State Design Review Panel

The State Design Review Panel (SDRP) is an independent, expert design review panel chaired by the Government Architect.

The State Design Review Panel (SDRP) will provide independent, expert design advice to Government agencies, decision-makers and proponents (including the WAPC, Development Assessment Panels, redevelopment authorities, statutory authorities and local governments) regarding the design quality of a range of project types.

The Panel is part of the State Government’s Design WA initiative that aims to put good design at the heart of development and which includes a design review guide, updated R codes, and a State planning policy to guide the development of the built environment.

The SDRP is considered an essential component of Design WA implementation.

Currently in establishment phase, the SDRP is an expert, multidisciplinary review panel chaired by the Government Architect.  It will draw upon qualified professionals from a range of built environment disciplines including architecture, urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture, as well as specialists in sustainability, heritage, public health and engineering.

Projects eligible for review include significant and strategic public works projects, infrastructure projects and planning strategies (Masterplans, Precinct Plans and Activity Centre Plans) as well as urban design proposals for streets, parks and other public places.

Upon referral from a statutory decision-maker, significant private sector projects may also be considered by the SDRP.

Using the SPP7 Design Principles as the basis for its advice, the SDRP will demonstrate a ‘best practice’ model for design review in WA.  SDRP will provide a benchmark for local government Design Review Panels to improve consistency and integrity in local government planning processes and will establish a pool of professionals for local authorities to engage if required.

Expression of Interest for Panel membership has closed

The Expression of Interest process which closed before Christmas 2018 generated a strong response and the selection process is currently underway.  The Panel is scheduled to be launched at the end of May to coincide with the gazettal of Design WA, Stage 1.   All proponents will be notified in respect of their application prior to the Panel launch. Contact Barbara Gdowski, Manager State Design Review Panel, at or 6551 9748 for more information.


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