The DIA has a comprehensive reference set of Practice Notes to assist DIA designer members in their professional practice.

The Practice Notes cover areas such as contracts, tendering, administration, the legal business environment, fees, salaries, intellectual property and much more.

A complete set of Practice Notes is provided as a member benefit to Associates, MDIA members and Fellows. Other practitioners can contact the DIA to purchase these materials.

DIA Student and Graduate members can download a discipline-specific Study Set of Practice Notes and the Summary Fee & Salary Practice Note.

Complete sets and individual DIA Practice Notes are available for purchase.

Practice Notes marked ’General’ are suitable for any design discipline while those that indicate a specific discipline generally contain terminology and situations specific to that discipline. The principles and methods discussed are often adaptable to other disciplines.

  • Australian Indigenous Design Charter

    Communication Design

    Protocols for sharing Indigenous knowledge in communication design practice

    CONTENTS

    Preface:

    Part 1: Australian Indigenous Design Charter (AIDC:CD)

    Part 2: Overview (AIDC:CD)
    2.1 Context
    2.2 Role of the Charter
    2.3 Legal context
    2.4 Inclusive Practice Exemplar
    2.5 Avoidance and the fear of failure

    Part 3: AIDC:CD Points Expanded

    Part 4: Appendix
    4.1 Definitions
    4.1 References

    Australian Indigenous Design Charter

  • Fees and Services

    PN 001
    General
    Pages 11

    Fee types and fee scheduling used in consulting design including some sample forms for determining and communicating fees.

    Includes:

    - Services
    - Fees
    - Alteration to Contract Conditions
    - Collaboration
    - Three Forms.

    Fees and Services

  • Model Royalty Agreement

    PN 002
    General
    Pages 7

    Sample royalty agreement contract for use when a designer is licensing a design. Includes a checklist to assist in customising the agreement.

    Model Royalty Agreement

  • Tendering Procedures

    PN 003
    General
    Pages 5

    Outlines issues and concerns with tendering procedures and provides DIA guidelines to potential tenderers regarding fair practice.
    Includes:

    • Current tendering practices
    • Guidelines for fair tendering
    • Synopsis.

    Tendering Procedures

  • Contract Guidelines

    PN 004
    General
    Pages 6

    General outline of designer and client responsibilities in relation to contracts and the preparation of briefs. Use as a checklist when formulating contracts or price submissions.
    Includes:

    • Designer’s responsibilities and authority
    • Client’s responsibilities
    • The commission/brief
    • Conditions of engagement
    • Contract termination or modification.

    Contract Guidelines

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Registration

    PN 005
    General
    Pages 12

    Overview of the registration and protection provided by Registered Designs and Trademarks in Australia.

    Intellectual Property Rights and Registration

  • Fee Guidelines Interior Design

    PN 006
    Interior
    Pages 8

    Fee types and project stages used in consulting interior design including percentage rates, hourly rates for various skill levels and some specifics relating to retail and hospitality projects.
    Includes:

    • Services provided
    • Fees
    • Retail projects - chain stores
    • Hotels
    • Reimbursements
    • Travel
    • Collaboration with other disciplines
    • Payment.

    Fee Guidelines Interior Design

  • Legal Aspects of a Design Practice

    PN 007
    General
    Pages 25

    The general legal issues in setting up and operating a design practice in Australia.
    Includes:

    Legal Aspects of a Design Practice

    • Establishing a design practice
    • Purchasing a design practice
    • Client engagement
    • Insurance
    • Taxation
    • Income tax
    • Employment responsibilities
    • Employees and contractors
    • Product liability
    • Misrepresentation
    • Intellectual property.
  • Free Pitching and Design Competitions

    PN 008
    General
    Pages 6

    The issue of free pitching and how it affects the design professions. Includes guidelines of running design competitions to avoid situations that take advantage of designers.
    Includes:

    • Free pitching issues
    • DIA policy for design competitions.

    Free Pitching and Design Competitions

  • Disputes

    PN 009
    General
    Pages 8

    Dispute resolution between designers, and designers and clients, including notes on the DIA’s ability to act in such matters.
    Includes:

    • Types of disputes
    • Status of the DIA process
    • When the DIA can act
    • Notification of a dispute
    • Dispute resolution
    • Follow-up action.

    Disputes

  • Residential Interior Designers and Interior Decorators

    PN 010
    Interior
    Pages 11

    Contracting methods, fees and documentation for interior designers and interior decorators concerned with residential projects.
    Includes:

    • Fees
    • Other issues
    • Designer’s fee agreement
    • Services agreement
    • Conditions of engagement.

    Residential Interior Designers and Interior Decorators

  • Industrial Design

    PN 011
    Product
    Pages 6

    Terms and conditions of contract for industrial designers.
    Includes:

    • Fees and expenses
    • Variations
    • Liability
    • Intellectual property
    • Samples.

    Industrial Design

  • Graphic Design

    PN 012
    Graphic
    Pages 13

    Terms and conditions of contract for graphic designers provided as sample documents/letters including a pro-forma for hiring a designer as an employee.
    Includes:

    • Project engagement letter
    • Terms and conditions for supplier order
    • Offer of employment letter.

    Graphic Design

  • Human Resources Management
    PN 013
    General
    Pages 16

    Legal and administrative information on employing staff for your business.
    Includes:

    • Recruitment
    • Employee selection
    • Reference checking
    • Remuneration and benefits
    • Occupational health and safety
    • Workers’ compensation
    • Employment law
    • Termination
    • Post employment restrictions
    • The industrial system
    • Job analysis questions
    • Generic job description
    • Generic person specification
    • Conditions of engagement

    Human Resource Management

  • Fees and Salary Survey

    PN 014
    General
    Pages 11

    Annually updated survey information of fees and rates of pay in the design professions around Australia. This information is also made available to Members on-line.
    Includes:

    • Salary summary by skill level and discipline
    • Self employed earnings by location of business
    • Effect of business size on business owners salary
    • Salary comparisons by state
    • Fees charged by level of responsibility/experience
    • State comparison of fees
    • Size of design businesses by discipline
    • Interior design projects percentage fees.

    Fees and Salary Survey

  • Fees and Salary Survey: Notes

    PN 014 Notes
    General
    Pages 8

    Explanatory notes commenting on the findings of Practice Note PN014 - Fees and Salary Survey.

  • Conditions of Engagement

    PN 015
    General
    Pages 22

    Broad discussion of contractual arrangements and documentation for design consultants, with discipline specific addendums for industrial, graphic, interior and exhibition/display design.
    Includes:

    • Identity of partners
    • Conditions of engagement
    • Brief and project objectives
    • Rights and obligations
    • Fees and expenses
    • LiabilityModification of contract
    • Termination of contract
    • Addendum - industrial design
    • Addendum - interior design
    • Addendum - graphic design
    • Addendum - exhibition and display design.

    Conditions of Engagement

  • Codes of Professional Conduct

    PN 016
    General
    Pages 7

    The code of conduct required by the DIA and the code of conduct published by the international design associations of ICSID, ICOGRADA, and IFI.

    Codes of Professional Conduct

  • Textile Design Copyright Questions

    PN 017
    Textile
    Pages 17

    A discussion of copyright law in Australia including answers to common questions from the viewpoint of a design practitioner and an employer or client employing a designer. Includes examples of agreements used when assigning copyright.
    Includes:

    • Copyright - Designers
    • Copyright - Employers and clients
    • Agreement forms

    Textile Design Copyright Questions

  • Confidentiality Agreement

    PN 018
    General
    Pages 3

    A simple form for use when the disclosure of confidential project information needs to be documented with clients or suppliers.

    Confidentiality Agreement

  • Project Structure

    PN 019
    Product
    Pages 7

    A tabular product development project outline that illustrates the typical three stage design development of a product and the tasks and milestones involved.

    Project Structure

  • Applying GST in a Design Practice

    PN 020
    General
    Pages 15

    A detailed discussion of the application of GST in a consulting business with examples and templates.
    Includes:

    • GST accounting bases
    • Cash basis
    • Accruals basis
    • GST in a typical design business
    • GST reconciliation template.

    Applying GST in a Design Practice

  • Industrial Design Brief Writing

    PN 021
    Product
    Pages 15

    Methods of structuring product development briefs and defining the scope of work for a product development process.
    Includes:

    • Discussion of project method
    • Parts list scope of work
    • Activity list scope of work
    • Scope of work statement
    • Systems breakdown
    • Features breakdown
    • Project structure
    • Research requirements
    • Fees by stage
    • Notes and exclusions
    • Project flow chart.

    Industrial Design Brief Writing

  • Interior Conditions of Engagement

    PN 022
    Interior
    Pages 19

    These conditions of engagement have been provided by a senior interior design practitioner to illustrate a working example of documentation tailored to a mature practice’s operating procedures.
    Includes:

    • Standard conditions of engagement - short version
    • Interior designer’s fee agreement
    • Conditions of engagement - long version
    • Schedules and appendices.

    Interior Conditions of Engagement

  • Historic Fee & Salary Information

    PN 023
    General
    Pages 8

    A record of DIA Fee and Salary information generated between 1977 and 2001. This data has been published to provide reference information for the movement of remuneration and fees in the Australian design industry.

    Historic Fee and Salary Information

  • Graduate Salaries

    PN 024
    Student
    Pages 4

    An annual survey of graduate salaries tabulated by capital city and design discipline.

    Graduate Salaries-Student

    Graduate Salaries-Graduate

    Graduate Salaries-General

  • See ‘Quality Systems Documentation’

    PN 025

    This quality documentation is an example of a working quality system used by an established design consulting business. It covers a range of activities including industrial design consulting, engineering consulting and small batch manufacture. The structure of the documents and the subjects covered are readily adaptable to interior, exhibition and graphic design businesses.

    The documentation includes:

    Quality Manual
    PN025-Q

    Product
    Pages 18

    Quality Manual

    Quality Procedures Manual
    PN025-QP

    Product
    Pages 24

    Quality Procedures Manual

    Drawing Storage
    PNWI 001

    Product
    Pages 2

    Drawing Storage

    Document Storage
    PNWI 002

    Product
    Pages 2

    Document Storage

    Document Index
    PNWI 003

    Product
    Pages 1

    Document Index

    Backing Up
    PNWI 004

    Product
    Pages 1

    Backing Up

    Receiving Inspection
    PNWI 005

    Product
    Pages 1

    Receiving Inspection

    Proposals/Projects
    PNWI 006

    Product
    Pages 2

    Proposals/Projects

    Task Descriptions
    PNWI 007

    Product
    Pages 2

    Task Descriptions

    Processing of Projects
    PNWI 008

    Product
    Pages 1

    Processing of Projects

    Responsibility and Authority
    PNWI 009

    Product
    Pages 1

    Responsibility and Authority

  • Design for Environment

    PN 026
    General
    Pages 17

    Guidelines to introduce designers to the key strategies, steps and tools for integrating design for Environment (DfE) principles into design projects.
    Includes:

    • DfE - an overview
    • Understanding product life cycles
    • Selecting DfE strategies
    • Implementing DfE
    • References and further information

    Design for Environment

  • Design Employment - How to get a job in design

    PN 027
    Student
    Pages 22

    This document includes lots of great advice and useful tips for design students and recent graduates from a variety of leading DIA graphic, industrial, interior and web designers.
    Includes:

    • Preparing a portfolio
    • Your CV and covering letter
    • Presentation tips
    • Getting an interview
    • Sending your application
    • Choose your employer
    • Telephone technique
    • Attending the interview
    • Communication skills
    • Getting the interview started
    • After the interview
    • Be prepared to work
    • Self employment
    • Self employment issues.

    Design Employment - How to get a job in design

  • Designed in Australia – Made in China

    PN 028
    Product
    Pages 13

    This Note provides a framework for DIA Industrial Design members to become more competitive and to deal more effectively with overseas suppliers.
    Includes:

    • On China
    • Dealing with mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
    • Notes on part design, tooling, assembly, documentation, IP protection and more
    • General business notes
    • Travel notes
    • Etiquette and behaviour
    • Manufacture in China

    Designed in Australia - Made in China

  • Design for Sustainability: Temporary Design

    PN 029
    Exhibition & Display
    Pages 11

    This DIA Practice Note seeks to summarise and describe how EcoDesign or Design for Sustainability (DfS) can be applied by professional designers in a commercial context.

    This Practice Note is focused on museums, galleries, trade show and exhibitions, retail showrooms and displays, events, installations and marquees.

    Includes:

    • Issues and Impacts
    • Materials Strategies
    • Museums and Galleries
    • Trade Shows and Events
    • Retail Spaces
    • Information Resources

    Design for Sustainability: Temporary Design

  • Don’t Get Ripped Off - by Design
    PN 030
    Graduate Practice
    Pages 20

    The aim of this practice note is to give people entering the profession the confidence and ability to ask the right questions, recognise possible warning signs, and provide an introduction to basic commercial protocols. This document is not for people handling large projects or those starting design consultancies. It is to be read in conjunction with the other DIA practice notes supplied in the DIA’s Student and Graduate membership kits.

    Includes:

    • Work Experience
    • EmploymentFreelancing / Contracting
    • Royalty Income
    • Working for Free
  • Staff Review & Review Forms

    PN 031
    Interior
    Pages 10

    This Practice Note provides employers with a system for reviewing the performance of interior design employees.

    It provides the means to identify, and track over time, an employee’s level of experience, their goals, strengths and weaknesses, and to make recommendations regarding their future, including where appropriate, advancement within the practice.

    Includes:

    • Staff Classifications
    • The Review Process
    • Using the Forms

    Staff Review and Review Forms

    Employee Self Review - Level 1 - Graduate Interior Designer

    Employee Self Review - Level 2 - Interior Designer

    Employee Self Review - Level 3 - Senior Interior Designer

    Employee Self Review - Level 4: Team Leader/Associate Interior Designer

    Employer Assessment - Level 1: Graduate Interior Designer

    Employer Assessment - Level 2: Interior Designer

    Employer Assessment - Level 3: Senior Interior Designer

    Employer Assessment - Level 4: Team Leader/Associate Interior Designer

  • Design for Sustainability - Textile Design

    PN 032
    Textile
    Pages 10

    This DIA Practice Note seeks to summarise and describe how EcoDesign or Design for Sustainability (DfS) can be applied by professional designers in a commercial context.

    This Practice Note is focused on textile design.

    Includes:

    • Issues and Impacts
    • Materials Strategies
    • Natural Fibres – Pros & Cons
    • Synthetic Fibres – Pros & Cons
    • Small Scale Production
    • Information Resources

    Design for Sustainability - Textile Design

  • Design Sector Statistics - FREE

    PN 033
    General
    Pages 4

    An overview of professional design statistics available through the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data.

    The report includes a discussion of issues surrounding the positioning of design services in Australia’s statistical systems.

    Includes:

    • Positioning design for national benefit
    • Designers recorded in the Census
    • Growth of designers in Australia
    • ANZSCO and ANZSIC categories

    Design Sector Statistics - FREE

  • Australian Design 2013 - FREE

    PN 034
    General
    Pages 40

    This Note provides an analysis and discussion of the broader industry forces and trends affecting the design professions in Australia.

    The report is based on submissions collected from designers during the 2003 and 2011/12 fee and salary surveys. The submissions have been analysed by frequency of key concerns to form a comparative discussion of the professional issues affecting designers in Australia over the last decade.

    Includes:

    • Executive Summary
    • Proposed Actions
    • Industry Wide Issues 2003
    • Industry Wide Issues 2011/12

    Australian Design 2013 - FREE

  • Design Contract Documentation Suite

    The following documents form a complete project administration system for interior design projects. They are also applicable to large scale projects in other disciplines with extensive documentation control, sub-contractor control, variations and formal client sign-off.

    The documentation includes:

    Design Agreement
    PN10-A1

    Interior
    Pages 11

    Design Agreement

    Works Contract No.1
    PN10-C1

    Interior
    Pages 9

    Works Contract No.1

    Works Contract No.2
    PN10-C2

    Interior
    Pages 8

    Works Contract No.2

    Document Transmittal
    PN10-F1

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Document Transmittal

    Client Requisition Order
    PN10-F2

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Instruction Notice
    PN10-F3

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Time Adjustment Notice
    PN10-F4

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Variation Quotation
    PN10-F5

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Variation Order
    PN10-F6

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Sub-Contractor Payment Direction
    PN10-F7

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Interim Certificate of Payment
    PN10-F8

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Certificate of Payment
    PN10-F9

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Practical Completion
    PN10-F10

    Interior
    Pages 1

    Final Certificate
    PN10-F11

    Interior
    Pages 1