Australian Design Conferences

Australian Design Conferences

Just Creative is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more

Below you will find a list of Australian design conferences, events, competitions & exhibitions.

If you know of any more, please do get in contact.

sponsored message

Adobe Creative Cloud Discount

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent  ©

What is Semi Permanent?

Two days of inspiration and industry insight from leading industry professionals. I went last year (2008) and it was great, I even wrote a review about it here. For more information view the Semi Permanent website.


Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland

sponsored message



2009 Cost:
Students: 1 day = $80 OR 2 days = $120
General: 1 day = $230 OR 2 days = $290

Video summary of last years 2008 Semi Permanent:

(If you can’t see the video below, click here to view on YouTube)

sponsored message


AGIdeas  ©

What is AGIdeas?

“AGIdeas is the largest annual international design event held in Australia. Comprising of an international design conference, studio visits, workshops, competition, secondary school forum, business breakfast, gala dinner and a huge after party.”

Where & When?
This event is down in Melbourne and is a bit more expensive (especially when you have to cater in accommodation, airfares, etc) but it is worth it. It usually starts in May.

2008 Cost:
Students: $290 for 3 days
Lecturer: $360 for 3 days
Professional: $480 for 3 days


You can find a review of the agIdeas 2009 here.

Video summary of last years (2008) AGIdeas:
(If you can’t see the video below, click here to view on YouTube)

More Australian Design Conferences, Events & Competitions

Below you find a list of other design events happening around Australia courtesy of Design Droplet.

Adelaide Fringe 2009
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Dates: 27th February to 2nd March 2009

LISA Forum Asia 2009 – Global Design & Innovation.
Location – Taipei Taiwan
Dates: 6th to 9th April 2009
The 2009 LISA Forum Asia in Taipei features two days of presentations plus workshops and roundtables on the theme of Global Design & Innovation.

DesignEX 2009 -Revelations, Visitations, Inspirations.
Location – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Center – Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 30th April to 2nd May 2009
Over 300 top design companies will congregate at DesignEX, Australia’s most comprehensive interior architecture and design event, to celebrate the very best in design innovation.

sponsored message

National Manufacturing Week – Australia’s Premier Manufacturing Technology Exhibition
Location – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Center – Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 12th to 15th May 2009
National Manufacturing Week (NMW) provides a unique opportunity to source new products and technologies for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

State of Design 2009 – Victoria’s Design Festival
Location – Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 15th to 25th July 2009
The  State of Design  is Victoria’s peak design festival. This annual winter event covers cross-disciplinary design agendas relating to the design profession and the marketplace.

Furnitex 2009 -Furniture Trade Fair
Location – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Center – Melbourne, Australia
Dates:16th to 19th July 2009
FURNITEX and the co-located DECORATION + DESIGN Melbourne return in 2009 with more than 600 key industry manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and suppliers will display the latest and best of Australian furniture & furnishings.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 23rd September to 11th October 2009

Singapore Design Festival 2009
Location: Singapore
Dates: 20th to 30th November
The Festival will also present the best of design in Singapore with the President’s Design Award 2009 Ceremony and Exhibition, Singapore Creative Circle Awards and more.

Design Difference: Redesigning the world – 2009 ICSID World Design Congress
Location: Singapore
Dates: 23rd to 25th of November 2009 (Congress), 26th to 27th of November 2009 (General Assembly)
“Design Difference” is a call to re-establish the relevance and value of design. It necessitates a review of design issues we strive to make a better world through pervasive design.

Why attend design events or conferences?

Design conferences   & events are an excellent source of inspiration… the speakers are at the top of their respective fields and they share with us their experience and expertise that they have gained getting to that position – something that is invaluable as a young designer or professional for that matter. By seeing these presentations or attending these events it gives a valuable insight into the industry: showing you new styles and techniques that can push yourself and your work in new directions.

Have you been to any other conferences before? What were they like? Would love to hear your stories.

19 thoughts on “Australian Design Conferences”

  1. I went to AGIdeas a couple of years ago and it was AMAZING.. really great conference.. be prepared to take a lot of notes 🙂

    Most of the speakers are great, and you’ll probably find yourself most enjoying speakers you have no interest in initially.. one of my favorites was a textile designer.

    I miss melbourne like crazy, wish i was going this year. If you want some places to go visit (have you been before?) hit me up on twitter or email or something — i can give a small list of must see bookstores and such

    And already planning to go to Semi-Perm next year 😉

    How long’s the work experience for?

  2. Alex,
    I will be taking many notes and looking forward to all of the speakers! The experience is a “studio session” that goes over a few hours, so nothing too technical I can’t imagine.

    I’ve been a couple of times to Melbourne, but pretty much shopped the whole time… talking to you on Twitter now 🙂

    Never heard of that one, thanks for the heads up! For those interested:

  3. What really annoys me is that there’s never anything in Perth. I live in Perth and at this stage, really can’t afford to fly over east everytime there’s a conference on. Anyone know of something more local to me that I’m not aware of? 🙂

  4. Ahhhh yeah, i had a friend i studied with do one at a packaging place (Storm i think) and she said it was fantastic..

    Would be great to see sagmesiter — when he was out here a while ago, he did a speaking tour, so lets hope AGDA do that again — i can have it work sponsored if he comes up to QLD 😉

    Shaps — are you a member of AGDA? Chances are you’ll have SOMETHING going on in your part of Aus

  5. Jacob,

    I will be attending Semi this year but maybe AGIdeas next year. Anyway, See you there!


  6. hmm.. Those look like some great conferences, although, what about Web Directions South09 in Sydney?

  7. I am actually going to try to make it to agIdeas. I am moving from Florida to Sydney soon, but I have not set a date. Hopefully I can arrange everything within the next few weeks. Scary move! I don’t know anyone in Sydney, or Australia in general really. 🙁

  8. Sounds like it’s gonna be real fun! Damn, getting to see all those designers in one place! Should be one hell of an event!!!

  9. Jacob, I’d love to see more of these posts – I never hear enough about Australian design conferences or anything else happening here for that matter. I’d love to go to SP, but alas I’m not yet officially a student, and it’s a little too pricey for me. Next year I’ll be there for sure. I hope you have a blast at both conferences, and look forward to the reviews on here.

  10. Sounds great, wish I could go! A few to many thousand miles away from me though! Maybe in a couple of years time!

    Good luck with the work experience!

  11. This event is down in Melbourne and is a bit more expensive (especially when you have to cater in accommodation, airfares, etc) but it is worth it. It usually starts in May.

Comments are closed.

[Cyber Monday Deals LIVE!]
[Cyber Monday Deals LIVE!]