About Us

The Collins Debden Standard

Since 1819, Collins Debden has been providing our customers with the assurance of quality, value and choice in all our products. We are continually striving to improve and modernise our products to stay one step ahead of the market and provide our customers with the best. We pride ourselves in offering a range of products that cater to many different, individual needs including: 

  • A wide range of Diaries to suit the needs of every busy office and home. Organisers with uncompromising quality, and tailor-made features. 
  • A wide selection of Stationery products for use in the office, home or school including notebooks, compendiums, address books and account books. 
  • Corporate Products for your most valued customers tailored to suit every taste and budget.

The History of Collins ~ 185 Years in the Making

(William Collins, 1789 - 1853) In 1819 William Collins set up his first printing press in the ancient Candleriggs of Glasgow. He was a key figure in the city's transition from a relatively small manufacturing and university town into a great commercial metropolis. William Collins, who counted the Duke of Wellington among his associates, died in 1853 having secured the foundations of a business which followed the traditional Scottish pattern of combining printing and publishing as one concern. 

The earliest known Collins diary was printed in 1799 for T. Willis of London. The first Collins diaries for the mass market were published in 1881 with five titles in the range. Operating from 144 Cathedral Street in Glasgow, Wm. Collins & Sons went on to become one of the world's leading publishers. The product offering was expanded to include Bibles, dictionaries, educational publications, fictional and non-fictional books as well as a wide range of office products.

Collins Worldwide

The origins of Collins Debden Australia date back to the late 1800's when the Glasgow publishing, bookselling, printing and stationery firm of William Collins set up in Sydney. In 1946 William Collins sold its Australian manufacturing division and established Collins Bros., which continued to successfully market stationery products including the popular Collins Diaries and Account Book ranges. 

In May 1986 Collins Bros. merged with Olympic Stationery and then with Croxley Stationery in 1992, bringing together three of the best-known and most respected names in the Australian stationery industry, Croxley Collins Olympic. 

In 1979 Debden Associates was established in Australia, importing diaries from a Singapore offset printer that was later set up as the company production facility Nippecraft. Debden Associates developed and broadened its product range to cater to both the retail and corporate market places. 

In September 1998 the Collins business merged with Debden Associates to become Collins Debden, the leading force in diaries and organisers in Australia.

Collins Debden Today & Beyond

Today, the Collins and Debden brands enjoy worldwide distribution, cementing their future strength as a global brand. In Australia, the Collins and Debden brands proudly remain Number 1 and 2 in the market, as identified by independent research (Penfold report, 2012). This prestigious position has been held due to our unrivalled brand quality, reputation, style and innovation. DayPlanner also remains Australia's preferred organiser brand having grown from strength to strength since its inception in the market in the 1990s.

Collins Debden is also proud member of the Australian Promotional Products Association, providing quality solutions to the needs of members and upholding the high ethical values of the industry.

Remaining committed to the future, Collins Debden is an active participant in the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), which involves striving for innovation and solutions to environmental impacts within Australia, just a part of our overall environmental commitment. To view our APC Action plan please click here.

This year, we proudly release the 2017 collection of Diaries, Organisers and Planners is a superb combination of best sellers and creative new ranges. The range offers an answer to planning needs of a vast array of different indivudals, offering quality, style and reliable information Australians use daily.

As market leader Collins Debden continues to develop products that can improve the daily lives of consumers by ensuring they receive the very best features long before they are available elsewhere. We aim to continually remain at the forefront of offering solutions to consumers needs, especially in a rapidly changing environment with technological advances that bring with it new pressures in daily life. 

Be sure to check our website regularly for new products.

Collins Debden Environmental Sourcing Policy

Collins Debden is a responsible company that cares about the environment. We acknowledge that our actions have an impact on the environment and we seek to understand and minimise these impacts. As a company we are committed to continually improving our environmental performance and to the prevention of pollution and the minimisation of resource use. 

We are committed to meeting all applicable legal requirements and the full requirements of all other environmental related programmes to which we subscribe, such as internationally recognised certifications for Chain of Custody. 

Our policy is, therefore, only to use raw materials from reputable, well established suppliers who are compliant with environmental legislation and procedures. Collins Debden does not procure raw material originating from Asia Pulp and Paper, and ensures it closely monitors and manages it’s supply chain to ensure it’s brand value and heritage is never compromised. As part of our commitment to the environment we are working towards achieving environmental certifications to maintain and improving our chain of custody system.

Collins Debden Environmental Policy- Key focus

  • We monitor our key resource consumption and are actively seeking to reduce these. 
  • We are seeking to minimise waste going to landfill. 
  • We will only source our paper based products from reputable mills that operate a policy of obtaining pulp from well managed sources and Chain of Custody certified wherever possible 
  • We require all suppliers to monitor and pursue continual improvement in environmental performance 
  • We require all suppliers to be conducting environmental protection by complying to existing environmental legislation and regulations 
  • We expect them to improve the efficiency of their resource consumption 

All employees are expected to co-operate and assist in the implementation of this policy and ensure that their own actions, as far as possible and practical, are carried out without risk to themselves or their environment. 

For any further information please email us at enquiries@collinsdebden.com.au

Whistleblower Program

As part of our Company's continuing effort to promote "zero tolerance" of unethical conduct in the workplace, the Whistleblower Program has been implemented as outlined here.