A wide range of advocacy activities are undertaken by the Office that engage with stakeholders across government as well as the public.
Good DesignShow more
Notions of design quality extend beyond taste, style and appearance to encompass functionality, sustainability, response to context, structural integrity, flexibility in use, and cost efficiency, both during construction and over the life of the building. Most importantly, good design results in an environment that performs well for all users and the broader community.
“Good design refers to how things work, not just how they look. Good design is about functionality, performance and build quality as much as innovation and creativity. Good design delivers better value for money as well as better buildings, particularly when attention is paid to the full cost of a building over its lifetime…”
The State Government’s new State Planning Policy 7.0 Design of the Built Environment includes 10 principles that collectively form a definition of ‘good design’.
Why is good design important?
Improving the design quality of the built environment is proven to have a positive impact on communities.
Research demonstrates that investment in good design generates significant economic and social value. Collectively, the studies provide evidence that good design has positive impacts in the areas of crime prevention, housing amenity and resident well-being, healthcare and patient recovery, education outcomes, and business productivity.
Design StandardsShow more
The Design Standards are organised into four categories of facility type – General, Education, Health and Justice – and are currently under review to ensure they remain consistent with best practice.
Design Excellence NetworkShow more
The Design Excellence Network membership includes built environment and design experts from a range of state government agencies, local government authorities and peak industry bodies.
Perth SamplingsShow more
The series is focussed on projects with a public dimension, providing a forum for dialogue and debate. The lecture series has been running since 2007 and has attracted a high calibre of speakers and strong attendance.
To find out about upcoming Perth Samplings events, join our mailing list.
The following are a selection of useful resources that the OGA often use in the course of our work.
Government Architect of New South Wales:
Better Placed – an integrated design policy for the built environment in NSW | Implementing Good Design | Greener Places | Design Excellence Competition Guidelines
NSW Department of Planning & Environment:
State Environmental Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development | Apartment Design Guide
City of Sydney:
Competitive Design Policy
OGA PolicyShow more
Design WA is an important planning reform initiative to create an integrated suite of policy measures that encourage and enable better design outcomes from our planning system.
The OGA has championed this reform since 2005 and has worked in close collaboration with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage since 2013 to direct its development and implementation.
View the Design WA policy documents.
Better Places and Spaces
‘Better Places and Spaces: A Policy for the Built Environment in Western Australia’ was released in 2013. The Policy confirms the State Government’s commitment and leadership role to improve the quality of built environment, raise awareness of the benefits of good design and recognise its role in achieving value for money.