As Australia’s largest representative association of professional communication designers, AGDA is uniquely placed to assist you in your development as a professional. AGDA is for designers who want to take control of their careers and businesses.
We offer a wide range of member benefits:
Become part of the Australian communication design community, to meet and to learn from local, interstate and international colleagues.
Give design a voice
AGDA's strength is in its numbers. The more numbers we have, the more power we have to influence the perception and value of design to the government and business sector.
Stay up to date
AGDA provide information on local, interstate and international design programs, events, activities, news and trends.
AGDA produces a Weekly Newsletter individually tailored for each individual branch along with a National Monthly Newsletter.
AGDA has a strong social media presence in each region, with each of our branches along with a national and awards focused account utilising some of the following platforms Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
AGDA run a number of creative, business and professional practice presentation, exhibition and workshop events in disciplines such as Branding, Print, Digital, Interactive, Motion, Packaging, Advertising, Illustration, Typography and Photography.
Some of the event series include presentations from local, interstate and international presenters, Design Means Business, Spit & Polish workshop series, Design Icons Dinners, New Frontiers, Shot Down, Pecha Kucha style events, How to Win Awards, Portfolio Reviews, Portfolio Speed Dating, First Five Out, Studio Tours and Afterhours.
AGDA Members receive discounted tickets to AGDA Events including international presenters like Ian Anderson, Jonathan Ellery, David Pearson, Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica Walsh, Stuart Watson, Hey Studio and Sons & Co.
AGDA Members receive preference to AGDA Events with limited tickets, like Jessica Walsh and the AGDA Design Awards Events.
AGDA Members receive access to Member Only Events like the Stefan Sagmeister and Michael C. Place workshops, Portfolio Reviews and the Spit & Polish Workshop series.
AGDA Members receive discounted tickets at allied conferences like The Design Conference, DINZ, ico-D, Ideas on Design, Pausefest, Public, Relay, Semi Permanent and Typism.
AGDA Members receive discounted tickets to events and workshops from the likes of AADC, ADMA, Adobe, The Design Business Council, DINZ, The Jacky Winter Group, MUSE, Old School New School, School of Design Thinking, Supergraph, Tinderbox, Traditional Sign Painting and Work-Shop.
The AGDA Design Awards is the most prestigious design awards program in Australia. The awards were established in 1992 and were run biannually until 2014, with the awards becoming an annual program from 2015 onwards.
The AGDA Design Awards jury is made up of a minimum of 10 jurors, including invited international jurors.
AGDA Members receive discounted entry fees for the AGDA Design Awards and AGDA Student Awards.
AGDA Members receive discounted tickets for the Awards Dinner Ceremony and any side events of the Awards weekend.
AGDA Members also receive discounted entry fees to affiliated Awards programs and events such as Best and the A' Design Awards.
AGDA run Professional and Emerging Designer Mentoring Programs to help designers further their career under the mentorship of a more experienced peer.
AGDA Members have exclusive access to these mentorship programs.
Finn Roache Lawyers offers legal aid to AGDA members, with one complimentary design specific consultation.
AGDA has partnered with Sladen Legal to provide AGDA members with the AGDA IP Hotline. The AGDA IP Hotline is an easy way for AGDA members to access a free initial consultation on IP matters with Sladen Legal’s friendly IP team – SladenIP.
Sladen Legal is a Melbourne based law firm and its specialist IP team, Sladen IP, is dedicated to assisting creative and inventive individuals and businesses in protecting, commercialising, maintaining and enforcing their intellectual property rights.
You can book your free initial consultation online at https://sladen.com.au/agda.
Superannuation for Creatives
AGDA Members can book a no-cost super chat with one of the Media Super team could help you understand how super works.
Professional Practice Notes
Documents and Templates developed by Chris Finn of Finn Roche Lawyers, Trevor Choy of Choy Lawyers, Nicki Wragg of Swinburne College, Geert Van Keulen of TafeSA and Andrew Lam-Po-Tang, the Former CIO and CTO of Fairfax Media to provide members with freelance and studio business tips, legal and insurance information, accepted codes of conduct and legal templates.
Topics include Client Terms Conditions Template, How To Be A Successful Freelancer, Intellectual Property and You, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Working Smarter, Code Of Conduct For Working With Interns and Free Pitching And Designer Selection.
The Professional Practice Notes are available to Professional, Associate, Affiliate and Graduate Members.
The AGDA Classifieds allows members to advertise position vacancies, working spaces, items for sale and advertise yourself as looking for work.
AGDA Members have exclusive access to the view and post AGDA Classifieds.
Posting Classifieds is available to Professional, Associate, Affiliate and Graduate Members.
Members can set up their own profile on the AGDA website which lets you become more visible within the design community, and more visible to Clients looking for a graphic designer in Find a Designer.
Timesheets and Project Management
AGDA Members will receive 1 month free Trial and 20% off their first subscription with FunctionFox – whether that be for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year. (20% discount will be applied to your first transaction purchase).
AGDA members receive their first month free from Trigger, and can then choose either the free Startup Plan or get the Premium Benefits plan for Standard Benefits price (which means a 25% discount).
AGDA members receive a free upgrade and one month of free transactions from billing management provider DragonBill.
AGDA Members receive discount from Jacksons Drawing Supplies with 11 locations in WA and two in NT.
The opportunity to become an AGDA councilor and have a direct influence on the development of the Australian graphic design profession.
Student and Graduate Members are eligible to join the AGDA Student Council. Professional Members have the opportunity to apply for a the National Board.
Registering to the AGDA website is free. You get limited access to a range of great content and will be added to our mailing list for event invitations and general news. You can upgrade your website registration to an official AGDA membership at any time, to get access to even more great benefits.