Knowledge Week is presented by Knowledge Society and made possible thanks to the generosity of our programming partners and sponsors.

Knowledge Societyknoso

Knowledge Society is one of Australia’s leading innovation consultancies. Our mission is to help organisations turn ideas into solutions and to transform at pace.

Knowledge Society partners with organisations to build their capacity to renew themselves. Innovation starts with curiosity, permission and the right incentives. We build programs and spaces that give teams the design and analytical tools, processes and agency to solve problems with creativity. Our methodology relies on economic rigour complemented by historical imagination, intuition and flair.

Programming partners

City of Perth Librarycity-of-perth

The Perth Library was established in the mid-1800s to provide social and intellectual recreation for the new, pioneering colony and has always been an important part of the fabric of this city. The new City of Perth Library is testament to the city’s vision and ongoing commitment to providing the best for its citizens and celebrates more than 165 years of library service.

The benefits of libraries providing inclusive community spaces are wide-ranging. The value delivered in terms of engagement via social interactions, a sense of place, enhanced local amenities and general well-being is significant. In addition, the facilitation of improved education, language and computer literacy opportunities, career development and lifelong learning all lead to positive health outcomes.

As a focus of community engagement, the Library encourages and celebrates face-to-face interaction, and provides spaces that enable groups of people to come together to transfer knowledge. Libraries champion, promote, and reflect important community values; they serve as the ‘people’s university’.

The City of Perth Library is proud to be part of Knowledge Week.

State Buildingsstatebuildings

The three interconnected heritage buildings known as the State Buildings sit on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street in the heart of Perth.

Over their 140-year history, the buildings have been home to a police court and cellblock, Treasury, Survey Department, GPO, Immigration Department, Office of the Premier and Cabinet, Lands Department and Titles – but had been empty since the government vacated the buildings nearly two decades ago. The newly revitalised State Buildings now offer a carefully curated mix of hospitality and retail offerings, as well as the COMO The Treasury hotel.

Fogarty Foundationfogarty

The Fogarty Foundation was established by Brett and Annie Fogarty in 2000 to support and provide educational and leadership opportunities for young people across the spectrum of the WA community. They decided focus solely on education with the belief that it is the most effective way to support individuals and the community.

Over the last 16 years, the Foundation has partnered with a range of organisations that deliver innovative projects and educational opportunities that support young people to achieve their potential and inspire community leadership.

The Foundation initiates some of its own programs, including the UWA Fogarty Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships Program, CoderDojo WA and Fogarty EDvance.

The University of Western Australia uwa-75

The Energy and Minerals Institute (EMI) has a vision to advance knowledge and create solutions that deliver safe, enduring value for the world from its energy and mineral resources.

Based at The University of Western Australia, EMI connects UWA’s talent and capability across the energy and minerals value chain, it builds multi-disciplinary networks and strengthens partnerships with industry and external stakeholders.
Western Australia is a major global resources economy with its capital city Perth ranked as the most important energy city in Australia. Our State’s resource exports have reached $100 billion per annum and this growth has attracted world-renowned expertise to UWA. Through EMI, our academics are consistently selected to partner with industry and government on global projects that develop new technology for today’s resource challenges.

Catholic Education Western Australia cathed

Catholic Education Western Australia provides a dynamic, student-centred approach to education for more than 73,000 young people in 163 schools and colleges across the state.

With a focus on the development of the whole person – intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and emotional development – Catholic education is the state’s second-largest education sector, educating some 18 per cent of all school-aged children in Western Australia.

Event partners

CEOs for Gender Equitycge

Eighteen of Western Australia’s most influential CEOs launched the CEOs for Gender Equity initiative at Government House in 2014.

The Equal Opportunity Commission prompted the formation of the inaugural group of CEOs in 2012 and has seen it grow to represent CEOs from the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors.

The CEOs are committed to addressing gender inequity in WA not only because it makes good business sense, but because it makes good sense for the state.

The initiative aims to grow awareness of gender inequity and the ramifications of its existence, as well as set an example for other enterprise leaders who want to bring about change within their workforce.


FTI is a member-driven for purpose organisation that supports Western Australian screen sector practitioners and digital creatives in the areas of games, interactive, online, film and television. Operating for nearly 50 years, FTI is supporting innovation in emerging entertainment and storytelling technologies, including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR).

Boffins Booksboffins

Boffins Bookshop is an Australian owned, independent bookseller offering customers an eclectic range of technical, practical, special interest and fiction books.

Boffins first opened its doors in Perth’s CBD in 1989, and since then have grown to become the leading technical bookshop in Western Australia, winning the Australian Book Industry Association’s award for Best Specialist Bookseller six times running.

Ultimo Cateringultimo

Ultimo Catering and Events is a full service Perth catering company with a reputation for delivering innovative and modern cuisine using WA’s freshest local produce.