Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (IES)

Society Profile

The Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia was formed in NSW in October 1930. The vision of the Society – now incorporating members from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region – is to promote the art and science of lighting, encourage professionalism in its practice and establish and maintain standards for its application.


A number of universities and TAFE colleges across Australia and New Zealand provide access to the professional lighting courses accredited by IES: The Lighting Society.

Members regularly lecture at these institutions and the subjects covered include, but are not limited to:
• The nature and quality of light
• Energy management and calculation techniques
• Interior and exterior lighting
• Emergency lighting
• Daylighting and applications

IES: The Lighting Society also provides entry-level education courses suitable for a wide range of people with an interest in lighting. See for more details.

Professional Development

Members attend professional development courses and seminars on the latest developments in lighting practice. The various Chapters hold regular technical meetings and seminars at which original and review papers are given by members or invited speakers (local and overseas).

Lighting Standards

IES: The Lighting Society is a nominating organisation to Standards Australia and plays an important role in the development of lighting standards. IES members are kept up to date with international codes and trends through the Society's affiliation with CIE Australia, which is Australia's voice on the setting of international lighting standards.


Together with Lighting Council Australia, IES: The Lighting Society has instituted major biennial lighting events. These are SPARC Design (in even numbered years) and SPARC International Lighting Event (in odd numbered years). These events respectively are a celebration of lighting design and a major international exhibition and conference. They are held in conjunction with Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas.

Further Contact & Information:

IES: The Lighting Society
PO Box 7077 Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Ph: 02 6247 2354