About Us

Conference Design is a conference management company (professional conference organiser, PCO) specialising in the management of conferences, scientific meetings and international symposia.

We work in partnership with associations, societies, corporate organisations and governments across all sectors, from health to education to agriculture.

Since 1990 we have developed a well-known reputation throughout Australia and New Zealand as a highly successful and professional organisation.

Our senior managers are skilled leaders, planners and communicators and our team is experienced in all areas of conference management.

As the directors of Conference Design, Ben Thiessen and Penny Archer, are directly involved with the strategic management of our clients, we provide a boutique management service with a personal interest and investment in each conference.

Are you hosting a Conference?

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a conference for your association or in your field of research. We can discuss the various aspects of hosting a conference and provide advice on the tasks you will need to consider. It is never too early to start planning your event.

Our Clients

Since 1990 we have built a broad client base focusing on association and scientific conferences. We have partnered with many of Australia’s leading organisations to deliver memorable conferences and meetings. Here are just a few of our clients …


  • College of Emergency Nursing Australasia
  • Australian Association of Practice Managers
  • Australian Society of Anaesthetists
  • Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
  • Australian and New Zealand Burn Association
  • Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncologists
  • Australian College of Emergency Medicine
  • Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care
  • Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
  • Renal Society of Australia
  • Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law
  • Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health


  • National Indigenous Education Conference
  • ISANA: International Education Association
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc.
  • Family Day Care Australia


  • The Economic Society of Australia
  • Association of School Business Administrators
Conference Design Pty Ltd

Conference Design Pty Ltd

Contact the team at Conference Design for any information regarding our conferences.

How can we help?

If you would like to discuss how we could assist with your upcoming conference please contact Ben Thiessen.

Photo Credits

Front page photos by Layne Hardcastle and Andrew Manners.
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