Resilience from Adversity.

The theme of our Australian Coatings Show 2021 conference, hosted by the Surface Coatings Association Australia, is “Resilience from Adversity, It’s in our DNA”.
Resilience… the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Our industry, over the past 18 months, has demonstrated resilience! Both in response to the bushfire disaster and COVID19. The industry  resilience has been driven by our people’s resilience – without our people we don’t have an industry
Online registrations will be available soon. If you wish to register your intent to attend the SCAA 2021 Australian Coatings Show
please contact Maree Griffiths (Conference Registrations) via email to


Yarra Valley Lodge

2 Heritage Ave, Chirnside Park,
Victoria, 3116 Australia

The Yarra Valley Lodge complex has been chosen as the location for the conference.  Nestled in the foothills of the iconic Dandenongs, Yarra Valley Lodge offers accommodation, a variety of conference facilities and fine food with an accredited Covid19 safety plan.
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Enquiries regarding registration and accommodation should be preferably directed by email to Maree Griffiths:



Technical excellence, innovation, creativity and expertise are what move our industry forward… without such qualities we, as an industry, would not progress. Innovation, growth, and development cannot happen without strong team work. But often within that team there are individuals who stand out and exemplify the spirit of technical excellence.
Coatings Association Australia with the goal of recognising, and promoting, technical excellence and “out of the box” thinking within our unique industry that leads to innovation.

What are the criteria for nomination?

The successful nominee will receive:

  • A trophy in recognition of their contribution to the Surface Coatings Industry
  • Their name engraved on the award for Technical Excellence Perpetual Plaque
  • A year’s free membership of the Surface Coatings Association of Australia
  • Hold the Title of Ambassador for Technical Excellence for a 12-month period and play a role in recognising the contribution of the following year’s winner
  • Complimentary attendance including, if relevant, airfares and accommodation to the 2019 Surface Coatings Association of Australia Annual Conference

All nominations will be held in the utmost confidence and destroyed upon completion of the assessment process – nominations will only be reviewed/Conference Committee. considerd by the Conference Committee.

This is a significant opportunity to recognise the contribution of your colleagues to the next generation of Surface Coatings Innovators and experts… be involved.

Nominations are requested as soon as possible

Please submit your nominations via email to closing date 2nd August 2019.

Let’s all be involved in recognising the important contribution of our colleagues…
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to the aforementioned

Kind regards

The 2019 Conference Committee

Call for Papers

Our vision allows us to look to the future… and see it clearly! In optometry 2020 vision means visual acuity – you can see clearly! Do we look to the future with 2020 vision? Or is our vision short sighted – focusing on the here and now and not worrying about what the year 2020 or beyond looks like for our industry, for our young technical specialists, for our next generation of coatings professionals. What challenges will we face in 2020 and beyond?

The theme of our inaugural Australian Coatings Show 2019 conference, hosted by the Surface Coatings Association Australia, is “2020 and Beyond… Focus for the Future”. The purpose behind this theme is to help each of us reflect on how we view the future and do we look toward it? As an industry we must look to the future – by doing so we can participate in it without being left behind. The theme underpins the message in our call for papers – how can we as individuals, and organisations, help our industry to look to the future clearly and with understanding that we can, like a lens, focus collectively on a single common goal – a sustainable, driven, innovative and focused Coatings Industry in the Australian, and global, context – one that leads rather than follows.

The Australian Coatings Show 2019 Committee invites you to submit papers for consideration for the technical program of the conference relating to the idea of focusing our vision on the future, not just the here and now. Your paper could relate to new technologies, research, applications, methodologies, strategies, ideas or challenges that the industry may face in the future and must think about now.

All papers are to be prepared to the level for publication in the standard scientific journal format – commercial names etc. are strongly discouraged with the focus to be on technically relevant information and data. An abstract of the paper, together with details of the author/presenter, should be sent to the Technical committee for perusal prior to the conference. Details of the conference format and delivery of the presentation will be discussed with presenters when the final program has been set.



Closing date for abstracts – c.o.b Friday 14th June 2019
Please submit abstracts for consideration to:
2018 Conference SCAA Secretariat
PO Box 3141, Wheelers Hill
Victoria 3150, Australia