[AdA] Initiates the Designers on Board Program

The AdA launched its first series of ‘Designers on Board’ workshops in Melbourne with the program aimed at giving designers and executives in the not-for-profit or creative community sector an overview of their responsibilities when taking on a Director position.

  • [AdA] Initiates the Designers on Board Program

NAVA Executive Director Tamara Winikoff Resigns.

After twenty-two years, Tamara Winikoff OAM has announced her resignation as Executive Director of NAVA, the peak national body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector.

  • NAVA Executive Director Tamara Winikoff Resigns.

Productivity Commission puts design protection in the too hard basket

Melbourne, 2 May 2016 - The Australian Design Alliance [AdA], a collaboration of 14 peak bodies, is deeply concerned at the lack of understanding of the Intellectual Property (IP) regime required to support a flourishing Australian design sector demonstrated by the Productivity Commission (PC) in its draft report released last week.


Design is Missing Innovation Ingredient


AdA invited to round table discussion on Industry Action Plans

The Victorian Government’s Department of Primary Industries has committed to partner with industry to drive growth and long term job creation in six priority sectors: Professional Services (Including Financial Services); Medical Technologies; Food and Fibre; International Education Services; Transport, Defence and Construction Technology; and New Energy Technology, many of which directly or indirectly affect parts of the design sector. The AdA has been invited to contribute to a round table discussion regarding designers in the Professional Services sector to provide feedback on the discussion paper in August, where it will represent its members’ opinions and agendas.


Implications for Replica Furniture

While a recent Commonwealth Department of Industry Review into food labelling has received attention from the press, other issues regarding labelling, including country of origin and false claims, continue to impact the design sector. The Australian Design Alliance was recently contacted by a promoter of Australian furniture and asked to highlight the issue of the labelling of replica furniture.

  • Implications for Replica Furniture

Arts Inquiry: 91 submissions provided from arts community

Reductions to the Australia Council’s budget and the creation of the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) will be the focus of the recently announced Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts. More particularly, the impact on artists, arts companies and the small-to-medium arts sector as a result of these changes to arts programming and funding will be examined. More than 90 submissions from arts practitioners and members of the public were provided to the Inquiry before the call for submissions was closed on Friday 17 July.

  • Arts Inquiry: 91 submissions provided from arts community
  • Image courtesy Joan Cameron Smith and National Association for the Visual Arts


Barriers to Services Exports: draft report to be released in August

Designers and other service providers await the Productivity Commission’s draft report on the Barriers to Services Exports, which is due to be released on the 12th of August. The Issues paper, released in April 2015, set out the scope of the research study to investigate the policy-relevant barriers to exporting Australia’s professional services. The issues paper stated that service industries, which are a large and growing part of the Australian economy, currently account for 70% of the economy, but only 20% of total exports, which indicates scope for significant growth.

  • Barriers to Services Exports: draft report to be released in August

Victorian Premier’s design awards are open for entries

Victorian designers and businesses are encouraged to apply for the Premier’s 2015 design awards that give prizes in the following categories: architectural design, service design, product design, communication design, digital design and design strategy. Applications close Friday 21 August. For details regarding the awards and entry, click here.

  • Victorian Premier’s design awards are open for entries

ADA attends COAG Meeting

In May, the ADA attended the COAG Industry and Skills Council along with other heads of industry and peak bodies to discuss industry and skills policy.

  • ADA attends COAG Meeting