The Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC) define the design industry as those businesses and organisations whose main activity is the creative, artistic and aesthetic design of objects, environments and services. The classifications focus on several distinct areas of design:
- Architecture - includes the design of buildings, town planning and landscape architecture
- Advertising - includes the planning, creation and production of advertising campaigns
- Graphic design - includes the design of visual or graphic material such as packaging designs, corporate logos and sign writing.
- Other design - includes exhibition and display design, fashion and interior design.