conversation.

Benefits of Membership

The DIA offers its members a range of benefits, for example we:

Equip you with skills

DIA members receive substantial discounts to all DIA events and gain exclusive access to DIA member-only events as advertised.

Support your career and your business.

DIA members receive substantial annual discounts on every insurance policy taken out with our insurers Planned Cover, including Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Travel and Life insurances.

Our members also have exclusive access to a free legal consultation and advice on contractual and insurance risks.

Our Practice Notes are provided as a member benefit to MDIA members and above and provide practical advice and business templates to guide you in business.

DIA Student, Graduate and Associate members receive a discipline-specific Study Set of Practice Notes. Graduates and Associates also receive the Graduate Fee & Salary Practice Note. Complete sets and individual DIA Practice Notes are available for purchase.

The DIA’s Fee and Salary survey is conducted every two years and is only available to members. It is a guide to the typical remuneration of designers according to their discipline, location in Australia and seniority.

Connect you with other designers, clients and customers

Our Find a Designer service is only available to DIA members, where you can promote your business free of charge through this website.

The DIA holds regular events and programs across Australia aimed to connect designers with colleagues and potential employers clients and customers. These are promoted through the home page and DIA Branch pages (ACT, NSW, QLD, SA/NT, VIC/TAS, WA) on our Facebook page.

Celebrate excellence and promote your achievements

Our members receive substantial discounts to enter awards programs that are the national benchmark of excellence, recognised by clients, customers and industry. The DIA’s awards include the multidisciplinary WA Awards and SA/NT Awards (as advertised), the Australian Interior Design Awards and the Graduate of the Year Awards.

Inspire you to realise your creative and commercial potential

Different things can inspire different people, and inspiration can come from many sources. Our events connect you with some of the successful and most interesting people working in and for the design sector. DIA members always receive substantial discounts to DIA events, and receive exclusive access to selected programs.

DIA members receive the DIA’s official magazine Artichoke free of charge four times a year. Artichoke opens you up to what’s happening in and around the design world. We also publish a newsletter Spark on a regular basis. Spark is issued free of charge to members and explores topics of interest across the creative sector.

Advocate on your behalf

We advocate to protect the financial and legal interest of all designers to government and industry. Our more recent advocacy campaigns are outlined in the Advocacy section of this website.