Supporting Organisations

Design Institute of Australia

The Voice of Professional Design in Australia

“Geelong’s history of design includes excellent examples of interior, furniture, jewellery, fashion, automotive and industrial design. In Deakin University and the Waurn Ponds campus it boasts world class design-led education and research facilities, which are supported by both State and Federal Governments.

BA, AdvDipDes, GradDipMgt, GradDipEd, GradCert Art & Design
Accredited DesignerTM
National President

 Design Institute of Australia Letter of Support  (PDF, 287Kb)


Australian Design Alliance

Promoting the use of design to boost Australia’s productivity through innovation

“Geelong has, from its very inception been a city that has been driven by innovation and design, and as a community it fully embraces the value and opportunities that design and design thinking contribute for the Geelong of the future.”


Australian Design Alliance Letter of Support (PDF, 362Kb)


Australian Graphic Design Association

“AGDA recognises Geelong’s long history as an incubator and promoter of innovation in design, manufacturing and technology, and acknowledges that the city continues to foster and promote the region’s businesses, education institutions, as well as local makers and designers. AGDA stands behind any city that recognises the value that design can bring to a region’s economy, and congratulates the City of Greater Geelong for both initiating this application and having a clear vision for the future of the region’s creative sectors.”


AGDA Letter of Support (PDF, 27Kb)


City of Dundee, UK (UNCC – Design)

“We appreciate that, like Dundee, the CoGG is transitioning from an economy based in heavy manufacutring to a more diverse services and creative economy. The importance of design-led innovation is central to both our cities re-invention and rebranding – it has been instrumental in the change of focus in Dundee that has facilitated its designation as a Creative City.”


City of Dundee Letter of Support (PDF, 84Kb)


Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria

Strengthening culture and design in the built environment

“IADV strongly supports the City of Greater Geelong’s application towards inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities application bid process. We believe that this opportunity has great potential in showcasing Australian Indigenous culture to the world by articulating that our unique skills, knowledge and cultural connectedness is embedded in artistic and creative practice. This is demonstrably linked to the deep history and memory of these ancient lands, particularly within the area of greater Geelong region, particularly through our acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land in which Geelong is located, those of the Kulin Nation, being the Wadawurrung peoples. This exciting proposition has many layers which interface with the creative capacities and design excellence exhibited by Indigenous people in the past, the present and invariably for the future”

– JEFA GREENAWAY (Wailwan | Gamilaraay)
BArch BPD ADAppSc | Registered architect – Vic | NSW
Chair and Co-Founder
Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria [IADV]

IADV Letter of Support (PDF, 294Kb)


Creative Victoria

Creative Victoria champions and supports the state’s creative industries, spanning arts, culture, screen, design and more.

“Creative Victoria supports the increased recognition and wider use of design in business, manufacturing and the community. And it encourages the role of creative industries in sustainable regional development (especially where economies are in transition)”

Director, Strategy Screen and Design

Creative Vic Letter of Support (PDF, 291Kb)


Creative Futures Foundation

The Creative Futures Foundation is also a valued supporter of this application. The Foundation aims to foster and provide of support to the next generation of talented artists and designers, through the offer of dynamic programs focused on the intersection between education, culture and industry.


Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd

“Ford Australia is pleased to extend its support for this initiative. Ford had been part of the Geelong community since the Company was first incorporated in 1925. Not only was Ford Australia’s original Headquarters located in Geelong, but in 1926 the Company built Australia’s first dedicated vehicle manufacturing facility at Norlane. Throughout its 92 years history in Geelong, Ford Australia has achieved many great automotive design and engineering breakthroughs. Mr Lew Bandt’s brilliant design work for the 1934 Ford Coupe Utility – a world first concept – is a good example.”

Government Affairs Director

Ford Letter of Support (PDF, 797Kb)


Geelong Chamber of Commerce

“The Chamber is a passionate advocate of projects and initiatives that help to advance
our region and we believe that Geelong is strongly emerging as one of Australia’s most
creative and innovative hubs.”


Geelong Chamber of Commerce Letter of Support (PDF, 384Kb)