Conference ICA Adelaide 2019

Designing the Archive

Join us in Adelaide, South Australia, from 21 to 25 October 2019.

The conference theme Designing the Archive is about putting people at the centre of what we do. It provides an opportunity to explore how data and information managers, records managers and archivists are using, or can use, human-centred design approaches to ensure we deliver benefits to citizens, customers, stakeholders and communities.

The program aims to explore the use of empathy, creativity, innovation, experimentation, prototyping, and co-design in the development of recordkeeping systems, information governance frameworks, archival programs and services, archive buildings and spaces, or digital archives.

The program also provides an opportunity to explore how we manage records and archives of the design process itself across a range of industries from architecture to fashion, engineering to environmental management.

Designing the Archive is an international archives conference presented by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), Archives and Records Association of New Zealand Te Huinga Mahara (ARANZ), the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the Pacific Regional Branch International Council on Archives (PARBICA).

Key dates


  • January 2019 - call for submissions opens
  • 21 March 2019 (deadline extended) - call for submissions closes
  • End of April / early May - notification accepted proposals
  • 22 May 2019 -  conference registration opens 
  • 19 - 23 October - ICA Meetings
  • 21 October 2019 - ASA SIGs and AGM​
  • 22 - 24 October 2019 - Conference (3 days) and ICA General Assembly (22 October)
  • 25 October 2019 - ICA/NAA Indigenous Summit, workshops and cultural visits


Host City Adelaide

The host city Adelaide is on the south coast of Australia with direct international flights from Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific and New Zealand.


Things to do in Adelaide

(Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), the Government of South Australia,


Adelaide: Be Surprised


Venue Adelaide Oval

(Image: Hiro Ishino)

The conference will be held at Adelaide Oval, on land known as Tarntanya – the red kangaroo place in the Kaurna language.

The Adelaide Oval is situated on the northern side of the Riverbank Precinct between the city centre and North Adelaide. The oval dates back to 1871 and has been extensively redeveloped in recent years. The conference rooms have spectacular views of both the oval, the city and the river.


Kaurna Land

(Image: The Kuri Dance by George French Angas in South Australia Illustrated 1847)

This conference will occur on the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. Aboriginal people have resided in South Australia for at least 44,000 years.


Colonial History

(Image: Part of William Light's Plan of Adelaide 1837, courtesy Adelaidia)

Adelaide is a designed city, in a designed State – the vision of British social and political reformers wanting to create a utopian settlement with freedom of religion. The province was established in 1836.


Centenary of State Records

(Image: State Records of South Australia, GRS 1061/1)

2019 is the centenary year of State Records South Australia. It was the first government archive, and appointed the first government archivists, in Australia.


Cultural Precinct

Access between the oval and city is via a footbridge over the Torrens River, leading you directly to North Terrace, to both the train station and to the cultural institutions – Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, State Library of South Australia, Centre of Democracy, MOD (Museum of Discovery at UniSA).



There are many accommodation options available in the city or in North Adelaide – a 10 minute walk from the oval.


Explore South Australia

(Video: Australia Moments by Elliot Grafton)


Conference Logo

The conference logo was created through a design process involving Pitjantjatjara artist Audrey Brumby and graphic designer Matthew Aldous in collaboration with Indigenu Gallery Director Tony Straccia.

The painting represents people connecting and linking, going around communities talking, sharing, spreading stories and messages.