Creative industries associations

You can find suppliers, make contacts, and generate new business by attending events, seminars and networking opportunities run by your industry association. They can help you to connect with other businesses in the creative industries.

Industry organisations usually provide members with key information and updates (i.e. how a change to legislation affects your business), run training and education programs, and lobby on behalf of your industry to influence government policy.

Contact your industry association to find out how they can help you to run your business.


  • Advertising Institute of Australasia (AIA)
    AIA is the national peak body promoting recognition and advancement of advertising professionals in Australia. The institute's main aim is to raise the level of professionalism in the industry by setting and maintaining standards for advertising education.


  • Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
    The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for architecture in Australia. Members receive information on the latest ideas, technology and trends, detailed advice and a range of industry publications. The institute offers professional development opportunities online and through a program of state and national events.
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
    AILA is the peak organisation for Australian landscape architects, overseeing professional recognition of registered landscape architects. Members receive networking opportunities, invitations to industry events, professional advice and industry publications.


  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
    DIA is Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses. When you become a member you receive support, networking, services and information, as well as connections with colleagues from many industry areas.

Digital media

  • Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA)
    The peak body for Australia's digital media industry, AIMIA delivers initiatives and services to help businesses grow. Members receive access to promotional services, discounted tickets for events and awards, and a range of resources.


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  • Australian Film Institute (AFI)
    The AFI plays a central role in connecting the Australian film and television industry with audiences. AFI members receive exclusive access to AFI events, services and discounts throughout the year.
  • Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)
    SPAA represents Australian independent film and television producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production. Members include television, feature film, animation, documentary, TV commercial and interactive media production companies as well post-production, finance, distribution and legal companies.

Graphic design

  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
    The peak national organisation for professional graphic designers, AGDA promotes the value of the profession to the wider community. AGDA offers members a program of awards, exhibitions, seminars and professional development activities.

Landscape architecture

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
    AILA is the peak organisation for Australian landscape architects, overseeing professional recognition of registered landscape architects. Members receive networking opportunities, invitations to industry events, professional advice and industry publications.


  • Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
    As the professional association for marketers, AMI offers members an extensive professional development, event and networking program as well as access to preferential rates and discounts. AMI is the voice of the marketing profession.



  • Australian Publishers Association (APA)
    APA is the peak industry body for Australian book, journal and electronic publishers. APA protects and promotes the interests of Australian publishers and provides members with advice, publications, networking opportunities and invitations to industry events.

Urban design

  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
    PIA is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. It serves and guides planning professionals, and promotes excellence in planning through education, communication and professional development. Members receive networking opportunities, industry publications, invitations to industry events and access to professional development programs.
  • Urban Design Alliance of Australia (Queensland)
    UDAL represents the peak built environment bodies and stakeholders in urban design. It is a member-based organisation which provides a range of benefits and support to industry professionals including industry publications, monthly forums, specific design workshops and annual symposiums.
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)
    UDIA is the peak body for Australia's urban development industry. Members receive updates and publications on industry news and trends and benefit from networking opportunities and professional support.

Visual arts

  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
    NAVA is the national peak body for the visual arts, craft and design sector. Members benefit from expert advice, referrals, resources, professional representation and development, grant programs and other services.

Web design

  • Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA)
    AWIA is the peak industry body for web design professionals, businesses and students. Members enjoy industry discounts and are invited to attend industry events and contribute to networking forums.


  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
    ASA is the professional association for Australia's literary creators. The ASA supports authors' professional interests through setting minimum rates of pay and conditions for writers and illustrators; publishing books, contracts, papers and free information sheets for emerging and established authors as well as working with policy makers in areas such as copyright, moral rights and taxation.
  • Australian Writers' Guild (AWG)
    AWG is the professional association for Australian performance writers including film, television, theatre, radio and digital media. The guild works to improve professional standards, conditions and remuneration for Australian performance writers, protect and advance the creative rights of members, and to promote the Australian cultural voice.

Other industries

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Last reviewed
March 7, 2014


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