Formed in 1963, LIA began life in Sydney as the Australian Litho Club and was modelled on the very successful litho clubs of the USA.
The Australian Litho Club flourished and divisions were formed in the other four mainland states. The first Convention of the Australian Litho Clubs was organised by the NSW Division and held in Katoomba in September 1971. At that meeting, it was agreed that a similar event would be held every two years and be hosted by each State in rotation. At the 1973 Conference in Geelong, Victoria, it was announced that all States had agreed to form a Federation. At this meeting it was resolved that the name of the organisation be changed to the Lithographic Institute of Australia.
Over the years the LIA has played a significant role in advancing technical knowledge within the printing industry. It has led or been a party to, many Australian research and development projects, including the highly acclaimed four-year study into ‘The Influence of Water Hardness on Ink and Paper performance.”